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Thomas Mathie

Founded by music fan Thomas Mathie aka headphonaught as a means of giving back to the independent music community... weareallghosts is a small netlabel & private press based in Motherwell, Scotland; that specialises in ambient electronic soundscapes but is open to other styles of music.



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May 17, 2020 Cousin Silas
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The Advent period is a very busy time for me and sometimes it feels like the run-up to Christmas is too much. When it gets to that point I take solace in the music of Cousin Silas and, in particular, his dronescapes. The fourteenth dronescape (yes, we have released fourteen dronescapes in 2013!) is a welcome addition to his canon ... a body of work that just seems get better as time passes. I won't say anymore other than to implore you to take the time out to go deep. I know I will. An MP3...
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Nov 10, 2019 Tim Rowe
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Elegy [el-i-jee] noun, plural elegies. A mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead. Tim Rowe’s suite of short, exquisitely mournful elegies are dedicated to all who mourn, all who have lost someone or something precious to them. Just as Henryk Gorecki’s third symphony brings considerable comfort to those in pain, my hope is that in some small way this suite will bring comfort too. An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive...
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Mar 17, 2019 Microvolt
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“Moirai (waag_rel058)” is the first release on weareallghosts from experimental electronic musician, Paul Randall aka Microvolt. It is a wonderful collection of delicate soundscapes with an intricacy that has captivated me since I first got to hear them a good few months ago. Paul Randall presents something beautiful with “Moirai (waag_rel058)”, something that fits nicely with the emerging waag ‘sound’ and yet broadens it too. This is my kind of experimental ambient: captivating and...
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Scott Lawlor continues on his journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes with the fourth in his drone.excursion series. drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) aka 'harmonic convergence' is a delightful drone that builds in significance in the listener's consciousness. There is a slow evolution in the chords used over the 72 minute duration that together feeds the mind and provides space for contemplation and flow. drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) is another enjoyable longform drone from Scott and I...
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Aug 31, 2016 Gurdonark
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I have a whole heap of love for the experimental electronic weirdbient music of Robert H Nunnally Jnr aka Gurdonark. It is so different and out there from the rest of weareallghost’s roster. “Constellation Blackbird” continues the musical journey Gurdonark first started with WAAG back in late 2012 with “Open Spaces”. This isn’t easy listening: it has dissonant frequencies, naive sounds and glitchy melodies that may not be instantly accessible. However I, for one, enjoy his...
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Jan 16, 2016 Coloured Lines
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Adam Greenhead aka Coloured Lines is a musician and educator who lives in the North of England. He plays bass in an energetic folky rock band called Sawsound and is a founding member of the New Underground Collective ... a diverse group of creatives that includes another waag alumnus - Wolfgang Merx. I have thoroughly enjoyed his previous self-released music and have a soft spot for his band's music too ... so you can appreciate, I jumped at the chance to release this EP when it was offered to...
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Jan 9, 2016 Jack Hertz
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Jack Hertz is a netlabel hero. His music, particularly for Free Floating, is first class and exemplary of the ambient genre. I was honoured when he approached me with a forerunner to what you have here. I was blown away by the music he offered me and, to be honest, still am. wearenotghosts, as a netlabel, is all about the music and not about personalities. That said, it has some truly wonderful personalities within its ranks who make my life so much richer. I am delighted to add Hertz to this...
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I hope you enjoyed last week's instalment in Scott Lawlor's ongoing journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes? Due to some movement in the waag schedule, I am proud to present drone.excursion.005 (waag_dex005) aka 'quiet passage' for your listening please. Scott's 5th drone in his drone.excursion series is another enjoyable longform drone, one that brings a degree of subtly to the table. This is a low key, melancholic soundscape ... one for late nights or for moments of deep contemplation. I...
