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The Ambient Vault

The Ambient Vault

The Ambient Vault is produced by Brian Everett Miller and features extended versions of his album tracks and live performances, as well as contributions from selected guest musicians. Each episode contains uninterrupted ambient music and soundscapes perfect for relaxation, meditation, sleep, studying, creative work, or contemplating the universe.

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Episode 69 - Taylor McMillen

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Episode 68 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Taylor McMillen.  Taylor is an artist based in Nashville who came up as a multi-instrumentalist in bands before deciding to pursue his deep love of quiet and contemplative sounds. He is currently in the middle of a 6 album project for this year, one every month from July to December. 

Taylor made this track using generative sequencing to trigger tape-saturated synth sound. His aim was to create something that could be looped endlessly without getting too redundant, but also not necessarily ?progressing.? A piece of music that allows the listener to simply exist within it.

A big thank you to Taylor for making some music for the podcast.  You can follow his work using the links below.  Thanks so much for listening!

Instagram:
https://instagram.com/_taylor.mcmillen_?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Bandcamp:
https://taylormcmillen.bandcamp.com/


2022-09-12
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Episode 68 - Celadon.wav

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https://linktr.ee/brianeverettmiller

Episode 68 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Celadon.wav.

?I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT working in film and television and returned to music after a long hiatus to explore electronic music and its place in scoring for the screen.

This series of tracks I wrote specifically for the Ambient Vault is the soundtrack to a film that doesn?t exist recorded with only the Make Noise Shared System, Strega, OTO Machines BAM and BOUM, and a Sony PCM-D100.?

Very grateful to Celadon.wav for sharing tracks that he made just for the podcast, it?s  always a treat and an honor..thanks man!

You can check out all things Celadon.wav by clicking the links below and as always thanks so much for listening!

Instagram
https://instagram.com/celadon.wav?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Celadon.wav on the Deerhorn podcast
https://thedeerhorn.podbean.com/e/episode-13-celadonwav/

Bandcamp
https://celadonwav.bandcamp.com/

YouTube
https://youtube.com/user/tjnelsonjunior








2022-08-15
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Episode 67 - Andrea Cortese

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Episode 67 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Andrea Cortese.  The composer from Sicily started playing drums for local bands before his university studies in Palermo. After graduating, he began exploring digital synthesizers which led to his current exploration of analog synthesizers. His work is marked by a mix of genres, indie electronic and ambient music. Instruments include vintage analog synthesizers, modular synthesizers, cassettes and tape loops. 

On this week?s episode of the podcast Andrea has generously shared a track created using the op1, microcosm by hologram electronics, Microfreak and avalanche run.  So grateful to Andrea for being on the podcast and sharing his beautiful music, and as always thanks for listening! You can support the show by clicking the link at top, and find a link to keep up with all things Andrea below. 

https://linktr.ee/Andreacortese


2022-07-18
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Episode 66 - Yumi Iwaki

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Episode 66 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Yumi Iwashiro.  Yumi is  an electroacoustic artist/lyricist based in Tokyo.  She creates music by layering sampled sounds such as her own voice and environmental sounds on modular synthesizers and small synthesizers, recording them like live jams.  

For this week?s episode of the podcast, Yumi is sharing with us two new tracks and two previously releases tracks. Many thanks to Yumi for being on the podcast and as always thanks for listening! Click the link at top to support the show and all things Yumi are featured below including a link to her latest album.

Latest album: https://muzaneditions.bandcamp.com/album/juniper
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iwakiyumi/?hl=ja
Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/iwakiyumi




2022-07-11
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Episode 65 - [moos]

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Episode 65 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest [moos].  [moos] is an electronic music producer from the Netherlands and was kind enough to share a good number of unreleased tracks for this episode.  Many thanks to [moos] for being on the podcast and as always thanks so much for listening! Click the link at top to support the show and shop Ambient Vault merch. Scroll down for more info and links for [moos].

?I?ve been making music for over 20 years: electro, dubstep, techno,
dub. For three years now I?ve been focussing on modular synths, 
which I find truly inspiring. I did live modbap sets (modular + hiphop
beats), a few glitch tracks and lofi ambient pieces. 
Something that?s always present in my music is a feeling of 
melancholy. When I create stuff, I start with an idea, start patching 
and develop it further. In that process the modular always brings me
to new unexpected sound territories. Everything is recorded straight 
to stereo, no overdubs or edits on the computer. This is challenging 
but also very rewarding - once it?s done it?s done.?

For Modular World 2022 [moos] did an outdoor piece: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS7lE67WPyw&t=13739s

For this podcast [moos] put together a mix  of 7 new ambient tracks made recently, all except for one not yet 
released. Enjoy.
[moos] music, live sets, and videos can be found here:
https://linktr.ee/moosdohmen


2022-06-13
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Episode 64 - Second Sun

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Episode 64 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Second Sun.  Second Sun is a brand new musical project by Copenhagen based musician and producer Jacob Rasmussen, which presents ambient electronic soundscapes, cinematic impressions, and ethereal textures composed and performed on modular synthesizers.

With more than 15 years of experience as a performing musician, and with roots in genres as diverse as indie rock, dream pop, psychedelic rock and folk, Rasmussen originally discovered his love for electronic music through artists such as Nils Frahm, Kiasmos, and Massive Attack. He soon found himself diving deep into minimal techno, ambient electronic, dark ambient, and more.

The sound of Second Sun initially started during the first pandemic lockdown, where he discovered an immediate love for minimal and ambient music. Through a growing passion for modular synthesizers, flow state improvisation, as well as an insatiable hunger for exploring the creative field between human and machine, Second Sun was born.

Second Sun mainly works with modular synths, tape, and similar hardware equipment. His creative process is intuitive, exploratory and reflective, and usually revolves around creating atmospheres and sonic spaces. The result is a deep dive into distant galaxies of sound, fragile melancholic melodies, and immersive auditive explorations.

On this week?s episode of the podcast, Jacob shares a bit about his inspiring journey into ambient electronic music and offers up some gorgeous tracks off Second Suns?s debut album, ?Planetary Movement?, which is out now on the Copenhagen based label Petite Victory Collective. https://www.petitevictorycollective.com/

So grateful to Jacob for sharing his music and thoughts on the podcast, and thank you all for listening! You can find more info about Jacob & Second Sun by clicking the link below, and click the link up top to support the show, shop Ambient Vault merch, and more!

Second Sun:
https://linktr.ee/secondsuncph






2022-06-06
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Episode 63 - Tobias Karlehag

Episode 63 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Tobias Karlehag.  Tobias is a multi-instrumentalist and sound artist from Sweden who in his solo project creates spacious ambient and drone music through algorithmic compositions and improvisation.
In his music he shapes still and meditative states with modular synth, electric guitar and reel to reel machines.

