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track. Most of
songs are from various styles of electronic music--the sort of stuff
you can't find in stores but thrives online. There are songs listed
here that you can download nowhere else (for now), whereas others are links to
sites that have songs worth giving a listen--they are free after
(prepare to right
click and save)
"Lo Fi Moondays"
These quirky, happy songs are from his internet EP "Soundscapes of
Filtered Stars" on the kikapu
The brightest star of the three, "Earthless
with an upbeat intro, and then the spoken lyrics begin (the narrator
sounds like the synthesized voice of a spokesman from the 50's or 60's):
I say a monkey looking at me.
'The world was too small.'
'Why do you say that?'
'Well just look around.
of cludder, cludder, cludder.' <x2>
asked, 'What do you suggest we do?'
'Look into the sky and pick a spot,
build a spacecraft and go there
there's no cludder, cludder, cludder,
The melody countinues for about a minute, which is followed by a
playful bridge that leads back to the intro. Then the
finishes his story:
monkey and I flew far into outer space, never looking back,
leaving all the cludder in my dust."
And since that one is so sweet for its lyrics alone, you might as well
do yourself a favor and download all of them and give them a listen.
The other two songs, however, are more instrumental.
Of The Yellow Yard"
genre: idm, electronica
For these songs, Czesanne used computer generated and manipulated
sounds to create a soundscape filled with alien flora and fuana.
The most ethereal of the four, "Symphonic Youth", is my
The first three are each less than 3 minutes long, but "Dream
The Yellow Yard" is over 8 minutes. So, after the alien rain
clears, the symphonic youth come out to play. After one of
Encarnacao, comes out of a prolonged nitrous oxide loop, they sing
their favorite medly about a dream of the yellow yard they once knew or
are yet to discover.
(direct downloads & offsite songs)
"wake up wake up"
"music box samba" by
genre: minimal electronica
Lullatone's music is
childish but in a good, balanced, way.
Their songs are full of curiosity and are often quite happy. It's some of the sweetest,
brightest music I've ever heard--similar to
bitpop, but without the 8-bit aesthetics.
"icecubes" is a
rather sleepy and subdued lulla-tune. The
Italian site that
was hosting it had some poorly scripted Flash that would play
song instead of allowing the track to be download it as it stated it
should. After fiddling
around with the site through Google's cache, I was able to find the address of the mp3 and
download. And now you can enjoy
the sweet sine waves and gentle xylophoning without all the hassle.
other four songs can be downloaded from Lullatone's site. "wake up wake up" is from the
third album, "little songs about raindrops," which replaced "swinging in the
park at night" from his
second album, "my petit melodies" (I don't know how often they make such changes).
"bushman's samba" and "thoughts and clouds" are quite playful, whereas "music box
samba" is the song of
a lonely child.
"yesterday" from Lullatone's third
album is available
among CNET's free mp3s. Blue Bell has a 30 sec.
sample of an
exclusive track called "ballet recital," and I found a
low-fi, 1:08 sample of
"leaves falling," also from "little songs about raindrops," which
I rangled away from tar100mg racord's autoplay for your downloading
If you have
an eMusic account, you can
download all the songs from "little songs about raindrops" and "computer recital." If
you don't have an account with them, you can signup to receive 50 free downloads for a month, but it requires using a credit card.
Be sure to cancel you subscription before the expiration
date unless you want to be automatically changed for the next
month. I was only able to find 30-some songs worth
and since the eMusic's samples are only 30 seconds long, I
up deleting some of the songs after listening to the whole
But I kept all of Lullatone's tracks. If
you like what
you hear in the 30 sec. samples, you will most likely enjoy
entirety of the albums. However, the third track of "computer
recital," "my second favorite song in the world," can be a bit
annoying if your not in the mood for it, since it consists
of 1-2 sec. long sections that repeat throughout the song.
Lastly, the Observatory
Online has three lulla-tunes in
ogg format. If you need mp3's, you can find the mp3 release among their
listings at the Internet
The first track is actually "beepop" from "my petit
melodies," the second track is an OO exvclusive, and the third
track, "resound," is from "computer recital." I
(quarterup mix)" by all ordinaries
genre: ambient idm
spacious song. Two melodies
dance around each other at first. Although they are
short and continually reiterating, the interplay of their
movements bouncing from the right and left headphones (the preferred way to
keeps the song from
being too repetitious, and it creates rhythm with
the need of drums.
halfway though, the melody
plays alone for a phrase,
and then a new
counter melody (in the form of a classic saw wave) joins it and evovles through panning and a variety of
analogue effects. Finally, they
are rejoined by the original
melody toward the end.
"The Atomium part two"
Slow, mellow, soothing music mostly as
duets--droning ambience. I like their music
so much, I actually bought their "The Tired Sounds of..." album
from their label, Kranky,
which made it one of the two albums I bought
last year (click here for more of
their Kranky releases).
"Requiem for Dying Mothers part 1"
"Piano Aquieu" by Stars of the Lid
All of the songs I listed can be
downloaded from epitomic.com.
They would prefer to have the songs
downloaded from them instead of from me. Just be
sure to download them one at a time: I believe that keeps them
nagging you about registering after the third
simultaneous download. It's free to become a member,
so it's no big deal to
"A Year from Tuesday" by Yuppster
***Update: Yuppster has now included this song as part of his dreamy Ambition EP
at Monotonik, and the EP is his best release yet. The song is almost
out of place, since the other 6 tracks sound more developed and since
he hadn't touched up the 5+ year old "A Year from Tuesday." The
file size and bit rate are even the same as the original version I
have. It's still a good song; it's just showing its age a bit.
The reverberating intro and outro make me feel like I'm in space
monitoring a radar screen. A little
after a minute and a half, the drum track thumps in to pickup the
tempo as a precursor to the arpeggiating ringing tones
that follow a minute later. I don't
exactly enjoy the beat clapping effect, but it's forgivable.
Some might say this song is more of an experiment in repetition
and variety (like most songs) and that the variety is
lacking, but I think it's just enough, which is why it
has been one of my favorites for years.
More great bitpop and blipblop can be found in 8bitpeoples.com's
Have you ever listened to a
fractal? Now's your chance. Polyrhythm can be a beautiful
thing especially without drums cluttering it.
This is music for people who are too intelligent for
too bored with average, popular music, but it isn't completely
"experimental;" that is, it isn't complete chaos.
There is order, however the order is in the
form of an enjoyable fractal.
I prefer the veriety of "MulchTrip" over "Lightening" It's mellower and warmer. Still,
the shapes and
structures of both songs are beautifully interesting.