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Dec 25, 2015 Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas' dronescapes have become a remarkable consistent in my life. They are there for me when I need them … when I need to focus or, paradoxically, when I need to let my brain shut off ... when I am on the move or when I need to sit still. They are something I am very proud of and, as such, I am delighted to release the 5th instalment in the series … a series I am convinced is getting better with each step and each repeated listen. There is not much more I can say about this drone...
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“Let no two drones be alike must be Scott's motto....at least thus far. Each drone excursion is markedly different from all others.” So says Brian Bourassa in a comment on Bandcamp. I cannot agree more and with the belated 6th instalment in his drone.excursion series, Scott Lawlor proves, if proof be really needed, this point. “Unquiet Spirits Crossing the Rubicon” is a deeply immersive, full-on longform piece; one that paints mind-pictures of wide, desolate spaces interspersed with the...
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Jul 13, 2015 Scott Lawlor
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In case you missed it last month ... Scott Lawlor has been inspired by the work of Cousin Silas and is going on his own journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes. He intends to producing a series of these drone.excursion longform pieces and I am proud to support him with this endeavour. drone.excursion.002 (waag_dex002) aka 'Into the Industrial Complex' is a subtler piece ... less dissonant than the first drone.excursion whilst still retaining the sense of movement that was conveyed by it's...
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Jun 9, 2015 Cousin Silas
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“Through a Cobweb Strange (waag_rel069)” from Cousin Silas … affectionately referred to as “the disco album” when discussing it with Dave prior to release … is full of beats. In fact, “Through a Cobweb Strange (waag_rel069)” features fifteen downtempo tracks that combine Silas’ particular style of ambient guitar with varying degrees of percussion. I love the variety of Cousin Silas’ music and gravitate towards different elements depending on my mood. He can and does turn his...
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Topics: downtempo, ambient, electronic, electronica, experimental, experimental electronic
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May 11, 2015 Cousin Silas
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Earlier today I watched a programme that explored sensory deprivation using a flotation tank. The idea of nothingness was an idea both compelling and frightening to the host: sixty minutes of nothing is a rather intimidating prospect … just you and your thoughts. I wonder if that’s what some people think about longform drones … that a post-sixty minute ambient soundscape is, in some way, a scary proposition. I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that I like to be alone with my...
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Feb 17, 2015 Cousin Silas
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I recently met Cousin Silas for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was taken by how genuinely lovely he was … a real down-to-earth chap with a wicked sense of humour … generous to a fault and a pleasure to be with. I say this because whilst I was down staying with him … he spoke of the Dronescape series and made particular mention of this instalment - Dronescape 010 (waag_drs010) - his tenth dronescape. He spoke of this being his best yet. Not in a bragging kind of way because he...
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Dec 8, 2014 Cousin Silas
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It has been a busy wee while of late and this week was no exception. When I’m tired I turn to the dronescapes of Cousin Silas - they give me respite, they provide a place to go when all I want to do is turn off the world for an hour and relax. The latest instalment in the dronescape series - the twenty-second instalment in fact - is a marvellous example of this. It’s rich, luscious tone is a balm to my weary soul. It engulfs me with the delightfully paradoxical feeling of the new familiar....
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Nov 20, 2013 Clutter
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Dreams do come true. I am releasing an EP from one of my musical heroes: Shaun Blezard … the founder of Earth Monkey Productions, maker of musical malarkey under the Clutter alias, and vicious 'Words with Friends' player. It was Shaun who introduced me to the concept of the netlabel with his seminal netlabel 'Earth Monkey Productions'. Some of the music on there is still on my iPod five years after the label went on indefinite hiatus … including a number of pieces by weareallghosts stalwart...
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Nov 6, 2013 Brother Saturn
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"Tales of Space Exploration 9 - 16 (waag_rel031)" marks the return of Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn to weareallghosts. Miller picks up where he left off in waag_rel020 … continuing to document his journey into the deepest realms of the galaxy through ambient music. I hear real progression in these tracks … Miller is growing as an artist and as a musician … creating truly beautiful ambient soundscapes that speak of travel, desolation, loneliness, and the yearning of home …...
