StillStream featuring rM and Chris Russell this month! is the place to hear ambient music 24/7 – and each month they feature a label, an artist, and a release. For December – they’ve chosen Relaxed Machinery and Chris Russell! We are deeply honored to be featured.

Thank you, StillStream!

Featured Artist: Chris Russell

The ebb and flow of life.

Influenced by nature, the future, the ebb and flow of life, conspiracy theories and hidden esoteric knowledge, Chris Russell has been recording stellar ambient music since 2000. The music is often textural and abstract, and sometimes dark, but always challenges the listener to consider new paradigms, and presents some of the most fascinating soundscapes we have heard. Anyone who is into thoughtfully designed music that simultaneously pushes the boundaries while remaining approachable should check out Chris’s music today.

Featured Label: Relaxed Machinery

Only the purest of ingredients.

Relaxed Machinery grows organic music from scratch with only the purest of ingredients. Not just another typical label, Relaxed Machinery provides artists with the nurturing and environment to allow them to harvest the finest of musical crops. And it really shows in the music that they have released, which tend towards the textural and abstract spheres of ambience. But despite only a handful of titles available so far, we count among their releases some of the finest ambient albums we have ever heard. Anyone who is serious about their ambience should pay Relaxed Machinery a visit right away. Highly, highly recommended.

In November, another Relaxed Machinery artist, Matt Hillier – as Ishq was featured:


Music as harmony.

(November 01, 2010) – Based in Cornwall in the United Kingdom, Matt Hillier has created exquisite ambient electronica as Ishq for nearly a decade. One of the consistently great ambient artists, Ishq’s music skirts the boundaries of ambience, new age, and even IDM, always beautifully produced and performed, and with a depth and maturity that we find nothing less than inspiring. Ishq has long been on our short list of all-time favorite artists, and we are very happy to recommend this music to all of our listeners. Simply essential ambient listening.

Secret Music Top 20 Playlist Oct 2010

Congratulations to Relaxed Machinery artists Chris Russell and Bob Ohrum for making October’s top 20 list!
WVKR-FM “Secret Music” Top 20 Playlist
October, 2010

1. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Playing the Piano / Out Of Noise – Decca Records
2. Slow Dancing Society – Under The Sodium Lights – Hidden Shoal Recordings
3. Redgreenblue – Red – Self Released
4. Swartz – Nighttide – Utter East
5. Rudy Adrian – Distant Stars – Lotuspike – Spotted Peccary Music
6. Steven Grace – Cobalt Blue – Self Released
7. Goldmund – Famous Places – Western Vinyl
8. Steve Roach and Mark Seelig – Nightbloom – Projekt
9. Glenn Henriksen – Message – Self Released
10. Glenn Henriksen – Electronic Secret – Self Released
11. Chris Russell – Frozen – Relaxed Machinery
12. Bob Ohrum – Elevated – Relaxed Machinery

13. Xeroid Entity – Clouds Of Dust – Self Released
14. V/A – Electro Music 2010 – Electro Music Media
15. Dan Pound – Wolf Moon – Pound Sounds
16. Twyndyllyngs – Between Space And Time – Electro Music Media
17. Mark Kroos – And Grace Will Lead Me Home – Self Released
18. Wall Matthews & Rusty Clark – Air Over Water – Self Released
19. Richard Lainhart – White Night
20. Helen Jane Long – Embers – Self Released
Hi –

My name is Scott Raymond, and for those of you who don’t know me, I’m a
New Age/Ambient/Electronic music DJ with WVKR-FM. WVKR is a 3700 watt non –
commercial station broadcasting from Vassar College to the greater Hudson
Valley region. My show, “Secret Music”, has been on for over 23 years and
has a large and devoted audience. The show airs every Sunday from 9AM to
12 noon EST. For more information or to listen in online, check out our
website at I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting
music to play on my show. If you have something you think I’d be
interested in, feel free to send it to the address below or email me for
more info. If you’re a local musician or just passing through the
beautiful Hudson Valley region and you’d like to stop by for a live
interview and/or performace, drop me a line and we’ll work something out.
Also, if you’d like to send me downloads of your releases in lieu of
actual CD’s, that’s fine with me, too. Just send me an email and let me
know. Thanks.

