Podcast 2023.18 A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky

Look directly up at the ceiling, clear your mind of all thoughts and close your eyes so that you can listen without distraction. Take three deep breaths and take in new psychedelia. The end result could be a perfect game.

time artist title
00:42 Fiction It's Gone
07:16 Yokujitsu Exploit
11:18 K Lihn Resurrection
16:54 Myrrs Motherland
22:35 Oslo Tapes Gravity
28:01 Goat I Became The Unemployment Office
33:09 Monte Oculto La Presencia
41:28 The Landscape Tape The fallen
43:14 Thought Bubble Eclipse of Reason
46:23 Aawks 1831

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#AcidFolk #AcidRock #Alternative #Ambient #ArtRock #AvantGarde #DarkAmbient #Devotional #Doom #Drone #Experimental #Fuzz #GarageRock #IndieRock #Krautrock #Lo-Fi #NeoPsychedelicGarageRock #Neopsychedelia #Post-punk #Post-rock #PostSpaceRock #PsychRock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock #Sludge #Soundtrack #SpaceRock #Stoner #StonerRock

I recently discovered a record store near where I live called Sonidos. It’s a small shop but they have a well curated selection and I left with an armload of records. These days I’m really into finding those strange, ephemeral albums in the bargain bins–the kind of record you wonder why anyone would ever record. This episode features bits from the 1961 LP 7 Days To Better Bowling, a self-relaxation program to improve your bowling game. Side 1 introduces the method and side 2 is meant to be played as you’re going to sleep at night. Perhaps one day I’ll try it because the narrator’s voice is genuinely hypnotic.

The title and cover image for this episode comes from the 1969 Gorô Yamaguchi album, A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky. Far from being ephemeral, this album was archived in an extraordinary way. An excerpt from this recording of shakuhachi music was included on The Golden Record that was launched into space in 1977 aboard the space probe Voyager.

The music in this episode comes from all over. Each band is from a different country with the exception of Sweden, represented by two bands in this episode. The playlist opens with Fiction, a band from Uppsala, and I had to include a track from the latest album by Goat–another fantastic release by this mysterious band from Korpilombolo. According to GeoList.org, Korpilombolo is located 19.9 miles (32.2 km) north of the Arctic Circle in the North Frigid Zone. The opening set also includes Yokujitsu from Japan, and K Lihn from Pucón, Chile. K Lihn is Carlos González Lihn, who is also in Vago Sagrado and Los Tabanos Experience. Myrrs, a band from Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, who have appeared in a few episodes of Turn Me On, Dead Man opens the second set, followed by Oslo Tapes from Lanciano, Italy, next is Goat and then comes Monte Oculto from Bueno Aires, Argentina. The last set features The Landscape Tape from Nice, France, Thought Bubble from the UK and Aawks from Canada.

December 1, 2023

Oslo Tapes

#ArtRock #AvantGarde #IndieRock #Krautrock

Marco Campitelli, born and raised in Lanciano on the Southern Adriatic coast of Italy, founded OSLO TAPES in the early 2010s after a trip to the Norwegian Capital left him deeply impressed.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Staring at the Sun before goin’ blind?
OT: you can find the influence in the Norwegian jazz, krautrock and noise music.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
OT: No doubt, Bleach by Nirvana, with my label I produced also Chad Channing, their first drummer.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
OT: play and make new music 😉

