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Thomas Mathie

Founded by music fan Thomas Mathie aka headphonaught as a means of giving back to the independent music community... weareallghosts is a small netlabel & private press based in Motherwell, Scotland; that specialises in ambient electronic soundscapes but is open to other styles of music.



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On a rainy, miserable day in May ... we still have hope for the future. There is light at the end of the tunnel and, as shops and restaurants open, we have a taste of what we've missed for so long ... and it tastes good. And it is in this environment, that Cousin Silas brings the sixth and last part of his " ... and friends, volume eight", a wonderful mix of delightfully gentle ambience ("Starscapes" by Cousin Silas & Pat Pik, and "Travelling In Opposite...
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“Through a Cobweb Strange (waag_rel069)” from Cousin Silas … affectionately referred to as “the disco album” when discussing it with Dave prior to release … is full of beats. In fact, “Through a Cobweb Strange (waag_rel069)” features fifteen downtempo tracks that combine Silas’ particular style of ambient guitar with varying degrees of percussion. I love the variety of Cousin Silas’ music and gravitate towards different elements depending on my mood. He can and does turn his...
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Topics: downtempo, ambient, electronic, electronica, experimental, experimental electronic
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by Cousin Silas
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I really enjoyed listening to Cousin Silas' first voyage into Berlin School style longform electronic adventures, Unlimited Boundaries (waag_rel114) ... I still do, in fact, and never thought a follow-up would be so hot on its heels.       Galactic Procession (waag_rel116) follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessor albeit with a sound that is, again, reminiscent of Virgin-era Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze. It isn't a rehashing of the work that's come before ... either Silas or...
Topics: ambient, longform, electronic, Berlin School
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by Christopher Alvarado and Stephen Briggs
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"Translucence (waag_rrl002)" is only our second rereleased album on weareallghosts ... rereleased because it is simply that good. Christopher Alvarado is a talented musician who has a vision for ambient music that I share and deeply admire ... he creates truly immersive soundscapes with synths and guitars, vocals and percussion, that have an otherworldliness about them that is simply intoxicating. Alvarado's hypnotic headphone music is an utter treat, one that I have partaken of in...
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by Rebekkah's Cousin Silas
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For our sophomore release on weareallghosts , we have something very special indeed... a collaboration between spoken word poet and soprano Rebekkah Hilgraves and ambient musician Cousin Silas... Rebekkah's Cousin Silas. "The devil came to me" comes in four parts... an initial longform piece entitled "Rachel (above adversity)" that sets the scene for "the Rachel suite" - 15 tracks with themes of defiance... of being in the presence of evil and of overcoming... the...
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I am a big fan of longform ambient soundscapes … I am also a big fan of Kevin Lyons’ music, so you can imagine my delight when he submitted a longform piece for my consideration. You’d think I would be sick of them after 28 dronescapes but nothing could be further from the truth … I love them! and I love the fact that Lyons was inspired by our favourite cousin to give longform a try. This creative cross-pollination makes me very happy indeed. Clocking in at just under 70 minutes,...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, longform
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by Cousin Silas & Candy L
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For me, it is wonderfully bittersweet to release "Scenes from Suburbia (waag_rel136)" by Cousin Silas & Candy L so close to  Candy's birthday ... I'm not sure how old she would have been if she had not lost her battle against cancer and, to be honest, it doesn't matter ... what matters is that the world and our wee community of DIY ambient musicians is considerably poorer for her not being with us. "Scenes from Suburbia (waag_rel136)" was created in collaboration...
Topics: ambient, atmospheric, electronic
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by George L Smyth
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Now here's something new: some modern classical music for you on weareallghosts. I was approached by George L Smyth a wee while ago now with a couple of the tracks that now appear on this album. His email came out-of-the-blue (I'm not a big fan of unsolicited contact) but as he was a friend of Rebekkah Hilgraves and had featured on her show, I was willing to take time out to listen to what he had ... and I am so glad I did! "Winterfylleth" is the Old English name for the month of...
