Chris Russell – Frozen release party Friday, July 16 at 10 pm CDT (UTC-5)

Join us this coming Friday on StillStream.com for the world premiere of the 3rd Relaxed Machinery release: Chris Russell – Frozen!

I’m very proud that the owner of StillStream, Darrell Burgan, has agreed to play Chris’ album from start to finish during his Friday night program, Blue Water Drift Dive. I’m betting that Darrell will start the album sometime during the first hour – maybe around 10:30 pm CDT. The show normally runs until 1 or 2 am.

Below are a couple of full length preview tracks, where to buy the download or CDR, and the press release.

Thanks for reading, and I truly hope you join us this Friday. Most of the Relaxed Machinery artists will be in the StillStream chat during the show.

John

Chris Russell – Frozen is now available as a download and as a CDR.

Chris Russell – Tundra by Relaxed Machinery

Chris Russell – Time Lost by Relaxed Machinery

Chris Russell - Frozen

artist: Chris Russell
album title: Frozen
label: Relaxed Machinery
catalog #: rM_0003
release date: July 13, 2010
music style: ambient

.: about the release :.

Frozen recalls the stillness and silence of a winter snowfall transitioning into spring, celebrating the rebirth and renewal of life.

01 aurora – 6:42
02 thaw – 7:19
03 time lost – 7:45
04 tundra – 8:41
05 numb – 9:19
06 frozen – 4:02
07 otzi – 11:52
08 slowly drifting – 6:43

In Chris’ words: “I always look forward to the winter solstice for the solitude and chance for renewal that it brings. As soon as the snow falls, I usually hunker down for months and long recording sessions take place. For the album Frozen I wanted to get a head start and had to go to a headspace to create these frigid sound zones. I have many pictures and memories of winter so it was not hard to do – the music came drifting out. I tried to create sonically the stillness and silence of the winter snowfall. Also, the passage into the beginning of spring the rebirth and renewal of life.”

Frozen was recorded between June 2009 and March 2010. Mixed and recorded by
the artist.

Photography: Chris Russell
Design: Steve Brand

.: about the artist :.

Chris Russell has been recording ambient music since 2000. He’s recorded the score to an indie horror film as well as playing in several bands over the years. His music is influenced by nature, the future, the ebb and flow of life, conspiracy theories and hidden esoteric knowledge. He has released two albums on AtmoWorks: Aralu and Merge. Both were released in 2009.

Chris currently lives in Illinois.

.: about the label :.

Relaxed Machinery focuses on “organic .: ambient :. techno”, music made by hand from the heart using the instruments and tools the artists love. It was launched in January 2010 as a way for ambient and electronic artists to thrive and get noticed above the vast ocean of music releases. All artist receive 100% of their releases, and in a sense, have joined together to “self-release” …together. This music business paradigm shift blends “label” and “artist collective” in a seamless way to benefit all artists involved.

Relaxed Machinery is owned by John Koch-Northrup, who previously co-owned AtmoWorks and has helped with web design for labels such as The Foundry and Green House Music. John has released music as “Interstitial” in the past, and will be releasing under his own name on Relaxed Machinery.

.: links and contact :.

Relaxed Machinery info: http://relaxedmachinery.com
Relaxed Machinery Community: http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com
Contact John Koch-Northrup: jkn@johei.com

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

Scott Raymond
WVKR-FM
16 Penn St.
Fishkill, NY 12524

newage@secretmusic.net

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

Press Release: Bob Ohrum – Elevated

Text version of the press release. PDF – Relaxed Machinery style coming shortly.

artist: Bob Ohrum
album title: Elevated
label: Relaxed Machinery
catalog #: rM_0004
release date: June 22, 2010
music style: ambient – beatless

.: about the release :.

“Elevated” is a journey through heartbreaking loss and the celebration of a spirit set free from a broken body.

01 song for you (i’ll never forget) – 5:30
02 while they slept – 9:20
03 everytime i close my eyes – 7:59
04 elevated – 14:13
05 diwedd – 6:12
06 the wasteland – 10:23

“In 2007 I wrote and recorded ‘Elevated’ as a tribute to my father, a great man and a good friend. I only hope that the songs I have written are a suitable tribute…”

Bob wrote “song for you (i’ll never forget)” on the day his family spread his father’s ashes in the valley you see on the cover. The song is literally raw emotion.

Mastered by Robert Vaughn at Sound-O-Mat.
Photography by Kevin Pletcher.
Design by Steve Brand.

.: about the artist :.

Bob Ohrum is… distant highways, crumbling factories, the lonely sound of a 2 A.M. train, and the beauty of the city at night…

In his own words: “I started writing music and playing bass in an assortment of shoegaze bands in the early 90s. As the decade progressed I became more and more drawn to experimental music and analog synthesizers. During that time I recorded my first Ambient music demos on four-track cassette. In 2000 I moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts where I lived for three years. While living on the Cape I immersed myself in the natural beauty of the ocean. When I moved back to Buffalo in 2003 I had a renewed drive to record. At that time, I found a love for field recording and began to incorporate it into my music. It is my goal to make music that captures and compliments the environment around me, be it city or nature, daytime or night.”

.: about the label :.

