"wide open desert music" S/D

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Currently enjoying Dust to Dust very much. Great interview, too.

I want a recommendation engine for 'wide open desert' music - stuff like Dust to Dust, the Hired Hand soundtrack, any Scott Tuma, Eyvind Kang's Live Low to the Ground...

― The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:39 PM

Those last three are the biggies, imo, assuming you probably already know the Paris, Texas soundtrack. Do you know a band called Padang Food Tigers? They definitely hit on this vibe quite a bit, despite being about as far from the desert landscape as you can get (UK, iirc). Also, there are a lot of people working this angle from a dronier / noisier angle, like pedal steel guitarist Chas Smith (not to be confused with drummer Ches Smith), William Fowler Collins, and probably a few others.

There are probably people who can direct you to the "right" Calexico records, too (there are instrumental albums that definitely touch on this style) but I'm not really well-versed enough to say

― Wimmels, Saturday, March 18, 2017 1:03 PM

Yes - love the Food Tigers! And, aye, definitely uk based. Paris, Texas is all-time. I'd forgotten Chas Smith. Santa Fe is a hell of a thing. Will check William Fowler Collins, for sure. Cheers.

― The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, March 18, 2017 1:10 PM

I want a recommendation engine for 'wide open desert' music

See also:

Susan Alcorn - And i await the Resurrection (maybe not her best, but its what I have)
Barn Owl - any
Ry Cooder - Paris, Texas of course, also look for Trespass, Last Man Standing OSTs
Dead Texan - eponymous debut
Bruce Kaphan - Slider: Ambient Excursions for Pedal Steel Guitar
Long Desert Cowboy - any
Rainer (Ptacek) - Nocturnes

― Sanpaku, Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:14 PM (five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

if Live Low To The Earth In The Iron Age is part of this genre, I'm starting a thread

― sleeve, Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:19 PM (0 seconds ago) Bookmark

sleeve, Sunday, 19 March 2017 06:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

that Eyvind Kang record is one of my favorite things ever.

does Scenic fit in here? it's been a long tiem since I heard those records.

sleeve, Sunday, 19 March 2017 06:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

thanks in advance thread

example (crüt), Sunday, 19 March 2017 06:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

I forgot to mention the two Slim Westerns albums by A Small, Good, Thing (aka O Yuki Conjugate).

Sanpaku, Sunday, 19 March 2017 06:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

I think of Scenic as more western tinged instrumental rock. There's an omnipresent drum kit, which keeps it out of ambient territory.

Sanpaku, Sunday, 19 March 2017 06:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

Though they include a few songs, the two albums by Maggie Björklund (Coming Home (2010) and Shaken (2014)) may belong here, too.

Sanpaku, Sunday, 19 March 2017 06:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

most calexico, i think?
friends of dean martinez

mookieproof, Sunday, 19 March 2017 06:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

thx for the A Small, Good, Thing recommendations, I am a big OYC fan and have always meant to check them out.

sleeve, Sunday, 19 March 2017 07:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

I feel like some specific Dirty Three tracks might fit in here as well, or Tren Brothers?

sleeve, Sunday, 19 March 2017 07:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

Funny somebody mentioning Scenic which I think was intentionally influenced by the local Arizona scenery.
I always get images of the long range desert group driving landrovers across the sahara when listening to tracks from Jamahiriya by Licher's earlier Savage Republic. Which was my immediate response to the title question.

Stevolende, Sunday, 19 March 2017 07:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

The most recent Daniel Lanois album, Goodbye to Language - a whole album of droney pedal steel. My favorite album of 2016.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 19 March 2017 07:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

surprised no one's mentioned earth this side of hex; or printing in the infernal method. or are they outside the boundaries?

The sandwiches looked quite dank. (contenderizer), Sunday, 19 March 2017 07:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

William Tyler?

just sayin, Sunday, 19 March 2017 08:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

earth - hex was my second thought

my first thought was the track 'despite the roar' by bardo pond

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Sunday, 19 March 2017 09:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

black sun ensemble - the self-titled one on reckless with a goldfish flying thru space on the cover

Benylin Ascent (NickB), Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah was going to mention Mr Acedo and folks. 1st lp got a cd reissue a few years ago but not sure fi it's still around.
I came in via Lambent Flame and wasn't sure what track was very deserty but since Acedo came from the desert region I think it is heavily reflected in the music.

