Convocation is the work of ambient composer Matt Borghi (www.mattborghi.com) and saxophonist, Michael Teager (www.michaelteager.com). Recorded as a series of improvisational structures in spring of 2012, this is the first recording that Borghi and Teager have done together after a half-decade of working together.

With Convocation, Borghi brings in spacious guitar textures to create a harmonic fabric for Teager to lay out his saxophone playing with subtlety and nuance. With a background in classical and jazz saxophone, Teager brings a wide palette of influences to the music. Listeners will hear aspects of Jan Garbarek, John Coltrane and Dave Liebman that’s juxtaposed over Borghi’s pastoral guitar sounds that have more of their timbral origins in the work of Claude Debussy or Ralph Vaughan-Williams than they do other contemporary ambient guitarists.

Convocation, as a whole, aims to create a deep and timbrally interesting listening experience while also bringing together an interesting musical pairing and improvisational process. Saxophone and ambient music have never sounded like this, and Borghi & Teager attribute this to their friendship, their approach to the work and their diverse musical interests.

Buy the hardcopy CD here now, or you can visit online retailers such as Amazon, iTunes, or eMusic to name just a few…

 

Ambient Soundbath Podcast We’re happy to announce the launch of Slo.Bor Media co-founder, Matt Borghi’s new Ambient Soundbath Podcast. The podcast is updated every Wednesday morning with 30 minutes of original ambient music that’s been designed to  give listeners a space for thinking and being. Whether listening with headphones or in the open air, the Ambient Soundbath Podcast aims to create a timeless listening experience for contemplation and relaxation. The Ambient Soundbath Podcast features the music of Matt Borghi and is produced and distributed by Universal Mind from East Lansing, MI. You can download from iTunes here… You can also learn more about the immersive listening experience known as the soundbath here…

Direct link to podcast: http://www.ambientsoundbath.com

We’re happy to announce that some of the Slo.Bor Media catalog can now be found on Bandcamp. For audiophiles Bandcamp is a great choice because they offer albums in a variety of digital format including including MP3 (320, VBR V0), Ogg Vorbis, Apple Lossless, FLAC and AAC. Keep in mind that Bandcamp is just being added to the list of our usual digital stores (iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, Rdio, etc.) where our releases can be legally purchased or streamed.

Amalaise: http://amalaise.bandcamp.com
Peter G. Brown: http://petergbrown.bandcamp.com
Jason Sloan: http://jasonsloan.bandcamp.com

slo.bor media is excited to announce two upcoming jason.sloan solo releases:
The Sine E.P. is now available as a digital only release. This E.P. contains the lead “single” and title track from the upcoming Fall of the Fifth Sun album plus two exclusive tracks from those recording sessions. The E.P.s closing 13 minute track.

You can purchase the Sine E.P. directly from the links below in addition to other good digital stores.
[BUY at jason.sloan.com] [iTunes] [eMusic] [Amazon]

August 30, 2012, the album Fall of the Fifth Sun, will be released and available in hard copy CD format or as a download at all the major digital outlets.

About FOTFS, Jason says:

“The majority of material on these recordings was conceived during the multiple live concerts I gave throughout 2011 and early 2012. These song sketches were reworked and then recorded in the studio over the past year.

“While still sonically similar to my last few albums, FOTFS & the Sine E.P. were created with only hardware. Going into these sessions, I wanted to create works that had an edge and felt fresh, but also an essence of nostalgia for the classic electronic music of the 70′s and 80′s, so hardware was the only way to go. Equipment used to create this album: Roland SH-101, Korg Poly-800, DSI Mopho, Roland Juno-60, Yamaha DX7, Korg Monotribes, Roland TR-606, Alesis Wedge, Boss CE-3, Steinberger GL and Fender Stratocaster guitars.”

Fall of the Fifth Sun has a 56 minute running time and will be packaged in a gatefold wallet style sleeve.

Track Listing:

Black Corona / Fall of the Fifth Sun / Ash and Snow / Pulsar / View from a Hill / Blue Kachina

16 minute album preview:

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Mouth of the RiverMouth of the River marks the return of Peter G. Brown’s exploration into the synthesis of deep-ambient solitude and the shared sonic traditions of early American folk music. After the release of 2011’s Ten Years of Dust, Brown began researching and gathering archive recordings of Appalachian old-time musicians and poets from the early 20th century. The organic, undulating drone of the fiddle, deep choral moan of shape-note singers and field recordings of labor camps are all sources of inspiration for Mouth of the River. Brown chooses pay homage to these motifs through his use of melodic banjo improvisations, organic, distant hums and collaged audio samples to create a mournful tapestry full of self-reflection and isolation.

Many who live below the Mason-Dixon line may refer to these new works as hainted; the new compositions feel as though there are souls from an older time occupying them, pulling on the strings and telling their tales. The EP opens up with an excerpt from the great Carl Sandburg and jettisons into a quilting of piano and acoustic guitar on Four Cords of Sourwood. Things pass between dark and light in almost an instant as Brown superimposes uplifting banjo runs with moody cello-like passages in pieces like Chancellorsville and The Hand of Man. We even hear a melody sung in the Shaker tradition overlaid with quiet musings of mandolin and guitar, though the EP never strays far away from its contemplative core.