In this episode of the podcast, Tobias has been generous to share his latest release, ?Orchids/Orquidea?.  Many thanks to Tobias for being on the podcast and as always thanks for listening! See below for more info and links for Tobias Karlehag. If you enjoy the podcast, you can support it through the link here: https://linktr.ee/brianeverettmiller

ORCHIDS//ORQUIDEA embodies the first steps on a search for a recollection of self and kindred-ship. The music?s tangible narrative portrays a time of inwards acceptance and empathy. The music ranges from fragile acoustic melodies to rumbling reel to reel deviations leaving us with audio tails of imperfect memories.  Listen & learn more here:https://linktr.ee/tobiaskarlehag


2022-05-27
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Episode 62 - Jay Cliffen

Episode 62 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Jay Cliffen.  Jay Cliffen is a Canadian instrumental music producer. He specializes in textural cassette-based ambient music. Inspired by minimalist art and design, with influences from jazz, classical, and pop styles, Jay began producing instrumental and increasingly experimental compositions. He developed a sound that blends the harmonic richness of analog synthesizers with acoustic instruments, fused together by magnetic tape, with all of its imperfections. From tape warble, pitch motion, hissing and crackling, emerges mood and emotions that are best described as modern nostalgia.

Jay's Ambient Vault session features a collection of unreleased music, designed for meditative moments of quiet reflection. The EP uses sounds from the Lyra-8 synthesizer, Elektron Digitakt for sequencing and re-sampling, as well as micro loop, and tape looping techniques. Mastered at 12K Mastering by Taylor Deupree.

Many thanks to Jay for being on the podcast and as always thanks for listening! You can find links below to all of Jay?s goings on.

Jay Cliffen on Bandcamp

https://cliffenmusic.bandcamp.com/

Jay Cliffen - Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/jaycliffen/

Jay - Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7tvHIVs2snrdx5PW2Ahyzl?si=v7_jgOFzSuuvrxW3FrzuMg

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller (@jamesmillergospelpianist), and hear the first release from of his recently discovered archive on Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you stream your music.

James Miller-  YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24HQdYj8zayQG2CMqfkbqzk7BFnT2jke

James Miller - Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0TeId89JnzYPIsk3YefqaN?si=Jg92Br5qTyK4HAmi1CGsyA

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw




2022-05-22
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Episode 61 - Craig W Bayne

Episode 61 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Craig W Bayne.  Craig is a musician and general layabout from Scotland. He's not sure why he makes music but usually quite enjoys it. He'd probably be better if he spent less time looking at second-hand gear on eBay and more time playing, but thus is life. He finds writing in the third person quite weird, but sort of entertaining.

Craig has been generous to share some tracks on this week?s episode of the podcast laced with personal commentary that sheds light on his music, life, and motivations.  Many thanks to Craig for being on the podcast and as always thanks so much for listening! You can check out the links below to discover more about Craig and his music.

Spotify link
https://sptfy.com/craigwbayne

Instagram link
https://www.instagram.com/craigwbayne

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller (@jamesmillergospelpianist), and hear the first release from of his recently discovered archive on Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you stream your music.

James Miller-  YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24HQdYj8zayQG2CMqfkbqzk7BFnT2jke

James Miller - Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0TeId89JnzYPIsk3YefqaN?si=Jg92Br5qTyK4HAmi1CGsyA

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw



2022-05-15
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Episode 60 - Egil Kalman

Episode 60 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Egil Kalman.   Egil Kalman is a Swedish musician/composer primarily playing modular synthesizer and double bass. ?Kingdom of Bells Egil Kalman plays the Synthi 100? is his debut record as a solo artist.

The record was made during a residency at the Contemporary Music Research Center (KSYME) in Athens in 2019. All the tracks were captured straight from the Synthi 100 as stereo recordings and contain no overdubs. The music showcases both the powerful and raw sound of this rare instrument as well as Kalman?s expansive interests as a musician and composer.
Mind altering just tuned drones with melodies that echoes traditional Scandinavian folk music flow into abstract soundscapes reminiscent of early electronic music pioneers, but still holds a fresh sound and vibe. Deep synth music from the North!
Egil Kalman?s playing as a syntheist and double bass player can previously be heard in duos with Zoe Efstathiou and Fredrik Rasten as well as in groups such as Miman, Marthe Lea Band and Alasdair Roberts & Völvur.

His music aims to dissolve the brittle barriers separating traditional Scandinavian folk- and contemporary electroacoustic music via minimalist compositional techniques and soulful improvisations. Utilizing just intonation tunings, hypnotic forms, synthesized sound mimicking the acoustic and vice versa, his music explores qualities intrinsic to traditional Scandinavian folk music in ways where the musical foundation is felt rather than explicitly heard.

About Blågeten
Traditional Swedish folk melody played live on a Buchla 200 sytem at EMS (elektronmusik studion) in Stockholm

About Pattern Illusion
Recorded live on my eurorack system

Many thanks to Egil for being on the podcast and as always thanks for listening! Check out the following links to find out more about Egil Kalman.

egilkalman.com
https://idealrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/kingdom-of-bells-egil-kalman-plays-the-synthi- 100

15 questions interview:
https://www.15questions.net/interview/tools-creation-synthi-100/page-1/
Bio + about Kingdom of Bells

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller (@jamesmillergospelpianist), and hear the first release from of his recently discovered archive on Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you stream your music.

James Miller-  YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24HQdYj8zayQG2CMqfkbqzk7BFnT2jke

James Miller - Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0TeId89JnzYPIsk3YefqaN?si=Jg92Br5qTyK4HAmi1CGsyA

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw


2022-05-08
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Episode 59 - Maxmodular

Episode 59 of The Ambient Vault features special guest Maxmodular.  Maxmodular is an electronic music project by Max Andersen. Based in San Diego, California, he has spent over a decade making electronic music as a hobby and started working with modular synthesizers at the end of 2019. Musical influences range from soft ambient electronica to heavy rolling techno. This episode features five recent tracks made within the last month.

Many thanks to Max for being on the podcast and as always thanks for listening! To hear more of Max's music follow him on Instagram @maxmodular or listen to him on Spotify and Soundcloud under Max Andersen by clicking the link below.

https://linktr.ee/Maxmodular

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller (@jamesmillergospelpianist), and hear the first release from of his recently discovered archive on Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you stream your music.

James Miller-  YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24HQdYj8zayQG2CMqfkbqzk7BFnT2jke

James Miller - Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0TeId89JnzYPIsk3YefqaN?si=Jg92Br5qTyK4HAmi1CGsyA

Email: bria[email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw

2022-05-01
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Episode 58 - Keinseier

Episode 58 of The Ambient Vault features special guest Keinseier.  Keinseier (/ka?n-za???/ rhymes with line-flyer) is an electronic artist interested in exploring the creative process and music through combinations of organic and electronic sounds. From tiny glitches to orchestral string instruments, he uses generative and randomization techniques to create ever-evolving, oftentimes ambient and cinematic pieces, which tend to include both analog and digital noises - which are reused to create something new.  In ?real life? he is a trained media composer (who majored in film scoring at Berklee College of Music) and has written music to a multitude of commercials, feature films and tv series`.
keinseier lives and works in Hamburg, Germany.