Topics: ambient, modern classical
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by Ade Hodges & Cousin Silas
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In the Green Light (waag_rel056) by Ade Hodges & Cousin Silas is the next instalment in an ongoing series of collaborations between the two artists. It features six earthy, nearly impenetrable walls-of-sound that are not for the claustrophobic. In the Green Light (waag_rel056) is an immense album of truly immersive beauty, one that is as spatial as it is aural. There is both a breadth and a density within these tracks that takes the listener's breath away, it is as if Hodges and Silas have...
Topic: ambient, sci-fi,
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by Cousin Silas
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Welcome to the twenty-first dronescape from Cousin Silas, another post-70 minute piece from someone who I personally think is at the top of their game. Coming off the back of his first CD on weareallghosts, this dronescape provides a fitting rest. It is an open and spacious drone filled with wonder and the anticipation of the unknown. It is a delight. I hope you enjoy Dronescape 021 as much as I do. - Tx
Topics: ambient, sci-fi, longform, drone
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by Cousin Silas | Tim Jones | Kevin Lyons
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Weird fiction deserves weird music. When I read H.P.Lovecraft, I must do so with weird music in my ears. Over the years, my go-to for the soundtrack has been Emmalee Crane. That is until now. “Internal Furniture (waag_rel076)” is a deliciously weird collaboration between Cousin Silas, Tim Jones and Kevin Lyons; that was conceived during a long weekend together in Yorkshire. When the cat is away, the mice will play and boy did these mice play. Fuelled by horror movies, old TV shows and pulp...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic
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by Cousin Silas
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"Silas & Friends vol2 (waag_rel032)" is weareallghosts' fiftieth release and what a release it is … a real smorgasbord of sounds from my fave musician and his wonderfully, delightfully, fantastically eclectic group of chums … most of whom I consider friends too. I have looked forward to this compilation for some time and I am pleased to be able to finally release it. It is an album that has taken a considerable amount of effort to compile and it stands as a testament to the...
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Scott Lawlor continues on his journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes with the fourth in his drone.excursion series. drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) aka 'harmonic convergence' is a delightful drone that builds in significance in the listener's consciousness. There is a slow evolution in the chords used over the 72 minute duration that together feeds the mind and provides space for contemplation and flow. drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) is another enjoyable longform drone from Scott and I...
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Topics: ambient, longform, drone, electronic
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by Colin Blake
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With "The Sound of Space (waag_rel034)", Colin Blake has expressed his love and admiration for all things 'space'. In his intricate notes that accompanied his submission, he speaks of the birth of new stars, and of life on more than just Earth … of comets, and the songs star-clouds sing as new stars are born … of solar flares, and travel to distant galaxies; it makes for fascinating reading. More than that, it makes for fascinating music - sci-fi orientated ambient electronic...
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I do what I do to encourage others bring their beauty into this world. Witnessing Kevin Lyons' growth as an artist and a maker of beautiful music has been a real pleasure for me. I really do marvel at the music he creates - it holds it's own within weareallghosts and further afield - it never ceases to amaze me. I am very proud of the music he has released on waag and am proud to call him a friend. It is with this sense of pride that I present his fourth album - "Lullabies for Strange...
Topics: ambient, sci-fi, dark
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by Cousin Silas
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Permutations is the second in Cousin Silas' remix projects. As with Recrudescence (waag_rel094) our favourite Cousin has reworked his original soundscapes (the exact ones he will not divulge to me) to create something wonderfully fresh and new that will enthral all who listen.  Permutations consists of seven tracks that vary in length for approximately six and a half minutes through to nearly seventeen. They all have Cousin Silas' delightfully gentle and languid longform vibe but their...
Topics: ambient, electronic, longform
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Since 2008 I have been producing and releasing music under various names, most notably electronic music under the name Artificial Sun Project. In 2013 I ended this project, and out of it's ashes came Red Pools. This is my first double single of my new material, reflective of a new style of music, and a new direction. Two sides of mournful techno ... with swaying, claustrophobic atmospheres that gurgle and crackle in a rather delightful manner with murky thumping, quasi-wurlizer, piano...
