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Darkroom ambient podcast - free music from ambient/avant-garde improvisers Darkroom

Free ambient/instrumental/avant-garde music from Darkroom. Some studio tracks, some improvisations recorded live or in rehearsal.

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royston251104 extract/remix

Essentially a segment of a rehearsal recording from November 25th 2004, edited and with a few extra layers applied. Copyright 2006 Darkroom. Composed and performed by Michael Bearpark and Andrew Ostler.

4mins

21 May 2006

Rank #1

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live at 'bleepfest' at the unitarian church, cambridge 21/11/2002

Track 2 of the free album 'Freefall' by Darkroom. Features Mike and Os. See http://www.collective.co.uk/darkroom/freefall/

24mins

7 Jan 2006

Rank #2

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calling card 3

Recorded in a rehearsal session 11th May 2006. What you are hearing is Mike's guitar being processed and looped live by Os's laptop. Despite the elapsed time since the original two 'calling cards' were recorded (almost a year), this seems to fit very nicely alongside them, hence the name. Software: Ableton Live, Expert Sleepers Augustus Loop. Copyright 2006 Darkroom. Composed and performed by Michael Bearpark and Andrew Ostler.

9mins

13 May 2006

Rank #3

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calling card 2

Excerpt from a rehearsal for the Zürich Loopfest 2005 (see http://loopfestival.com/). The two "Calling Card" tracks were prepared for a pre-festival promo cd.

3mins

12 May 2006

Rank #4

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calling card 1

Excerpt from a rehearsal for the Zürich Loopfest 2005 (see http://loopfestival.com/). The two "Calling Card" tracks were prepared for a pre-festival promo cd.

2mins

6 May 2006

Rank #5

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2006-05-24-0014-10-15

The first part of a two part rehearsal extract from May 2006. This piece is driven by a nice bass pulse from about 2 minutes in. There are some sequenced-sounding elements but it's all guitar, processed live in Ableton Live. We were also trying out a new version of my alternating delay plug-in, 'Meringue'. Copyright 2006 Darkroom. Composed and performed by Michael Bearpark and Andrew Ostler.

5mins

8 Jun 2006

Rank #6

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2006-05-24-0014-18-23

The second part of a two part rehearsal extract from May 2006. This is the prettier of the two parts. It picks up about 3 minutes on from the end of the first part. Copyright 2006 Darkroom. Composed and performed by Michael Bearpark and Andrew Ostler.

6mins

24 Jun 2006

Rank #7

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coctoise

Finally, a track which is more than just a quick edit from a rehearsal recording. Though still based on material recorded in rehearsal (the "bass and meringue" session from May), this track adds layers of drums recorded way back in 2004. Copyright 2006 Darkroom. Original material composed and performed by Michael Bearpark and Andrew Ostler; drums by Diego Mancini.

5mins

16 Jul 2006

Rank #8

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sparseneedschoir

A section from an extended gig at a Norwich shoe factory in September 2005 (extract code bata42_36.30_41.30), with some additional bass, synth and vocal added in the studio. Copyright 2006 Darkroom. Original material composed and performed by Michael Bearpark and Andrew Ostler; vocal by Melissa Terras.

4mins

11 Nov 2006

Rank #9

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beartime20091230pt3

The end of the first improvisation from the December 30th 2009 session. You can download a higher quality version of this track from darkroomtheband.bandcamp.com Copyright 2010 Darkroom.

7mins

19 Feb 2010

Rank #10

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beartime20091230pt2

Another section from the December 30th 2009 session (the clue is in the title). You can download a higher quality version of this track from darkroomtheband.bandcamp.com Copyright 2010 Darkroom.

8mins

27 Jan 2010

Rank #11

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bandcamp announcement

We’ve put most of our catalogue up on our Bandcamp page. Bandcamp is a great service that allows musicians to sell directly to their fans. It also offers downloads in much higher quality formats than other services - up to and including lossless formats such as FLAC, so for example you can now go and get Some Of These Numbers Mean Something in 24 bit FLAC, better than CD quality! The downloads are also cheaper on Bandcamp. Well, to be accurate, the downloads can be as expensive as the band wants them to be, but I’ve set ours so you pay about what we would get from iTunes for a sale - because on Bandcamp we get all the money (none goes to Apple etc.) we can afford to do that and not lose out. We’ll also be putting up most of our podcast tracks on Bandcamp from now on. The podcast will remain as 128kbit mp3s (i.e. low quality by today’s standards) but you’ll be able to download the higher quality versions from Bandcamp if you want.Copyright 2010 Darkroom.

1min

27 Jan 2010

Rank #12

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beartime20091230pt1

On December 30th 2009 Mike and I got together for an old-school Darkroom ambient jam. This is a section from right at the start of the evening - some gentle, tentative even, guitar that finally builds up into a majestic loop. Copyright 2010 Darkroom.

9mins

7 Jan 2010

Rank #13

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modular loop

A rather pretty combination of modular synth loops and simple picked guitar arpeggios. Mixed with assistance from Melissa Terras. Copyright 2009 Darkroom.

4mins

23 Nov 2009

Rank #14

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modular slid

A bleepy electronic construction using many elements generated by the Darkroom modular synth. Plus a slide guitar part from Mike. Copyright 2009 Darkroom. By the way - follow Os on Twitter: @expertsleepers

5mins

26 Oct 2009

Rank #15

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awashandaway

A section from somewhere in the middle of the 1st July Improvizone gig (http://www.vimeo.com/album/108940), with drums removed, and processed into a somewhat dense and noisy drone rock-out. Copyright 2009 Darkroom. By the way - follow Os on Twitter: @expertsleepers

5mins

2 Sep 2009

Rank #16

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startbynotplaying

This is a slightly processed/tweaked/warmed-up version of what Mike and I played at the start of the last section of the 1st July Improvizone gig (http://vimeo.com/5513010). Andy left the stage for a bit so it really was just a duo at that point (unlike what usually happens in these podcasts which is that I just leave Andy's playing out). Copyright 2009 Darkroom. By the way - follow Os on Twitter: @expertsleepers

5mins

31 Jul 2009

Rank #17

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darkroom at the antwerp loopfest 2009, part 3

The third and final part of our set at The Antwerp Loopfest, which happened on May 30th 2009. You can watch the whole set at http://vimeo.com/4960054 - Copyright 2009 Darkroom. By the way - follow Os on Twitter: @expertsleepers

9mins

15 Jul 2009

Rank #18

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darkroom at the antwerp loopfest 2009, part 2

The second part (of three) of our set at The Antwerp Loopfest, which happened on May 30th 2009. You can watch the whole set at http://vimeo.com/4960054 - Copyright 2009 Darkroom.

7mins

30 Jun 2009

Rank #19

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darkroom at the antwerp loopfest 2009, part 1

The first part (of three) of our set at The Antwerp Loopfest, which happened on May 30th 2009. You can watch the whole set at http://vimeo.com/4960054 - Copyright 2009 Darkroom.

8mins

3 Jun 2009

Rank #20