Ember Music Chain Album Volume 1 is coming soon

We are very happy to announce our next compilation project Ember Music Chain Album Volume 1 is coming soon. The project started with an idea generated by Ember Music artist Daniel J. Davis… the concept was simple, give the first artist in the chain some samples and have them create a track using them… upon completion of their track they would pass samples from it on to the next artist in the chain. Included with the samples was an inspirational image (curated/created by Ember Music co-founder Kurt Lorenz) that would also serve as the artwork for each track and the album.

The first section of the chain will run like this:

01. Nordmach
02. Beaufays
03. Kikai
04. Solaris Affair
05. Murat Esmer
06. Daniel J. Davis
07. Known Rebel
08. Fake Empire
09. Graham Brinkert
10. Akisma

The project has taken a little longer to complete than anticipated and the decision was made to break it into smaller volumes in order to get the release out in 2013. We will start working on Volume 2 in the coming months and hope to release that in mid to late 2014.

As a special preview we have allowed Nordmach to share his track “Angels to Anguish” on his Soundcloud page.

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10 Questions: Daniel J. Davis

Daniel J. Davis 2013 | by Kurt Lorenz

Daniel J. Davis 2013 | by Kurt Lorenz

01. How long have you been making music?
Played in my first band in 1991 – so over 20 years. I started off plating bass, and my first official band was a ska band.

02. When did you start using electronics in your music making?
Very early on, out of necessity. I wanted drums in my music, but drum sets were too expensive and loud. So I got by with a drum machine, and went down an electronic path ever since. It’s just always easier to make music on headphones – doesn’t matter where you live, or who you live with. If you can make music silently, you can make music anywhere.

03. Are you an electronic purist?
No. I use some live percussion, found sounds, and also some acoustic instruments. Although these are often highly treated.

04. What is your current favorite piece of hardware? Software?

Hardware – it’s a toss up between the Waldorf Blofeld and the Korg MS-2000
Software – I’m learning Live 9 right now, and I’m loving it.

05. Do you use canned loops or samples? Why/Why not?
No – I usually make my own. Although I’m not opposed to using factory patches on synths – they are often great starting points for inspiration.

06. Do you use iPad/iPhone or other mobile computing devices in your music making?
Yes. My iPad is basically a dedicated Animoog machine, and totally worth the price just for that. I also enjoy Thumb Jam.

07. Was there a moment of inspiration… a certain track or artist, that ignited your passion for electronic music? 
The production, engineering, and sound design of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.

08. How does visual art/photography inform your music making?
It rarely does.

09. Has the internet/Social Media changed the way you make music?
Yes – and I recently disconnected from almost all of social media. Not that I ever got popular or anything, but I’m taking it back to the underground – I’ll release stuff, but I’m no longer going to obsess over hits and likes, and I just won’t care on a personal level. I’ll just release stuff and if people discover it, cool. It’s too easy for me to get caught up in the social media thing.

10. What is your favorite artist or track of all time?
Favorite artist….toss up between Eno, Lanois, Harold Budd and Marconi Union.
Favorite album of all time – U2’s Unforgettable Fire.

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Ember Music artist Kurt Lorenz included in “How to Catch STILLE?” compilation

HTCS

“Her Meaning is Muted” by Kurt Lorenz has been included as a bonus track to the “How to Catch STILLE?” compilation.

No other art can endorse the importance of good hearing better than music. It is universal and transcends geographical, social and linguistic boundaries.

How to catch STILLE? is cought from the view of various musicians. What started as a remix album of AN MOKU’s first album STILLE became a higher meaning. The literal translation of the german word “Stille” is silentness/quietness. Each several track deals with the meaning of this. Hearing loss is a very significant matter. More than ever in hectical nowadays! One in every six people worldwide is affected by hearing loss. As the population ages – and noise pollution in the world increases – more and more people will be losing their hearing. The consequences of untreated hearing loss can extend as far as complete social isolation.

Name your price to buy this album and all of the money will be donated to the following non-profit organizations: World Wide Hearing and Sonos Schweiz.

According to the World Health Organization, 642 million people in the world suffer from hearing loss. Of these, 278 million suffer from hearing loss so disabling that actions most people take for granted, like having a conversation, are impossible for them without a hearing aid. The majority live in developing countries and almost none have access to hearing aids or services. The cost of hearing care is simply unaffordable and there are too few audiologists working in poor countries to provide treatment for everyone.

50% of your donation will be used to provide hearing aids to people, mainly children with hearing loss in developing countries.

50% of your money will be used to fund innovative research on the impact of treating hearing loss.

The Swiss organization Sonos Schweiz is going to use this project album to report back to me how the music has an effect on the kids and teenagers with hear loss. More info to come soon.

The period of this project is one year. After six months I will report at this Bandcamp page and my own webpage in detail about the donation and the same after one year.

Last but not least, speaking in words of the polish sound artist and founder of Etalabel, Grzegorz Bojanek: «Ludzie bez najmniejszego problemu płacą $5 za kubek kawy, jednakże miliony ludzi nie chcą zapłacić nawet $1 za piosenkę, której nagranie kosztuje często setki dolarów, do nagrania której artyści musieli ćwiczyć często wiele godzin i którą można słuchać w kółko, bez końca i pozostaje z nami już na zawsze… SZANUJCIE ARTYSTÓW – KUPUJCIE MUZYKĘ.»

To this effect – Please support this project, even if it is just $1. You do not have to be a member of Bandcamp to support. Together we can achieve something!

On behalf of all artists – Thank you for your support!

AN MOKU

www.wwhearing.org
www.sonos-info.ch
www.anmoku.net

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