I have a website/blog where I post playlists, etc. Be sure to check it
out for more information. I could also use local concert information as well. If you’re a local musician, or just playing locally, send me concert info and I’ll
put it up on the blog for all to see. I’ve even got a picture of my new
neighbors, a family of red foxes that moved in under the shed. Here’s the

Things are getting cold again here, and I’d rather have summer back.
Still, the last couple of weeks here have been wonderful, with the leaves changing color. This is a beautiful part of the country in the fall. I celebrated my birthday this past weekend, and got to play scary music on Halloween like I do every
year. Guitarist Peter Biedermann was a guest on my show this past month,
and it was great seeing him play live on the air. I also got to see Erik
Wollo in concert, who came from Norway to perform here in the states. Hope
all is well with you and keep sending me great music. Here’s my top 20
playlist for October for your perusal. Enjoy!

Scott Raymond
16 Penn St.
Fishkill, NY 12524

World Premiere on StillStream 10/15: Chris Russell & Disturbed Earth – The Approaching Armada

Chris Russell and Disturbed Earth - The Approaching Armada - front cover
Chris Russell and Disturbed Earth - The Approaching Armada - front cover

I’m very proud to announce the upcoming release of Chris Russell and Disturbed Earth – The Approaching Armada. This release has been long in the making and joins two good friends of mine as well as amazing musicians and composers.

Please join us on Friday, October 15, 2010 on during Darrell Burgan’s Blue Water Drift Dive program between 10 pm and 1 am Central Time as we listen to the new album in it’s entirety!

Many of the Relaxed Machinery artists will be in the chat room – and I hope you can drop in and say hello!

More information on the release, including song previews, artwork, and the stories behind the album from both Chris and Dean will be posted all week long.

artist / owner
Relaxed Machinery – organic .: ambient :. techno

Help pick the music for Leonardo Rosado’s next album

Here’s an update from Leonardo Rosado, Relaxed Machinery artist as well as owner of the Feedback Loop label, which you really need to check out. Gorgeous work being released there.

From Leonardo:

I proudly present you an idea that I’ll pushing forward in the coming months where you can listen to my new album being made. Check the link below if you are curious, or read below for more info.

This webpage is intended to present its visitors the pieces of music that I will be making for my next album codenamed “Opaque Glitter”. Approximately 2 HOURS OF MUSIC will be made and posted here, so you will be able to listen to everything and even comment, but only 40 minutes will make it to the album. This is intended to make you a part of the process, so I will be taking into account your comments and when all tracks are available you will get to vote on which ones should be in the album. Based on everyone who votes I’ll count the MOST WANTED TRACKS and that ones WILL MAKE IT TO THE ALBUM. The process will take about 3 to 4 months. Additionaly, a micropoem and image will be also made to illustrate each piece of music. Finally, I also have setup a donation scheme, so feel free to donate whatever amount of money you feel like. The donated money will be used for music making (ex: mastering & physical editions). ENJOY THE MUSIC, THE WORDS & THE IMAGES

Benjamin Dauer – Burning of Wine – out now on Distance Recs

Benjamin Dauer’s debut ambient album, “Burning of Wine”, is out now on Distance Recordings – available as a FREE download.

Benjamin will be on the upcoming Relaxed Machinery – Sleep Mode compilation. I’m very happy he’s a part of Relaxed Machinery and very pleased to see Burning of Wine released, I’ve heard it many times and highly recommend it!



From Distance Recordings:

Benjamin Dauer is a Washington, D.C based musician and composer who has most recently been working on scores for choreographed modern dance pieces. He has previously released on Distance as part of the duo Offsets, a long distance collaboration with Scottish musician Dominic Dixon.

‘Burning of Wine’ is his debut album under his own name and was recorded especially for Distance. The album is both spacious and subdued, and this is contrasted with moments of dense sonic intensity. Benjamin combines digital sounds with occasional processed field recordings and subtle swells from the bass guitar, his main instrument, creating a well balanced contrast between organic and inorganic textures. The deep sub bass pulses, digital drones and high frequency melodic turns already present throughout the album have all been given further emphasis by the mastering treatment carried out by James Plotkin, whose previous clients have included: Sunn 0))), Earth, Nadja and Fennesz.

Headphone listening especially recommended.

All songs by Benjamin Dauer
Mastered by James Plotkin
Photography/Textures courtesy of Ed Fladung, Christopher Redmond & Michelle Brand

Download the full album in hi-res mp3 (320kbps) or FLAC:

“Coniunctio” Now Available on CDBaby

Coniunctio Now Available on CDBaby!

I’m pleased to announce that “Coniunctio: Pale Blue Orb/The Beginning Of Days,” my  new release on, is now available as a download from CDBaby for $12.99!

CDrs of this release will be available at the Hypnos Store in the near future.