Topics: ambient, techno, electronic
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"Tales of Space Exploration 25 - 34 (waag_rel061)” marks the next instalment of Brother Saturn's "Tales of Space Exploration" series. Drew Miller picks up where he left off in waag_rel048 … expanding his ongoing themes of travel, desolation, home and of loneliness … and further developing this series for weareallghosts. As before, Adam Howie has expertly expressed these themes in his cover art. His piece - "Detrimentum Sui - Loss of Self" - will be available for...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric
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by Scott Lawlor & Earlyguard
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I am proud to present "Abstraction (waag_rel043)" ... 45 minutes of longform ambient joy. I have a lot of love for the music of both Scott Lawlor and Earlyguard, so you can imagine I was very quick to respond in the positive when I was approached about releasing a collaboration that they had in the works ... I didn't think it would be as good as "Abstraction" is. This is music for both the head and the heart, a late-night hit of somatic bliss that, in equal measure, inspires...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone
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by Kevin Lyons
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waag_rel063 Releasing Kevin Lyons’ music on weareallghosts is one of my proudest achievements with the netlabel. If ever there was someone who deserved to be heard, it is him! He has an approach to his craft that makes my heart sing: he is wonderfully imaginative and channels the whole of his very interesting life into his innovative expression. “Night Visions (waag_rel063)” is an utter delight, opening with one of my favourite longform pieces - “Like City Lights, Receding” - a track...
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by Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas’ 34th dronescape is another exceptional longform ambient soundscape. At 1 second under 73 minutes, it is an epic piece of ambience … one the draws you in and encourages to take a trip of profound personal discovery. Where it will take you, I don’t know … but it takes me to a place where I am truly present, providing me with focus for the here and now, helping me find my flow. Dronescape 034 drowns out the distractions of a very busy, demanding world … and let’s me just...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone, electronic
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by Matthew VandenBrook
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Extropy … a noun … the theory that cultural and technological development will expand indefinitely and in an orderly progressive manner throughout the universe, the tendency of systems to grow more organised. I am proud to present a wonderfully atmospheric and very “sci-fi” (as my daughter described it) album from Matthew VandenBrook entitled “Extropy” … more ambient than his previous release, the marvellous “Sound Then Silence (waag_rel064)” release just over one year ago,...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric
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by David Gerard
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I’m a huge fan of David Gerard’s music and to have a 15 minute piece from him on weareallghosts is a personal delight. “Ghosts we all are (waag_sng007)” is his personal tribute to waag … he wrote it especially for my wee label and the community we've built around it ... and I will always be indebted to him for that. It is a vibrant piece that has a distinct ebb and flow, a rhythm that is wonderfully immersive and rather hypnotic. I love this piece and hope David will be back with...
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As I type this on Black Friday I am sitting in my house, at a small IKEA desk, listening to a Czech radio show who have featured the music of weareallghosts. It is raining outside, which is no surprise - it is November in the West of Scotland after all, and I am still nursing a concussion I received last week when I fell in the shower and hit my head on the toilet bowl. Taking this time out has really helped me to prioritise my life: I love my family and my friends, I love my job and...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, longform, guitar ambient
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by Cousin Silas
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Owlers Wood is one of my favourite longform ambient electronic pieces from Cousin Silas. It was released on the now sadly defunct netlabel Unsheep and has been unfairly languishing in obscurity until now … both Cousin Silas and I have fond memories of the piece and neither of us wanted to see the piece disappear so the decision was taken to re-release it on weareallghosts. It is an amazing piece, almost 80 minutes in length yet totally engaging. It is delicate and thoughtful, reminiscent (to...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, guitar ambient, longform
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by Cousin Silas
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In a recent blog post, Joseph Mosby of josephmosby.com talked about using music to get “into the zone” … the zone being that point when we have complete concentration, complete focus. In his post - http://josephmosby.com/2015/02/15/the-psychology-of-a-small-playlist-on-repeat.html - he quotes Arkansas psychologist Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis who wrote a book called “On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind” that tangentially delves into this question … how does music on repeat help...
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Scott is a tremendous supporter of weareallghosts, playing our music on his show on stillstream. He is part of the waag familia and I am proud to present two longish ambient drones from him. "The Space Between The Leaves" - is the first in a series of longer-form drones called "The Space Between" ... this is an ongoing project from Scott and I hope to bring you further instalments in the future. "...The Leaves" is a darker, noisier drone that almost overwhelms but...
