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I'll Touch the Sky
by gurdonark
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Sat, Apr 19, 2008 @ 4:34 PM

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permalink   Sat, Apr 19, 2008 @ 6:29 PM
Not sure about the music and those Hitchcock crows but you’re spot on with your sentiments re the music business and how it should work in the future. In reality MP3’s rule now and if you really want to be an audiophile buy the CD! So the web forum has to be the way of all music in the future.
permalink   gurdonark Sat, Apr 19, 2008 @ 7:37 PM
It’s an exciting time in music—and we can be part of the solution. I doubt that crowsong or tinkertoy synth melodies are the way out—but I’m pretty sure that the way through the woods runs through open source music.
permalink   Sat, Apr 19, 2008 @ 6:53 PM
This simple treatment has real charm. The nature sounds support the text and the melody provides a gentle musicality. In a world where we are constantly bombarded by so much it is nice to center down as the Quakers say and pay attention to more still and silent voices.

On the “editorial” part of your notes, a hearty “here here” Or perhaps more appropriately “hear hear” :-). I have come to the conclusion from my minimal involvement in online music and remixing that as long as these communities exist I will never buy another commercial release again unless it is somehow tied to the opportunities that the Commons and other vehicles like it make possible. Passive listening is a thing of the past. We must now take our places in the musical ecosystem and feed the web as we take our sustenance from it. (and by that I don’t mean just with our money :-) ).
permalink   gurdonark Sat, Apr 19, 2008 @ 7:47 PM
I am not entirely dogmatic about non-CC releases, and I will buy product from time to time from RIAA member corporations. Yet so much music I applaud now is Creative Commons music, and in particular netlabel releases. I’ll bet we have similar tastes in some ambient things—if you’re interested, I can share with you a list of ambient netlabels I enjoy.

I download some mixter material to my mp3 player, and yet the fun things I hear here lately could almost have me devote an entire mp3 player to mixter material. I like in particular the read/write
nature of things. I can download kristin hersh’s new song for a self-directed payment, and then get the mix stems for free.
I can download from the Carnegie Hall website a host of contemporary classical recordings,
and donate a little money in grateful thanks. Magnatune has a plethora of great artists—and I know that not only do they support the mixter, but they also share 50/50 with their artists. With my own music, I know from my statistics that I have listeners from places I may never go, who get to download my music here or from NSI or from the various compilations I’m on—and that’s a wonderful thing.

I think you’re right that it’s about more than money—I love about netlabels that they work from the same cultural impulse as mail art—creations by artists for sharers, outside a flawed ‘gallery system’. Yet I also try to donate to netlabels and to buy from CC artists. For a tiny fraction of the cost of an RIAA CD collection, an individual can help fuel a revolution in sound. I’m excited that Trifonic “gave back”, that the Calendar Girl compilation is about to come out and will be wonderful, and that every month, more CC work I love comes out so that I can download it for free.

What a wonderful time to hear and make music.
permalink   Sun, Apr 20, 2008 @ 5:28 AM
Nice clarity and juxtaposition, as usual; I couldn’t help but notice this uses the same sample as this, which I’m hoping you’ll comment on ;-)
permalink   Mon, Apr 21, 2008 @ 11:03 AM
Anyway we can get this Luftrum guy to join ccMixter? I like the way you are using those forest samples. Have you heard of Debussy’s Les Chansons de Bilitis? It’s series of impressionistic pieces that employ a French narrator during breaks in the music. The music itself is like sounds of a dreamy forest. Wish I could speak french :)
permalink   Thu, Apr 24, 2008 @ 7:46 AM
What a soundscape. the looped synth goes on and on but suits perfect with the whole idea. I like it.
HEKTOR THILLET (coffeeeurope)
permalink   Wed, Sep 2, 2009 @ 6:36 PM
This is so simple and untroubled, it had made me forget to type in some words after having floated away on this many times over by this time. Poetic me friend!