podcast of this week’s Blind Flight

The Blind Flight for April 25, 2014

Phobos – Darkness Within

Available from http://phobos.bandcamp.com/album/darkness-within

Phobos – Monolith Part Two

Available from http://phobos.bandcamp.com/album/monolith

Phobos – This Desolate Place

Available from http://phobos.bandcamp.com/album/this-desolate-place

You can download this week’s podcast from https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4669991/2014-04-25%20The%20blind%20flight%20%28featuring%20Phobos%29.mp3

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Q is for quiet #AToZChallenge

The quiet, an attribute of my life that has gone missing in the continuous cacophony of children.

The quiet, an element of my life that, in earlier times, I thought I had too much of.

The quiet, a profound condition that I, at times, long for and think, how would my life be different had this contemplative friend never left my side.

and so the letter q is for the serenity of quiet. Yet there is another side to this empty sonic space which is the terrifying quiet that creeps up on me late some nights, the times when my mind runs into dark alleys of vivid haunting imagery that scares the hell out of me. Those are the times when I hurry to put something on, anything, a TV show, a song, a radio drama, to drone out the ghostly goblins that have begun the process of invading those empty places that were, just moments ago, filled with the serenity that I had longed for.

Even though I have a propensity to write some very dark haunting music, I have been known to scare myself and I actually scare quite easy, especially if someone comes up to me and whispers or makes a noise very near my left ear.

I was reading a book once and Cindy snuck up on me and whispered "ice cream" in my ear and I jumped. I’m not sure what it is about sudden unexpected noises in my left ear that cause this startled reaction. It doesn’t happen with my right ear at all and I’ve been puzzled by this for quite some time.

Now that the children are in bed, I’m going to enjoy a little quiet before I skate away to the nocturnal realm where my mind will attempt to regenerate itself for the day ahead.

Thanks for reading.

AToZChallenge p is for…

Hello.

Today’s song list is brought to you by the letter p.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do for q which is supposed to be today so I might have to delay that one and catch up later.

For my first song selection, I’m going back to 1967 to Pink Floyd’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn album and my favorite track, Chapter 24.

I first heard this over the summer of 1983 I believe it was and it reminds me of my bedroom at the house we used to live in in Boca Raton Florida.

I had that room wired up for quadrophonic sound, well, actually, two speakers into each channel of a stereo turntable connected by those y adapters, you probably remember those. That was when if you had questions, RadioShack actually knew what they were talking about.

For the next track, I’m moving ahead a few years to the early 1970’s and a German group called

Popol Vuh. The album is called Bruder Des Schattens – Sohne Des Lichts and the track is called Hoere, Der Du Wagst.

This has an uncanny similarity to a track by Arvo Pärt called Für Alina. Compare the two and see if you feel they’re similar in style.

Moving in to the late 90’s I bring you a favorite by Porcupine tree, a track called Rainy Taxi. It’s another in the key of B minor, a favorite key of mine also. I’m partial to the minor keys and in particular, the harmonic minor scales, my most loved being in the key of g minor.

I couldn’t find this song on Youtube so there’s no link for this one.

I’m going to end this entry with a very nice track by the group Poe from their Hello cd. It’s called Fly away.

I hope you’re enjoying my track list entries and that you’re able to discover some new music that you hadn’t encountered before.

Thanks for reading.

o is for other musical discoveries #AToZChallenge

Hi.

I’m a bit behind so I’m going to try to catch up on the challenge.

I am going to focus on more songs whose artist begins with the letter o.

This seems to be a pretty popular way to do it so here come the tracks.

I begin with a really rocking version of one of my favorite tracks Snowblind. It’s not the Black Sabbath version but the one by Ozzie from his 1982 record "Speak of the Devil".

The musicianship on this whole album is superb and I like this version of the song way better than the original. Crank this one up so people on the next block can hear it with their windows closed.

We move to a more pop band from the 80’s for the next track, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – (Forever) Live And Die. I like the harmonies and production of this one. This probably wasn’t as popular as some of their songs but I don’t know enough about this band to know for sure.

Next is an alternative track that I like pretty well, describing a disfunctional relationship but maybe, it works for him after all. The song is self esteem by offspring.

podcast of this week’s Blind Flight

The Blind Flight for April 18, 2014

RuneMartinsen – Easter Album [petroglyph104]

Pater Noster

Suffering

Night at Golgotha

Crucifixion

Available for free download from http://petroglyphmusic.bandcamp.com/album/rune-martinsen-easter-album

Matthew VandenBrook – Without Sin

Available for "Name your own price" download from http://weareallghosts.bandcamp.com/album/without-sin-waag-rel047

Stephen Briggs – Good Friday (waag_rel026)

The time has come

To submit

Before …

This happens

Resurrection

Available for "Name your own price" download from http://weareallghosts.bandcamp.com/album/good-friday-waag-rel026

You can download this week’s podcast from https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4669991/2014-04-18%20The%20blind%20flight%20%28the%20Good%20Friday%20special%29.mp3

new release: The Madness that Lurks With in (with Rebekkah Hilgraves)

Hello.

I am honored to have a new dark ambient release on the Aural Films label for your listening pleasure.

I’d like to thank Jack Hertz for releasing this one.

Here is the information about the album followed by the download link.

This album is not for the timid, you have been warned.

Aural Films is thrilled to bring you a new release titled "The Madness that Lurks Within" by Scott Lawlor & Rebekkah Hilgraves. This dark ambient concept album inspired by a documentary on the Russian Sleep Experiment story. Joins the sonic forces of Scott’s dronescapes with the engaging voice of Rebekkah Hilgraves to take us on a darkly exotic journey into extreme horror.

Scott describes how the album came about:

This dark ambient concept album was inspired by something that my son showed me on youtube called the Russian sleep experiment.

After hearing this narration of the story, I got inspired to write a track based on the events described and wanted to make something much darker and creepier than the original narration that I first heard.

I went on a search for sounds that I felt would fit the project nicely, ran a lot of them through delays as well as other effects to provide the desired audio experience for the listener and I had more fun putting together this concept album more than any others that I’ve done.

I asked Rebekkah Hilgraves to read the piece for my interpretation and her narration is outstanding so I’d like to thank her for a job well done.

http://auralfilms.bandcamp.com/album/the-madness-that-lurks-within

Thanks for listening.