Topics: longform, ambient, drone
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I have a whole heap of love for the experimental electronic weirdbient music of Robert H Nunnally Jnr aka Gurdonark. It is so different and out there from the rest of weareallghost’s roster. “Constellation Blackbird” continues the musical journey Gurdonark first started with WAAG back in late 2012 with “Open Spaces”. This isn’t easy listening: it has dissonant frequencies, naive sounds and glitchy melodies that may not be instantly accessible. However I, for one, enjoy his...
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Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric, weirdbient
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“Let no two drones be alike must be Scott's motto....at least thus far. Each drone excursion is markedly different from all others.” So says Brian Bourassa in a comment on Bandcamp. I cannot agree more and with the belated 6th instalment in his drone.excursion series, Scott Lawlor proves, if proof be really needed, this point. “Unquiet Spirits Crossing the Rubicon” is a deeply immersive, full-on longform piece; one that paints mind-pictures of wide, desolate spaces interspersed with the...
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by Cousin Silas
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I am a huge fan of Cousin Silas’ dronescape series and get rather excited when I receive a link to the latest edition … I am genuinely surprised that we are now on the thirty-first edition AND the soundscapes presented seem to be getting better and better. The thirty-first dronescape from Cousin Silas has me in space. It is a wet Saturday in Scotland, the 13th February to be exact … I am sitting in my living room looking out to rainy sleet and a greyish sky … and Cousin Silas has me in...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, longform, guitar ambient
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by Cousin Silas
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I genuinely get excited when I get a wee message from Cousin Silas telling me that his latest dronescape is in our shared dropbox folder. I have grown very fond of these longform drones and consider them an utter treat to listen to … and I hope you will enjoy the eighth instalment as much as I do! As before, a MP3 version will be available here on Archive for free with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'Pay What You Want' … which does include free. All we would ask is that if you...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone
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by Kevin Lyons
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waag_rel036 "St Bertrand de Comminges is a decayed town on the spurs of the Pyrenees, not very far from Toulouse, and still nearer to Bagnères-de-Luchon." And so begins "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook" from Dr M. R. James' "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" ... or at least my Penguin Books copy from May 1941 does. I received this copy from Cousin Silas when I stayed at his house at the end of August. This was the weekend that I met Ade Hodges and Kevin Lyons, the weekend...
Topics: dark ambient, ambient
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by William Spivey
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I have a considerable amount of affection for the music of William Spivey - his ambient-infused melodic electronica is an utter delight and I am proud to release "Glimpse (waag_rel051)" on weareallghosts. With "Glimpse (waag_rel051)" Spivey has cooked up a luscious sound-banquet that features a number of flavours that will indulge all your senses and captivate your heart. Whilst I love his purely ambient pieces, I do appreciate it when Spivey adds beats, utilises sequencers...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic
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by Kevin Lyons
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Cousin Silas is my A&R man. He is always recommending new music to me and introducing me to some of the fabulously talent people he calls friends. Kevin Lyons is one such friend. I was bowled over when Kevin sent through the tracks that would later form the basis of "The Lost Room (waag_rel019)" , our 27th release on weareallghosts. The depth of expression contained within the 15 tracks simply stunned me … each track stood on its own merits as its own self-contained piece of...
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by Cousin Silas
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Each track on Twang Eight is an improvisation on guitar recorded live in one-take. No edits or overdubs, just one man and his guitar pushing the boundaries of sound. And I cannot get enough! From the opening track, "Movements Of A Celestial Nature", with its otherworldly choir and oppressive dark ambient air through to the spacious, light-filled "Summer Sunrise" with its sustained guitar, this is an album that both surprises and delights the dedicated listener. I have always...
Topics: ambient, electronic, improvisation, guitar ambient, drone, dark ambient
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"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents... some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age." - HPLovecraft - The Call of Cthulu 'Into The Dark | volume iii (waag_rel055)' - the third and final instalment in...
Topic: ambient, dark, dark ambient,
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by James Hoehl
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It is with great delight that I bring to you "Cosmic Oblivion (waag_rel133)" by James Hoehl and, in doing so, welcome him into the WAAG fold.  James has been a keen supporter of weareallghosts for sometime now and I am over-the-moon with what he has created for his first release with us ... a five-track album of drifting, spacey, ambient drones that collectively speak of the vast ocean of stars that sits just beyond our horizon.  Ironically, James wasn't sure there was an audience...
