Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hypnagogue Podcast 21

A nice bit of flow in which to immerse yourself this time 'round. It begins on the uptempo side with a new track from Trance Fury, some microsound pleasure from Patrick Balthrop and washes & beats from Steve Roach and Erik Wollo. Jujigen slows things down, Lucette Bourdin continues the softer flow and MWVM guides you gently to the first break. Then it's time to listen to some new music that's being reviewed on the Hypnagogue site this month: A Backward Glance on a Travel Road, Godheadscope, Kyron, Roedelius and Mark Snyder (who brought his accordion). Back to the beats then as Runningonair conjures the spirit of Philip Glass, MusSck funks you into the world of glitch-hop and Phylum Sinter channels the flavor of synthpop via laptop. At the end, Forrest Fang plays you quietly home.

Just a note: My computer--a Flintstonian little piece of work--stared to choke on the file toward the end. I had to make sort an end-run around it for my last voiceover, so the old warbly sound that used to plague the earliest 'casts makes a guest appearance. Hopefully, it won't happen again.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Hypnagogue Podcast 20

The path this time begins with a 40-minute consideration of the guitar, with pieces that range from earthly to otherworldly. Matt Borghi begins with some silk-edged sounds. Life Audience blends a funky riff with electronic twiddle. Patrick Smith keeps it gently acoustic with just the right touches of treatment. Petal follows suit with a slow-moving piece that feels like the onset of Sunday rain. Slow Dancing Society drifts through a bar-band 4 a.m. last-call tune. Your host indulges himself with an Anawaty/Russell piece that he's quite simply fallen in love with, and not just for its final two Oldfieldian minutes. Strom Noir lays down layer upon layer of processed guitar sounds in a dense, comforting haze. A Thousand Years runs a straight-rock sensibility through an ambient filter for a feeling that's quite pleasantly disjointed. Steven K. Smith plays us softly out, echoing along the way. From there it's off into drone-based territory with excerpts from long pieces by Ben Stepner and M. Peck moving us from deepening shadow to cloying darkness. Nathan Youngblood brings it back around with a soft flow of his own. Episode 20 concludes heading uptempo, courtesy of Acrylic.