Enchanting mix of experimental, minimalist, and ambient cassette music

Brandon Hocura of the excellent Seance Centre record label mined his (and his friends') rare and vintage cassette archive to create this sublime guest mix for the Noise In My Head show on NTS Radio. Read the rest

Grouper and Lawrence English's "Slow Walkers" LP

Slow Walkers is the first release from the hypertalented Portland musician Liz Harris, better known as Grouper, and Australian composer/media artist Lawrence English. It was "born from a mutual fascination with horrific depictions of the human present and future." I can dig that. Read the rest

Brian Eno designed hospital room

Brian Eno designed a chill-out room at the private new Montefiore Hospital in Brighton and Hove, UK. It's meant to be a spot for patients to "think, take stock or simply relax." Ortopaedic surgeon Robin Turner orchestrated the collaboration apparently after he saw his mother-in-law finally relax while checking out an Eno installation at a local festival. Read the rest

Brazilian Birds: ambient internet radio station of bird calls in the Amazon

My new ambient-sound-while-working internet radio jam: Brazilian Birds.

(Photo: Toucan eye, a Creative Commons image from doug88888's photostream) Read the rest

Every opening of Beethoven's "Eroica" symphony

[Video Link]. YouTube viewer comment: "I liked the part where they played the opening chords of the symphony."

(thanks, Joe Sabia!) Read the rest

Tuning in to ambient urban sound: Alex Braidwood's "Listening Instruments"

[Video Link, via LAist]

Los Angeles area radio station KPCC produced this lovely video portrait of designer, educator, and media artist Alex Braidwood. Read the rest

He Walked Among Granite Spires And Heard Celestial Music: short by Joaquin Baldwin

Filmmaker Joaquin Baldwin shares a beautiful new short film with us: composed from footage shot with the Sony HVR-Z5U at some of California's most beautiful wilderness sights. Read the rest

If You Meet the Buddha Machine on the Road, Hack It

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for your most sonically adventurous friends or loved ones? Look no further.

The Buddha Machine, introduced in 2005 (and blogged here many many many many times before), is a portable little sound-loop device in a plastic box introduced five years ago by the China-based duo FM3 (aka Zhang Jian and Christiaan Virant). Read the rest

A new video interpretation of Aphex Twin's "Gwely Mernans"

A new video directed by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro for "Gwely Mernans," my favorite track from the 2001 Aphex Twin album drukqs.

Video Link. In the fewest words possible: ambient slo-mo horror kissing. Read the rest

Justin Bieber slowed down

"Turn Justin Bieber into Sigur Ros in one easy step," writes in reader Yossarian . Slowed down 800%, the young star's inane "U Smile" becomes a languid, half-hour ambient epic. Read the rest

Ambient time-lapse videos of the Alps, set to Beethoven

Our friend Teresa Nielsen Hayden shares these truly beautiful videos of time-lapse photography shot in the Alps, with Beethoven compositions for the soundtrack. They're like ambient video bedtime stories for internet grownups. Read the rest