?I started the whole keinseier project as a way to release music free from the limitations of genre, style and external and internal censors.
Since my day job is that of a media composer, my music often has to meet very specific demands - be it in the emotion it evokes, the length, the dynamic arc etc.
I wanted to give myself the chance and challenge of just making the kind of music that happens to come out, given the tools I choose. This has been a sometimes surprising, sometimes challenging but very rewarding experience. In trying not to censor myself to what I think is cool, what I think the audience wants to hear or I myself think I want to hear etc, I often arrive at surprising results which tend to come really easy - because I am not necessarily trying to achieve something in particular, but let the music take me where it wants to go. Results which, to me, are far more interesting than trying to write adhering to a certain image I have of myself.? - Keinseier

Many thanks to Keinseier for being on the podcast, and as always thanks for listening! Follow Keinseier using the following links:

Instagram and YouTube:
http://instagram.com/keinseier/
https://www.youtube.com/user/keinseierdotnet

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller (@jamesmillergospelpianist), and hear the first release from of his recently discovered archive on Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you stream your music.

James Miller-  YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24HQdYj8zayQG2CMqfkbqzk7BFnT2jke

James Miller - Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0TeId89JnzYPIsk3YefqaN?si=Jg92Br5qTyK4HAmi1CGsyA

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw

2022-04-25
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Episode 57 - Ricardo Peixoto

Episode 57 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Ricardo Peixoto.

?I?ve been making music, on and off, for        25+ years and started/joined a few projects throughout those years either as a musician or as a video artist.
But only recently, and mostly since the pandemic hit, started making music by myself (and for myself as well) and enjoying this whole process of discovery and experimentation.  I enjoy harmony and melody, not happy, not sad, somewhere in between. I also use found sounds, field recordings and I'm an avid fan of noises, glitches and controlled randomness.  I like the idea of being more of a curator than a musician/performer and being surprised with what comes out with the constraints I set. Closer to the feeling of being surprised with new music rather than consciously creating it. Most of what I create is either generative, improvised or a mixture of both.
Modular is the main instrument, but tape, mostly reel-to-reel recorders, is also a part of the process, by recording and randomly cutting loops and using them as a base to explore from.? - Ricardo Peixoto

Ricardo has been kind enough to share a mix of tracks for this week?s episode (Track 3 - voice by Tina Jander).  Thanks so much Ricardo! See the links below to find out more about Ricardo and where you hear more of his music.

https://www.instagram.com/havewedronethisbefore/
https://gutta-percha.bandcamp.com/

2022-04-17
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Episode 56 - Chelidon Frame

Episode 56 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Chelidon Frame.  Chelidon Frame is an experimental electronic music project that mainly works with field recordings, radio interferences, guitars and processed sounds.
His installations are experienced-based and suggest a dialogue between the location (both virtual and physical) and the sounds proposed, aiming to deliver a message in the simpler yet most effective way. The use of code, data analysis and data-driven sounds, allow information to be experienced anew.
In his studio works and live sets different layers of sounds - guitars, synthesizers and custom-made instruments - piles up creating unexpected new soundscapes.  In this week?s episode, Chelidon Frame has treated us to the following tracks:

01 - Mission Control
02 - High Rise
03 - circle-ellipse
04 - Following After February 05 - Thalassa
06 - Wings in The Dark

Many thanks to Chelidon Frame being a part of the podcast and as always, thanks for listening! You can discover more about all things Chelidon Frame using the links below. 

https://chelidonframe.site https://chelidonframe.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ChelidonFrame https://www.instagram.com/chelidonframe/

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller (@jamesmillergospelpianist), and hear the first release from of his recently discovered archive on Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you stream your music.

James Miller-  YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24HQdYj8zayQG2CMqfkbqzk7BFnT2jke

James Miller - Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0TeId89JnzYPIsk3YefqaN?si=Jg92Br5qTyK4HAmi1CGsyA

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw

2022-04-10
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Episode 55 - Blossom Bisquits

Episode 55 of the Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Blossom Bisquits.  Blossom Bisquits is an electronics project born at the end of 2020, the project is carried out by Davide Santandrea poli guitar / synth instrumentalist with thirty years of experience on stage, in the studio in different projects: Transgender, Be.holders, Solmeriggio, Via Vecchia Godo, About Polly, Karma K1d, etc ..

Blossom Bisquits is based in Ravenna (Italy).

A big thank you to Davide for being on the podcast, and as always thanks for listening!

https://linktr.ee/blossombisquits

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller (@jamesmillergospelpianist), and hear the first release from of his recently discovered archive on Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you stream your music.

James Miller-  YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24HQdYj8zayQG2CMqfkbqzk7BFnT2jke

James Miller - Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0TeId89JnzYPIsk3YefqaN?si=Jg92Br5qTyK4HAmi1CGsyA

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw




2022-04-03
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Episode 54 - Julia Gjertsen

Episode 54 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Julia Gjertsen.  Julia is a composer and musician based in Oslo, Norway. 

She early found ways to express herself through music, strongly inspired by the arctic nature in Northern Norway and triggered by particular life events. Her debut EPSlow Motion Stories was released in 2012 and her style has since been evolving with thoughtfully arranged compositions and sound images. Julia?s full-length album Fragile (2019) was released on Moderna Records and reflects the time between the experienced and learned past, giving a fragile definition to her surroundings through piano compositions. She has been involved in several collaborative releases, such as Distant Fields (2020) and 'Paisajes Imaginario' (2022) with Nico Rosenberg. On her newest album 'Formations', which came out this year, she brings in flutes, synths and textured ambience to her piano work and explores dynamics in her own unique style.

This episode features four tracks that Julia has been so generous to share with us here on The Ambient Vault. 

1. Innsjøer (with Nico Rosenberg), released in 2020.

2. Untuned, (2017), not released.

3. Drifts (with Nico Rosenberg), released in 2022.

4. Escapism, released in 2012

Many thanks to Julia Gjertsen for being on the podcast and as always thanks for listening! Check the links below to follow Julia and support her fabulous work.

https://www.juliagjertsen.com/info 

https://juliagjertsen.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/juliagjertsen

https://www.instagram.com/julia.gjertsen/

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller (@jamesmillergospelpianist), and hear the first release from of his recently discovered archive on Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you stream your music.

James Miller-  YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24HQdYj8zayQG2CMqfkbqzk7BFnT2jke

James Miller - Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0TeId89JnzYPIsk3YefqaN?si=Jg92Br5qTyK4HAmi1CGsyA

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw



2022-03-27
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Episode 53 - Florigenix

Episode 53 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Florigenix.  Florigenix is an electronic music project created by the artist Nicholas Dallwitz in Adelaide, South Australia.