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by Cousin Silas
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A new year and a new Dronescape, Cousin Silas’ twenty-third to be exact … if you discount the mini-dronescape on “the sound of Silas”. When Cousin Silas sent the .wav file through he described his latest endeavour as rather dark … “’tis a bit dark, m’ lad” was his exact phrase. I have come to expect that when my favourite Cousin says “dark” he means wonderfully atmospheric, haunting soundscapes that thrill and engage me, the listener. Dronescape 023 is no exception. This...
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I've know Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn for a wee while now. I'm a big fan of his album "Everest" recorded under his other moniker The Northern Hemisphere … and was deeply intrigued when he approached me to release his first ambient-orientated album via weareallghosts. I was intrigued on a number of points: what would his ambient work sound like? will it fit with weareallghosts? why waag rather than self-publishing? could he wait for my schedule? All these questions were answered...
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by Ade Hodges & Cousin Silas
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"Space Time Mantra (waag_rel042)" is a wonderful series of darker ambient soundscapes from Ade Hodges and Cousin Silas ... a collaborative collection of sci-fi music that could easily act as the soundtrack to our favourite stories by the likes of Lovecraft and Ballard. Both expansive & dystopian, these sounds present the future of our dreams as being more akin to the stuff of our nightmares ... they give the listener an all too brief insight into the eerie unsettling liminal state...
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by Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas' music is a familiar constant in my life. His albums hold a place in my heart along with my favourite books and films; and yet I still get excited when I receive an album from him, eagerly awaiting what new direction he has taken or sound he has returned to. Cousin Silas (waag_rel106) is a fabulous return to the ambient soundscapes of his early weareallghosts releases ... there is something of "The Path Between The Trees (waag_rel001)" in this self-titled release ... a...
Topics: ambient, electronic, guitar ambient
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by Cousin Silas & Kevin Buckland
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Of all the music Cousin Silas has released, especially on weareallghosts, I am fondest of his longform pieces. I find his Dronescapes especially fascinating because they have a versatility about them: I listen to them at work when I need to find my flow and block out a busy, open-plan office; I listen to them on the train when I want to dig into a book and block out a busy carriage; I listen to them when I need to rest and block out the busyness of my home and/or my brain; They work for me on a...
Topics: ambient, guitar ambient, meditative
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by Cousin Silas
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Earlier in the year, August to be exact, I had the privilege of spending a few days in Fife, Scotland; As we drove to our digs in a farmhouse near Glenrothes, we decided to stop off in the beautiful village of Culross for a picnic lunch.  The rain that day did not stop but that didn't deter us from exploring the village. We wandered around the cobbled streets and spent some time in the Palace's Gardens, which were kindly opened by the National Trust for Scotland, the custodians of said...
Topics: ambient, longform, longform ambient, drone
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by Red Pools
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Corrugate is two tracks of roughly the same ilk that I produced in the first half of 2014. Thanks to Thomas Mathie, Wolfgang Merx, Dario Lozano-Thornton, Phil Begg, Grace Smith, Nichola Stafford, Michael Bridgewater, Adam Denton, Mark Hadman, Crow Versus Crow, Stephen Ferrell, Roo Carpenter, Michael Hann, the twitter community, WAAG and others for all sorts of reasons. Special thanks to Thomas for agreeing to float this boat, and for, as always, making this thing possible. This will probably...
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by Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons
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"The Time Dwellers" is the fourth album from Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons, an album of considerable beauty, one that further cements their creative partnership. This is music for the imagination, music that will inspire uniquely personal connections in each individual. Silas & Lyons’ pairing particular form of experimental ambient music is tailor-made for listeners who love nothing more than to be fully immersed in otherworldly, expansive aural environments; and it just seems...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic
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by Scott Lawlor
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Scott Lawlor continues on his journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes with the third in his drone.excursion series. drone.excursion.003 (waag_dex003) aka 'uncertainty of suspense' is a fluid piece ... one that has a sense of movement while retaining an impression of artifice and of the man-made, like it's predecessor. drone.excursion.003 (waag_dex003) is another delightful longform drone from Scott and I really do hope you will enjoy it as much as I have ... I found it a worthwhile journey...
