New Podcast: “Dohm Rushton (Ambient Rushton Podcast 140)”

Hi, this is Mark Rushton of markrushton.com – thanks for listening to my podcast of original or live ambient and electronic music and field recordings. This is Podcast #140 produced on September 13 of 2018.

For this podcast, I’ve extended a track I made for the 350th Disquiet Junto, also known as Selected Insomniac Works. The track is called Dohm Rushton. D-O-H-M Rushton.

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The Assignment: Make very quiet music for very late at night for very fragile psyches.

Step 1: It’s the middle of the night, long past dusk and long before dawn. You can’t sleep.

Step 2: Think about what kind of music you’d want to hear right now — super quiet, super subtle, unlikely to wake you, potentially to ease you back to the comfort of your pillow, or at least to calm your mind.

Step 3: Record the sort of music that Step 2 made you imagine.

If I could program my Marpac Dohm, a white noise generator I use to help me sleep, I’d get it to play some of my own sounds, like what you’re hearing now.

This podcast is hosted by Libsyn at: http://ambient.libsyn.com

Podcast RSS feed is http://ambient.libsyn.com/rss

New Junto Track: “Dohm Rushton (disquiet0350)”

If I could program my Marpac Dohm to play some of my own sounds, this is what I’d use – a one minute segment that I’d either loop or “almost loop”.

I’ll be making a much longer version of this for my ambient music podcast at ambient.libsyn.com/ – it’ll probably be done by September 15th, 2018.

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The Assignment: Make very quiet music for very late at night for very fragile psyches.

Step 1: It’s the middle of the night, long past dusk and long before dawn. You can’t sleep.

Step 2: Think about what kind of music you’d want to hear right now — super quiet, super subtle, unlikely to wake you, potentially to ease you back to the comfort of your pillow, or at least to calm your mind.

Step 3: Record the sort of music that Step 2 made you imagine.

More on this 350th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Selected Insomniac Works / The Assignment: Make very quiet music for very late at night for very fragile psyches) at: disquiet.com/0350/

 

New Junto Track: “Pretty Glitchy (disquiet0349)”

The Assignment: Help define “glitch” by glitching something, and explaining what you did.

Step 1: Consider what “glitch” means in music/sound.

Decades ago, when I listened to vinyl records, some of my albums had pops and jumps in them. Today, when I listen on streaming services to those same recordings, I still have the mental note of those glitches.

For me, “glitch” is about an unexpected and mostly-unwanted mistake happening, usually technically. I don’t think I could purposefully “glitch” an existing piece of music. That is not my style.

“Pretty Glitchy” was made around 2011 or 2012, recorded live. I used bad output wires then. I don’t anymore.

Normally, I would delete this kind of track, but there was something interesting about the juxtaposition of a “pretty” piece of music and the creeping glitch happening during the performance, so I kept it and I’m glad I did.

More on this 349th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Got Glitch? / The Assignment: Help define “glitch” by glitching something, and explaining what you did) at:

disquiet.com/0349/

Major thanks to Sevenisn, Mark Lentczner, and other folks in the Junto Slack for pitching in on this project’s development.

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-pr…ct-0349-got-glitch/

New Podcast: Encryption Key (Ambient Rushton Podcast 136)

This podcast contains a 27 minute track by my alter ego “Chillout Preservation Collective”. It’s kind of a dub ambient thing, and rather minimal in nature.

Why do I release tracks under pseudonyms? Well, first because it’s easy to do in this modern digital era. If I’ve got something I’ve made that I think is outside the realm of what I normally do, then I might as release it on it’s own. I’ll tell a small number of people following along about it, whether it be via podcast or my email newsletter, and blog post. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. Second, why not? When I started getting into music in the 80s, I was always fascinated by artists who released things under various names.

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Web site and Mailing list: http://www.markrushton.com/

Follow me at Spotify: http://spotify.markrushton.com

Buy downloads at Bandcamp: https://markrushton.bandcamp.com/

Buy compact discs: http://markrushton.com/music/buy-compact-discs/

Paypal donations: https://www.paypal.me/ambientrushton

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This podcast is hosted by Libsyn at: http://ambient.libsyn.com

Podcast RSS feed is http://ambient.libsyn.com/rss

I Felt The Same Way For Years (Ambient Rushton Podcast 135)

“I Felt The Same Way For Years” – a 22 minute 53 second track from my 2015 compilation album Right Mindfulness.

No talking in this podcast.

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Buy “I Felt The Same Way For Years” at Bandcamp (FLAC, ALAC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WAV and AIFF files): https://markrushton.bandcamp.com/track/i-felt-the-same-way-for-years-2

Stream “I Felt The Same Way For Years” at Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/12cnY8TtQ251SpabnWsw2L?si=4trd5SCeR76PMTADT09RKg

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Web site / Mailing list: http://www.markrushton.com/

Follow me at Spotify: http://spotify.markrushton.com

Buy downloads at Bandcamp: https://markrushton.bandcamp.com/

Buy compact discs: http://markrushton.com/music/buy-compact-discs/

Paypal donations: https://www.paypal.me/ambientrushton

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This podcast is hosted by Libsyn at: http://ambient.libsyn.com

Podcast RSS feed is http://ambient.libsyn.com/rss

Radar Cruise Control (Disquiet 0328)

My wife recently got a new car, a 2018 Toyota RAV4. It’s not a fancy model at all. We only got the front wheel drive version. It doesn’t have a sunroof. And the rear tailgate opens and closes manually rather than automatically.

Still, this seemingly base model, along with all Toyotas for 2018, have something rather nifty lurking in the electronics: Radar Cruise Control.

What is Radar Cruise Control? It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. It will make you a better driver. It will make you a safer driver. Once you use it, and trust it, you’ll fall in love with cruise control all over again.

Say that you’re driving down a multi-lane highway and you end up behind some slowpoke or large truck, but you can’t change lanes due to the conga line of tailgaters to your left. No problem! With the radar cruise control engaged, the car automatically slows down and at a safe distance behind Mr Pokey. When the conga line clears, just move to the passing lane and your Toyota automatically speeds back up.

Until you’ve experienced this as a driver, you might not understand how revolutionary it really is. You should go test drive a new Toyota and experience this. Even if you’re not in the market for a new car.

What we have today with Radar Cruise Control is a brilliant painting on top of the ghosts, or pentimento, of the old fashioned cruise control as most people know it.

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More on this 328th weekly Disquiet Junto project (Sonic Pentimento: Record a piece of music inspired by a term from painting) at: disquiet.com/0328/

More on the Disquiet Junto at: disquiet.com/junto/