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Music When Soft Voices Die

Did you know that one of Cornwall’s primary exports is ambient techno.

Live in Cornwall 2

Another live mix from my Cornish ambient techno workshop, where I have been hammering away, forging new beats and bleeps, bending ambient synth sounds into shape, and nailing on some carefully chosen samples.

For maximum listening enjoyment, position your speakers for perfect stereo imaging, adjust volume to a comfortable level, and light up a fatty.

Slow World

More music from bitfield, Cornwall’s second most famous ambient techno artist.

Gravity Waves

Another live recording for your enjoyment. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this music. Always read the label.

Dream Time

DJ The Major and bitfield have been hard at work in the studio (or DJ The Major’s living room).

Planetary Unfoldings

A musical extravaganza by bitfield and DJ The Major, featuring Harold Budd, John Adams, Jon Hopkins, Michael Stearns, Brian Eno, Eric Whitacre, M83, Vangelis, Marconi Union, John Murphy, Sigur Rós, and Jonny Greenwood.

bitfield - Live in Cornwall

Well I had an interesting visit to Cornwall, characterised by failures of phone line, internet access, electricity, car battery, and my back, but I did manage to make some ambient techno music, which I attach for your listening enjoyment.

Jesus Is Fucking Metal

This is a track by a lacklustre band that I used to be in called Duncan Idaho. If you get the reference, great; if not, you should probably read more.

We were inspired by inner rage to create this jam, which I named after a Penny Arcade comic (above).

The rich, fulfilling sounds of keithlard

Well it is another internets single by me, that is bitfield, which you may be interested in. It is all right if not.

This night has opened my eyes

It is times like this that prove I am actually a time traveller from the past, like a sort of reverse Terminator, only a nice Terminator that chats to you over tea and buns instead of shooting you in the face. I do not know anything about pop musick and such, as I do not consume any media, or go to fashionable bars ekcetera. So it is possible for me to not know about quite major pop phenomena as long as they happened after about 1873.

I was wandering around Staples, the stationery pornographers, happily looking at little organising drawers and musing over which are the twelve best different types of pens, when there came on the radio a hideous cover version of “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before”. I have heard it before, only by the Smiths, which are obviously the best band in human history, and I did want to stop it, except I could not saw through the little wires leading to the speakers.

I had to hurry home and listen to the Smiths version again just to make sure that it was still excellent. I do not think people should be allowed to do cover versions, which includes me in several of the poor quality bands that I have been in. I speak as someone who has genuinely recorded a cover of Katie Melua’s “Closest Thing To Crazy”, although thankfully I have not released it. It is safely under lock and key in a disused filing cabinet, with a sign on the door saying “Beware of the Leopard”.

So my point stands.