Stevolende, Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

gosh lambent flame, that record was not kind to my ears. 2nd s/t is just lovely the whole way through

Benylin Ascent (NickB), Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

Neil Young's Dead Man soundtrack.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 19 March 2017 11:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

This is magnificent. A day imagining the loneliness, the wind a fibrous wall... I keep thinking of a line from the Monkey Wrench Gang: 'the desert eased his vague anger'.

I know vocals and drums wreck the spirit of this kind of stuff, but Whitewater by Kyuss is pure desert.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 19 March 2017 11:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

I bought a Scenic record once just because of the impressive brown paper packaging. I didn't go back to the music inside very much though.

The Bruce Kaphan slide guitar thing sounds cool

calstars, Sunday, 19 March 2017 11:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

Probably goes without saying but the new Hired Hand tribute record on Scissor Tail is beautiful and is wide open space music all the way. It's on Spotify if that's your thing.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 19 March 2017 11:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

african desert music (made by people who grew up in and live in deserts!) like BARGOU 08, TAMIKREST, TINARIWEN, and BOMBINO isn't half bad, either

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Six Organs of Admittance (especially the albums The Sun Awakens and Shelter From the Ash)

bernard snowy, Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

Would including Gil Evans's arrangements be too much of a stretch? Sketches of Spain and parts of Out of the Cool and Indvidualism of... always evoke the desert for me.

Western Skies Motel are good at this stuff. Settlers from last year is great.

Cheers for the Slim Westerns recommendation.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

A couple other aesthetics that are distinct but related: I see Dead Texan has been mentioned already, but I want to put in a plug for "Sun Drugs" off the underrated Stars of the Lid release The Ballasted Orchestra, as it totally nails the feeling of laying​ in a wide-open field under a cloudless sky listening to the rumble of distant jet aircraft. Also, the recent GYBE album with the title beginning Asunder, Sweet... gives me a very strong out-of-the-blistering-midday-heat, into-the-cool-shade-of-the-suq vibe

bernard snowy, Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

Labradford - Mi Media Naranja

^ good twangy morricone vibes, but also twinkly electronics that make me think of satellites flying across a vast starry sky

Benylin Ascent (NickB), Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

Labradford - Mi Media Naranja

^ a midway point between eno and morricone, a desert drifter looking up into the night sky and seeing twinkling satellites sailing across the vastness overhead

Benylin Ascent (NickB), Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

Lol fucking phone playing tricks on me

Benylin Ascent (NickB), Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

thanks in advance thread

― example (crüt), Sunday, March 19, 2017 1:30 AM (twelve hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

jason waterfalls (gbx), Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

Should add for anyone who missed it on the Steve Roach thread that the Dust to Dust mentioned up top which started this is his collaborative album with Roger King:

https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dust-to-dust

It is and remains one of my all time favorite albums.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

If people have mentioned Sketches of Spain the Grateful Dead's lift as Spanish Jam should also fit as should other of their stuff.

I was thinking bits of QMS too especially Calvary.

Stevolende, Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

oh yeah and on the QMS tip there are some longer Rangda pieces ("Plain Of Jars", "...Hermetic Museum") that fit in here, and Sun City Girls' Funeral Mariachi album (but not much else of theirs imo)

sleeve, Sunday, 19 March 2017 19:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

this thread was better when it was a little more specialized and not "this drone band used clean guitars and a slide once"

Wimmels, Sunday, 19 March 2017 19:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

ah yes the long 13hr lifespan of this thread

jason waterfalls (gbx), Sunday, 19 March 2017 19:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

Brokeback, Brokeback and the Black Rock

Wozniak on Kimye's Baby (jaymc), Sunday, 19 March 2017 19:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

William Tyler?

― just sayin, Sunday, March 19, 2017 4:27 AM (eleven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Absolutely William Tyler!

Evan, Sunday, 19 March 2017 19:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRGns0huaCM

This is my favorite kind of Calexico and as mentioned above it fits the thread theme very well.

Evan, Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

I could certainly recommend the proper instrumental/experimental Calexico stuff if anyone was actually interested.