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"I suppose I shall have to translate this," said the antiquary to himself, as he finished copying the above lines from that rather rare and exceedingly diffuse book, the Sertum Steinfeldense Norbertinum."Well, it may as well be done first as last," and accordingly the following rendering was very quickly produced … - “The Treasure of Abbott Thomas” by Dr M.R.James Nothing beats a good ghost story at this time of the year … and nothing beats a ghost story from Dr...
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What better way to start 2022 than with "Music For The Dark Days" ... an EP from the collaborative partnership of electronic musicians EISENLAGER and Sergio Mariani aka EISENLAGER MARIANI. "Music For The Dark Days" features four exceptionally beautiful ambient electronic tracks that expertly convey the dark days of winter ... the cold, biting wind and incessant, uncomfortable darkness ... the beating of your heart as move slowly, struggling with deep snow ... that sound of...
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I recently renewed my Audible subscription and have been intently listening to the audiobook I downloaded from the HP Lovecraft Historical Society's anthology, it boasts of being the complete works of HP Lovecraft and it is a most wonderful listen. The HPLHS have invested a considerable amount of time and effort to really make the stories shine, if shine be the right term for such sinister and otherworldly eldritch tales. If I were to read these weird tales rather than listen to them then I...
Topics: ambient, dark, dark ambient, experimental, weird
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Into The Dark | volume ii (waag_rel045)' is the second in a trilogy of dark, atmospheric, and rather sinister sounding ambient albums from my dear friend and everyone's favourite hoarder of electric guitars, Cousin Silas. In keeping with the first volume (waag_rel038), this is an album where Cousin Silas goes back to his darker ambient roots. It continues down the deliciously dark and deeply atmospheric rabbit-hole that waag_rel038 started down ... back before Christmas. Six tracks of longish...
Topic: ambient, dark, dark ambient,
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by Matthew VandenBrook
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I am deeply honoured to present "Without Sin" from Detroit based musician Matthew VandenBrook and am proud to welcome him to the weareallghosts community. "Without Sin" is a fitting piece to be released on Good Friday, 2014 ... and while each listener will make of it what they will ... I, for one, have received remarkable inspiration from this piece as I have walked my own, personal Lenten journey. It is a dark, brooding piece of longform ambient music that threatens to...
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we are all ghosts
by Colin Blake
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A while back Colin Blake had an idea: to create 30 minute slices of sci-fi ambient, slices that could easily fit on the side of a C60 cassette tape. Since the release of “Cones” I was sold on the idea and I have looked for more. Faith (waag_rel072) is the first in a three-part series that follows Colin’s original C60 idea. Faith is presented as two “sides”: part 1 and part 2, both run near to 30 minutes each and feature some delightfully mysterious ambient music. Over the next few...
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we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas
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The Advent period is a very busy time for me and sometimes it feels like the run-up to Christmas is too much. When it gets to that point I take solace in the music of Cousin Silas and, in particular, his dronescapes. The fourteenth dronescape (yes, we have released fourteen dronescapes in 2013!) is a welcome addition to his canon ... a body of work that just seems get better as time passes. I won't say anymore other than to implore you to take the time out to go deep. I know I will. An MP3...
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we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas
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It is always good to try something new and "dronescape 001 (waag_drs001)" is very much 'a new thing' for two reasons: First off, it is Cousin Silas' first real attempt at a really longform ambient drone ... and Secondly, it marks the beginning of a new series for weareallghosts - the 'dronescape' series that is specifically designed for longform ambient drones of, or around, the 60 minute mark. I love longform drones and I know you do too from your warm reception of the work of...
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by Cousin Silas
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Sometimes life just doesn’t go to plan: People you hold in high regard let you down, risks you take don’t pay off and end up costing you dear, and that great idea that you had turns out to be anything but; you know what I mean. When life gets like that I try to retreat, refocus, and restart; and I greatly appreciate music that helps me do that. The twenty-eighth dronescape from Cousin Silas is one such piece of music and, to be honest, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Its rich,...
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by Cousin Silas
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George Carlin once said ... "Have you ever started a path? No one seems willing to do this. We don't mind using existing paths, but we rarely start new ones. Do it today. Start a path. Even if it doesn't lead anywhere." This saying resonates with me for a number of reasons, too many in fact for here & now. What I will say, however, is how much I respect Cousin Silas' Dronescape project and how, in creating his own path, he’s created something that a lot of people have gained...
