The closure of HAARP – the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) – has been reported by the (US) National Association for Amateur Radio (see this interesting report) and other sources. HAARP was the source of speculation, not least from conspiracy theorists, for its experiments with the ionosphere. It was often erroneously associated with the research of Nikolai Tesla.
Carya Amara’s retrospective of music from 1980 – 1991, Tales of the Unattractive, is now a free download via Bandcamp.
Synthesiser melodies, lo-fi experiments with record players and warped organ drones set the course for Carya Amara’s rejection of musical categories, and paved the way for the music in the companion volume, Extinction Frequency.
Featuring material recorded between 1992 and 1996, Extinction Frequency displays a progression from the more rhythmic material on the companion CD of earlier experiments, Tales of the Unattractive.
“maintains a ruthless and driving energy – as well as a sparkling clarity of sound” – Stone Gnome
“It has an easy, pop-culture humour with a tendency to taking a left-turn into the darker reaches” – The Violet Apple
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Carya Amara’s 2001 release Vestigial Digital is now a free download via Bandcamp. It is still also available on CD.
The music on Vestigial Digital was made using software to transform natural and unnatural sounds. No conventional synthesisers (hardware or software) were used.
“as atmospheric as hell… pioneering stuff indeed” – Modern Dance magazine
“a secret harmony, a reckless boldness and unconcern for established order” –Erebus magazine.
While you wait for something new from Carya Amara, have a listen to the latest albums by related project Abominations of Yondo, a collaboration between Kevin (of Carya Amara) and Cousin Silas.
As explained at shaunblezard.net:-
“Cumbria Remixed was an exciting sound project using digital technologies to investigate and remix the soundscape of Cumbria. It created a lively dialogue between old and new, young and old through field recordings of Cumbrian environments, and local people’s tales, tunes, stories and songs”.
As previously mentioned, Carya Amara’s contribution, The Sound Around Me, was a remix of some sentence fragments uttered by Cumbrian musician and organiser of the project, Shaun Blezard. This track and 21 others have now been collected into a release which you can download for free from the Internet Archive.
On the 2nd of this month Vox Novus staged 60×60 Dance in St Louis, Missouri, USA. Thanks to them for including ‘Breakthrough’ by Carya Amara and to choreographer Rachel Brady.
More about the event can be found at the Vox Novus site.