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Two ambient tracks

Fri 10 May 2013 by mskala Tags used: ,

I followed a link from Warren Ellis's Twitter feed to this posting about a half-day MP3: "Frolic in Brine, Goblins Be Thing" by Aairria. The idea of a work of audio art (I hesitate to call this "music" but I suppose it meets the definition) consisting of twelve hours of background noise appealed to me. But I didn't really want to spend the time it would take to download that (probably more than real time, because the MP3 is high-fidelity) on my slow home network connection and then make a block of time to listen to it, and I was also a bit disappointed to find out that the actual title is "Frolic in Brine, Goblins Be Thine" (a reference to the Ring movies), which I think is much less interesting than the typo.

The same artist has a bunch of other work online. I downloaded Sleepwalking and listened to it during one of my Sunday-morning urban hikes. It's about 65 minutes of basically just a humming noise. On the one hand, I definely got something out of it. There's more going on here artistically than one might expect from the description "65 minutes of humming." On the other hand, by the end of it I felt disappointed. I thought that it didn't live up to its possibilities. So the next step is, can I do better?

I got Csound and played with it for a while, and have posted the first of my results to a new account on SoundCloud. Below the cut (because I don't want to put external-site iframes on my front page) are embedded Flash players.

3 comments

Lancelot
I enjoyed listening to your two compositions. They reminded me of "Volumina" by György Ligeti, a work for organ that the composer completed in 1966. It became relatively famous as a piece of music that seemed at first to consist of white noise but that was not actually homogenous and that had a wealth of interesting textures. I urge you to listen to any of the several fine recordings of the piece available on YouTube. Also, do an image search and have a look at scores for the piece which cue a performer through shapes and patterns that are not at all in traditional music notation.
I also agree with you that the typographical error you cited in the title for a piece by Aairria made that title more interesting than the "correct" one. Recently, I wrote a review of an ethnographic study for an anthropology course I was taking, and I was trying to express that friendship in marriage was more important to me than it apparently was for villagers described in the study who seemed to enter into "non-companionate" marriages for practical reasons while seeking their friendships elsewhere. I wanted to write that, while I felt I could enjoy many of the social conventions that were the norm for these particular villagers, it had been important to me to have a companionate relationship with my wife, who had been my "closest friend for over forty years." My wonderful typo, which my spell-checker, of course, didn't balk at, involved printing out that my wife had been "my closet friend for over forty years." As with your example, the typo-ed version seems far more interesting. Best regards to you.
Lancelot - 2013-05-12 19:46
Craig Tataryn
"Frolic in Brine, Goblins Be Thine" reminds me of the move Ringu
Craig Tataryn - 2013-07-10 09:22
Aairria
Thanks for interest in my music.
Curious about the typo you mention, I did a quick check. And yes - the typo is by Disquiet, not by me. The correct title is and was "Frolic in brine, goblins be thine". And yes, it's inspired by the Ringu movie.
Kind regards,
Aairria.
Aairria - 2014-04-15 13:22


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