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by Musical Nature

Ambient house mixed with recorded ambient atmospheres from locations around New England, San Francisco, London, and Edinburgh. Great background music to have on while working or just hanging out.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Common Code
7:41 $0.99
2. Brown Sauce
8:59 $0.99
3. Independence Day
6:58 $0.99
4. Victoria
9:16 $0.99
5. The Tuesday Noon Siren
9:00 $0.99
6. The White Horse
7:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
Eavesdropping is a concept I came up with about a year ago. I do a lot of field recording for various sounds and samples for use in my music, I wanted to put together an album where all tracks had one thing in common - the natural ambient noise in each was going to be of a field recording from a specific place. For most of the tracks on this album, the background ambiance is constant through the track from start to finish, except for San Francisco, whose weekly Tuesday noon sirens captivated me, so I just have sampled that, and added more relevant samples into the track.

I've used various recording devices over the years, but usually a lot of it ends up being on my smartphone or my laptop, with a special mic attached. I picked out a new stand-alone digital microphone, which allows me to record in up to 4-channel stereo mode, so I could capture a variety of angles and sounds when recording in the field.

Eavesdropping visits some areas local to New England (Watertown, Plymouth, Providence), San Francisco, and some visits to locales a bit further out (London, Edinburgh).

A big thanks on this collection goes to Will Magid, for use of his song "The Kid (Feat. The Royals)", on the track "Independence Day". Part of the proceeds from this track will be sent to Will which will be in turn go to The Covenant Academy in Ghana, where this was recorded with the students, also known as "The Royals".

Another big thanks goes out for the sampling of "Nite Fly" by Hi-Way on the track "The White Horse". The sample used was released on the now defunct label Source, from the album Source Lab 3 X/Y. Use permission granted by one of the members of the group Hi-Way, Gilbert Cohen.



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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Musical Nature is the recording alias of Rhode Island based electronic music composer Geoff Varosky. His latest album, Eavesdropping, features six compositions varying in length from seven to under nine-and-a-half minutes, which notably draw upon the ambient-techno style of music pioneered in the early 1990’s by electronica bands like The Orb and The Future Sound of London. Interweaving what could be described as free-floating background and foreground layers of synthesized textures and environmental field recordings, experimental beats and industrial nuances frequently lend both an edgy crunchiness and contrasting bit of chaos throughout.

The opening piece, “Common Code”, is also the album’s most dreamy and minimal number, characterized by echoing environmental textures comprised of hollowed metallic timbres, synthesized loops and distant muffled voices. Soft pads drift into the free-flowing soundscape that encircles the listener, in which one is solitarily removed from all the human hustle-and-bustle that can be heard just outside of this seemingly dome-like environment. Continuing into the equally dreamlike “Brown Sauce”, distorted signals and unintelligible voices are intercepted along the way by icy shimmers and seagull calls. A processed repeating drum loop accompanies the piece throughout, although serving less as a foundational rhythm and more as an additional textural layer, which lies just outside the bounds of an inner circle as it produces a ping-pong effect across the listening space. Easily my favorite piece on the album, it somewhat recalls The Orb’s “Back Side of the Moon” from their 1991 classic, The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld. “Independence Day” moves into a more urbanized setting with crunchy distortion, amelodic jazz samples and experimental trip-hop beat. The piece nicely segues into “Victoria”, which conveys an underground semblance of industrial machinery that’s highly reminiscent of The Future Sound of London’s 1994 ISDN album. Initially reverting to the dreamier atmosphere of the opening piece, spacey voices and warped sci-fi sounds swirl about “The Tuesday Moon Siren”, eventually giving way to by a bouncy, bass-laden downtempo groove. The final track, “The White Horse”, is most similar in composition to “Victoria”, albeit slightly toned down.

Recalling past works by The Orb, Autechre, FSOL and Spacetime Continuum, Eavesdropping is just the kind of album that would seem right at home on the long-standing Warp or Astralwerks labels. Its vividly blurry and beautifully surreal environment is one that seemingly leaves the listener unable to quite figure out where they’re at throughout its journey. An always welcoming and thoroughly enjoyable sound to hear acknowledged and expanded upon, Eavesdropping is especially recommended for fans of any of the aforementioned artists, as well as those who appreciate continually innovative and cutting edge styles of electronic music!