- Tange – Psylence II
- Earlyguard – Monoku
- Bing Satellites – Angel of the North
- Susperia-Electrica – Free Floating in Space
- Benjamin Dauer – Harmony Bound
- Andrew Lahiff – Further Distances
- Elypixa – Birth of a Fairy
- Mooma – Tachyon Lullaby
- Igneous Flame – Ultramarine
- Altus – An Atmosphere of Silence
- Crystal Dreams – Flood (Disturbed Earth Mix)
- Tomorrow’s Man – Doomsday Divine
- Eyes Cast Down – Exquisite Divination of Patterns
- Phillip Wilkerson – Luminous Drift
- Steve Brand – Into the Current
- Daniel Lahey – Being Peace
- Boris Lelong – Conception
- C.paradisi – Celestial
- Lucette Bourdin – To The Stars
- Burning Artist – BurningFreeFalling
- Shane Morris – Shimmering
- Michael Meara – Origination
*This track list was arrived at randomly. We highly recommend that you listen to this collection on shuffle in order to best explore the many layers and textures of the individual pieces within the whole of the collection.
This compilation is more than just music. It is a mission statement.
As you will see on the website, there is a written mission statement for the label. While those words are an adequate description for what I intend the focus of Free Floating Music to be, words can only express so much. This is, of course, why there is music. And while this music doesn’t speak loudly, it does speak clearly.
It speaks to us of the spaces where we can be free from the accelerated pull of the world. It writes poems to the cloudless, star-filled skies. It gently reminds us perhaps of that patient, sane and compassionate person we deep down wish to be.
I have been a listener and fan of ambient music for over 25 years. To me, the best of the genre has always hovered closest to the edges of silence, being almost barely music at all, but almost a frame that adorns the masterpiece of sound that is silence. When I am looking for a space in which to think or dream, sleep or read–or just simply be–it is this music to which I turn. And it is this music that I have always wanted to create and to spread to the world.
While I occasionally dabble in creating this music myself (I am the C.paradisi represented here), I find that I have a greater knack for discovering this music by others. And so I was led to blog about the music and eventually to broadcast a show on Stillstream ambient radio. But I wanted to be more involved in the creative process and so I finally decided to start a netlabel devoted to this gentle drifting music that I love.
As you can hear, the focus is on the serene, the simple and direct. I have lived with this music for weeks–playing it in my sleep, in the shower, in my car, at family dinners and walks by the shore–and I have only just begun to explore its depths and nuances. While the tracks on ‘conception’ share a similar dynamic range, each artist has infused their work with their own unique instrumental and compositional voice. Some are firmly grounded in the silence, while others glide above it, occasionally touching its surface. Some are abstract and textural, while others explore closer to orchestral territory. But each and every one builds their own room in this collaborative temple to silence.
I would encourage you to wander aimlessly through the spaces that they have created. In all the times I listened to this collection, I did so randomly, shuffling the playing order each time. In this way I was able to allow the created space to lead me where it would, and each time I discovered a new place for repose. Pieces that I had heard multiple times became new as I approached them from a different direction. (I tried to resist providing a track order at all, but I know that the technology would impose one (alphabetical, most likely) anyway. And so the numbering of tracks that is embedded was arrived at completely randomly and I encourage you to always listen to this collection as a shuffled playlist.)
I could not have asked for a more articulate conception for the Free Floating Music label. If you are curious about what Free Floating Music will sound like in future releases, you have this mission statement that makes it abundantly clear.
A ‘mission statement’ from the brilliant Free Floating record label and a compilation that reflects a vision set out by label owner Brad Ross-Macleod. “If you are curious about what Free Floating Music will sound like in future releases, you have this mission statement that makes it abundantly clear” – a great way to start a label and a high standard to be maintained, going by the textural ambient contained here. There’s nothing more exciting that seeing a tracklist you only vaguely recognise (i.e Bing Satellites, Altus, Benjamin Dauer) and knowing plenty more is to come with even more artists to explore.
The Benjamin Dauer track is actually one of the best on here, and if it’s sending you off into a spaced-out, welcoming tunnel, then I suggest you also download his free album on Distance Recordings, ‘Burning of Wine‘.
There will be a close eye or two on Free Floating in the coming months, as I have a feeling this won’t be the last time they are mentioned on ASIP…
astrangelyisolatedplace – July 17, 2011
Not only because Earlyguard’s track “Monoku” on the yesterday released new Free Floating compilation »Conception« is a wonderful new track and a perfect addition to the shiny Earlyguard discography, but also because there are so many stunning good artists I know and love (Bing Satellites, Benjamin Dauer, Altus) and so many more to discover, do yourself a favour: Get »Conception«, it’s good, it’s free and it is a friendly companion for your travel through the day. A brilliant start for an interesting new netlabel with a clear vision.
2/3 a.m. – July 15, 2011
Simply put… I want to do what Brad Ross-McLeod has done. He has assembled 22 uniquely talented and wonderfully individual artists and asked them to provide tracks for a compilation album. This compilation – entitled ‘Conception’ – showcases the very best in the ambient electronic genre… and he has managed to do so in a manner that has ensured a sense of consistency and a feeling of together-ness which suggests a single cohesive whole rather than 22 separate parts.
‘Conception’ is a wonderful compilation of ambient electronic soundscapes that has a real depth and substance to it. It really does showcase the very best in this genre and it has become the soundtrack to my life since I was given a pre-release copy (thanks to Earlyguard for the introduction) earlier this week.
It features 22 artists and lasts 201 minutes (yes… 3 hours 21 minutes). The tracks can be played sequentially or you can shuffle them. In fact, Brad recommends you do randomise the playing order… and I can only agree with this sentiment.
Each track is self-contained but works, at a higher level, as part of the collective whole. It is a saladbowl of sound… where each element is uniquely itself (e.g. a tomato or onion) but works together to make a nourishing salad.
Whilst part of me is loathed to single any specific tracks out… because they are all so good… the other part of me would consider it amiss not to mention personal favourites: Earlyguard, Benjamin Dauer and Philip Wilkerson; who all bring their very best produce to this communal salad.
That said… the compilation has brought to my attention some new (to me) artists that I am eager to follow up on. Andrew Lahiff, Elypixa, Mooma, & Crystal Dreams; to name but a few, are truly excellent and I will be on the hunt for their work.
‘Conception’ was released yesterday and I would thoroughly recommend you pick it up… for free… from Free Floating Music.
headphonaught – July 15, 2011
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