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

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