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Jun 22, 2013 emptywhale
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I have a black-and-blue mark on my arm … its been there for a long while and won't be disappearing any time soon. Its there as a result of my need to pinch myself each and every time I listen to the music on weareallghosts. I need to pinch myself to ensure I am not dreaming … that this wee netlabel isn't in fact some ridiculous fantasy of the calibre of an episode of Dallas. The music I have had the privilege to release is truly exceptional and some of my favourite music from the last year...
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Jun 17, 2013 Cousin Silas
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I have discovered a new pleasure ... lying in my hammock in my backgarden listening to Cousin Silas' dronescapes. I live in Scotland so I don't get many opportunities but when I do ... like I did today ... it was simply stunning. The 7th instalment in Silas' dronescapes takes the series forward ... it is 72 minutes of floaty, blissed-out, musical sunshine. It fitted perfectly with a lazy rest-filled day in the garden ... reading and recharging in the sun. I've never liked the tag 'chill out...
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Mar 11, 2013 Scott Lawlor
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Times escape was originally recorded between 1996 and 1997 when I lived in the Akron Area of Ohio after years of gigging around playing in coffee houses and being a member of the Very Special Arts group. My inspirations for the cd range from Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream but especially the sleep concerts of Robert Rich. I had received one such concert on cassette tape from a friend in the mail and after listening to it while I slept at night, I wanted to try my hand at composing space music. I...
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Jan 4, 2013 Earlyguard
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I love the music that Earlyguard produces and I was delighted that he agreed to create an exclusive long-form drone for my netlabel. 'Stigma' is a 45 minute piece… a single track that is the antithesis of everything within current 'popular' music. Earlyguard isn't about the quick hit or the catchy riff. He is far more than that. He creates space… space beyond time. He shapes his soundscapes in such a manner that the listener becomes fully immersed in his all-encompassing drones. It is...
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In August, when I released part 2 of this compilation, things seemed to be getting better ... restrictions were being lifted and people were accepting the "new normal".  I didn't think that we would see a resurgence in the virus but we did, and with that came more restrictions.  And now, in September, in the midst of all the renewed uncertainty and worry, I am proud to release another of Cousin Silas' exceptional " ... and friends" albums.  Volume 8, part 3 is the prefect...
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Over the last couple of years we’ve feature a series of ambient pieces inspired by and intended for the period of Advent … four pieces for the four Sundays in the month or so before Christmas. This year it was Scott Lawyer’s turn but, due to work and other externalities outwith my control, I was unable to upload before now. Scott’s four pieces were recorded live when he played them, just over a year ago, on stillstream.fm . They are quietly meditative longform pieces that infuse the...
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“The people who walked in darkness (waag_aa002_4)” is the fourth piece by Stephen Briggs that makes up this second “Ambient Advent” collection and with it comes a fifth track, a bonus track, that was simply too good not to include. Both “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” and “Light and life to all he brings” are designed for contemplation and meditation during what has become a very busy period. Regardless how you celebrate this period, I hope these...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, guitar ambient, advent
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Cousin Silas shows no signs of flagging as we reach his thirty-eighth ... he takes his signature longform drone sound and creates another deep, drifting soundscape with all the added flourishes that we have grown accustomed to: the waves of guitar  juxtaposed with the choral synth, the apparently random notes on the keyboard that always appear at just the right time, the flashes of brilliance that keep you coming back for more; I can't get enough of these soundscapes: I find them both relaxing...
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waag_drs039 It has been a while since dronescape 038 and in that time waag has released a number of different flavours of our favourite Cousin's ambient music: remixed, one-take guitar-orientated, dub, progressive, and atmospheric; and whilst I love all that he releases, I do have a soft spot for his dronescapes.  There is something about Cousin Silas' longform ambient music that sucks me in and envelops me like a warm Pendleton blanket, comforting me and relaxing me, stilling my busy head and...
