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Quiet Space — #126 — Farewell Islands

Slow Reels combines Ian Hawgood’s love of reel-to-reel tape machines and vintage synthesizers with James Murray’s melodicism and richly textured digital sound design. Their Morr Music debut, ‘Farewell Islands’, is an arresting, fluorescing album that blends full-frequency dronescaping with a slow-burning ambient minimalism.

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Quiet Space — #125 — The Healing Sounds of zakè

zakè is an ambient artist and founder of the Past Inside the Present label/imprint & Healing Sound Propagandist. We focus on the latest offering on Polar Seas Recordings, Carolina, suffused with manipulated field recordings, each piece reenacts a moment in its composer’s journey, Carolina is a solemn yet joyful paean to seclusion, and the awe beyond our doors. Perfect calm listening, the antidote to fear in these troubled times.

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1/2/3/4 — #140 — The Pyrocene Etudes

Ben Marston is a trumpeter, composer and teacher from Canberra who is currently working on improvised music that uses samples to create soundscapes. The 2019/20 Australian bushfires prompted Ben to undertake The Pyrocene Etudes project. Initially these were intended simply for himself however soon a collaboration formed to create a video and the realisation that this music could serve the wider community. We also explore some exciting recent jazz releases from Freya Garbett, Ryan Keberle & Catharsis and Ethnic Heritage Ensemble.

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Quiet Space — #120 — Ecovillage

Emil Holmstrom and Peter Wikstrom have been working on different music projects together since 2001, but in 2006 after a 3 months journey around south asia they found some otherworldly inspiration to create The Ecovillage project. Our focus is on their seventh release, Arrived and it’s one they say is the first album they have made that is a personal concept album and their most mentally challenging one to create.

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1/2/3/4 — #136 — Tried So Hard

Perseverance. Patience. These are essential tools in any musician’s survival kit. Anna Cordell knows these disciplines all too well. It’s been a long time coming for her debut album and it’s a gem. I feature my favourite track which is already in running for a favourite for this year! She plays tender yet deceptively complex folk music heightened by her penchant for the minor key. As well, a stunning new release from Ryan Power, sparse melancholic electronic folk from Keeley Forsyth and the return of the Gadflys!

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