Evan, Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

Train Songs by Two Dollar Guitar.

heaven parker (anagram), Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

Brian Grainger – Blue Wheatfield: https://wil-ru.bandcamp.com/album/blue-wheatfield
lots of stuff by Expo '70; e.g., Inaudible Bicoastal Trajectory: https://aguirrerecords.bandcamp.com/album/inaudible-bicoastal-trajectory

example (crüt), Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

man I had forgotten about that Two Dollar Guitar album

thanks to crut for those last two as well

probably everyone here has heard Brightblack Morning Light but they definitely fit

Brightblack Morning Light ... WTF?

sleeve, Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Susan Alcorn - And i await the Resurrection (maybe not her best, but its what I have)"

you need to get her extremely lovely Soledad album, Sanpaku or anyone who digs this aesthetic.

calzino, Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'd take a more desert-focussed Calexcio primer, Evan. Cheers. 'Hot Rail' is fantastic.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

Date Palms "Dusted Sessions"

daily growing, Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

re: Calexico, The Black Light and Spoke are both great for winding/long stretches, southern Utah driving. also, seconding Dirty Three and Tren Brothers. Whatever You Love You Are is a beauty, though it's less propulsive. Bad Timing by Jim O'Rourke is an absolute slam dunk.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

I recall Lanterna, who incidentally did a split release with Scenic, being described as "atmospheric desert music" or some such

a but (brimstead), Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

I loved all the Yo La Tengo music in Old Joy--not sure if that fits your definition, but it does recall the Paris, Texas soundtrack, I think, and they do do a lot of driving in the movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcuXOtwZSiw

clemenza, Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yawning Man

Meat Puppets debut and second

Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

http://www.bendingcorners.com/2005/desert_moments/ is a good mix of this sort of thing

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Sunday, 19 March 2017 23:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

*wearily puts on high-vis jacket and gets to work* I can only side-eye the romanticised inhuman aesthetic at work here & wld question the appeal of it, even tho I like some of the music mentioned itt. also I wld humbly suggest that there is quite a bit of music from/indigenous to the desert (or the edge of it, I suppose) which is much better than this stuff *stretches back, sighs heavily, clocks off*

ogmor, Monday, 20 March 2017 15:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

Quit humbly suggesting and actually suggest.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 20 March 2017 16:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

I've made a Spotify playlist of sorts, to which I'll add and mess about with the order as and when (Spotify web app is total bumcake).

The desert eased his vague anger

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 20 March 2017 16:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

Christ, my tortured syntax: I'll change the order and add a few more tracks when I get the chance - ie when I'm not using the Spotify web app, which is shite.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 20 March 2017 16:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

all them sahel string instrumental players, hamza el din most especially

ogmor, Monday, 20 March 2017 23:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2By_WxnL3AA

nomar, Monday, 20 March 2017 23:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

O the inhumanity of listening to non-indigenous, see-through romance music whlst driving through the american west, ffs

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 01:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

unless i'm missing something crucial, the "wide open desert music" under discussion here is, by and large, a genre of contemporary americana, sort of "post-country and western". in its essential form, you get clean, bright, reverb-heavy guitar lines drifting slowly through darkened ambient space. a combination of western twang, blues grit, and surf spaciness drained of vigor to point where it's practically undead, vampire music in cowboy drag (or vice-versa). dragging in hamza el din seems perverse.

The sandwiches looked quite dank. (contenderizer), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 02:12 (seven months ago) Permalink

I was with you until "drained of vigor", basically I started this thread to get more recommendations as to what else sounds like "Binah" from Live Low To The Earth In The Iron Age. the desert has color!

sleeve, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 02:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

edited version, wtf this is supposed to be 27 minutes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cajQehDpbsc

sleeve, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 02:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

i agree that the non-american stuff doesn't fit with this cinematic staring across a (most often imaginary) desert soaking up the atmosphere vibe, hence just alluding to it initially. deserts in this context are a blank inhuman wilderness for the listener to passively inhabit & think/feel/do graphic design

ogmor, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 08:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

I was with you until "drained of vigor"

yeah, that was my prejudice showing. i'm not a big fan of the cinematic slowcore western thing.

The sandwiches looked quite dank. (contenderizer), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 13:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

It doesn't have to be cinematic slowcore western. Sometimes it's a particular style of cinematic instrumental guitar. Or krautrock infused country.

Evan, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 14:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

As far as the original post(s), the thing that makes this sound so special is that there really aren't too many things that hit these specific buttons. Hired Hand, Tuma, "Binah," etc are singular, which is why this thread jumped the shark as soon as people started suggesting every 90s post rock band that liked Morricone

I do really like that Bruce Licher piece mentioned upthread, and that Garlo thing sounds amazing. But even these have almost nothing to do with the Steve Roach album that inspired this thread

Wimmels, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

i did this a while back was pretty happy w/it but if anything too on the nose

http://soundcloud.com/matthew-lee-helgeson/desert-jive

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

Nice! Here's a rough little jam I'd done when I was obsessing over Paris, Texas. Improving a little with messy results.

https://soundcloud.com/factual-1/open

Evan, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 16:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

i like that!

i like this sound but i do get a little suspicious of it, like it's almost too easy to hit those stylistic cues that conjure up desert stuff

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 16:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

Thanks!