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Not everyone can write longform music. It's not just a case of repeating a phrase and stretching it out for over an hour to create your drone; you have to make it interesting, and engaging ... it has to grab the listener's attention and keep it ... and it has to, dare I say, entertaining!  To make that kind of music take time and it takes talent ... and, most of all, it takes patience.  I am so glad Cousin Silas has all three!  weareallghosts are proud to present the thirty-sixth dronescape...
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It has been a while since we had a dronescape from Cousin Silas, two months in fact, and in that time I have come to really appreciate his longform work. I know I have said this before but it needs said: they give me space, they give me time out to think and to concentrate. I guess when the one thing you crave is for some down time that when you get it, you cherish it. This dronescape, Cousin Silas’ twenty-ninth is nearly 80 minutes in length. It is a real journey in sound, one I found to be...
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I have a whole heap of love for Thomas Park aka Mystified and the music he creates: the drone he released on the 31st December, 2012; is a fantastic piece of music … as is the piece he contributed to our end-of-year compilation. He is a talented chap and I am delighted to have him as part of weareallghosts. And it is this latter piece - "Network" - which kicked off this four-track EP. It became the starting point for the music on "Ghosts That Dance (waag_rel018)". I was so...
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I'll let you into a wee secret. I don't release anything on weareallghosts unless I dig it ... I am a fan, first and foremost, and I do what I do because I am simply that ... a fan of music and, in particular, the kind of music I've been privileged to release. It is with this in mind that I approach “Mourners (waag_rel029)” by Toaster aka Todd Elliott ... a musician whose ambient soundscapes and off-kilter techno tracks are something I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy. In particular, it...
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Good Friday was inspired by observing the power of crowds … how the spirit of a crowd can change a person … take over them … make them do things they wouldn't otherwise consider doing. This spirit … the spirit that can turn a respected school teacher into a looter grasping for a TV in a riot … was evident on the first Good Friday … a day when the crowd took over. Good Friday was also inspired by the spirit that exists in a room or a building ... be it an incense-rich 15th century...
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For the inaugural release on we are all ghosts ambient musician Cousin Silas has created a selection of soundscapes that both feed the soul and inspire the heart.
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Ambientelectromelodica. If I was asked to describe in 1 word the 6 tracks on Cousin Silas' 4th release for 'weareallghosts' I would call it 'ambientelectromelodica' . Not that I need to create a new genre of music just to describe this EP ... far from it ... the music presented in waag_008 fits nicely into the ambient realm with an electroacoustic twist and a real focus on melody. I've had these tracks for a wee while now and wanted to see out 2012 with something special from Cousin Silas. The...
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Kevin Lyons and I were daydreaming together, earlier today ... dreaming of opening up a space called "The End of Time" where the beer was microbrewed, the coffee was always fresh and made with v60s, and the music was decidedly ambient in nature with Cousin Silas playing live; Every night there would be a sci-fi film on and the kitchen would serve the best pizzas at any time of the day. I guess we can dream. I love Kevin Lyons' music ... it has a special something about it that always...
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According to the dictionary, recrudescence means ... "breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence" ... and it is a fitting albeit tongue-tying title for a collection of music by Cousin Silas that he himself has remixed, rearranged and revived.  Recrudescence means to reopen and make raw again as in to reopen a wound. I see this more as a potter remoulding their clay, reshaping it, reusing it as they see fit. Silas is the potter and his...
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It is my absolute pleasure to welcome Simon Slator to the weareallghosts fold, who joins us with a belter of a longform ambient release entitled "Philharmony (waag_rel053)". "Philharmony" is a derived word that originates from the adjective "Philmarmonic" which means to be fond of or devoted to music ... and is an apt descriptor for weareallghosts, for Simon and for me ... we love music and share an ongoing, active love for music in all its forms albeit with a...
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I recently renewed my Audible subscription and have been intently listening to the audiobook I downloaded from the HP Lovecraft Historical Society's anthology, it boasts of being the complete works of HP Lovecraft and it is a most wonderful listen. The HPLHS have invested a considerable amount of time and effort to really make the stories shine, if shine be the right term for such sinister and otherworldly eldritch tales. If I were to read these weird tales rather than listen to them then I...