Dallwitz?s other solo musical pseudonym is Magus Niche, and has played in a number of underground bands and performance art projects throughout his life, as well as being a visual artist where he has exhibited drawings and paintings.

Florigenix originally started in 2017 as a live dance music act, where Dallwitz improvised on stage using drum machines and synthesisers. It has since become his main musical outlet, where he experiments with ambient composition as well as retro psychedelia and sound design, regularly posting his work on instagram. An avid DIYer, In 2020 he completed building a portable setup for his modular and hardware synthesisers which can be solar powered.

This episode features an amazing 25 minute recorded live jam that Nicholas was kind enough to share, it?s a remarkable demonstration of his knowledge, craft, and musicality - you?ll definitely want to hear this one! Many thanks to Nicholas for being on the podcast.  Click the link below to keep up with all things Florigenix and as always thanks for listening!

https://linktr.ee/Nicholas_Dallwitz

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller (@jamesmillergospelpianist), and hear the first release from of his recently discovered archive on Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you stream your music.

James Miller-  YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24HQdYj8zayQG2CMqfkbqzk7BFnT2jke

James Miller - Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0TeId89JnzYPIsk3YefqaN?si=Jg92Br5qTyK4HAmi1CGsyA

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw


2022-03-20
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Episode 52 - Sunhaus

Episode 52 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Sunhaus.  Sunhaus is the alias of Australian musician, composer, artist, and builder Marcus Skinner. Under the moniker of Sunhaus he focuses on the exploration of generative melodies, techniques in structure, and experimentation into electronic music.

On this weeks episode of the podcast, I am excited to share with you Sunhaus?s debut album, ?Formations?.  The album, released by Mystery Circles, embraces colorful clusters of ambient textures, complex forms and paints a synthetic but familiar abstraction. It Many thanks to Marcus for sharing his sonic explorations on the podcast and I hope you all enjoy. You can check out all things Sunhaus by checking out the link below, and as always thanks for listening!

https://linktr.ee/Sunhaus


If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller (@jamesmillergospelpianist), and hear the first release from of his recently discovered archive on Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you stream your music.

James Miller-  YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL24HQdYj8zayQG2CMqfkbqzk7BFnT2jke

James Miller - Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0TeId89JnzYPIsk3YefqaN?si=Jg92Br5qTyK4HAmi1CGsyA



Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw









2022-03-13
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Episode 51 - sweetearthflying

Episode 51 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest sweetearthflying. 

?My name is Michael Pierce and I record and perform music as sweetearthflying.  I created this music exclusively for the Ambient Vault, using electric guitar, contact mic, found objects, Ciat-Lonbarde instruments, Digitone, effects pedals and a mixer.  I hope you enjoy it!?

Many thanks to Michael for sharing an exclusive track on The Ambient Vault.  You can follow all things sweetearthflying using the links below.

https://m.youtube.com/user/sweetearthflying/videos

https://instagram.com/sweetearthflying?utm_medium=copy_link

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller.  https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw




2021-11-28
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Episode 50 - Andrew Black

This episode of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Andrew Black.  Andrew is a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, he learned guitar from his father as a child, fell in love with synthesizers shortly after, and has continued to make music in several metal, electronic, and ambient projects ever since. For his ambient work he finds inspiration in his home environment of the Pacific Northwest, the human condition, and his narcolepsy, which he was diagnosed with in 2009.  Andrew was generous enough to share a mix of tracks for this episode and I?m so grateful for the chance to share them with you here.  To hear more of Andrew Black follow him on Instagram and his bandcamp with the links below, and as always thanks so much for listening!

https://instagram.com/andy_____black?utm_medium=copy_link

https://andrewrblack.bandcamp.com/music

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller.  https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected]com. 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw






2021-11-21
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Episode 49 - Sonaura

This episode of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Sonaura.  Sonaura is an ambient/experimental musician from Kent, UK.  He has graciously shared some improvisations based around anchor points within his new album, ?Again Begin?.   Click the link below to listen and learn more about Sonaura and as always thanks so much for listening!

https://linktr.ee/Sonaura

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller.  https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw


2021-10-24
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Episode 48 - Alex Roldan

This episode of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Alex Roldan.  Alex Roldan is an electronic musician from Washington, DC. With a background in film & television audio design, Alex uses unique ways to build and shape sounds, with tools ranging from modular synthesizers to destroyed tape loops. You can hear his latest release "Soft Sill" wherever you stream your music.

Alex Roldan's Ambient Vault session includes tracks from the Soft Sill cutting room floor, as well as various unreleased performances from the past year.  Many thanks to Alex for sharing his music on the podcast! You can listen to more of Alex Roldan by clicking the link below, and as always, thanks so much for listening!

https://alexroldan.bandcamp.com/

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller.  https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw





2021-10-17
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Episode 47 - Asymmetric Cut

Episode 47 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Asymmetric Cut.
Asymmetric Cut is the solo project of Milan based photographer and audio enthusiast Davide Bernardi.  This episode features his latest ep ?Anche la Notte ti Somiglia?.  Many thanks to Davide for sharing his music on the podcast!  You can follow and listen to more of Asymmetric Cut by clicking the link below, and as always thanks so much for listening!

https://asymmetriccut.bandcamp.com/music

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller.  https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw




2021-10-10
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Episode 46 - Tom Leclerc

Episode 46 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Tom Leclerc.  Tom Leclerc is a French composer, improviser, and sound artist.  With synthesizers, modular and piano melodies, he creates ambient atmospheres, minimalist  and impressionism.  He works on improvised and pseudo-generative music combining meditation and emotions in his sounds.

Tom learned the piano at 8 years old, and started to play with synthesizers and modulars for the past two years.  Since then, he?s started to record video of his works and he progresses in different places.  Recently he tried to explore the limits of music with a performance in the mountains and in front of the ocean.  Beyond the logistical difficulty and the physical challenge, he finds inspiration in the middle of nature.

Tom Leclerc, also named ambient montaineer, transports us all in his floral world that links electronic and meditative music with repetitive and hypnotic melodies.  Each piece is an artifact composed in a particular place.  Recently he played and recorded, ?On The Leaves?, his last album, in the forest of the Cantal in France.

On this episode of the podcast Tom has generously shared some exclusive unpublished tracks that I know you all will enjoy.  Many thanks to Tom for sharing his beautiful music and being part of the podcast.  Click the link below to follow all things Tom Leclerc and as always, thanks so much for listening! 

https://linktr.ee/tom__leclerc

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller.  https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw


2021-10-03
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Episode 45 - Ambalek

Episode 45 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Ambalek.  Ambalek is a London based musician searching for ways to add life and a human touch to electronic sounds.

