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

bitcast_ part one.mp3

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