Topics: ambient, dark, dark ambient, experimental, weird
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I have a real fondness for Matthew VandenBrook and his uniquely particular (and particularly unique) version of experimental electronic music.  He pushes boundaries and, at times, challenges me within his prolific expressions ... often leaving me perplexed until (as much through exposure as epiphany) the lightbulb comes on and I get to see (hear) his music through his eyes (ears). "Flux" is such an album. I cannot begin to describe the sounds featured on "Flux", it truly...
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"Tales of Space Exploration 25 - 34 (waag_rel061)” marks the next instalment of Brother Saturn's "Tales of Space Exploration" series. Drew Miller picks up where he left off in waag_rel048 … expanding his ongoing themes of travel, desolation, home and of loneliness … and further developing this series for weareallghosts. As before, Adam Howie has expertly expressed these themes in his cover art. His piece - "Detrimentum Sui - Loss of Self" - will be available for...
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I always delight in releasing Kevin Lyons' music. I have a real soft spot for his music and I'm not the only one, there are a number of others who really do appreciate his Berlin School-inspired take on ambient electronic music. Kevin Lyons' latest release on weareallghosts, entitled "Organised Vibrations", is a wonderfully progressive collection of tracks that take me, as the listener, on multiple journeys of discovery. From the Tangerine Dream flavoured opener, "Aum", to...
Topics: ambient, electronic, dark ambient, weird, space music
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In the Green Light (waag_rel056) by Ade Hodges & Cousin Silas is the next instalment in an ongoing series of collaborations between the two artists. It features six earthy, nearly impenetrable walls-of-sound that are not for the claustrophobic. In the Green Light (waag_rel056) is an immense album of truly immersive beauty, one that is as spatial as it is aural. There is both a breadth and a density within these tracks that takes the listener's breath away, it is as if Hodges and Silas have...
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100 releases. I know there have been more than 100 releases on weareallghosts ... waag has released singles, dronescapes, and even rereleased albums that it was felt needed further attention ... but it has also put out 100 new, original pieces of music during the 5 years of existence. I'm extremely proud of this fact, very proud indeed.  I have, through weareallghosts, championed some wonderful music and this collaboration between Cousin Silas and Øystein Jørgensen is the very definition of...
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What better way to start 2022 than with "Music For The Dark Days" ... an EP from the collaborative partnership of electronic musicians EISENLAGER and Sergio Mariani aka EISENLAGER MARIANI. "Music For The Dark Days" features four exceptionally beautiful ambient electronic tracks that expertly convey the dark days of winter ... the cold, biting wind and incessant, uncomfortable darkness ... the beating of your heart as move slowly, struggling with deep snow ... that sound of...
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Cousin Silas' dronescapes have really grown from strength to strength ... developing into something of 'must have' recording for me. I tend to listen to at least one a day and love the headspace they give me. I know I am not alone ... and really appreciate all the comments I receive when one is released. I also value the support that some in the WAAG community provided and do not take it for granted. So this weekend we are going to put out not one ... but TWO dronescapes - 011 and 012. I...
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Sometimes life just doesn’t go to plan: People you hold in high regard let you down, risks you take don’t pay off and end up costing you dear, and that great idea that you had turns out to be anything but; you know what I mean. When life gets like that I try to retreat, refocus, and restart; and I greatly appreciate music that helps me do that. The twenty-eighth dronescape from Cousin Silas is one such piece of music and, to be honest, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Its rich,...
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"The birth pains of Titan 6 (waag_rel039)" is the soundtrack to a story that has yet to be told about the ill-fated sixth colony on Titan. It also marks the solo debut on weareallghosts of a man steeped in both ambient music and pulp science fiction - Ade Hodges. I've had this album for a wee while and have really enjoyed the themes it presents ... Ade has gone out his way to create an album that could easily be the soundtrack to a cult sci-fi film ... something dark and unsettling. I...