On this week?s episode, Ambalek has shared with us ?Frostwork?, a collection of three tracks made exclusively  for The Ambient Vault.  Many thanks to Ambalek for the extreme generosity in sharing these beautiful tracks! See below for more info about ?Frostwork? and links to all things Ambalek, and as always thanks for listening!

?Frostwork?

Part 1: 0:00 to 04:15

Created with Sidrax, Cocoquantus, Plumbutter, Norns running oooooo (six channel looper)
Process: Selected a key and chords, tuned Sidrax to two chords, tuned Plumbutter (for a drone and Deerhorn pad sounds)
Used Oto Machines BIM and BAM for reverb and delay, BOUM for a main buss compressor

Part 2: 04:15 to 08:25

Created with Octatrack, Analog Four, and some Sidrax
Process: Wrote chords based around

Part 3: 08:25 to 16:48

Eurorack, sequenced with Ansible and Kria, live composition with recording and reworking on Morphagene, drones made with the Plaits chord mode and filtering/effects, and an analogue voice using STO/Ripples/Optomix/Mimeophon

https://youtube.com/c/Ambalek

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5gqGZmRTBvKD5jQaxW9ajC?si=r1TFmfq6T-udf9lwPp4dZw&dl_branch=1

https://instagram.com/_ambalek?utm_medium=copy_link

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller.  https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw









2021-09-26
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Episode 44 - The Lifted Index

Episode 44 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest The Lifted Index.  The Lifted Index is an ambient electronic endeavor from Atlanta-based musician Daniel DeWitt. With an emphasis on texture and emotion, Daniel creates sonic worlds using guitars, synthesizers, and voice. His most recent album, ?Sanctuary?, was released earlier this year on Seil Records. 

For this episode of the podcast Daniel has kindly shared with us ?Generational Drift?. ?Generational Drift? is an EP of new music intended as a sound accompaniment for the waiting space between a promise made and a promise fulfilled. 

You can find out more about The Lifted Index by visiting theliftedindex.com , and as always, thanks so much for listening!

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller.  https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw


2021-09-19
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Episode 43 - Luca Longobardi

Episode 43 of The Ambient Vault Podcast features special guest Luca Longobardi.  Italian composer and pianist Luca Longobardi represents the generation of classically trained musicians who incorporate the language of contemporary electronic music into their pieces, which are furthermore strongly connected to the multimedia arts.

Born in 1976, Longobardi studied classical music in Italy and New York and went on to earn his doctorate in digital audio restoration in Rome in 2011. His works reveal a strong interaction between classical and contemporary music.

The experience he has gained as a theatre musician has increased his interest in the relationship between sounds and spectacle; he has composed music for ballets and films and accompanied installations and experimental art productions (Atelier de Lumières - Paris, Carrières des Lumières - Baux-de-Provence, Kunstkraftwerk - Leipzig).  At his multimedia performances and in his recordings, strongly experimental electronic music meets pure, ethereal and simple-seeming piano playing that nevertheless relays deep emotions.

Luca has generously shared the following tracks for this week?s episode of the podcast to which I am most grateful and excited to share with you.  More about Luca and his music and projects below and as always thanks so much for listening!

1. MEDITAZIONE n. 31
2. NINA
3. SEDIMENTAZIONE

SOCIAL:
https://linktr.ee/lucalongobardi_off

?Longobardi?s works seem to be spontaneous, based on everyday-life situations that give the impression of being very simple but that hold deep feelings and thoughts, and the more you immerse yourself in them the more familiar they become, and will fill you with nostalgia for places and people you don't know.?
(piano and coffee co.)

?The fragile and intimate piano sonatas are often in the foreground, interwoven with electronic nuances and atmospheric soundscapes. The emotional picture is a fragile skeleton of melancholy, the kind of melancholy that is born between longing and lucid dreaming.?
(Gezeitenstrom - Musikmagazin)

?On one side, airy melodies and relaxed chord progressions make these songs a light hearted experience, but often in the high pitched numbers, there is a kind of solid melancholy.? 
(phenon?enom)

IMMERSIVE SHOWS
Carrières de Lumières (Provence): https://www.carrieres-lumieres.com/fr/dali-lenigme-sans- fin

Atelier des Lumières (Paris): https://www.atelier-lumieres.com/fr/monet-renoir-chagall- voyages-en-mediterranee

Les Bassins de Lumières (Bordeaux): https://www.bassins-lumieres.com/fr/gustav-klimt-dor- et-couleurs

Bunker des Lumières (South Korea): https://www.bunkerdelumieres.com/Exhibitions Kunstkraftwerk (Leipzig): https://www.kunstkraftwerk-leipzig.com/de/ausstellungen Immersive Van 

Gogh Exhibit (Toronto): https://vangoghexhibit.ca/
              
Immersive Van Gogh (Chicago): https://www.vangoghchicago.com/ 

Immersive Van Gogh (San Francisco): https://www.vangoghsf.com/

INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES
FEATURE 
Inside Immersive Van Gogh: https://www.ludwig-van.com/toronto/2020/08/31/ feature-inside-immersive-van-gogh/

Luca Longobardi and the House Concert: https://openhouse-magazine.com/luca-longobardi- and-the-house-concert/

Music Makes Art Magic: Atelier des Lumières: https://www.artsjournal.com/brightride/ 2019/01/14/music-makes-art-magic-atelier-des-lumieres/

If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and leave a review. Thanks!

2021-09-13
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Episode 42 - Samuel Edmund

Episode 42 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Samuel Edmund.  Samuel Edmund is the moniker of Jae Ryan when he makes broken, worn and nostalgic ambient music.

Jae has been generous to share tracks from his debut album ?Due To?. ?Due To? was released on Folded Note Records a few months ago and the tapes sold out within 24 hours!

?Due To? is an album full of live improvisations where Jae used a Minimoog, Buchla Music Easel, Digital Mellotron & Ciat-Lonbarde instruments.  ?Due To? was Jae?s attempt to capture the strange emptiness brought on by lockdowns and COVID while still trying to provide plenty of hopefulness for the future.  A second edition cassette of ?Due To? is available now. Link to the album and all things Jae are listed below. Thanks as always for listening!  

Jae also hosts a Podcast called ?The Deerhorn? which focuses on Ciat-Lonbarde instruments. Each episode is a conversation with various members of the Ciat-Lonbarde community and focuses on the artists new releases, recording process, personal history & their love for various gear.  The Deerhorn often features the artists of Seil records & Folded Note Records.  

Recently, Jae was also a guest on the wonderful Podular Modcast as well.

The 4 tracks on this EP were made shortly after Jae moved from Edmonton to Vancouver.  He fell head over heels for the new city and each track on this is a love letter to his favourite places to skateboard in Vancouver.  When he?s not head first into a modular filled studio, Jae can usually be found skateboarding, hiking, cycling and taking pictures.

