Springwatch with keithlard

Daffodils, Narcissus pseudonarcissus

Some local flowers, interviewed yesterday by our intrepid reporter. We ask the tough questions they didn’t want to answer.

Primroses, Primula vulgaris

Forget-me-nots, Myosotis sylvatica

Grape hyacinths, Muscaria armeniacum

The One

Q: What happens when you combine bitfield, DJ The Major, two iPhones, and no adult supervision?

A: This delightful ambient techno live mix. Operate with caution. May bring the universe into being.

Download the MP3: TheOne.mp3

Infinity

bitfield & DJ The Major is an easy-to-use device for turning beer and crisps into ambient techno. To operate, simply load the required raw materials into the two mouth-shaped hoppers at the front, and press the ‘MIX’ button. After a few moments, music will begin to pour out of the dispensing slot. Collect the music in a large jar or beaker, making sure not to spill any of the delicious sub-bass, and enjoy at your leisure.

  1. [00:30] Matthias Grassow — Morpheus Part V (Morpheus)
  2. [17:20] Matthias Grassow & Jim Cole — Deep (Deep - Breath - Silence)
  3. [24:41] Matthias Grassow & Klaus Wiese — The Gothic Passage Part I (The Gothic Passage)
  4. [30:30] Matthias Grassow & Siegmar Fricke — Ganymede (Aurora)
  5. [43:27] Matthias Grassow — Psychicdome (Spiritual Archives)
  6. [1:21:03] Markus Güntner — Niederwald (Doppelgänger)
  7. [1:29:52] Matthias Grassow — Timeroom (Forgotten Memories - The DAT-Retros)

Download the MP3: Infinity.mp3

The painting is by Alex Grey.

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

Keithlard's Magic Piano

Well as those of you who follow this closely will be aware, I have lately taken up playing the piano (audio evidence). It is alright tinkling away on my entry-level Bontempi keyboard (which admittedly is driving a Mac playing samples of a £100,000 Steinway), but it is not the same as having a real magic piano of your very own. So after some considerable amount of scouring piano shops all across this land, I have acquired my new instrument (pictured).

It is a rather lovely 1911 C. Bechstein Model 9 and we made friends straight away in the shop. It didn’t follow me home exactly, but I’m sure it would have done if it could. So I have commanded it to be expertly restored, tuned, and topped up with coal and oil, and it is now installed in my library, or music room, depending what I am doing in there at the time.

Here is a poor-quality phone recording of me playing it, complete with accidentally-on-purpose wrong notes, so you can hear what it sounds like:

J.S. Bach - Prelude No.1 in C major.mp3 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, book I)