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— Transcendental / adjective / “a transcendental experience, event, object, or idea is extremely special and unusual and cannot be understood in ordinary ways.” — Mechanics / noun / “the study of the effect of physical forces on objects and their movement.” — “Transcendental Mechanics (waag_rel070)” by Brother Saturn is a remarkable EP, one that takes forward the sound he established whilst wandering the galaxy. It features four tracks that vary in length from just over 4...
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by Cousin Silas
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The fourth TWANG continues Cousin Silas' series of atmospheric ambient and experimental soundscapes that were each recorded in a single take with no overdubs or edits. Featuring 13 tracks from the original release and 2 further "bonus" tracks for this release, Twang Four is another fine continuation of and addition to the Twang series. From the opening track - "Inside The Pink Vortex" - through to the final track - "The Bells On Satellite 7" - this is a wonderful...
Topics: ambient, atmospheric, dark ambient, spooky, improvised
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by Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas' dronescapes have really grown from strength to strength ... developing into something of 'must have' recording for me. I tend to listen to at least one a day and love the headspace they give me. I know I am not alone ... and really appreciate all the comments I receive when one is released. I also value the support that some in the WAAG community provided and do not take it for granted. So this weekend we are going to put out not one ... but TWO dronescapes - 011 and 012. I...
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by Mystified
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I love long form drones. I have expressed this love previously when discussing "Stigma (waag_rel006)" by Earlyguard ( weareallghosts.bandcamp.com/album/stigma-waag-rel006 ). Longform drones give me space to think and to be within. I know this may sound a bit weird to some folk but it is my experience … longform drones are a very pleasant distraction from the hustle and bustle of daily life … they provide the opportunity to be immersed in sound for an extended period of time …...
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we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas and Friends
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The third volume of collaborations between Cousin Silas and his Friends - Silas & Friends vol.3 (waag_rel050) - is our 50th album release and 82nd release overall on weareallghosts. It features 26 collaborations with 23 creative musicians and demonstrates the broad nature of ambient music. Each combination is different ... each interaction releases some special magic, a synergy of effort, that brings out the best in both musicians and produces some truly exceptional music. As a...
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I have a black-and-blue mark on my arm … its been there for a long while and won't be disappearing any time soon. Its there as a result of my need to pinch myself each and every time I listen to the music on weareallghosts. I need to pinch myself to ensure I am not dreaming … that this wee netlabel isn't in fact some ridiculous fantasy of the calibre of an episode of Dallas. The music I have had the privilege to release is truly exceptional and some of my favourite music from the last year...
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A few months back, Wolfgang Gsell, ambient artist extraordinare and radio show host ( www.modul303.com ), posted a call for music for his upcoming themed shows. At first, I planned to just do a series of pieces for the shows. Then, I realized that this was a wonderful opportunity to kick-start some collaborations so I created a set of base tracks reflecting the themes listed by Wolfgang: Winter, Holy and Silent, Memories, Weightless, and Mountains. Some wonderful ambient composers agreed to...
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we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas
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This is Cousin Silas' 200th release. Not with weareallghosts, although we do have a good share of those 3 digits, but in total. 200 releases. 200 pieces of music brought into this world for folks like you and me to enjoy. I am both astounded by this and grateful that "Unlimited Boundaries (waag_rel114)" found a home with waag. "Unlimited Boundaries (waag_rel114)" is a wonderfully peaceful, 60 minute long, electronic piece in the Berlin School style of Virgin Records-era...
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by Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas’ thirty-second dronescape is dedicated to the memory of Dame Zaha Hadid, the exceptional British architect who died recently. According to Wikipedia, Hadid liberated architectural geometry with the creation of highly expressive, sweeping fluid forms of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry that evoke the chaos and flux of modern life. I marvel at Hadid’s creations, especially the Riverside Museum in Glasgow (pictured on the album cover) … she was a true...
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we are all ghosts
by Jack Hertz
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Jack Hertz is a netlabel hero. His music, particularly for Free Floating, is first class and exemplary of the ambient genre. I was honoured when he approached me with a forerunner to what you have here. I was blown away by the music he offered me and, to be honest, still am. wearenotghosts, as a netlabel, is all about the music and not about personalities. That said, it has some truly wonderful personalities within its ranks who make my life so much richer. I am delighted to add Hertz to this...