November 17, 2023

Thought Bubble

#Alternative #Experimental #Soundtrack #Ambient #DarkAmbient #Post-rock

Thought Bubble are keyboardist Chris Cordwell and percussionist Nick Raybould. Improvised electronica and analogue percussion from Shropshire Hills, UK.
TMODM: What kind of gear do you use?
Chris: For my outboard gear:
Moog Sub37
Erebus Dreadbox
Elektron Digitone
Vermona Perfourmer
Arturia MiniBrute 2S
Eventide H90 effects pedal
On the software front, I use Propellerhead Reason and various other plug ins
Controllers: Nektar Panorama P4, Arturia Keystep and Novation LaunchPad Pro
The Vermona is four synths in one. I tend to use the first two for bass lines and the next two for leads and drones going into the H90 for delays and reverbs etc. The Digitone gives me another four tracks to play with, basses pads and leads. The Arturia Brute gives me more options. This is my basic live set up, which I control with the Novation Launch Pad. I can then use Reason for any other instruments needed. The Moog and the Dreadbox tend to be used mainly for studio work.
On ‘Eclipse of Reason’ I’m using the Moog and Arturia for the bass sequences and all the other tracks are created in Reason.
Nick: I’m the total antithesis of Chris, when it comes to the gear. In fact, reading that list, above, is quite bamboozling!! For mixing the tracks I’m still using real entry level audio software: Audacity! My reasoning for that is that all the more sophisticated computer manipulation has already been done. So, I get to add the earthy analogue rough edges. However, my drums tracks, once tidied up for any slips in sync are usually sent over to Chris for a little EQ and compression va-va-voom voodoo. I don’t really ask what he does to achieve that, but they always sound more crunchy, when they’re returned.
My gear is a mainly my eBay assembled kit, mainly comprising bits of an old 1980s Mapex kit- a 24 inch bass drum along with 13 and16 inch toms to which I’ve added a 10 inch tom – and a rather nice new Pearl wood shell snare. My cymbals are tasty Meinl Soundcaster hi-hats and a mixed bag of old cymbals. My favourites are the bargain Paiste Twenty 18 inch crash I found on eBay and a lovely old 20 inch Paiste ride. As that’s a pretty heavy chunk of metal, it rarely gets used at gigs, though.
On the hand percussion front; I’ve a lovely 12 inch djembe and a nine inch one for a little contrast. I’ve also some lovely old bongos and then various rattles for frilly bits. For some gigs I even bring out my old roto-toms!
I worry that giving away our secrets here is a bit like undermining the mystique. I hope we’re not black-balled by the Magic Circle.
TMODM: What are you working on now?
Chris: We’re working on a few new tracks at the moment and hopefully will have some festival gigs lined up for next year, fingers crossed.
Nick: We’re almost always working on new recordings, so are forever an album ahead of whatever’s about to be released. This new album ’Beguiled’ was pretty much ready to go, even before the preceding album ‘Weaving’ was out! And ditto, before ‘Weaving’ was completed prior to ‘Nowhere’s release!! We’re quite prolific. This week I’m recording drums for – and mixing three new tracks that Chris has initiated. And , besides that, knitting some syncopated beats together for a possible fourth.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Nick: As Chris hinted there, there will be at least one live outing for next year. It’s a festival, but we can’t really say which one yet, until we’re officially confirmed and it has been announced. However, it’s a nicely curated alt music event that has its own following of folk who love the less formulaic, tried and tested genres. Keep connected for an announcement.

October 15, 2023

The Landscape Tape

#Alternative #AcidFolk #GarageRock #IndieRock #Lo-Fi #Psychedelic

Lo-fi rock from Nice, France.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on A sort of?
TLT: A few months ago, I bought an old Framus guitar in a barter store. This was just what I needed to start recording new songs with my 8-track recorder. Playing this cheap folk guitar was for sure the strongest influence. I previously recorded many lo-fi and psychedelic rock songs, including some folk ones. But this time, that was different: I really
wanted to combine just this folk guitar with an analog synthesizer and vocals. As a consequence, this album is also influenced by the way I composed/recorded it, with very few things, in my kitchen (“The fallen”) or sitting on my bedroom floor.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
TLT: Among the many life-changing records, I would like here to mention the album “Dreaming with Alice” by Mark Fry. This album (1972) is just brilliant, and so inspiring. To me a psychedelic folk monument. I consider it the best answer to this difficult question in the very context of the release of ‘A sort of’.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TLT: In the coming months, I will continue to record songs in more or less the same pleasant way. But I want to record new electric tracks too. No plan, just doing things as they come.

October 13, 2023


#Alternative #IndieRock #Neopsychedelia #Psychedelic

Neo-psychedelia from Japan.
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
Yokujitsu: We are influenced by bands that have released on Fuzz Club or have played at Levitation events. After that, We are also influenced by Japanese rock bands a little bit.
TMODM: What are you working on now?
Yokujitsu: I started a label called Snake Dog Recordings. What I’m working on now… I’m busy with administrative work such as shipping and business communication lol
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Yokujitsu: We just released Kalt, and We want to keep making new music. Please look forward to it.

October 13, 2023


#Alternative #Psychedelic

Goat are from Korpilombolo, Sweden.
Formidable psychic warriors, channelers of the mystic and proponents of a spiritual quest that transcends this realm

September 27, 2023


#Alternative #Experimental #GarageRock #PsychedelicRock

MYRRS began in 2017 as a studio creative project that branched into a functioning live band that consists of Multi- Instrumentalist Oliver Meacham and Mastermind/Multi-Instrumentalist James Biven.
The band has yet to settle on a style/genre with a history ranging from Psychedelia, Alternative, Metal, Electronic, Punk, Jazz and Lo-Fi to create the unique sound and work style the band upholds today.
TMODM: What kind of gear do you use?
Myrrs: We used various strange accompaniments on this album from upright bass, bowed cymbals, found sounds to tines from a 1910’s grandfather clock that you can hear at the beginning of our track Motherland. That along with slight detuning in different instruments give a sense of dissonance and off kilter solitude that fit the overall vision.
TMODM: What are you working on now?
Myrrs: Currently MYRRS is tracking out what is going to be it’s next EP for 2024 as we focus on more of the recording/writing side as we’ve cultivated a great deal of new material while on our live show endeavors this year.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Myrrs: After discussions leading to the end of MYRRS live shows for the time being, we’ve decided to refocus back to the core structure of what this project was based on and that is first and foremost recording and writing new music. In a very introverted way that’s what it was always supposed to be before turning into a live band. As of next year rumor has it MYRRS may possibly be involved in scoring and featuring new original music for a suspenseful indie short film. Although not confirmed. Steps have been taken in preparation as we enter the new year.

