bitfield

bitcast: part one

Mixed live on bitfield’s phone in Cornwall, a special festive podcast inspired by the excellent Passage podcast. Featuring the music of Goldie, Mathias Grassow, Klaus Wiese, and Cypress Hill. The bitcast is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Ambient Techno, the British Seriously Monged Music Association, an anonymous donor, and the Cornish Bacon Producers’ Alliance.

  1. [00:00] Terra Ambient — The Glass House
  2. [01:29] Goldie — Still Life
  3. [05:54] Mathias Grassow — Electric Bowls Part XVII
  4. [08:41] Casino Versus Japan — Go Hawaii
  5. [11:48] Mathias Grassow — Morpheus Part V
  6. [13:42] David Parsons — Bathing Light
  7. [17:00] Markus Güntner — Niederwald
  8. [20:15] Klaus Wiese — Ta-Ha I
  9. [20:42] Bruce Kaphan — Clouds
  10. [22:00] DJ Shadow — Midnight In A Perfect World
  11. [26:50] Mathias Grassow — Mercurius Part I
  12. [27:46] Cypress Hill — Boom Biddy Bye Bye

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Fever Dream

More music by early-to-mid-90s bitfield. I was quite pleased with this until I realized I’d basically written “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” by Rozalla. Still, I wasn’t the only one.

I have a vague memory that I was sick at the time, hence the title.

Fever Dream.mp3

The Light

More music by my ambitronic alter ego, bitfield. This was made some time in the late 1990s, using a Yamaha QY-300 hardware sequencer (pictured). It was a nice machine which I kept for many years, and wrote a lot of music with. Including this piece, featuring steel drums, sitar, synth flute, Hammond organ, marimba, and General MIDI patch no. 124 (‘Birdsong’). I remember I made an interesting rhythm break (at 01:51) by double-tracking the drum loop and time-shifting it forward by one MIDI clock, creating a phased effect and a satisfyingly fat kick drum sound.

The Light (Jamaica Sunrise).mp3

Live in Cornwall 3

Recorded one stormy summer night at bitfield’s Cornish studios. Always use ambient techno with care, after first making sure it is the right music for you. May cause uplifting of the spirit.

  1. [00:00] Mathias Grassow — Blessings To The Spirits Of Lake Shin (Scottish Highlands)
  2. [01:19] View To The Future (Ulrich Schnauss) — Apotheosis
  3. [27:20] Markus Güntner — Wenn Musik Der Liebe Nahrung Ist
  4. [28:13] Machineries of Heaven (Rom di Prisco) — Blue Thursday (Reaktor Dub Mix)
  5. [31:55] Mathias Grassow — Individual Thought Patterns Part I
  6. [34:20] Herrmann & Kleine — Kickboard Girl
  7. [47:18] Jon Hopkins — Luna Moth
  8. [50:16] M83 — Raconte-Moi Une Histoire

You can find out more information about these artists by coming into my tiny record shop which only sells their records, and is in my imagination. Closed Wednesdays.

Live in Cornwall 3.m4a

The UK Sound

Live at Diabolical Mansions, Tottenham, November 2011. Jon Hopkins, Vangelis, Markus Güntner, David Parsons, Bent, Iasos, Röyksopp, Blithe Field, Chris Spheeris, Mind Over Matter, Sounds From The Ground, Cypress Hill, Dinka, Underworld, Banco de Gaia, King Kitch, Morphadron, and Sola Rosa were unable to attend, but their music was looped, sampled, warped, mixed, folded, bent, and mutilated by bitfield.

The UK Sound.mp3

Rock This Place

Live in London, featuring Liquid Mind, Markus Güntner, Underworld, Terra Ambient, View To The Future, Unkle, Steve Roach & Ron Sunsinger, Ashra, Banco de Gaia, Sounds From The Ground, Michael Stearns, Morphadron, David Parsons. Do not take with other medication.

Rock This Place.mp3

Abandoned Cities

If you like this music, we are available for childrens’ parties or wedding discos. Ideally, really caned weddings.

bitfield & The Major - Abandoned Cities

Angel Point

Pretty relaxed music. Containing Markus Güntner, Klaus Wiese, Mathias Grassow, The Harmonic Choir, Oöphoi, Huun-Huur-Tu, the Bulgarian Voices Angelite, Steve Gorn, David Parsons, Marconi Union, M83, Rumi, Hafiz, and some Tibetan singing bowls.

Angel Point.mp3

Flicker Frequency

Recorded live and exclusive at bitfield’s Cornish studios, featuring music by Markus Güntner, Michael Stearns, Brannan Lane, David Parsons, Steve Roach, Pressure of Speech, Jon Hopkins, Radiohead, Ólafur Arnalds, Iasos, Vas, and William Orbit. May cause awesomeness.

On The Nature of Daylight

DJ The Major is away on holiday at the moment soaking up tropical rays and dancing the conga with beach beauties, and so on, hence his absence from this stereophonic sound recording. It is very snowy here so I have been shivering over a candle and wearing my coat and gloves indoors, which makes mixing ambient techno a bit difficult because of my huge, wool-clad sausagey fingers. The secret is to use a massive mouse!