Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Peter Broderick & Machinefabriek

Peter Broderick:

An American born musician and composer most known as the violin player in the Danish band, Efterklang in their live shows. He's recorded and toured with many bands and musicians including She & Him, Horse Feathers, Norfolk & Western,Laura Gibson and many more as well as being a regular session musicians at various recording studios.

He started Violin at age 7 in high school, and soon became interested in all different kinds of instruments, where he started to learn the piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, musical saw and anything else he could find. In 2007 he was invited to play alongside one of his favourite bands, Efterklang, so he moved to Copenhagen and joined them, since then he's played live alongside them all over the world and often being opening act for many of their live shows.
(Recommended Albums - Float and Home)

Machinefabriek (
Rutger Zuyderveldt):

A male composer from
Arnhem, Netherlands who makes electronic music without using a laptop or computer to generate sounds, he does this my recording various natural sounds including soundscapes,various acoustic instruments/sounds as well as feedback noise and glitches. His general sound is quite droney and soundscape but he also creates completely different sound worlds where there is only sounds of mechanical objects and crackles for example his album 'Box Music' a collaboration with Stephen Vitiello, in which the titles are all the objects he used in that particular track e.g Bells, Books, Tin Foil, Buttons.
(Recommended albums Dauw and Box Music)

Peter Broderick & Machinefabriek:
With Peter mainly on piano playing melodic and sparse chords as well as playing on other various acoustic and electric instruments and Machinefabriek on instruments and sound recordings creat
ing slow drones they each perfectly counterplay off each other, no sound sounds too different to each other. And you often wonder if these two sounds from two completely different worlds were made for each other.
The album starts with a slow soundscape, enveloping you to stop whatever you're doing and to focus on all the sounds then peter introduces his Steve Reich/Philip Glass/
Ludovico Einaudi-esque phrases on the piano then mixed with Peters humming which gets sucked into Machinfabriek's Soundscape world, it truly is one of the most emotional songs I've heard in a while (Track 2 - Planes) . You will not be disappointed with this album.

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Peter Broderick & Machinefabriek - Blank Grey Canvas Sky - 58mb


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Damero is a female singer and Electronica musician from Berlin, Germany.

She's on the record label 'BPitch Control', if you haven't checked out who's on their label, I would recommend you do so, if you like this artist.

When she was young she had a classical music education in East Germany and later on in France, Italy and then U.S.A. She then took singing lessons and at the same time collaborated with different musicians in the German independent (at the time) electronic scene like Apparat and Modeselektor.

The music is generally a mix of slow synthy pads and glitchy crackle and pops blended with thin,crisp synths and simple beats which creates a smooth yet slightly hectic environment, but mixed with her voice she seems to calm everything down. This is a great album to relax too because of her voice and slow glitchy sounds (e.g. Track 4 + Track 6) but you also have tracks which you could put on where you need something a little more up-beat (e.g. Track 1,2 +10).

Damero - Happy In Grey - 60mb


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It's been a while since I last posted...and honestly, I kinda missed posting on I'll do a few more posts to keep this page alive.

"Enter the ambient world of Osmos: elegant, physics-based gameplay, dreamlike visuals, and a minimalist, electronic soundtrack.
Your objective is to grow by absorbing other motes. Propel yourself by ejecting matter behind you. But be wise: ejecting matter also shrinks you. Relax… good things come to those who wait.
Progress from serenely ambient levels into varied and more challenging worlds. Confront attractors, repulsors and intelligent motes with similar abilities and goals as you." (

I've been playing this game loads recently, every time I need to zone out and chill,but also wanting to be entertained and challenged I play this. This is the first time I've wrote about a game, and I rarely play games.

The first thing that attracted me to this game was (of course) the music. Soundtracks by Julien Neto, Biosphere, Gas(High Skies), Loscil. If you know these guys you now know what kinda vibe this game is heading for.

The Visuals are great ,they perfectly match the sounds, you're a small ball "mote" in an ambient world and the aim is to grow by sucking the energy out of smaller motes. It's a modern twist of that fish game,where you're a small fish and you have to grow by swimming around and eating smaller fishes, or the first few levels of 'Spore'. One of the great things about this game is that if you can either restart the exact same level OR
restart the level but randomising all the elements so you can try the same objective it in a different setting/world. Don't let the simple objectives fool you, they WILL get harder and more challenging and you may even be tempted to throw your computer out of the window (like me),but stick to it.

The game is made by a select few people, not a big company (Even though these people were from big game companies). So the game only costs $10 yes...$10...

They have released a PC version as well as MAC.But I've got the MAC version.

(I wrote that whole post without saying ambient - woop)

Hemisphere Games - Osmos - (21mb)


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