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After months of editing and preparation: Last Glowing Embers, the new musical project from R.J. Stefanski is here. Unlike recent mixes and original works, this will only be available right here on tumblr as a free mediafire zip file before streaming on sites like soundcloud. Included in the file is a large WAV file of the audio project, high quality artwork from behind the scenes, and a text document with full tracklisting and info. Outside of this free download I am going to keep the info on the project limited, instead wanting people to have to dive in with no previous notions or a tracklisting, waveform, etc.. to give you clues. I will say that even though I worked hard for this to sound completely different from my older works, it should appeal to fans of my previous ambient soundscapes or field recordings, picking up where a mix like “Mini Anthology of Ambient” left off. Click on the title below to be directed to mediafire for your free download. Look forward to hearing your feedback, always interested to see where or how you listen!
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After debuting on soundcloud and bandcamp in limited forms throughout 2013, my full-length album “Hamtramck, Lately” is now available as a free, high-quality WAV download. This download compiles the original 60+ minute album with two bonus, unreleased tracks, as well as original photos and artwork related to the release(click on line below to be directed to mediafire for free download):
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01. On the Riverfront (intro)
02. Belle Isle Beat
03. Stone Pool
04. 4th St. Dog Park
05. People Mover
06. Relaxing Rain and Loud Thunder (album version)
07. Hamtramck Lately
08. Summer Crickets and Cicadas
09. Drowning Butterflies
10. What a Ghastly Thought
11. Houghton Lake Summers
12. one last transmission from deep space
13. Peach Festival From a Distance (bonus)
14. Cedar Pt. Track (bonus)
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.
Also available for the first time are field recordings “Peach Festival from a Distance” (a soundscape composed of recordings during Romeo, MI’s annual parade and carnival), and “Cedar Pt.” (a 9+ min. recording made on the shores of Lake Erie with roller coasters nearby.
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Available for the first time as a free download, “Rain Trilogy” collects all of my previously released field recordings in one soothing 20 minute package. Each track is not just a single recording played as it happened, but actually a collage of several different recordings layered on top of each other for a fuller sound. All three were also recorded in different locations and seasons, each having a distinctive vibe (“Relaxing Rain…” closes with a repeating keyboard line for a dark-tinted new age mood, while “Torrential Downpour…” allows the most human edge with passing cars fading in near the end). All found sounds were taped by myself in 2013 on a Tascam DR-03 linear PCM recorder into 44.1 Khz/WAV files that were then edited in Magix Music Maker 16. Headphones highly recommended, enjoy! Click on title directly below to be directed to Mediafire for free download:
Relaxing Rain and Loud Thunder
Amazing Thunderstorms over Detroit
Torrential Downpour in the City
+ album cover artwork for each track.
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I’ve been slowly transferring the releases of my new music from here to soundcloud, and want to make sure everyone is able to get all pertinent updates on new tracks/mixes/field recordings. So, if you have a soundcloud account but are not yet following me there, now is the perfect time to do so!
Click here to be directed to follow me on soundcloud: RJsFOUNDSOUNDS
It’s currently the only place to stream my new psychedelic single (“Tidally Locked”), and soon will host new live soundscapes and original recordings. Please share will any friends / fellow bloggers who enjoy new, weird music.
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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.
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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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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.
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In the not so distant future: You are aboard a state-of-the-art space vessel hurtling off into the unknown realms of the universe. The only member of your crew still alive, you are haunted by voices which seem to echo from every dark corner of the craft. More troubling than those, the ship is under constant bombardment from fragments of sonic and audio data being beamed out into space from other ships and planets, remnants of old radio broadcasts perhaps, constantly unfolding into one another so that each small part melds into an ever changing orb of found sound. Suddenly you seem to have found a glimmer of hope in the far reaches of your telescope, the Sun. Its a race against time to try and reach the nearest civilization before the voices, real or imagined, drive you to insanity. So, light your last candles as you preserve vital power resources, dawn your best headphones, and let the speed-of-light voyage wash over you in a thick, psychedelic haze. (Hopefully the Sun’s image is not yet another one of the universe’s many mirages, looping you into a black hole which will bring you right back to where you began). [Download link in title below, enjoy!]
(intro)Blondes “Moondance” (OPN Sundial Mix) / Boards of Canada “Smokes Quanity” / Pink Floyd “Set the Controls…” / The Present “Space Meadow” / Emeralds “Science Center” / Stars of the Lid “Music for Twin Peaks…” / Animal Collective “What Would I Want? Sky” / Boards of Canada “In a Beautiful Place…” / Mouse on Mars “Chromantic” / Biosphere “Hyperborea” / Gas “Pop #3” / White Rainbow “Major Spillage” / Studio “Life’s a Beach!” / Burial “Ghost Hardware” / Panda Bear “I’m Not” / Aphex Twin “Lichen” / The Orb “Earth (Gaia)” / Boredoms “Newsun #5” / Gang Gang Dance “Dust” / Casino Versus Japan “We Are You” / The Sight Below “Spelentique” / Biosphere “The Things I Tell You” / Telefon Tel Aviv “I Made a Tree on the Wold” / Gas “Zauberberg #7” / City Center “Cloud Center” / (fade return to intro)/