21 February 2010

Oceans and Flutes

Hey all, I've got a couple of cool things for you to check out today. I've recently been very into electronic music, specifically trance and ambient electronica.  Because of that, I have some great new music for everyone!

 First up is a trance group called OceanLab. They hail from London and are made up of the three members of trance outfit Above and Beyond and vocalist Justine Suissa.  They've had a couple hits and their songs have been remixed by artists like Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren and Kyau & Albert, and their sound is really smooth.  Suissa's voice is ethereal, with an Enya-like quality.   I listen to OceanLab for just about everything from working out to chilling out.  They have a strong quarter kick in most of their songs, but the breakdowns are free form and the vocals are great.

Also, I am currently working on a research project for a group here at CMU, called The Collective for Music Research and Cultural Study (aka the CMRCS).  I decided to delve into the history of the Native American flute.  They come in all shapes, sizes and pitches, but they all share a common construction, that of a two-chambered fipple flute.  I actually own two, made by Odell Borg of High Spirits Flutes.  I also find the music of the flutes to be absolutely captivating.  I'll be posting snatches of my research on the blog from time to time, and I'll be giving a small presentation sometime in April I believe.

That's all for today! Keep an eye out for research posts, and a new Oblivion adventure this week!

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