Put on new ears
Discover Sounds is a new place for exploring music and sounds by Bryan Baker of GAJOOB Magazine.
"The process of mixing proceeded rapidly apace, a basic music bed lain first and a cover of overdubs laid over with that aforementioned facsimile of precision as the mix was assembled on the cusp, no plan but impulse guiding, orchestral samples chopped and spliced and spindled and at last split for an individual treatment, shards pitch-shifted and rejoined in a lengthier and more melodic unity."
We review recent and distant creations and interview artists at work. Feel free to join the discussion.
Submit your work to various ongoing Discover Sounds projects and listen in as things progress. Make something happen.
Discuss Discover Sounds content and activities. Vent and argue ideas. Collaborate and more.
Browse the Discover Sounds artist profile pages to discover the work of recording artists exploring the bounderies of sonic possibilities.
This is our own take on tech. Links to software, articles and other things to further explore the craft of sound.
In addition to our own Discover Sounds Vlog, we post other videos of interest to experiment music freaks and sound designer geeks.
We are always accepting submissions to the Quarterly collection.
By discover sounds, 2017-04-20
Damage and Joy find The Jesus and Mary Chain back in the studio for the first time since 1998. Youth takes the production reins and works his characteristic magic with the Reid brother's signature sound, doling out the brushstroke feedback within washes of acoustic and electric guitars and programmed drums. It's a damaged sound that takes the band to a new level that finds them in a place longtime fans (like me) won't mind going just to see what's next.
By discover sounds, 2017-04-20
Aimee Mann's new album, Mental Illness, steps back a little from her last album's more firm nod toward her pop roots, sitting down and leaning in for an introspective look regarding what we encounter without; without this and that. Mann tells things she seems almost sure of and a little frightened being so sure about. All the while her melodies sway with a pulse beating a pattern we hope will find comfort and solace once shared, once spoken. Fragile as it might be.
Get the album now on amazon or visit her website where you'll find apparel and other things of goodness and grace.
By discover sounds, 2017-04-09
The London Sound Survey is a huge, sprawling website with "...a growing collection of Creative Commons-licensed sound recordings of people, places and events in the capital. Historical references too are gathered to find out how London's sounds have changed." that description doesn't do any justice at all to the scope of this thing. For sound lovers it's truly breathtaking.
By discover sounds, 2017-02-12
By discover sounds, 2017-01-18
When She Kisses the Ship On His Arm
CD -- $15 www.donaldrubinstein.com
Tell me about Bare Bones studio.
Bare Bones is the name of my home recording studio and record label. The name is meant to reflect my general approach, engendered by both budgetary restraints and attitude. I like to use what I have at hand to make the best possible work I can. The budgetary restraints can work in ones favor as one is forced to find solutions which are naturally innovative.
By discover sounds, 2017-01-18
Something in my head always goes off around this time of year. It tells me February is coming. For many people that probably means different things. Valentines Day, spring is getting closer, etc. For some of us recording junkies it means that FAWM is coming.
That's February Album Writing Month and the website at FAWM.org re-launches every year to house all the artists trying to writing and recording a full album during the shortest month of year.
The site has discussion boards and lots of discussion and even collaboration. All styles and persuasions. Just go and create. I'll be doing something. Let me know if you are too.
By discover sounds, 2017-01-11
CD -- 15€ for CD digipak, or free download
Talk about bringing so many people together to work on your vision for this project.
The first point is that all the musicians on the record are great musicians. Everyone gave me an emotion prior to my record: Kudsi Erguner on the record “Passion” by Peter Gabriel, I’ve seen several incredible shows by the swiss bands Opak and Hemlock Smith, played some dates as a guitar player with the great band Girls in the Kitchen and seen several contemporary music shows featuring Laurent Estoppey. Furthermore they are friends of mine. So I asked some of the members of the bands above to participate and i’m lucky they all said Yes! The idea was to share something human with people I like. Another idea was to bring external point of view to the story I wanted to tell. For most of the songs there was no indication on what to play, and every time I was surprised with what they gave to me.
By discover sounds, 2017-01-10
DISCussions No1 began in 2010. GAJOOB's Bryan Baker reached out to artists who had been featured in one way or another in the zine throughout it's 20+ years of publishing, up to many new voices we were hearing presently. Many artists doing work in the early days are still actively exploring sound recording today, so as the DISCussions evolved it became a mutating project, sprouting in different directions.
The initial idea was to create a mp3 CD of music with a booklet of thoughts from the artists contributing to the project. But it became more apparent to Bryan that the project needed something more; the book was too limiting or too defining for such a project. The project needed its own kind of medium, or no medium at all. It needed to be a continuing discussion which no book could possible contain.
Eventually DiscoverSounds.com was reborn in 2017 as an imperfect vehicle to frame an evolving discussion about creative sound recording. There are 112 recordings in DISCussions No1. You may start here and move through page after page, listening to individual tracks and reading a few thoughts from the artists who made them. You will probably find yourself wandering elsewhere at some point; and that's fine too.
You are encouraged to set up a free Discover Sounds account and continue these discussions with your own thoughts.
We are accepting recordings for DISCussions No2. GO HERE to contribute.
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