A wallpaper, press release and full cover art will be available here in the near future. Stay tuned from more developments.

“Circular Scriptures” on “Secret Music” Top 20 for May, 2010

Scott Raymond
16 Penn St.
Fishkill, NY 12524

WVKR-FM “Secret Music” Top 20 Playlist
May, 2010

1. Palancar – Serenetatis – Earth Mantra
2. The Circular Ruins – Invisible Cities – Dataobscura
3. Loscil – Endless Falls – Kranky
4. Devin Rice & Erin Aas – Arrival – Self Released
5. Bruno Sanfilippo & Mathias Grassow – CROMO – ad21 Music
6. Jack Rose – The Black Dirt Sessions – Three Lobed Recordings
7. Carl Weingarten & Walter Whitney – Dreaming In Colors – Multiphase
8. Chad Kettering – Voices of the Ancients – Soniclayers Music
9. Zon Vern Pyles – Looking Forward – Zon Vern Pyles
10. Broekhuis, Keller & Schonwalder – Repelen 3 – Manikin
11. The Glimmer Room – I Remain – A Frame Media
12. James Cahall – Coming Home – Self Released
13. Craig Urquhart – Within Memory – Heart Earth Music
14. Callisto – Live at the Hampshire Jam – AD Music
15. Steve Brand – Circular Scriptures – Relaxed Machinery
16. Lucette Bourdin – Radiant Stars – Earth Mantra
17. Remy – EoD – AKH Records
18. Remy – Exhibition of Dreams – AKH Records
19. Undo – 9.9.99 – Undo
20. David Nevue – Revelation – Midnight Rain Productions

Thoughts on “Circular Scriptures”

I just got the mail that the “Circular Scriptures” page is live on! You can find more and longer samples on either the rM/Wordpress page or my MySpace page.

First, let me say that I’m very proud to have been asked to release this album on John Koch-Northrup’s flagship label, relaxedMACHINERY. I look forward to releasing with John again in the near future and expect that you’ll discover lots of new and exciting music on rM.

The initial impetus for “Circular Scriptures” was to create subtly complex, slow-moving, diaphanous sheets of sound, multiple layers or washes of feeling tone?all interacting, with little distinct points of reference. At the time I began this album, I was deeply immersed in the channeled information of Kryon (Lee Carrol) and Tobias (Geoffery Hoppe).

In particular, I was/am intrigued with the idea that although we may experience the events of our lives as series of linear events, with one seemingly leading to another, time is not actually linear. Instead, “time” (a phenomenon that is said to be unique to our experience as Human Beings) is non-linear, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, more or less metaphorically running and intersecting in a mind-bending multitude of directions all at once. Correspondingly, because we seem to experience time as linear and sequential, our beliefs and thinking have become linear and sequential. However, as we begin to understand the multi-faceted nature of time, our true selves and our experience, we will need to create new metaphors, new understandings, new scriptures, that reflect this broader understanding, which are circular rather than linear ? circular scriptures. The music simply sprang from the seeds of these metaphysical influences that tell of the grandness and unlimited possibility of undefined, unconfined Being that are we currently standing on the threshold of. I intended that “Circular Scriptures” be a soundtrack for timelessness.

“Circular Scriptures” times in at about 70 minutes and consists of 3 tracks: “Light, Mother of Shadows” 24:57; “Circular Scriptures” 20:35; “I Have Already Left the Room” 28:38. This album is characterized by occasional hints of natural sound, shimmering diaphanous semi-transparent layers of sound that come forward, recede, overlap, earth shaking timbres surface, rumble and submerge again, and near orchestral/symphonic/choral allusions. The initial sketches where done in a very spontaneous manner, utilizing some large segments of sound that I had been experimenting with at the time, bringing together the elements with an emphasis on emotive qualities and their ability to shift, morph and interact with one another. The final product was refined and distilled over a period of a year to maintain a certain level of simplicity and light. The final track, “I Have Already Left the Room,” features occasional additional sounds from Matt Hiller/Ishq.

More about the nature of time.

Label Launch / New Release Party on StillStream Jan 16

Relaxed Machinery is proud to partner with and David Herpich to host a label launch party and listening party for our first release:  Steve Brand – Circular Scriptures.

David will be playing the entire Circular Scriptures album – and we’ll also be playing some of Steve’s and my backcatalog releases. 

The party is planned for 9 p.m. CST on

More details in the coming weeks!

A very big thank you to Darrell Burgan at StillStream and David Herpich, host of the weekly Zen Caffeine program from 9 pm Saturday to 1 am Sunday.