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R.J. Stefanski - Live pictures from “You’re Going to Hell with Chad and Udon” at North End Studios in Detroit, MI. Thanks so much to Mark Cook for taking these shots, everyone should check out his tumblr with more of his photography: Mark Cook
If you are interested in booking an experimental/ambient DJ for an upcoming Halloween or otherwise psychedelic party, please do not hesitate to message me.
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My newest soundscape project:
R.J. Stefanski - “The Haunting of Prospect Street” (pts I-III so far): is a series of sound loops that will total 2 hours of music designed for Halloween. Click on the cover image above to be directed to the set on soundcloud which so far consists of the first 3 loops/55 minutes of the spooky soundtrack, mixing experimental music with actual dialogue from horror movies. Any musical artist that provides a psychedelic and dark mood was considered, so everything from metal (Tool and Deafheaven), classic rock (Pink Floyd), ambient (Eno), and indie (Animal Collective, Black Dice) made the final cut.
To any followers in the Detroit/Michigan area: my next upcoming show will be on Oct. 12th at the new North End Studios location on Loraine St. in Detroit. I will be playing the opening and closing sets of “You’re Going to Hell” an anti-Halloween themed variety show featuring everything from improv comedy to fire performances and live music acts ranging from hip-hop to psych rock to ambient soundscapes. It’s sure to be one of the more low-key, fun, and affordable Halloween parties around. Tell us you’re coming on the Facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/events/734635516554050/736854166332185/?ref=notif¬if_t=plan_mall_activity
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Only the most eerie and psychedelic sounds and artists made the cut for “The Haunting of Prospect Street”. Perhaps my most diverse presentation of artists, ranging from Pink Floyd to Tool to Sigur Ros, are layered with sound effects to create a uniquely haunting 20 minute collage. This is only the first of several pieces planned to culminate in my full 2 hour DJ set for this years trick or treaters.
Tracklisting as follows:
Found Sounds intro by R.J. Stefanski (featuring “Relaxing Rain and Loud Thunder pt. II”) / Stars of the Lid “The Better Angels of Our Nation” / Matmos “Last Delicious Cigarette” / Aphex Twin “White Stripe” / Boards of Canada “Collapse” / The Knife “A Cherry on Top” / Gang Gang Dance “Eye Contact interlude #1" / Tool "Ions" / Sigur Ros "Oogun" / Aphex Twin "Grey Stripe" / The Mars Volta "Cygnus Vismund Cygnus" / PInk Floyd "Sysyphus, Pt. 4" / Deafheaven "Window" / The KLF "The Lights of Baton Rouge" / Tool "Message to Harry Manback" / Black Dice "Skeleton" / Sigur Ros "Verold Ny Og Oo" / Boards of Canada "Transmissiones Ferox" / Outro feat. Stars of the Lid "The Better Angels.." & Matmos "Last Delicious.." & R.J. Stefanski "untiled piano piece" //
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Commissioned for an upcoming series of experimental mixes, “Drive Away…” represents the newest chapter in my ongoing merging of ambient and non ambient sounds, challenging the notions of what qualifies as “sleep music”. Mixed in with the classic tones of Aphex Twin, Biosphere, and Boards of Canada are a newer crop of artists like Balam Acab, Arms and Sleepers, and a few of my own tracks. This mix also marks the first time I recorded another musician, adding in original viola parts by August Hodge. Also added throughout the mix are bits of dialogue from 2001 A Space Odyssey. The link above takes you to soundcloud where you can stream the opening 23 mins of the project until the series posts the full length version.
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The last week or so has featured a lot of powerful storms in the Detroit, MI area. Luckily I was able to capture some high quality audio from one of those thunderstorms, and edited it down into the best 9 minutes. If you click on the link below it will take you to my soundcloud where you can stream and download the clip in 320 kbps MP3.
enjoy and pass along to your friends.
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After debuting on soundcloud for a few days, here is the download link for my new two-part single “The Retired Cosmonaut”. Each track runs for about 9 minutes and incorporates several Spring themed found sounds (birds chirping in my parents backyard), with original instrumentation and samples taken from AM radio broadcasts. The Mediafire link includes both tracks in high quality lossless WAV format, with the album art attached, just click through the title right below!
Pass along and enjoy. All sounds and found sounds by RJ Stefanski, 2013.
Now Available to stream here on Soundcloud:
A new release from RJ Stefanski, two lengthy journeys totaling nearly 20 minutes of found sounds edited into dark ambient soundscapes influenced by acts like Stars of the Lid and Gas. Side A features a new original piano piece, bird sounds, and my nephew’s voice as heard over a one year period. Side B ditches the keyboards for pure sound, and a small glitch of a sample taken from arabic-spoken AM radio.
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An extremely soothing 42 minutes of some of the most important artists in the ambient genre, mixed together with field recordings and designed to help my (then) newborn nephew Cameron fall asleep. This is available for streaming on soundcloud (link in my last blog entry below), however I also wanted to make this something you can download and take wherever you go. So below you have two different download options, one is in 320 rate MP3, the other is in the lossless WAV format, and is gigantic. Even the Mp3 version is still in much better quality than the original file from 2 years ago, so either is an upgrade.
Enjoy, happy sleeping!