Yeah I feel like you can say that about solo instrumental music or electronica or ambient... It's helpful to have a unique take and not rely too much on gimmicky flare.

Evan, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6YioCO0n8s

Max Florian, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/72csh1Zm38A
02 Oren Ambarchi - Knots (Touch)

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

ffs, it's silly to say this thread "jumped the shark" when it's got me listening to that Eyvind Kang record again (I downloaded it last time someone was raving about it on ILM, and liked it well enough, but it's been been a minute since I listened)

bernard snowy, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

it's so good. his book of angels entry is fantastic too

Mordy, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

Maybe the thread title could have been something more like 'music that sounds like the thing it's trying to imitate', or 'landscape music alchemy' or 'Richard Skelton plays quavery strings while ghostly children chant the names of lost Cumbrian villages.'

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

This video I had not seen before, and it is amazing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYJkH6mdbAY

erry red flag (f. hazel), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:09 (seven months ago) Permalink

The Harold Budd / Clive Wright albums (3 in all iirc) are all very worthwhile

Wimmels, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

Does Michael Brooks' HYBRID fit this genre?

beamish13, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

I know this thread was CONDEMNED for stepping outside some relatively arbitrary parameters, but I'm still off exploring tangents.

My favourite discovery has been the Padang Food Tigers album from last year, Bumblin' Creed. I loved Ready Country Nimbus (from 2012, I think), but this is something else again. We don't really have a tradition of 'landscape music' as such in the UK*, cos we're too hemmed in and our imaginations are too stunted by post-colonial melancholia to allow us to mythologise the landscape or something, but what these guys do is perfect, evocative 'wide open space' stuff.

*OK, some/most local folk music is arguably landscape music, but not in the sense of trying to evoke or transmute landscape into music.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Thursday, 30 March 2017 15:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

And thanks to Evan for the Calexico primer - lots of those I was unaware of.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Thursday, 30 March 2017 15:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

yeah I still need to dig into those

sleeve, Thursday, 30 March 2017 15:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

sorry for condemning the thread! landscape music is a clear and interesting way to put it. I think if anything it's a colonial tradition, that is, relating to a place through the atmosphere/impression offered by its landscape is something of an outsider/touristic approach mb. it seems of a piece with national geographic etc. when you said british landscape music i thought of the excellent chris watson, who has made field recordings all over the place but including in the UK (listening to stepping into the dark now). he did a thing with robert macfarlane which is another parallel seam of landscape-art. the relationship or contrast between this stuff and field recordings is interesting. I'm def more into the latter for whatever reason. they feel lighter.


can't think of much that might fit the "british (or old world in general) landscape music" description though, that is curious

ogmor, Thursday, 30 March 2017 16:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yPnLIwIA1E

sleeve, Thursday, 30 March 2017 16:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-px60iPueEk

winnebago taco, Thursday, 30 March 2017 17:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

can't think of much that might fit the "british (or old world in general) landscape music" description though, that is curious

maybe Diamond Mine by King Creosote and Jon Hopkins?

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 30 March 2017 17:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

Last year's album Elite Feline by Lotto is a minimalist/mantric guitar trio take. bandcamp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErG7vJ-L5-M

Sanpaku, Saturday, 8 April 2017 18:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

Must be something in the water: Latest Mojo with cover story on The Joshua Tree has an accompanying CD of "desert songs" that seems very, uh, compiled by British rockists who've never been to the desert