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"Silas & Friends vol2 (waag_rel032)" is weareallghosts' fiftieth release and what a release it is … a real smorgasbord of sounds from my fave musician and his wonderfully, delightfully, fantastically eclectic group of chums … most of whom I consider friends too. I have looked forward to this compilation for some time and I am pleased to be able to finally release it. It is an album that has taken a considerable amount of effort to compile and it stands as a testament to the...
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I am proud to present "Abstraction (waag_rel043)" ... 45 minutes of longform ambient joy. I have a lot of love for the music of both Scott Lawlor and Earlyguard, so you can imagine I was very quick to respond in the positive when I was approached about releasing a collaboration that they had in the works ... I didn't think it would be as good as "Abstraction" is. This is music for both the head and the heart, a late-night hit of somatic bliss that, in equal measure, inspires...
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It's been over a year since we had the last Dronescape from Cousin Silas ... and in that time he's been very busy expanding his body-of-work over on his Bandcamp page ( cousinsilas1.bandcamp.com ) as well as with his "...and friends" collaborations here on weareallghosts. I do love his longform pieces and continue to listen regularly to the Dronescapes he has released here ... as well as the Emporium drone series that he self-publishes.  Nothing beats a continuous, unbroken stream of...
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"Ancient Ocean (waag_rel071)" is a collaboration between versatile ambient musician Scott Lawlor and neo-Krautrock/kosmische act The Gateless Gate (or one half of it, Allister Thompson). Scott’s drones for this piece strongly suggested the ebb and flow of the ocean. However, making yet another oceanic ambient album wasn’t satisfying, so Allister came up with the concept of a primordial ocean, millions of years before the dawn of man. This opened up the door to all sorts of...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone, kosmische musik, krautrock, progressive
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I have a considerable amount of love for Cousin Silas and his music. He is consistently wonderful, as an inspiration and as a friend, and I am proud to present his latest work: “Geographics 2 (waag_rel075)” … the long overdue follow up to “Geographics” on the brilliant Shaun Blezard’s now sadly dormant Earth Monkey Productions. It was Geographics that got me into Cousin Silas’ music. That and his Ballard Landscapes, which were all on EMP. And it was EMP that got me into Silas by...
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A collaboration between two of my favourite musicians on weareallghosts - Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons - is an exciting prospect, one that I am glad to say did not disappoint me. I love their individual sounds and really love their combined effort on ScannerWorks (waag_rel054) . ScannerWorks (waag_rel054) is the first of hopefully many collaborations between Silas and Lyons ... they have distilled their shared passion for ambient and progressive music, 70s British horror films, and pulp...
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"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents... some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age." - HPLovecraft - The Call of Cthulu 'Into The Dark | volume iii (waag_rel055)' - the third and final instalment in...
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- Cousin Silas and Friends
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The idea of collaboration has negative connotations as does compromise … but something truly beautiful can be born from working together, sharing a vision and journeying on the road of creation with one or two close friends. This is evidenced here, on this the fifth volume of collaborations from Cousin Silas and his friends. Over 5 CDs worth of music … 800+ mb of data if you choose 320kbps MP3 files … Cousin Silas and Friends vol 5 (waag_rel088) is a hefty celebration of truly independent...
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I am particularly fond of Cousin Silas' longform pieces. Whether it is his dronescapes or the rerelease of Owlers Wood, Cousin Silas knows how to make longform music that is both interesting and engaging rather than monotonous and dull. He has raised the bar, at least for me, and graciously keeps feeding what is developing into an insatiable hunger for more. “Swirl (waag_rel082)” is his latest longform creation, one that explores the vastness of space and time within its 78 minute duration....