September 3, 2023


#Alternative #GarageRock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock #SpaceRock

Psychedelic rock from Uppsala, Sweden. Formed in 2022 by members from Wheel In The Sky.
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
Fiction: That’s a very difficult question to answer! Good music, bad music, life, death, Bror Hjorth.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Fiction: There are too many… Cathedral – Supernatural Birth Machine, Mike Oldfield – Discovery, Hawkwind – Space Ritual.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Fiction: Play live and write new music. We would like to release the EP in a physical format. I guess we’ll see what the future has in store.

August 25, 2023


#Doom #PsychedelicRock #Sludge #SpaceRock #StonerRock

AAWKS, from Barrie, Ontario, is the product of four acid casualties united by a love for high fantasy, psychedelics and heavy rock music, alongside some guest musicians who wander in to add their own flair.
TMODM: What has the strongest influence on your music?
Aawks: That’s a great question! The short answer is “I’m not really sure…“ But if I was to try to narrow it down to a few things, I would say it’s a mixture of the occult, 60s and 70s hippie, burnout, biker culture, fantasy art and psychedelia. Growing up, I listened to a lot of 70s and 80s hard rock and metal. There’s just something that’s never left me with regard to the mysterious, dangerous heaviness of that music that is a mixture of beauty, danger, and power akin to some type of addictive substance that I can’t get enough of.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Aawks: Without a doubt, it was Black Sabbath’s first album. Before that, I still remember hearing Iron Man off of their second album for the first time when I was about four or five and it was like setting off fireworks inside my brain. I think the first time I heard it, it was on the radio but I’m not quite sure. Then for Christmas when I was about 10 or 11 my mom bought me the first Sabbath album on cassette and I played that thing over and over and over again it definitely paved the way for my future interest in writing riffs and songs.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Aawks: Aawks continues to write, record, and play live shows on the regular. We’re always in search of the next magical riff or song and we love sharing our stuff with as many people who care to give us a listen. There’s an amazing community of bands in Ontario and Quebec, that we are part of, but we’re also hoping to eventually get down to the states, and over to Europe to play as well.

August 18, 2023

Monte Oculto

#Alternative #Fuzz #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock #Stoner #StonerRock

Trío de rock psicodélico pesado de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Sombra, Conciencia y lumbre?
MO: Sombra, Conciencia y Lumbre have a lot to do with the transfer of the state of thought through consciusness.
The process of moving from a dark place to a bright place, with all that that entails.
So the music search, both instrumentally and lyrically, was try to express those enviroments.
TMODM: What record change your life?
MO: Difficult cuestion but:
Queens of the stone age – Rated R
Los Natas – Ciudad de brahman
Kyuss – Welcome to sky valley
TMODM: What’s next for you?
MO: What s next for us is to play more, in different cities, prepare the presentation of the album live and work on the new songs to be able to face another recording soon.

July 28, 2023

K Lihn

#AcidRock #Devotional #Drone #Krautrock #Post-punk #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock #PsychRock

Composer and producer. In search of sounds and colors of the universe. Based in Pucón, Chile. Also in Los Tabanos Experience and Vago Sagrado.
TMODM: What kind of gear do you use?
KL: I specialize mainly in strings, I have played the guitar since I was little and at the beginning of Vago Sagrado I started playing the bass. Nowadays that I produce my own music, I have gotten more into virtual instruments and analog synthesizers. I also use my Tascam portable recorder a lot, with it I capture sounds of nature that and then process with analog effects and transform into sequences. On my pedalboard I use the DD8 and the Carbon Copy for the delays, the Strymon bigsky for the reverb and the Fulltone Plimsoul for the distortion. That is the base that is then mixed with different modulations.
TMODM: What are you working on now?
KL: Right now I’m working on new music with my Peruvian friend Chino Burga, soon we’re going to release a joint album that’s going to be very good. At the same time with Vago Sagrado we are working on our 6th studio album and another bootleg that we recorded live at the beginning of this year. With Los Tabanos Experience we are close to releasing a new improvisation album, which will also be released in vinyl format by some specialized labels.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
KL: I hope to continue making music and exploring its different universes. I have turned more towards the experimental and slowly deconstructing my music. For me, music is the language of the senses, so I hope to continue communicating what happens to me and around me through this beautiful art.

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