Relaxed Machinery focuses on “organic .: ambient :. techno”, music made by hand from the heart using the instruments and tools the artists love. It was launched in January 2010 as a way for ambient and electronic artists to thrive and get noticed above the vast ocean of music releases. All artist receive 100% of their releases, and in a sense, have joined together to “self-release” …together. This music business paradigm shift blends “label” and “artist collective” in a seamless way to benefit all artists involved.

Relaxed Machinery is owned by John Koch-Northrup, who previously co-owned AtmoWorks and has helped with web design for labels such as The Foundry and Green House Music. John has released music as “Interstitial” in the past, and will be releasing under his own name on Relaxed Machinery.

.: links and contact :.

Relaxed Machinery info: http://relaxedmachinery.com
Relaxed Machinery Community: http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com
Contact John Koch-Northrup: jkn@johei.com

Steve Brand Album Previews

Five minute previews from all three tracks on Steve Brand – Circular Scriptures are available in the music player on the right side of this page!

Also, click the little “Store” link in the player to purchase the album:

CD Baby – Download version
iTunes – Download version
Hypnos – CDR version

Thoughts on “Circular Scriptures”

I just got the mail that the “Circular Scriptures” page is live on CDBaby.com! 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.

Chris Russell

I’d like to welcome Chris Russell to Relaxed Machinery. He’ll be releasing an album called “Frozen” at some point in 2010 (date to be determined). I’ve been listening to it frequently this week and it’s truly excellent ambient work. He released two albums in 2009 on AtmoWorks: “Aralu” and “Merge”. ( Chris Russell at the AtmoWorks store )

I look forward to working with Chris in 2010!

.: Reminders! :.

Steve Brand – Circular Scriptures is scheduled for release on Jan 11, 2010. It will be available for download from CD Baby and as a CDR in the Hypnos store first… and later will roll out to iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic, etc… We’re in the process of finalizing the release and it’s looking good for the 11th. Of course, things happen… it might be available a day or two earlier or a few days later. That’s ok!

The New Release and Official Label Launch party is set for 9 pm Central Time on http://stillstream.com on Jan 16, 2010 during the Zen Caffeine program hosted by David Herpich. A huge thank you to David and to StillStream for welcoming us and hosting the event! I’ll be in the chat room at StillStream during the show.

John

Quick Update and Pondering Demos

.: First a quick update

Steve Brand – Circular Scriptures is scheduled for release on Jan 11, 2010. It will be available for download from CD Baby and as a CDR in the Hypnos store first… and later will roll out to iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic, etc… We’re in the process of finalizing the release and it’s looking good for the 11th. Of course, things happen… it might be available a day or two earlier or a few days later. That’s ok!

The New Release and Official Label Launch party is set for 9 pm Central Time on http://stillstream.com on Jan 16, 2010 during the Zen Caffeine program hosted by David Herpich. A huge thank you to David and to StillStream for welcoming us and hosting the event!

.: Pondering Demos

It’s funny to be pondering a few artist’s demos when the first album technically isn’t even released yet. There are a lot of factors involved – from whether I know the artist already, or were they recommended by someone I trust, or someone I’ve never met previously and emailed me out of the blue? The first step is getting to know the artist at least a tiny bit – at least enough to know whether I want to listen. Knowing why someone wants to release with Relaxed Machinery also helps me out.

Then, of course, there’s the music. Does it really jump out and grab me? Am I excited by it? Is this something I want to invest my time and energy on promoting? Do I have a gut feeling about it? It’s important to keep in mind that for better or worse – I’ve decided to keep this essentially a no profit for me label – and yes, I’ve been told I’m insane by many of my label owner and artist friends. Maybe I am a little off kilter, but I believe in what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. There are many pluses to me not trying to make money off of this, however, don’t get me wrong, this is not a free netlabel – I want the artists to profit as much as they can – and as an artist, I want to profit as much as I can from my solo releases coming in the future.

So back to demos. Assuming that, yes, I love this album and want to proceed. Is the album professional quality already or does it need mastering help? If it needs help, is the artist able to do it? Who will?

Another very major factor is how well the artist and I get along. And what can the artist bring to the Relaxed Machinery table? Will they do a lot of self-promotion? (I certainly hope they’ll do some!) Are they particularly “good” at some aspect of the music label process? For example – Steve Brand is an exceptional graphic artist and I’m confident he would have helped me with logo’s and album art templates even if he wasn’t releasing an album on Relaxed Machinery – the fact he has done so much work on his own time makes me very, very comfortable with the ‘artist gets 100% of sales’ policy. Maybe someone will come along that not only writes great music, but is exceptional at mastering and can help the other artists? Maybe someone will come along that is also good at video making? We’ll see.

While at AtmoWorks I ran into every level of artist enthusiasm… from people who were right there willing to go the extra mile, making sure that all the bits the label needed for release were available (like album files, bios, descriptions, etc…) and that made sure that their fans knew about the release… to artists that somehow seemed to thing AtmoWorks owed them everything on a platter – which was extremely odd. Most of course fell somewhere in between.

Label Launch / New Release Party on StillStream Jan 16

Relaxed Machinery is proud to partner with StillStream.com 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 http://www.stillstream.com

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.

John