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waag_rel063 Releasing Kevin Lyons’ music on weareallghosts is one of my proudest achievements with the netlabel. If ever there was someone who deserved to be heard, it is him! He has an approach to his craft that makes my heart sing: he is wonderfully imaginative and channels the whole of his very interesting life into his innovative expression. “Night Visions (waag_rel063)” is an utter delight, opening with one of my favourite longform pieces - “Like City Lights, Receding” - a track...
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As I type this on Black Friday I am sitting in my house, at a small IKEA desk, listening to a Czech radio show who have featured the music of weareallghosts. It is raining outside, which is no surprise - it is November in the West of Scotland after all, and I am still nursing a concussion I received last week when I fell in the shower and hit my head on the toilet bowl. Taking this time out has really helped me to prioritise my life: I love my family and my friends, I love my job and...
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I totally missed this track. It was intended for our recent end-of-year compilation and it got bogged down in my inbox. I am so sorry to Christopher Alvarado and Stephen Briggs for my oversight ... and to make it up to them I've decided to release it as a free single. That said, I am also releasing it because it is a superb piece of music ... a track where two distinct musicians have come together to make something new and unique ... a synergy, so to speak, and a fabulous one at that. This is...
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The name UNATTRIBUTED is a play on words.  The artist is a long-time advocate of Creative Commons licensing, which fundamentally incorporates the idea of attribution. The idea of numbering the titles of releases and tracks is derived from a series of releases in which artists are allowed to explore any style of music they want, free from the confines of their percieved identity. UNATTRIBUTED is a cross-style project that is currently focusing on ambient, abstract, experimental, drone, and...
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Cousin Silas and Kevin Lyons make the spookiest of sci-fi inspired ambient music and "11 Tales of Space and Intrigue (waag_rel135)" is a superb addition to their body of work.  Theirs are the sounds of abandoned space-stations and far-off moons and the imagined goings-on of the extra-terrestrial stars of loved children's TV shows ... their evocative music is the music that feeds the imagination and inspires daydreams of burning worlds and the most captivating of deserts on the Red...
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From the opening of “Serenity”, with the piano and synths in delightful collaboration, I knew I was onto something special ... and I was not disappointed: “Into Air (waag_rel134)” by Eric Goldberg aka Er Go is simply stunning, something truly beautiful.  Eric’s emphasis on melody and the warmth of the expansive ambient soundscapes that compliment these melodies really struck me as being very special indeed. His is a soothing, joyous, uplifting sound; the counterpoint to some of the...
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It is with great delight that I bring to you "Cosmic Oblivion (waag_rel133)" by James Hoehl and, in doing so, welcome him into the WAAG fold.  James has been a keen supporter of weareallghosts for sometime now and I am over-the-moon with what he has created for his first release with us ... a five-track album of drifting, spacey, ambient drones that collectively speak of the vast ocean of stars that sits just beyond our horizon.  Ironically, James wasn't sure there was an audience...
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"You are Alison G. Madrigal (waag_rrl003)" by Alison G. Madrigal is an interesting listen ... so interesting, in fact, that I agreed to rerelease it on weareallghosts. "Who is Alison G. Madrigal?" I hear you ask ... I can't say for sure for she is shrouded in secrecy. I do believe, however, that Todd Elliott aka Toaster is involved with this project in some way ... he introduced me to her, for one, and the sounds bear a cunning similarity to some of his output. Does it...
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Sometimes music evokes feelings and feelings in turn evoke music. I have always tried to put as much of my feelings as possible into my music. I want to tell stories or rather make untold stories heard.  This whole album is based around death, loss, grief and despair. While most of the tracks were made a few months ago, after the untimely passing of my mother I felt I needed to make some more music just to try and cope with the situation. This how the title track and "We are all...
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I'll admit to being new to Generative Music, it is not something I was aware was "a thing" until Thomas Jackson Park pitched the idea to me for his track on last year's compilation, all|is|bright_2020 ... I was intrigued and did a bit of digging. According to Wikipedia, Generative Music is a term popularised by Brian Eno to describe music that is ever-different and changing, and that is created by a system. I was further intrigued and, through our correspondence, Jackson Park let me...
