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.
[00:00] Terra Ambient — The Glass House
[01:29] Goldie — Still Life
[05:54] Mathias Grassow — Electric Bowls Part XVII
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!