Due To:
https://foldednote.bandcamp.com/album/due-to

Jae?s personal Bandcamp:
https://samueledmund.bandcamp.com

Jae?s YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdBo6YNb4ExdxftqAJ_djqQ

Jae?s Podcast:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-deerhorn/id1535334953

Jae on PodMod:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-165-jae-ryan-host-of-the-deer-horn-podcast/id1363821591?i=1000531569908

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller.  https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw


2021-09-05
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Episode 41 - Jan Esbra

Episode 41 of The Ambient Vault podcast features special guest Jan Esbra.   Jan is a New York City-based Colombian guitarist and composer known for his ?mesmerizing soundscapes and innovative ideas?.  Combining elements from minimalism, ambient and improvised music he created evolving, textural soundscapes. 

Jan?s debut solo album entitled ?Temporary Objects'' was released on August 27, 2021 and is a collection of improvisations using guitars, samplers and various effects pedals.  On this episode of the podcast we feature tracks from the album and really appreciate Jan sharing with us here on The Ambient Vault.

Aside from his solo work, Jan has released music with his bands Jade Collective and Bird Lite and has worked with Becca Stevens, Ben Wendel, Catey Esler and Eva Gertz.  He has a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition and Music Business from Berklee College of Music and participated in the 2020 New Amsterdam Composers.

For more on Jan Esbra and his new album, projects, and other music click the link below and as always thanks for listening!

Debut Album Info:
https://www.janesbra.com/epk
Website:
https://www.janesbra.com/

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller   https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw


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2021-08-29
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Episode 40 - IDRA

Episode 40 of The Ambient Vault features special guest IDRA.  IDRA is the alias of Francesca Pavesi, a musician, producer and sound designer from Milan, Italy. Her project explores soundscapes, atmospheric and ambient music to transport the listener through spaces where they can feel free to discover worlds yet unknown. 

Francesca has been very generous to share some tracks on this week?s podcast, the first three of which can be found on her collaborative ep with fellow musician and friend of the podcast Sixmissing entitled ?Wildflowers?. 

You can find a link to Wildflowers and all things IDRA below:

Wildflowers https://open.spotify.com/album/0Qg2W5QfHjMjpYHm1e3KRK?si=d5DEwxN-QQ6JcHWMGPNVdA&dl_branch=1

More IDRA:
https://www.idrasound.com/?ltclid=fdbc8276-a24b-410d-91a8-df58af3474ef

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller   https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw







2021-08-22
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Episode 39 - Isolated Infants

Episode 39 of The Ambient Vault features special guest Isolated Infants.  Isolated Infants is the musical project of Bafta nominated composer Sanj Sen.  Born from his nerd-level love for music technology and as an antithesis to briefs and deadlines, Isolated Infants allows exploration, procrastination, and experimentation, restoring creative energy and feeding back into commissioned work.  Sanj has been kind enough to share some tracks from Isolated Infants for this episode of the podcast and I am so grateful and excited to share with the Ambient Vault listeners.  You can follow and learn more about Isolated Infants on Instagram and hear more music on bandcamp.

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/isolatedinfants/?hl=en
Bandcamp: https://isolatedinfants.bandcamp.com/


If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller   https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw

2021-08-14
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Episode 38 - Matt Lowery

Episode 38 of The Ambient Vault features special guest Matt Lowery.  Matt is a textual explorer, modular synthesist, and curious chaser of sounds. His new album ?boku? is featured for this episode, it?s a fun, thought provoking dive into Matt?s unique world of sound, craft, and musicianship.  Many thanks to Matt for being on the podcast! You can follow all things Matt Lowery by clicking the link below and thanks as always for listening!

Matt Lowery - Sound artist. Guitar/Modular/Synths/Ambient
https://linktr.ee/mattlowery

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller   https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw




2021-08-07
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Episode 37 - Forms

Episode 37 of The Ambient Vault features Forms.  Using a combination of synthesis and sampling, Forms aims to construct heartfelt ambient soundscapes inspired by the subtle and unpredictable beauty of the world around us.  In this episode, Forms has been generous to share his track ?Birch?, which is made up of 3 independent yet related patches which utilize a modular synthesizer and sampled VST instruments. Patch 1 forms the bed over which patches 2 and 3 were recorded to create the final product. 

Many thanks to Forms for being on the podcast! Click the link below to see and hear more from Forms and thanks for listening.

https://linktr.ee/FormsMusic

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller   https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw


2021-08-01
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Episode 36 - Clariloops

Episode 36 of The Ambient Vault features my special guest Clariloops.  Clariloops is the project of Australian neo-classical/electronic artist Ruby Lulham.

Combining the sound of her clarinet with effects pedals and synthesised sound, Ruby experiments with electronics to create music that is unique yet familiar, existing between genres. The project started as a way of bringing stillness and creativity into Ruby?s classical music practice. The resulting sounds are rhythmic and calming, providing accompaniment to people?s movements and thoughts without intrusion. 

Learning clarinet through a jazz lens before transitioning to classical music, a curiosity in composition and improvisation was instilled in Ruby from a young age. Clariloops is influenced by a collection of things: neoclassical artists such as Ólafur Arnalds, Max Richter and Brian Eno, classical studies during university where Ruby discovered her love of 20th century impressionist composers, and the diverse sounds of music she loves, from instrumental hip hop and electronica to indie pop and rock. Performing as a classical musician in orchestras and wind ensembles for many years, Ruby started to create her own music in 2020 to find her voice away from the rigidity of classical music.

For her latest project, Ruby has dived further into the world of electronic production as she has spent time learning from experimental hip hop and electronic producers to bring something new to the Clariloops sound. Having just finished recording and producing a new album ?Sun//Rain', Ruby is spending her time discovering new sounds and completing collaborative projects with people all over the world.

Special thanks to Ruby for sharing her album, ?Sun/Rain? on the podcast!

You can get the album and find out more about all things Clariloops by clicking the links below.

Link to album download: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ECJMaJ6ZXpmy_1xUqZ9rMDpcqzyaIOqM?usp=sharing


Website: https://www.clariloops.com


Link to bandcamp (liner notes): https://clariloops.bandcamp.com/album/sun-rain


If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller   https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
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2021-06-20
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Episode 35 - Myéline

Episode 35 of The Ambient Vault features my special guest Myéline.  Myéline is a former punk rock musician turned ambient electronic adventurer who found a fascination with pedals and synths, and as Myéline focuses on less structured, more ambient, emotional music without lyrics.  Myéline has been generous to share his album, ?Tiny Windows?, a beautiful and contemplative journey with slow, granular, noisey, unstructured music.  There is an additional track titled, ?Ebb Flow?, which follows the first five from the album. Many thanks to Myéline for sharing music on the podcast!

You can follow all things Myéline here:
https://linktr.ee/myeline.ldn

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller   https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw


2021-06-13
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Episode 34 - The Broken Cradle

Episode 34 of The Ambient Vault features my special guest The Broken Cradle. The Broken Cradle is an Ambient, Electronic, and Neoclassical artist and is the solo work of Eric McLean, a musician of over 20 years.

