rM update

A quick update on Relaxed Machinery releases:

John Koch-Northrup – Temporal Arc . This is my solo album from 2001 originally released by the very fine Red Antenna label. I briefly re-released it last year on AtmoWorks, but with our split it’s off the market. I’m working on new artwork ideas.

Chris Russell – Frozen . This is Chris’ third album and the first on Relaxed Machinery. It’s gorgeous and features his interpretation of the winter solstice evolving into the renewal of spring. Mastering is done and artwork is underway. April release.

Bob Ohrum – Elevated . Planned for a June release, we’re currently starting mastering with Wink Junior at the Sound-O-Mat. This album stuns me truly. It was written for Bob’s father after he passed away. The artwork features photos of the valley where Bob’s father grew up. Truly an emotionally powerful album.

Beta Cloud – final title being determined. Mastering by James Plotkin. I’ve heard the pre-mastered version and it’s fantastic. I’m thrilled to be releasing it. Carl (Beta Cloud) will be donating all sales from this album to a cancer charity that he supports -which of course, I greatly support as well!

As far as my plans for later this year, we’ll see. I’d hoped to be done with an album in August to coincide with my birthday, but we’ll see. For me – it’s more important for the album to be “done when it’s done” than to hit a certain target deadline.

Thanks for reading!


Steve Brand’s Children of Alcyone on Star’s End Top 15

Congratulations to Steve Brand for making the Star’s End Top 15 for January 2010 with his Hypnos Secret Sounds release “Children of Alcyone”! If you’re interested in this album or any of his great releases on CDR (including his rather excellent Relaxed Machinery release: “Circular Scriptures” – please go to:

Steve Brand section of the Hypnos Store.

STAR’S END 1-6AM SatNite/SunMorn 88.5FM WXPN Philadelphia, PA
Top 15 For Januray 2010 (alphabetical) Compiled by Chuck van Zyl


Anomalous Disturbances – Archive Two – Disappearing Music
Anomalous Disturbances – Inside – Disappearing Music
Arc – Rise – DiN/DDL
Matt Borghi – Huronic Minor – Hypnos
Steve Brand – Children of Alcyone – Hypnos
Broekhuis Keller Schonwalder – Blue – Manikin
John Christian – Susbarbatus – self-released
Robert Davies – Terrestre – dataObscura
Moby – Wait for Me (Deluxe Edition) – Mute
Mystified – Primal Mystification – Hypnos
Redshift – RW3 – Distant Sun
Resonant Drift – The Call – self-released
Markus Reuter/Ian Boddy – Unwound – DiN/DDL
Jonn Serrie – Thousand Star – New World
The Winterhouse – Sanctuary – dataObscura


How the name Relaxed Machinery evolved…

The name Relaxed Machinery stems back to a field recording I made years ago at the electronics factory I work at. I was doing a lot of weekend work at the time upgrading our main system software and was alone in the building. I decided to take my minidisc recorder in and place it in different parts of the factory and let it record.

Even though no one was in the building, the lights were off, and everything was more or less “shut down” – many of the big machines that solder, place components, etc… still make noises – clicking, beeping, air noises like the machines are breathing, alarms going off on machines that need maintenance, etc… Even though the machines were “relaxing” – they were very alive in their sounds.

I’d always planned to release an e.p. called “Relaxed Machinery”, but just never got around to it. I still have the recording somewhere…

A few years later I began planning a new label with a friend, we spent about 8 months getting it ready and planning, and both decided it wasn’t the right time and shelved the idea for later.

Fast forward another four years, and I joined AtmoWorks as co-owner and thought about recording again, but spent a lot of time working on the label. Now that I’ve left AtmoWorks and decided to launch something new and different, with a different way of running a label… I decided it was time to use the “Relaxed Machinery” name again.

The name inspires me and it fits the music.

Thanks for reading.


New artist: Beta Cloud

I honestly didn’t plan on adding another artist quite this quickly, but Beta Cloud’s album “Lunar Monograph” utterly blew me away.

I’m very happy to announce that Beta Cloud will be recording new music and releasing it in 2010 on Relaxed Machinery. With the amazing quality of talent that is planning to release this year, wow, this is going to be one heck of a first year for Relaxed Machinery!

Beta Cloud website
Beta Cloud – Lunar Monograph



Steve’s album played in it’s entirety tonight on internet radio

Steve Brand’s new album “Circular Scriptures” on the Relaxed Machinery label will be played in it’s entirety tonight, Wednesday, February 3 between 8-10 pm Pacific Standard Time on Portland Radio Authority ( http://praradio.org ).

The show is called “This is What It’s All About” – and plans to open with a Meat Beat Manifesto track at 8 pm PST, an intro break, and then Steve’s album will be played.

I’d sincerely like to thank Austere for giving the album to their friend that hosts the show.


New Artist: Bob Ohrum

I’m very happy to announce Bob Ohrum will be releasing on Relaxed Machinery this year. He’s previously self-released several ambient albums, and I’m very happy to be releasing his “Elevated” album in the coming months. He’s also working on new music for release in the future.

I think Bob is a perfect fit for Relaxed Machinery.

Hover your mouse over “Artists” in the menu above and click on “Bob Ohrum” to read his bio and his comments about his previous releases.


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.