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by Free the Radical

In the same way that Brian Eno created albums inspired by context of place, FTR delivers music for interstellar journeys. Producing galactic sounds that would satisfy any solar surfing, planet hopping, space cowboy.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. String Being
1:46 $1.69
2. Hyrdar
3:32 $1.69
3. Skirting the Ancient Seafloor
3:03 $1.69
4. I Got Nothing
5:04 $1.69
5. Shit to Shut the Birds Up
1:33 $1.69
6. Cloud Catcher (A Song for Mount Warning)
1:48 $1.69
7. Inkspit
3:45 $1.69
8. Popping With Corn
4:17 $1.69
9. Ulladulla (Open the Warp Drive)
1:50 $1.69
10. Island Dreaming
2:10 $1.69
11. U Know (Dancing)
1:57 $1.69
12. DNA (Rev E)
2:59 $1.69
13. Broken Machinery (Cutting Cane)
3:25 $1.69
14. Fishing the Lagoon (Live)
3:45 $1.69
15. Ink in the Dark
3:52 $1.69
16. I Got Nothing: The Second Sitting (Live)
11:53 $1.69
17. Skirting the Ancient Seafloor (Live)
10:07 $1.69
18. String Being (Live)
4:54 $1.69
19. A Place of Beauty: Rimming the Volcano (Live)
3:58 $1.69
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Album Notes
The Gamma album contains three loose sections of music - ambient (Tracks 1-7), dance (Tracks 8-14), live recordings of ambient performance (Tracks 15-19). I have described my music as space cowboy, it is the kind of music that I would hope, a planet hopping shuttle pilot of the future may listen to on their portable music player.

In 2012 I went on a road trip for most of the year and travelled up the eastern sea board of Australia. A big goal of the trip was to produce an album on the road. Part of my process was about being inspired to create tracks based on the environment I was visiting, and not move on from that location till the track was locked away. Applying that kind of discipline was good because it meant I returned from my journey with an album of finished material, rather than a desktop full of half finished bits and pieces.

I am not much into photographs and did not take a camera with me, instead the Gamma album is my impressionistic sonic record of my journey. When I listen to it, the memories come rushing back through me, in the same way you would get if looking through a photo album. A good example is Track 6 - Cloud Catcher (A Song for Mount Warning). I feel that I have captured the majesty of the mountain that captures the first rays on sunlight on the Australian continent. To me, the song is just as visceral as what any photograph might be.

Free the Radical - Bio
In the same way that Brian Eno created albums inspired by context of place, FTR delivers music for interstellar journeys. Producing galactic sounds that would satisfy any solar surfing, planet hopping, space cowboy.

Gamma Album by Free the Radical
In 2012 FTR endeavored on a road trip from South Australia to the Northern tip of Queensland in Australia. His journey took him through amazing landscapes and vistas. FTR created the tracks for this album whilst traveling. Most are inspired by locations visited during the journey, created in-situ in the beautiful places he had the grace to witness. Below are the individual track notes available for each of the songs on the album, explaining part of the creative process, location and inspiration for the works.

1. String Being 01:48
This was a track I had laying around for ages. I went back to it about the time I was thinking about a slow journey up the East coast of Australia. In a lot of ways it is the perfect album opener, reflective of what I wanted to get out of my journey before it had even begun.

2. Hyrdar 03:33
A slow synth based track, more mellow than bouncy. Developed in spurts over a couple of weeks between Caloundra, Woodford and Maleny in Queensland, while waiting to hear if I had a gig at the Eclipse Festival. Three weeks before the festival I found out I did not have a gig. Although I did end up playing a great live sunset gig at the Entheongaia Conference.

3. Skirting the Ancient Seafloor 03:05
This track was produced whilst camping at Lake Elphinstone, inland from Mackay, Queensland. The region is known for huge coal deposits and mines. It is a rather sparse landscape, however the coal belies a time when the area was densely forested. The lake is the final drop of above ground water in the entire area. Skirting the Ancient Seafloor reveals the connection I felt to that ancient energy.

4. Point of Difference (PoD) with Duelling Banjos - I got nothing 05:06
Originally developed under the artist name PoD for the now defunct Sensorium project. This track started as a jam session with co-collaborator Dylan from Kangaroo Island, South Australia. After he left to go back home, I looked at the remnants that remained behind. This formed the basis of the track. The live jam session can be found later in the album.

5. Shit to shut the birds up 01:35
Deep in the Blue Mountains, the sounds of man silence wildlife. This track was produced by a frog pond in an exotic backyard garden near Lawson, Blue Mountains, New South Wales. There was abundant bird life in the area, including some very large white cockatoos. I was working on an outdoor sound system and as I started to work on the track, they gathered in a tree nearby. White cockatoos can be very noisy creatures, however whilst I was working they sat there very quiet, almost listening to noises I was creating. Within 2 minutes of finishing my session, they erupted in a very loud cacophony of squawking. I couldn't tell if they were applauding, or saying thank god he's finished now we can get some air time.

