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Various Artists- Loop Messiah [treetrunk 317]

AN UNAUTHORIZED TRIBUTE TO RAPOON BY VARIOUS ARTISTS

Why pay tribute to Robin Storey’s Rapoon? As a listener, Robin’s music was immediately interesting to me, because drone music as a genre was something I hadn’t yet heard. Soon, I became captivated by this conversation between sounds– samples interacting, some looped, others making unique or shorter appearances.

Technically, then, this was musique concrete– or largely that. It was also listenable– very “musical” in a traditional sense. Like with Zoviet France, Robin’s Rapoon tracks pulsed along with the best of the minimalists. They also showed me that world sounds and “Western” sounds could interact, and that beats did not have to be mathematically regular.

In creating new songs, Rapoon broke a lot of rules I thought existed for music. But this was done in such a compelling and pleasing way. I was very fortunate to collaborate with Robin briefly in the early oughts, and his remix of the samples I chose, the “Robin Storey Transit Remix”, remains a favorite.

What could be more fitting than a tribute to Rapoon? It is unauthorized, as Robin is busy and I did not want to bother him or ride his coattails unnecessarily. I did want to see what my musical peers would come up with in regards to songs resembling, or more generally, paying tribute to, Robin’s. Here we have these tracks.

Some sound quite like Rapoon. Others use the artists’ own techniques to capture the spirit evoked by Rapoon. There are loop constructions, industrial sounds, ambient sounds, world samples, and songs with a more typical song structure. All remind me of Robin in some way, and are of a quality that I find acceptable.

I hope that you will enjoy these diverse tribute songs as I have, and that they will provide a vehicle for further appreciating Rapoon’s work.

Special thanks go out to T.G. Mondalf for his support throughout this project, and for his outstanding work on the cover art.

Loop Messiah at Archive.org.

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Ajna with Mystified- Presence (The Ajna Reworks)- Treetrunk 316

Ajna has reworked Mystified’s epic 40 minute piece “Presence” in three parts. Ajna applies a heavy form of granular synthesis, reverb and odd time signatures to ensure three hypnotic and unique dronescapes using Mystified’s original textures.

Presence (The Ajna Reworks) at archive.org

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“Loop Messiah” Compilation Shaping Up

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The “Loop Messiah” tribute to Rapoon has closed to submissions. 25 excellent tracks have been accepted. The label is busy mastering the tracks and preparing them for release.

Be on the lookout!

Here are the accepted tracks:

Mawingu- Yaliyo
M.Nomized Michel- Bayaka
nobodisoundz- LO
Martyn Schmidt- Death Is Sweet, Life Is Sweet
Bunk Data- Distal Pulse
Christopher Alvarado- Ancient Landform
Plexus Instruments- The Border
Shane Morris- The Witching Hour
Mean Flow- Transient Escape
Airworld- The Malala Rapoon Mystery
Dali’s Aardvark- Spires In The Sky
Skincage- Solunar Invocation
Gregory Wildes- Drifts And Remains
Numina- The Gatherers Descend
Dr. NoiseM- Mechanized
Kecap Tuyul- Written On Smoke
Grove Of Whispers- Danza del Agua
Matthew Bambas- Oore Te
Etheocles Stephens- dormphace
Unune- Lorem Holoserica
saint de l’ abime- sinkinto
Black Egg- Sign And Sigil
Ajna- Fading Blue Tundra (reworked)

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Mystified- Otto’s Approach [treetrunk 315]

This mid-length drone piece is inspired by the writings of Rudolph Otto, concerning especially his thoughts on the “numen”. Numenous experience is common to all religions, according to Otto, and the experience’s evolution can be traced across the centuries.

Otto’s Approach at archive.org.

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Mystified with Ajna- Snow Field Recyclings [treetrunk 314]

Superb artist Ajna gave Mystified permission to remix their debut Petroglyph release, “Subconscious Snow Fields”. The main sounds in these remixes were derived from that release. Mystified applied off-kilter loops and various additional sounds while creating 4 tracks of Winter atmospherics.

Snow Field Recyclings at Archive.org

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EugeneKha- Winter Reminiscence About Strange Summer Night [treetrunk 313]

Recording: December 2014. Setup: Arturia Microbrute (All Analog Ambient Drone Sounds); Zoom H4n (Field Recordings); Reaper (Mixing, effects; edition); Audacity (Final Mastering).

Winter Reminiscence About Strange Summer Night at Archive.org

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Lorenzo Williams- Ruler Of Games [treetrunk 312]

Up-and-coming musician Lorenzo Williams debuts here on Treetrunk with 2 catchy, emotive tracks, and 2 remixes.

Ruler Of Games at Archive.org

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Unauthorized Rapoon Tribute Compilation

Treetrunk Records is now hosting a compilation– an “unauthorized” tribute to Rapoon.

Thomas, the label’s founder, has been profoundly influenced by the hypnotic loopiness of Rapoon, and would like to pay tribute to Robin Storey by inviting musicians to craft tracks in a “Rapoon”-ish style.

Music must be in wav, flac or aiff format. Soundcloud or wetransfer are accepted submission techniques. 3-10 minutes in length. Thomas will listen to the tracks and deem if they are worthy representations of/ celebrations of Rapoon’s music. Notify Thomas at mystifiedthomas (at) gmail (dot) com with band name and track title when ready.

Accepted submissions will be released on and promoted by Thomas’ netlabel, “Treetrunk Records”.

Submissions must use no unauthorized samples, and will be released with a creative commons license. No money shall exchange hands in this project.

Release deadline is January 15, 2015. Aaaand. . . go!

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William Spivey and Christopher Alvarado- Sun Dog [treetrunk 311]

Some lovely and very effective landscape-style ambient music from maestros William Spivey and Christopher Alvarado.

Sun Dog at Archive.org

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M.Nomized with Mystified- Blue Heart Of Drones [treetrunk 310]

Mystified is glad to report that the artist M.Nomized has agreed to use some of his acoustic drones to craft his very own deep, expressive dark ambient/drone tracks. Both artists hope you will enjoy and appreciate these excellent works.

Blue Heart Of Drones at Archive.org

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