Max Cooper has just released a remix of 'Sleeping Land' by the Rustle of the Stars. Available to stream and download for free.
Some words from Max:
"Your December free download is a remix, and an important piece of music to me personally. Partly because it was the result of a chance string of events driven by my love of the original track and a fortuitous meeting with Frederic D. Oberland, one half of The Rustle of the Stars with Richard Knox. And partly because I love the intensity and feeling of the original which I have tried to convey in my own way with little regard for the usual rules of making music - ambient strings arrangement at one end, and a drum and bass wall of sound at the other, because that's what I felt was required to communicate the emotions I found in the original piece, inspired by "a musical passage through the North Pole explorer diaries".
Here's what Richard and Frederic said about the original: "We would like to think of this as a polar journey to the ends of the earth through the arctic sea. We kept in mind the first polar expeditions, Edgar Allan Poe's Dream-Land, the ships trapped or crushed by ice, the point of no-return, the minds sinking, the attempt on the Pole ending in disaster, the quest of the Northwest Passage, Erebus & Terror, the Mercy Bay, Mangazeya, Charles Francis Hall, Beechey Island, the Midnight sun and the Polar night."
It's very winter-y. And I'm very pleased Richard and Frederic agreed to allow me to give the remix away for free to anyone who would like to hear it this Christmas!"
Here's a mixtape for these dark and foggy winter nights. It's part of the Gizehcast series and you can stream below or download for free here in iTunes.
1. Traditionalists: The Indestructible Drop by Secret Chiefs 3
2. Maximum Black by Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
3. Not Gone Is Seen by Kaboom Karavan
4. Blanket Of Ash by Mamiffer
5. The Immense Quiet Of The Dark Blue by d_rradio
6. Abyss by Fennesz & Sakamoto
7. After Love by Saaad
8. Fog Animal by Deaf Center
9. Mysteries by John Zorn
10. Asa Tru by Eyvind Kang
11. The Kiss by Harold Budd
12. Fading Lights Are Fading / Reign Rebuilder by Set Fire To Flames
13. Drunkard's Lament by Molasses
I've finally put together a bandcamp page and collected a bunch of recordings for consumption. Please feel free to take a listen and share with others who might be interested. There are some pay what you want downloads and links to buy vinyl / cd's should you wish. I'll be adding some new music to the page in the coming months.
I'm currently working on a handful of new Shield Patterns tracks which should be out in the first part of 2015 to coincide with some tour dates and I'm also in the early stages of formulating plans for some new Of Thread & Mist material for next year.
All the best for festive season and a happy new year.
SLOWSECRET is a resource and archival site dedicated to the work of Richard Knox & associated projects.
Richard Knox (b. 1980) is a musician and artist living and working in Glossop, situated in the Dark Peak district in the North-West of the UK. Currently writing and touring as A-Sun Amissa, he is also a founding member of The Eternal Return Arkestra, The Rustle of the Stars and Glissando and a member of Shield Patterns. He formed and is still currently running the independent record label Gizeh Records and alongside his design work and mixed media art projects he co-founded the screen-printing and art studio SmilingPaperGhosts.