 

Mouth of the River is able to find a musical home among neo-folk artists like Brian Harnetty, Sam Amidon and Frank Fairfield but just as easily melds into the rich pastoral music of La Monte Young, Marsen Jules and Brian McBride. The accessibility of this album resonates with Brown’s aim of finding the balance between American music’s deep past and the onward push upstream to find new sonic landscapes to settle.

Mouth of the River will be available worldwide on Friday June 8th in iTunes, eMusic, Amazon and all good digital music retailers.

- Four Cords of Sourwood [Full track preview]

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Track Listing:
1. I am at Sea – 1’13″
2. Four Cords of Sourwood – 3’26″
3. The Hand of Man – 4’26″
4. Chancellorsville – 3’18″
5. The Protecting Chain – 3’29″
6. Hiram’s Lament – 3’47″

Slo.Bor Media is excited to announce the digital re-issue of Jason.Sloan’s out of print STATIC [thelema.dawning]. This E.P. was originally released in early 2008 as an installment in the German Waterscape Records 3″ CD limited edition guitar drone series. Jason says “At this time I was listening to a lot of Peter Michael Hamel and La Monte Young which lead to the idea of using a lot of live pipe organ on this recording.” STATIC blends together compositional styles Sloan has been drawn towards over the last decade and will surely appeal to both fans of pure space/ambient music and a more aggressive, textural guitar shoegaze style ala AMP, Windy & Carl or early even Slowdive.

The first 12 minutes of STATIC are layered with live processed pipe organ and cell phone feedback giving way to a wall of beautiful shoegaze style guitar drone.

STATIC [thelema.dawning] will be available worldwide in iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, Rhapsody, Rdio & other good digital music stores and services on June 15, 2012 in addition to the Slo.Bor Media website store.

Slo.Bor Media is excited to announce the debut release of Amalaise. The album Twinning Pools has been in the works for a little over a year and is now available as a digital album through all good digital outlets ie: iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, Rhapsody etc… or as a hard copy CD. Twinning Pools features eight tracks with the album clocking in just under 50 minutes. You can preview some clips below.

A collage of texture, atmosphere, field recordings, live instruments and vocals, the Amalaise sound can be described as a complex melding of the spacier side of Cocteau Twins with the experimental nature of Grouper or cindyTalk.

 

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Track Listing:
1. Black Letters
2. Like A Barn Dead Horse
3. Body Ladder
4. Piscine
5. What The Living Do
6. Ancient Astronauts
7. Twinning Pools
8. Crystallization

Body Ladder [excerpt]

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Piscine [excerpt]

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What The Living Do [excerpt]

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Ancient Astronauts [excerpt]

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Twinning Pools [full track]

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Jason Sloan and I founded Slo.Bor in 2001. This is the tenth anniversary of the label. I’ve come to take Slo.bor Media for granted. It’s always there, and it’s always been an outlet for my music, a place where compromised art isn’t welcome, a place where the artist can be themselves.

We’ve never lost money on a release, though admittedly we’ve come close. This was especially true when we were doing hard copy releases. We don’t do that much anymore, unless we take them out for live shows. Mostly our music is available for digital download. We also have a variety of collectable, handmade editions that we did in the early days. Those are mostly gone now, and we’re always pleased when we see one of them on eBay fetching hundreds of dollars.

We didn’t have much of a business plan for Slobor when we started. We don’t have much of a business plan now. We make music and release it. We’ve found cheaper and cheaper ways to do these releases. We do our own design, our own graphics, our own packaging, our own Web development, our own mastering, our own engineering and our own promotion… Pretty much everything we do, we do ourselves. This the model that we took from labels like Dischord Records in Washington D.C., and bands like Fugazi, as well as labels like Chicago’s Touch and Go (by way of East Lansing, MI), or Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records. Punk rock taught us how to be DIY.

When we started the label it was out of necessity. We couldn’t get labels to take an interest in our work and our vision, so we joined forces. Both Jason and I have worked with many labels since then and even some before, but the right emphasis wasn’t put on the music or the art of making and presenting music, so we saw no real option: We had to do it ourselves.

We have a rich following, which always surprises me, not because I don’t think the work is good enough; I know it is, because we put our all into it. It’s surprising because our music is obscure, non-mainstream (or even close) listening music that rewards attentive listening. As global culture requires more and more instant gratification, our music couldn’t be further from that realm. It’s slow, and slowly evolving, like a fine wine, in that patience is rewarded.

The world is changing. Music business is changing. Expectations for the distribution, sale and experience of music is changing. We don’t know where it’s going and we don’t know how we’ll be getting our music to ears tomorrow, or in another ten years, but we will be. Our vision is as clear now as it was then: Create, distribute and promote music, artists and works of art that move us and might otherwise be neglected.