6. Cloud Catcher (A Song for Mount Warning) 01:49
This track is ode to Mount Warning on the New South Wales/Queensland border. It's peak catches the first rays of sunlight on the Australian continent, it is also known as the Cloud Catcher. Thanks to my friends in Northern New South Wales for showing so much love and hospitality.

7. Inkspit 03:46
A bit of camping, two swims at the beach, a nice long walk, a few beers, majick. I was camping for several days on the Inskip Peninsula, Queensland, near Rainbow Beach and the Southern tip of Fraser Island. It had been a lovely day and I came home to camp and got creative, trying to capture the mood I was feeling regarding solitariness in natural environments.

8. Popping with Corn 04:18
One of the tracks made whilst on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, over New Years 2012. Has a somewhat lamenting feel with the synth, on top of a whole discord of drum rhythms. The hand clap is what gives the piece an overall sense of coherence imho. It's loosely broken down into 3 movements. Like Island Dreaming it's aimed at a kooky festival sunset crowd, ready for a transition into night time partying. Slightly upbeat from chill. Spacecowboy Dubstep anyone?

9. Ulladulla (Open the Warp Drive) 01:52
Created on the picturesque shores of Bendalong Point, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. It is a strange but true fact that there is a small annexed area of the ACT embedded in the southern New South Wales coastline, near Jarvis Bay. This place more than any on my journey, had the most significant effect on my psyche. I had camped out the night before in the National Park on the way into Bendalong Point. Soon after starting a very smokey fire, I was buzzed by a military fighter jet that had been doing maneuvers over the forest. Later that night I awoke to a cacophony of noise emanating from the forest. Every night insect, frog and animal was fighting to be the loudest. It is one of the most intense natural audio I experiences I have ever experienced. The next morning I went down to the beach, cooked breakfast and made this track.

10. Island Dreaming 02:12
Developed on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, during a stay to celebrate New Years Eve 2012. It has a faster tempo than what I usually go for, however a kicker bass line drives it like a 10 ton truck.

11. U Know (Dancing) 01:58
This track was developed during a week long stay in Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria. It is a reflection on the good time party attitude I found in the house I was staying at. It is the first track on which I used new speech synthesis software to integrate lyrics into my tracks. Track 12 DNA (Rev E) being the second.

12. DNA (Rev E) 02:59
This track was inspired by the "Unrestricted Evolution" and "Strangely Obtuse" paintings by izwoz ( Inspired by the notion of alien DNA being encoded into the human genome, I got thinking about a sound that could re-sequence the human (monkey man) genome, and unlock hidden seeded potential in the human species, all in under 3 minutes!

The vocal samples used were non per-existent, they were generated using text to speech synthesis software. The narrative is of my own making.

13. Broken Machinery 03:26
After sitting in a sugar cane field near Innisfail, North Queensland, for three days watching them harvest, I came up with this kicker of a track. Just as I was wrapping up production, the harvester went by on the back of a flat bed truck. Hence the title Broken machinery.

Broken Machinery was created the week before I attended the 2012 Eclipse north west of Cairns, North Queensland. It speaks of my excitement and energy in the lead up to the event.

14. Fishing the Lagoon (Live) 03:47
Fishing the Lagoon was recorded in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. It represents the quest of creativity, and how we fish our own potential creativeness. Playing with the results we drag up from a sea of potential. It is based on one of the instruments in Ink in the Dark.

15. Ink in the Dark 03:54
A succession of long dark nights in hidden valleys in Northern New South Wales led to this collaboration piece between myself and Izwoz. It captures the drone like mind states we reach in periods of 'extreme' contemplation.

16. I got nothing - The Second Sitting (Live) 11:55
Recorded in the Adelaide Hills, I got nothing is the result of an intensive jam session with my friend Dylan from Kangaroo Island. We had been jamming for about 16 hours, this track is a short remnant from towards the end of the session.

17. Skirting the Ancient Seafloor (Live) 10:08
It took a great deal of self control to perform this track in such an open and expansive form. In some ways I was channeling a meditation on the results of my journey so far, almost lamenting a sense of self achievement. This track was recorded near Innisfail, North Queensland, overlooking Mount Bartle Frere, Queensland's Highest Mountain, a week before my Entheongaia performance. The live versions of String Being and A place of Beauty, were recorded the same day.

18. String Being (Live) 04:55
This a live version of the first track on the album, it is a reprise, a recollection of the journey my album represents. This track was recorded near Innisfail, North Queensland, looking out on Mount Bartle Frere, Queensland's Highest Mountain, a week before my Entheongaia performance. The live versions of Skirting the Ancient Seafloor and A place of Beauty, were recorded the same day.

19. A place of Beauty - Rimming the Volcano (Live)
A place of Beauty - Rimming the Volcano is the only track on the album only in a live form. It was developed for live performance while camping in the Border Ranges national park near Kyogle in the Northern Rivers region of Northern New South Wales. The road in to the park takes you up one side of the ancient rainforest encrusted volcano rim overlooking the Tweed Valley, and you drive along the edge of it as you travel through the park. It is a place where phosphorus plants grow in the forest.

Be it FTP or VDU,
sensor driven or midi triggered
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