Winter Solstice has long been inspiration for some of the most amazing music; certain (ahem.) commercial labels have made entire series and millions of dollars on it.
Here at Stillstream, we're fortunate enough to have a pantheon of musicians who are grandly inspired by the season to create some of the most stunning ambient music available, and make it available via Creative Commons. Windham who?
Today's program will feature a brand new release from Altus, called Orion--part of his seasonally inspired Sidereal Cycles series. In addition we'll hear from usr/sbin--who these days knows from snow, having just moved to Alaska! Lots of other great sounds as well, so please come join us for Winter Solstice.
1. Fellirium - "Snowfall" - The Long Winter - 2008 (6:29)
Fellirium is the project of Andrey Vasilyev, a music composer and sound producer from Moscow, Russian Federation. Although he has stopped producing under this moniker, the project comprises some really great works in the field of experimental, ambient and other forms.
For more music, information and news, visit: fellirium.com
2. Altus - "Orion" - The Sidereal Cycle 3 - 2012 (55:28)
Brand new this week, Altus (aka Mike Carss) has released part three of his series, The Sidereal Cycle, on Free Floating Records. Altus is without doubt one of the masters of the ambient genre, and very generously releases very nearly all of his work under Creative Commons.
Brad Ross McLeod, the brains behind the Free Floating Music netlabel, has this to say about the latest from Altus:
"...there is something about winter that brings out the best in Mike’s compositional and performance abilities...
"This release ranks among his best and I think is probably his greatest long-form work. It is probably, as he mentioned to me, his most ‘ambient’ work in that it is more minimal than some of his orchestrally inspired pieces. I think it’s true. There is such a beautiful and delicate simplicity that he captures here.
"It is a gorgeous wintery landscape that he has captured in sound for all of us to enjoy."
The Sidereal Cycle is a four-part suite of long-form ambient works created by Altus to reflect the earth’s annual cycles as we make our way around the sun each year.
Each release is set to coincide with the Solstices and Equinoxes, beginning with the summer solstice of 2012. The title of each track pays homage to dominant constellations in the northern sky during each of the seasons.
You can find more of Altus' music at http://altusmusic.ca
Winter Solstice, Camelot Station
by John M. Ford
Camelot is served
By a sixteen-track stub terminal done in High Gothick Style,
The tracks covered by a single great barrel-vaulted glass roof framed upon iron,
At once looking back to the Romans and ahead to the Brunels.
Beneath its rotunda, just to the left of the ticket windows,
Is a mosaic floor depicting the Round Table
(Where all knights, regardless of their station of origin
Or class of accommodation, are equal),
And around it murals of knightly deeds in action
(Slaying dragons, righting wrongs, rescuing maidens tied to the tracks).
It is the only terminal, other than Gare d'Avalon in Paris,
To be hung with original tapestries,
And its lavatories rival those at the Great Gate of Kiev Central.
During a peak season such as this, some eighty trains a day pass through,
Five times the frequency at the old Londinium Terminus,
Ten times the number the Druid towermen knew.
(The Official Court Christmas Card this year displays
A crisp black-and-white Charles Clegg photograph from the King's own collection.
Showing a woad-blued hogger at the throttle of "Old XCVII,"
The Fast Mail overnight to Eboracum. Those were the days.)
The first of a line of wagons have arrived,
Spilling footmen and pages in Court livery,
And old thick Kay, stepping down from his Range Rover,
Tricked out in a bush coat from Swaine, Adeney, Brigg,