Twilight Sessions Volume Eight ffm•002
Recorded December 2010 to April 2011
I don’t know if there’s something in the water in Manchester or if his house is built above some sacred tomb of Arthurian knights, but I know that Brin Coleman (aka Bing Satellites) possesses some incredible source of musical power that goes beyond what I’m accustomed to.
As I have been listening repeatedly to Twilight Sessions Volume Eight, I find it amazing that seven other volumes (totaling over 15 hours of music) have been released by Bing Satellites in little over a year. And this doesn’t even take into account the other releases, compilations AND the netlabel that Brin runs, BFW Recordings.
I first discovered the Twilight Sessions series in May of 2010 and wrote on my blog of Volume One that I was “really taken by the serene beauty of these pieces.” And I followed along with the series and dutifully downloaded each as I became aware of them. They entered my vast collection and popped up frequently in the playlists for my Stillstream show.
Then a transformation took place….
I believe it was with Volume Four. I don’t know if it was that mystical Mancunian water or Brin simply hitting his stride and letting himself really surrender to his process, but the depth and majesty of the Twilight Sessions leapt to a new level for me at that point. The music was with me throughout the process of moving with my family to Canada. It comforted me on planes and in hotel rooms. It became essential to me. And the trend continued with volumes five through seven.
Fast forward only a few months later and I am releasing Twilight Sessions Volume Eight on my new Free Floating Music netlabel. I am especially grateful to Brin for this, most especially because he already has his own netlabel that has been the home for this series so far. I feel almost as though I were adopting one of his children and am honored that he believes in me and the label enough to share this music with Free Floating.
So listen to these six tracks and follow along the paths that Bing Satellites has laid out for you. They are traced with graceful, floating piano phrases that glide over top of gentle and simple chords. There are some shadowy and melancholy sites along these paths, but there is always the guiding hand to hold you up and move you forward to places both deep and true. Feel the pulsing heat of The Hottest Day of the Year as well as the gentle breezes amid The Colours of Autumn.
And don’t question whether Bing Satellites is tuned into some mystical or otherworldly source. Just know that he is an incredibly talented and hard working artist whom we can all thank for his vision and generous spirit.
From Bing Satellites:
“The eighth album in the Twilight Sessions series and the first to be released by Free Floating.
Like the first seven volumes, this is an album of completely improvised, live ambient music.
Each piece starts as a blank canvas. I have no preconceived idea of what the music will sound like.
The music is built around a long, slowly decaying loop.
I add notes from synths, guitar, clarinet and voice (usually heavily processed) to build sounds and textures that evolve slowly.
These loops are quite long (often around 90 seconds or more) and with very little rhythm to speak of, it is difficult to know precisely where I am in the loop, so I can add notes and sounds where I see fit, but can never know exactly what I am adding these notes to.
Therefore, it must be said that although I am the one making these sounds and creating this music, much of it is down to serendipity.”
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