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"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'" (John 1:29) The fourth candle, the "Christ Candle" needs no explanation. Saviour of the world: Salvator Mundi. - Simon And with that I wish Simon … and everyone who supports weareallghosts in any way whatsoever a very Merry Christmas. - Thomas
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In a recent blog post, Joseph Mosby of josephmosby.com talked about using music to get “into the zone” … the zone being that point when we have complete concentration, complete focus. In his post - http://josephmosby.com/2015/02/15/the-psychology-of-a-small-playlist-on-repeat.html - he quotes Arkansas psychologist Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis who wrote a book called “On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind” that tangentially delves into this question … how does music on repeat help...
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Cousin Silas and I connected many years ago when I said some nice things about his work on Shaun Blezard's seminal 'Earth Monkey Productions' netlabel. Silas had released 'Geographics' and his first two Ballard Landscapes on EMP and I had picked them up. They were my kind of atmospheres: dark, eerie & powerfully emotive ... they conjured up desolate spaces and lands dotted with Cyclopean buildings before I had read Lovecraft and knew what a Cyclopean architecture was. "Great watery...
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Welcome to the twenty-first dronescape from Cousin Silas, another post-70 minute piece from someone who I personally think is at the top of their game. Coming off the back of his first CD on weareallghosts, this dronescape provides a fitting rest. It is an open and spacious drone filled with wonder and the anticipation of the unknown. It is a delight. I hope you enjoy Dronescape 021 as much as I do. - Tx
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It has been a while since dronescape 039 ... nearly six months, in fact, and in that time Cousin Silas has released a couple of longform pieces inspired by the Berlin School of electronic music. He's also released the final selection of music created by him, in partnership with Tim Jones and Kevin Lyons; and he's began to rerelease his legendary TWANG! series. He's also been rather prolific on other netlabels, for example with two collections of "Short Stories" on the fab studio 4632....
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Is it just me or do these drones get better with each instalment? Cousin Silas continues to astound me with this - his 6th dronescape for weareallghosts. His ability to engage the listener in a fully immersive sonic environment truly amazes me. I have all his dronescapes on my iPhone and have been known to move from one to another when I am in need of extended periods concentration and/or escape. As before, an MP3 version of this dronescape will be available here on Archive for free … with a...
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Scott Lawlor continues on his journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes with the third in his drone.excursion series. drone.excursion.003 (waag_dex003) aka 'uncertainty of suspense' is a fluid piece ... one that has a sense of movement while retaining an impression of artifice and of the man-made, like it's predecessor. drone.excursion.003 (waag_dex003) is another delightful longform drone from Scott and I really do hope you will enjoy it as much as I have ... I found it a worthwhile journey...
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Due to ill health, what was intended as a fitting close to 2013 has now become an opening shot across the bow of 2014 ... and what a shot it is! When I put out the call for submissions for the end-of-year compilation, I never thought I would receive what I did: tracks from artists like Cousin Silas, Scott Lawlor, and Kevin Lyons - the very backbone of weareallghosts; new creations from Jack Hertz, and Mystified - pillars of the Ambient music community; an inspired remix from Wolfgang Merx of a...
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I've released this early ... with no warning because its nice to get a surprise now and again ... and I hope to take a wee break for a few weeks over the Christmas period. 'Into the dark (waag_rel038)' is the first in a trilogy of dark, atmospheric, and rather sinister sounding ambient albums that I am proud to say I have secured for release. I've been itching to release this album ... an album where Cousin Silas goes back to his darker ambient roots ... ever since I received it from him. It is...
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Scott is a tremendous supporter of weareallghosts, playing our music on his show on stillstream. He is part of the waag familia and I am proud to present two longish ambient drones from him. "The Space Between The Leaves" - is the first in a series of longer-form drones called "The Space Between" ... this is an ongoing project from Scott and I hope to bring you further instalments in the future. "...The Leaves" is a darker, noisier drone that almost overwhelms but...
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