Influenced by the likes of Nils Frahm, Alessandro Cortini, Brian Eno, and Olafur Arnalds, The Broken Cradle leans toward compositional ambient and neoclassical music that moves from soothing piano melodies to gritty and soaring synthetic atmospheres. His music tells a story through the moods and soundscapes, interposed with gentle felt piano and strings.

The tracks featured in this episode, graciously shared by Eric,  are off his album ?You Are Here and I Am Yours?.  See below for a statement from Eric about the album and a link to follow and listen to all things The Broken Cradle, and as always, thanks for listening!

?You Are Here and I Am Yours" is the story of family. The LP is an intimate look at what it means to be a family, from the pains of infertility and loss to the joy of adoption and birth. This is my story. This is the love letter to my children, each a unique soul that came to us in equally unique ways. Each song is a piece of a 10-year journey and tries to capture a glimpse of the most important people and moments in my life.

My hope is that you can find your own story here.  While this is my memoir in a sense, I know that music takes on new shapes, meanings, and interpretations. It is yours to listen to, enjoy, and reflect on your own life.

https://thebrokencradle.contactin.bio/

If you enjoy the podcast, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You can also check out the Instagram page Brian curates for his late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller   https://www.instagram.com/jamesmillergospelpianist/?hl=en  Thanks!

Email: [email protected] 

Brian on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/heldbymachines/

Brian on Youtube:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCSAWKkRtE8tVTvD1r202tRw


2021-05-29
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Episode 33 - Panic Girl

Episode 33 of The Ambient Vault features my special guest Panic Girl.  Panic Girl is a modular downtempo artist based in Munich, Germany.  She was gracious to share a mix of tracks from her discography, including a track from her latest album, ?BLUE?.

BLUE is Panic Girl?s third studio album and her most versatile yet. After years of exploring experimental instruments, new and old technologies and trying out different musical paths, she now combines her knowledge to compose intimate and mesmerizing songs with many hidden layers and little details for the listener to explore. Be prepared to discover field recordings from all over the world, lofi bits from cassette recorders and 8bit loopers, heavy bass sounds from vintage synthesizers among many other gems and oddities from her studio. BLUE is a journey into Panic Girl?s magic sonic realm, that she hopes will be the soundtrack to your next daydream.

Panic Girl is a modular downtempo artist based in Munich, Germany. She dedicated her life to music from an early age. After receiving classical training in piano, guitar, and singing she got deep into the production of electronic music. If you visit her place, it is hard to not fall over a big mess of cables and different production gear like a Eurorack System, the Marxophone, ARP2600, Jomox XBase 09,  Cocoquantus or Casio CZ 5000 synthesizer. Influenced by a wide range of music Panic Girl delivers a deep mixture of electronica and experimental sounds. Besides writing her own lyrics, she writes and produces all recordings on her own. Her current studio album is called ?BLUE? and was released on ?i u we records?,  a label that focusses on the beauty of female diversity in electronic music.

Track list for this episode:
1.  You Owe Me Nothing
2.  Unconscious Stream
3.  Morning Coffee in Tokyo
4.  Cherry Blossom Drama
5.  Himalayan Tea

You can follow all things Panic Girl using the links below:

https://www.panic-girl.com/

https://panic-girl.bandcamp.com/

https://instagram.com/panic.girl.666?utm_medium=copy_link

https://www.facebook.com/panicgirlofficial/

https://mobile.twitter.com/panicgirlpro

https://linktr.ee/iuwe.records/


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2021-05-22
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Episode 32 - Hiroshi Ebina

Episode 32 of The Ambient Vault features my special guest Hiroshi Ebina.  Hiroshi has been generous to share his stunningly beautiful and poignant album ?For My Grandma?.   It is a quintessential acoustic based ambient album lovingly dedicated to his grandma. Tracks are as follows:

1. Nothing In This Universe Will Be Lost
2. A White House
3. Empty Beach
4. Two Living Rooms

Hiroshi Ebina has a unique multi-disciplinary background, ranging from composing ambient music, performing gagaku, the traditional ritual music in Japan, as well as photographing minimalist landscapes in cities and nature. After spending years in Tokyo and New York, Hiroshi Ebina resettled himself in his hometown outside Tokyo in 2018. While exploring scenic sounds using guitars, modular synthesizers and tape machines, Hiroshi studied hichiriki and biwa, traditional gagaku instruments, and dance under the guidance of musicians from the Imperial Household Agency.

Serendipity is a quintessential part of Hiroshi?s unique soundscapes, as he incorporates sound and silence that emerge and disappear as though by chance. His compositional process is like spreading dots and lines on a white paper and give them some orders. Then those lines and dots start showing some shapes. For him, music not really about being accurate about rhythm or pitch. He is more concerned with texture, the spaces between each note, and how it feels to his ears.

In June 2018, he released his latest album ?Evanescent,? and ?Bergen? from The Ambient Zone in November 2018. Hiroshi also worked with the London-based Erland Cooper, who released his collaborative album ?Sule Skerry? in May 2019. From 2019, Hiroshi has been affiliated with Singapore-based KITCHEN. LABEL, from which he is releasing his new album soon. In July 2020, he and his label mate Kin Leonn released a collaborative EP ?Faraway Vicinity.?

You can follow all things Hiroshi Ebina here: https://hiroshiebina.com/

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks!









2021-05-09
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Episode 31 - Perplex On

Episode 31 of The Ambient Vault features my special guest Perplex On.  Perplex On is a band from Munich which makes electronic music.  Between Apparat and Tocotronic, Funkstörung and postpunk sounds of raindrops leaking through the cracks in the city, looking for the jumps to reality where dark psychedelic replaces the omnipresent pathos. The result is on the one hand black metal for digital sleep walkers, but on the other hand dream pop for existentialists. [S.A.W.]

Perplex On was kind enough to allow me to make a mixtape of sorts with a selection of tracks for this week?s episode of the podcast.
The list of tracks in the episode are as follows:

1. Humming Voices 2. Locked 3. Vienna 4. Into 5. Lamellae 6. Flowing 7. Fade Away 8. Autumn

Click the link here to follow all things Perplex On   https://linktr.ee/PerplexOn

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks!




2021-04-25
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Episode 30 - Dan Derks

Episode 30 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Dan Derks.  Dan is a creative technologist and improviser with a passion for community. He is the host of Sound + Process, a podcast about the artists of lines (https://llllllll.co), and he builds digital tools for musical exploration. He currently works at monome and Ableton, and has previously worked at Cycling '74.  Dan has been generous to share a set of beautiful tracks entitled, ?Patient?s Demo - Side A?.

Follow Dan Derks on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jailaibookie/?hl=en

and check out his fantastic podcast Sound + Process here:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sound-process/id1112057891

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks!