- Matt Borghi

On Friday August 5, 2011, from 11pm-12am EST, jason.sloan performed live on the Sadayatana program for StillStream radio. The audio was simulcast live on 93.5MHz in the Baltimore metro listening area and consisted of three all new electronic ambient compositions created for this broadcast. If you missed the show you can now stream it through the player below. Jason also made available a free download encoded with ID3 tags and ripped at 320kbps with index markers for easier navigation.

Free Download

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Set list:
Blue Star- 19’38″ -  ElevenEleven- 24’07″ -  The Fifth World- 15’19″

 


This fall experimental ambient noise duo amalaise will debut on slo.bor media. A collage of texture, atmosphere, field recordings, live instruments and vocals, their sound can be described as a complex melding of the spacier side of Cocteau Twins with the experimental nature of Grouper and cindyTalk.

Work on their debut studio album will be completed early fall with a release towards winter 2011.

Jason.Sloan has finished work on his upcoming 14th solo release (s)END. The album features six new tracks recorded this past Fall through the late Spring. While (s)END is heavy on atmosphere and darker than Jason’s last two albums [ -- ] and corruptedHorizon, long time fans of his approach toward ambient, electronic and experimental music will not be disappointed. (s)END was created mainly with a Korg MS20, Roland Gaia and Yamaha DX7 which gives this record a thick, vintage analog sound only hinted at on his previous releases. Audio sample coming soon. CDs copies of (s)END will be available on Friday Sept. 16, 2011. Digital copies via iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, etc. on Sept. 9, 2011.

(s)END running time: 53 minutes:
Track listing:

warmAndfading.light – 13’03″
withNo_return – 8′ 14″
piercedAether – 1′ 03″
asFragile.as – 5′ 39″
(s)END – 8′ 35″
(a)SEND – 16′ 16″

Previews
- warmAndfading.light
[2 minute excerpt]

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- (s)END [full track]

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This weekend STAR’S END RADIO will feature cuts from Peter G. Brown’s Ten Years of Dust.  You will also hear excerpts from Jason.Sloan’s live Star’s End donor concert last weekend at the WXPN World Café studios.

STAR’S END is (with the exception of “Music from the Hearts of Space”) the longest running radio program of ambient music in the world.

Brown’s talent for pacing, contrasting calm against cloudy and arranging pleasant harmonies out of just the right kinds of sounds is what makes Ten Years of Dust a cut above the rest.”

Chuck Van Zyl – Host of Star’s End Radio

Slo.Bor Media is very proud to announce the release of Peter G. Brown’s debut solo album Ten Years of Dust.

Ten Years of Dust reminds us that good music composition transports you – it changes your world. Like any great art, it can take you from where you’re at to someplace else. It can evoke feelings and places, other cultures, other worlds and maybe other universes. Subtly reminiscent of Budd and Eno’s The Pearl, Ten Years of Dust blends delicately layered piano with guitar, strings and electronics to create a sound world perfect for late night listening.

Peter’s ability to unify synthetic and organic timbres is unlike any recording that we can recall. Ten Years of Dust has moved beyond the territory that Tangerine Dream had broached and Radiohead attempted with Kid A, but neither of these masterful collectives were able to move beyond. Peter’s done it and then some. The freshness of this recording is quite rare these days and long overdue.

Peter G. Brown: Ten Years of Dust is a download only release and is now available in all good digital retailers, ie: iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, etc.

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Track Listing
1. Last Pilgrimage
2. Beacon
3. Arrival
4. The Gwynns Falls
5. Northernmost
6. Cross in the Mountains
7. Archipelago
8. Between Name, Between Face
9. Yet To Come
10. Empty Graves
11. Overland Route
12. Ten Years of Dust
13. For James Whittaker
14 Youth

Total Running Time: 57′ 40″

Beacon [full track preview]

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Yet To Come [full track preview]

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Slo.Bor Media is happy to announce the release of jason.sloan’s new e.p. thirty.sevenDAYS. Recorded during last October and November, these works were created in reaction to social observations and personal experiences Sloan had throughout the month of October. Clocking in at around 32 minutes, thirty.sevenDAYS is a contemplative release capturing some of the mood and psychology found in his earlier albums from close to a decade ago. Blending lush and ambient atmospheres with minimal electronic, chiptune experimentation. According to Sloan “…thirty.sevenDAYS has turned out to be one of my most personally satisfying moments as a electronic musician and soundArtist.

thirty.sevenDAYS was released on December 27, 2010. It’s now available through all good digital music outlets including the iTunes Store, eMusic, Amazon, Rhapsody and many other services. In addition to these retailers, thirty.sevenDAYS will also be available for purchase directly though the store at jasonsloan.com.

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thirty.sevenDAYS e.p. [digital only release]
60 second track previews below – low bitRate

01. if.hopeWere.Breath – 5’36″

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02. thirtySeven.days – 6’23″

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03. denialAnd.distance – 7’50″

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04. aloneWith_theAfter – 12’28″

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