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we are all ghosts
by Matthew VandenBrook
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“Sound then Silence (waag_rel064)” from Matthew VandenBrook is a wonderfully inventive album that brings a new dimension of sound to weareallghosts, something uniquely expressive and engaging. “Sound then Silence (waag_rel064)” explores more electronic and IDM-related genres, and does so in a manner that doesn’t negate VandenBrook’s ambient, drone-influenced, origins. In fact, tracks 6, 7 and 9 - “Reincarnation”, “Metempsychosis” and the title track “Sound then Silence”...
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"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'" (John 1:29) The fourth candle, the "Christ Candle" needs no explanation. Saviour of the world: Salvator Mundi. - Simon And with that I wish Simon … and everyone who supports weareallghosts in any way whatsoever a very Merry Christmas. - Thomas
Topic: ambient, longform, drone, electronic, Advent
we are all ghosts
by Scott Lawlor
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Times escape was originally recorded between 1996 and 1997 when I lived in the Akron Area of Ohio after years of gigging around playing in coffee houses and being a member of the Very Special Arts group. My inspirations for the cd range from Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream but especially the sleep concerts of Robert Rich. I had received one such concert on cassette tape from a friend in the mail and after listening to it while I slept at night, I wanted to try my hand at composing space music. I...
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by Microvolt
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“Moirai (waag_rel058)” is the first release on weareallghosts from experimental electronic musician, Paul Randall aka Microvolt. It is a wonderful collection of delicate soundscapes with an intricacy that has captivated me since I first got to hear them a good few months ago. Paul Randall presents something beautiful with “Moirai (waag_rel058)”, something that fits nicely with the emerging waag ‘sound’ and yet broadens it too. This is my kind of experimental ambient: captivating and...
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I have a lot of love for Scott Lawlor's music and was delighted to be approached by him to release his 'drone.excursion' series of longform drones. Inspired by the work of Cousin Silas, Lawlor is going on his own journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes ... and I am proud to support him in this endeavour. drone.excursion.001 (waag_dex001) aka 'the choral drone' is an intense vocal-orientated piece that reminds me of György Ligeti's "Atmospheres", a piece that is famous for being...
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by Stephen Briggs
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I love Stephen Briggs' particular brand of looping ambient guitar-orientated soundscapes and I am proud to present his latest release - "New Beginnings (waag_rel037)". According to Stephen, this is an album that explores themes of newness ... the newness of planted grass seed ... and of space ... the freedom of open space. Inspired by hot evenings and watching the water spraying on freshly pruned trees, "New Beginnings (waag_rel037)" is a delight from start to finish ......
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we are all ghosts
by Red Pools
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Three tracks of caustic city-driven technoustica, built from the minutia of old session recordings, hauntological cassette tapes of unknown origin, recombinant soundscapes, extracted percussion, and the processed ghosts of sound objects inhabiting the spaces I come into contact with. Source material recorded, tracks composed and performed to create this record July 2013-Feb 2014. My sincere thanks to: Impossibility Knox (Gwilly Edmondez, Dario Lozano-Thornton, Elaine Cheng, Esme Baker, Meena...
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we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas
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I was recently asked what I get out of running a wee netlabel ... I replied almost immediately: I help bring beauty to this world. I'm not a musician. I wish I was but I am not. Neither am I an artist in the pen-and-paper / paint-and-canvas kind of way. Again, I wish I was but I am not. Whilst I am kind of handy with a camera and have a thing for arranging typefaces on images, the way I bring beauty to this world is to help musicians like Cousin Silas get their sounds out there. I don't believe...
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by Kevin Lyons
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As I write these liner notes, I reflect on the weekend that I have just had ... a weekend of music ... a weekend of cementing social media friendships with physical bonds ... a weekend where I got to meet in the flesh for the first time, so to speak, three chaps that I greatly admire: the musician - Dave Hughes aka Cousin Silas; the painter - Ade Hodges; and the focus of these notes - musician Kevin Lyons. Believe it or not but Dave and Kevin are the only musicians on weareallghosts that I have...
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