Wimmels, Monday, 17 April 2017 21:09 (seven months ago) Permalink

Good to see a mention of Giant Sand upthread---here's a little review of their uncrowded expansion I did several years ago---if you don't mind some company way out yonder, more than the occasional lizard etc., it's agreeable:
Giant​ ​Giant​ ​Sand, ​Tucson:​ ​​It's​ ​not​ ​so​ ​uncommon​ ​to​ ​hear​ ​albums​ ​inviting
comparisons​ ​to​ ​spaghetti​ ​western​ ​soundtracks,​ ​but​ ​few​ ​really​ ​'ppreciate​ ​the
possibilities​ ​of​ ​American​ ​and​ ​European​ ​give-and-take:​ ​Latin​ ​in​ ​the
Southwestern​ ​and​ ​Transatlantic​ ​senses,​ ​small​ ​room​ ​jazz​ ​a​ ​la​ ​Weill,
Ellington,​ ​Arizona​ ​highway​ ​lounge;​ ​steel​ ​guitars​ ​and​ ​twang​ ​bars​ ​with
nothing​ ​left​ ​to​ ​prove,​ ​Giant​ ​Sand​ ​(many​ ​of​ ​whom​ ​have​ ​been​ ​Danish​ ​for
some​ ​time) are now ​momentarily ​expanding​ ​into​ ​Giant​ ​Giant​ ​Sand​ ​and​ ​offering​
​​Tucson---which is billed
as​ ​a​ ​country​ ​rock​ ​opera, uh-huh---without​ ​ever​ ​being​ ​anythang​ ​that​ ​can't​ ​be​ ​hitched
to​ ​s​ ​dustcloud​ ​drum​ ​kit,​ ​usually​ ​bouncing​ ​through​ ​stagecoach​ ​ruts.
Sometimes​ ​swinging​ ​a​ ​little,​ ​though​ ​a​ ​droll​ ​drawl​ ​and​ ​and​ ​a​ ​tall​ ​tale​ ​(of​ ​love,
y'all--it's​ ​all​ ​very​ ​romantic,​ ​in​ ​a​ ​worldly,​ ​wide​ ​open​ ​spacey​ ​way).​ ​"You're​ ​so
much​ ​like​ ​the​ ​river/Beautiful,​ ​twisted​ ​and​ ​blue/You​ ​appear​ ​to​ ​be​ ​here
forever/Passin'​ ​through."​ ​And​ ​baby,​ ​it’s​ ​hot​ ​outside.

Also you might want to check the Giant Sand/Howe Gelb thread, or maybe not.

dow, Monday, 17 April 2017 22:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

So Floating Points has literally been in the Mojave desert and recorded a load of "wide open desert music" which he is releasing soon.

https://www.floatingpoints.co.uk/

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

Oof - that sounds interesting. The Mojo CD, not so much.

Also thought about Alan Lamb's wire recordings, but I guess once we get into field recordings the whole thing suddenly widens into incomprehensibility.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 21 April 2017 12:16 (six months ago) Permalink

Alan Lamb's recordings don't really evoke the desert for me. They're somewhere in the space between the Voyager probe's electromagnetic recordings, Thomas Köner's glacial atmospheres, and contact-mic'd long-string instruments (Alvin Lucier, Ellen Fullman).

behavioral sink (Sanpaku), Friday, 21 April 2017 12:59 (six months ago) Permalink

Also thought about Alan Lamb's wire recordings, but I guess once we get into field recordings the whole thing suddenly widens into incomprehensibility.

― The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski)

oh god i thought you meant something else when you said "wire recordings"

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Friday, 21 April 2017 15:52 (six months ago) Permalink

oh god i thought you meant something else when you said "wire recordings"

Like what?!

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 21 April 2017 18:28 (six months ago) Permalink

Either wire recording or Wire recordings, I imagine.

behavioral sink (Sanpaku), Friday, 21 April 2017 19:11 (six months ago) Permalink

assuming the former :)

sleeve, Friday, 21 April 2017 19:31 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Found this on an old hard drive: https://www.mixcloud.com/lowlight/left-in-the-desert/

Couple of missteps, but basically full of excellent desert-y goodness (Earth, Lanois, Six Organs, Roach, Ennio etc)

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 5 June 2017 21:10 (five months ago) Permalink

Ikue Mori w/ Robert Quine and Marc Ribot, "Painted Desert."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjxbU-GlVag

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 5 June 2017 22:27 (five months ago) Permalink

I nominate the severely underrated Steven R. Smith:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsFD4Drgs3s

pomenitul, Monday, 5 June 2017 23:03 (five months ago) Permalink

Captain Obvious checking in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPVexT6itPA&list=PLs2o_po-FzbF0Z_P-l4bQUDAllxLlFdry

SlimAndSlam, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 00:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Tinariwen:
https://youtu.be/PItnw3Z7WgY

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 12 June 2017 21:23 (five months ago) Permalink

Harold Budd "The Photo of Santiago McKinn" or pretty much all of Dawn's Early Light

Hilarity Winner (doo dah), Friday, 16 June 2017 14:35 (five months ago) Permalink

that Mori/Quine/Ribot record is excellent and I had forgotten about it, good call

sleeve, Friday, 16 June 2017 14:44 (five months ago) Permalink


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