2021-04-19
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Episode 29 - Xtinction

Episode 29 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Xtinction.  Xtinction is the music project of Ernest Garcia, a dawless jammer of primarily ambient electronica.  He has been generous enough to share a track titled, ?Elysium?, followed by a track titled ?Entropy? on this week?s episode of the podcast.  Many thanks to Ernest for allowing us a glimpse into his sonic world!  Give him a follow on Instagram and YouTube:

https://instagram.com/ecg_xtinction?igshid=1y2n87c4qgttf

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC9wS8kjF8wU_CvDSGaxitLQ

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks!

2021-04-12
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Episode 28 - Noctopolis

Episode 28 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Noctopolis.  Noctopolis is an electronic based and narrative project by Mattis Hencke from Uppsala, Sweden, using ciat-lonbarde and other touch based instruments like the Lyra 8, field recordings, e-bow gtr, etc.

The latest album, ?Perelandra?, is the second in a trilogy with the third album coming later this year.  Other recent releases include singles and two track releases available on Bandcamp and all other major streaming services.  This week?s episode features a debut offering from Noctopolis tentatively titled, ?Railway Planet?, a long form track made up of four separate tracks performed together.  Many thanks to Noctopolis for the great honor of letting me share your music on the podcast!

You can follow and listen to Noctopolis here:

YouTube - https://youtube.com/channel/UC7MJqHh8XYA0TadSwJHyyvA

Instagram - https://instagram.com/mattishencke?igshid=3xgqr2nc3n1m

Bandcamp - https://noctopolis.bandcamp.com/

Additional info and links -
https://linktr.ee/noctopolis

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks!






2021-04-05
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Episode 27 - Six Missing

Episode 27 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Six Missing.  Six Missing is the ambient, experimental, and electronic endeavor of multi-instrumentalist and award-winning sound designer, TJ Dumser. Often drawing inspiration from meditations and dreams, Dumser centers himself in the present moment to offer evolving sonic landscapes that allow the listener to drift away. These cinematic soundscapes are intended to be listened to with your eyes closed or as mood music for your favorite activity. The magic in any moment can only be found in the Here and Now. Be present, be here, be well.

TJ has given me the great honor of debuting his track, ?Hobble Down? on this episode of the podcast! Scroll down to learn about the inspiration and story surrounding its creation.

Follow all things Six Missing here:
https://www.sixmissing.com/hello/
https://www.sixmissing.com/

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[I almost always approach music from a cinematic viewpoint. Putting a mental narrative to it all helps make it make sense to me and hopefully to the listeners. So for this track I had envisioned being ceaselessly pursued by a monster in my nightmares only to jolt myself awake and find that I'm standing in the middle of the neighborhood street barefoot under an orange street light. The lights illuminate the smokey, foggy street all the way to the bend where my eyes finally focus on a silhouette, the monster has found me and begins gaining on me.?

This track feels like the soundtrack that would accompany that scene. I've titled it "Hobble Down."]

- TJ Dumser








2021-03-29
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Episode 26 - Digiklvb

Episode 26 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Digiklvb.  Digiklvb is the solo project of Prague based musician Jan Plihal.  It aims to create soundscapes, ambient, generative music, tape loops and experimental techniques. 

The track featured is entitled ?Yes/Never? and debuts here on the podcast. Many thanks to Digiklvb for the honor of giving it the first spin here on The Ambient Vault!

Follow and listen to more Digiklvb here:

Instagram - @digiklvb
Bandcamp -
https://digiklvb.bandcamp.com/releases
YouTube -
https://youtube.com/channel/UCLVVUbbkDHcZi2M2NkBxK7g

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks!

2021-03-23
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Episode 25 - Jonathon J.W. Simpson/Illustrated by

Episode 25 of The Ambient Vault features musician Jonathon J.W. Simpson with his musical project Illustrated by and an extended track entitled, ?White Elephant?.

Illustrated by focuses on building soundscapes using live loops and synthesizers.  You can find his most recent ep, ?White Whale? here:

https:illustratedbysynth.bandcamp.com/album/white-whale

Jonathon is currently working on a follow up full length record entitled ?run?.  

Follow Jonathon on Instagram @illustratedby

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks!


2021-03-15
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Episode 24 - Patchbaydoor

Episode 24 of The Ambient Vault features the music of Patchbaydoor.  This is a live performance of the track "Moving Expenses" from a forthcoming cassette/digital release in March 2021. Music performed live on patchable instruments (Ciat-Lonbarde, Eurorack) and magnetic tape.

Patchbaydoor  is the ambient-pop-experimental music project of Steven R. Hammer, a U.S. based artist-scholar working in sound, video, and noise theory. You can find released music on Bandcamp (bandcamp.com/patchbaydoor), sketches on Instagram (@patchbaydoor), and other art & writings at stevenrhammer.com

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks! 

2021-03-08
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Episode 23 - Robert Simons (Catchthehare)

Episode 23 of The Ambient Vault features the music of Robert Simons, who generously offered up tracks from his project Catchthehare for this week?s episode.

Catchthehare is a musical project by multi-instrumentalist Robert Simons that explores the intersection between electronic composition and experimental sound recording.

Robert?s musical journey began at an early age learning the cello and classical guitar, but soon developed a keen interest in electronic music and synthesizers during the early 90s. Much of his work draws upon a variety of eclectic musical styles that he was exposed to growing up in Jamaica, Italy, South Africa and Uruguay.

His musical output is often rooted by a melodic framework, combined with a colourful palette of modular synthesis, field recordings, tape manipulation and acoustic instrumentation.

His ambient-focused album Sterrenbeelden is currently available on Bandcamp, Spotify and all the streaming platforms
Robert currently lives and works with his partner in the deep Suffolk countryside, United Kingdom.

Follow @robsimons on Instagram!

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks! 




2021-03-01
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Episode 22 - Per Barfot ?Taupe (72,60,50)?

Episode 22 of The Ambient Vault features the music of invited guest musician Per Barfot.

Per is a Swedish musician making experimental ambient music with a modular synthesizer and tape loops. He recently released the single Epoché on Mystery Circles.  Find his music on Bandcamp, Spotify and Instagram.

Taupe (72, 60, 50) is a slowly evolving piece recorded on a modular synthesizer to reel-to-reel and played back at half speed.

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks! 

2021-02-22
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Episode 21 - A Beautiful World

Episode 21 of The Ambient Vault features an extended performance of ?A Beautiful World?, recorded live in studio on February 13th, 2021.  

* This episode features a spoken word excerpt by Brian?s late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller, recorded in 1972 during a live radio broadcast of ?Sunshine Hymn Time?, which aired from 1945 to 1975.

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks! 

2021-02-15
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Episode 20 - Intrapersonal

Episode 19 of The Ambient Vault features an extended performance of ?Intrapersonal?, recorded live in studio on February 7th, 2021.

If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: [email protected]  Thanks! 

2021-02-08
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