Featuring: Biosphere, Sigur Ros, Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Radiohead, Markus Guentner, The Sight Below, Gas, Stars of the Lid, Marconi Union, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Four Tet, Boards of Canada.
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(click on title above to be directed to soundcloud)
My second mix, which originally was released over 2 years ago, is now streaming in a remastered and revised form. Fans of the original will hear a more smoothed out, slightly louder project. I also added two artists who were not on the first: Stars of the Lid, and Marconi Union. All of the details including the full tracklisting, is available by clicking through the link above. Enjoy.
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Click on the cover image above to be directed to soundcloud to stream my debut full-length album. Any fans of my mixtapes or my field recordings should find something to enjoy within the 12 tracks and 64 minutes of everything from IDM/ambient techno, to pure new age soundscapes, to indie folk pop. Each track has been designed to flow seamlessly into the next, creating a uniquely immersive listening experience. I would think my album would appeal to fans of my biggest influences, experimental acts like Animal Collective, Stars of the Lid, Gas, Boards of Canada, Pink Floyd or Tool.
Hope you enjoy, please pass along.
Another project while I finalize my debut album, “In the Fog / / Outside the Night” is perhaps my darkest mix yet, 45 minutes that blur the distinction between dancefloor friendly and spaced out, psychedelic headphone listening. A brief drone intro from Tim Hecker & Actress sets the listener into a thick fog, slowly relenting as the oddly metered beats of Efdemin and Villalobos take hold. Field recordings appear and disappear, but the grimy 6 a.m. vibe is constant as the pulse changes from frantic (Happa rmx Four Tet) to subdued (Silent Servant).
image editing for cover art above by myself, download link in title below:
// Intro: Tim Hecker “In The Fog II” & Actress “N.E.W” / Efdemin “Time” / Ricardo Villalobos “I’m Counting” / Lawrence “Coltsfoot” / Oneohtrix Point Never “Where Does Time Go?” / Vessel “Vizar” & “Plane Curves” / Vladislav Delay “Osottova” / Burial “Ashtray Wasp” / Four Tet “Jupiters” (Happa Rmx) / Terranova “Take My Hand “ (TORB Mix) / Von Haze “Outside the Night” (Blondes Mix) / Pantha du Prince “Welt am Draht” (Moritz Von Oswald version) / Bjork “Dark Matter” (Alva Noto remodel) / Silent Servant “Moral Divide” & “Process” / Outro: Tim Hecker “Harmony in Blue III” & Actress “N.E.W.” //
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Another new, brief project: “Winter Weather Advisory” is a continuous 39 minute journey into a frostbitten landscape of ambient clouds, stately swells of piano and strings, and of course, theme-specific field recordings. The mix is bookended with found sound of boots crunching on snow and was somewhat intended as a soundtrack for a night time walk into a blizzard. Tracks were chosen that fit this cinematic, somewhat gloomy atmosphere: with titles like ‘Fluffy Tufts” and “Then It’s White”, and artists with names such as “Voices from the Lake”, everything complimenting the tundra vibe.
Photo above taken by me of Belle Isle, Detroit. High quality download link in title below:
The tracklisting is as follows:
Foundsound intro / Voices from the Lake “Circe” / Pole ‘Karussel” / Yagya “Snowflake 5” / Mohn “Einrauschen” / Sigur Ros “Von” / Cocteau Twins “Fluffy Tufts” / The Field “Then It’s White” / Sigur Ros “Med Sud…” & “Straumnes” / Biosphere “Shika” (The Sight Below Rmx) / Markus Guentner “Express Yourself” / Voices from the Lake “Mika” / Yagya ‘Snowflake 6” / Voices from the Lake “Circe” / Foundsound outro
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A briefer mix while I finish my debut album, “Buried Reefs” is the latest chapter in my ongoing obsession with ambient and drone music. Taking cues from the Boards of Canada school of warped VHS psychedelia, “Buried Reefs” offers a meditative retreat from the chaos of the holidays, layering twinkling synths and drones over brief field recordings and actual narration from vintage nature doc shorts. I would highly recommend this as part of a playlist with some of my previous ambient/downbeat mixes, perhaps as a buffer between “Mini Anthology of Ambient” and “Set the Controls for the…”
Artwork above created by me, high quality link in title below:
Intro: Blondes “Amber” (Variation in Cm by Rene Hell) + Bibio “Moistened and Dried” / Deon “#05” / Emeralds “Summerdata” / Lone “Koran Angel” + Boards of Canada “a is to b..” + Bibio “The Clothesline and the Silver Birch” / Jurgen Muller “Sea Bed Meditation” / Atlas Sound “Christmas Synths” / Lone “Buried Coral Banks” / Keith Fullerton Whitman “ACGTR SVP” / Gas “Pop 1” / Stars of the Lid “The Atomium: Part Two” / Oneohtrix Point Never “Stress Waves” / Casino Versus Japan “Blue Vacation Part 5” / Outro: Brian Eno “Lux 2” + Blondes “Amber” (Variation in Cm by Rene Hell) + Bibio “Everglad Everglade” /
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While I finish up my debut album, I am going to be putting up some smaller scale projects that I have been working on in the interim. Click on the title below to be directed to my soundcloud page where you can listen to this mix now in high quality mp3.
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