Feb 19, 2012

Sundaze 1208

Hello i got a takedown notice (14th march)from Google for something on this page, unfortunately they never tell you for what or whom, so I make an educated guess here it's for Shado as I've noticed Germans being more formal then say Norwegians. Obviously all titles here are easy to find on the net and to be honest why someone will go thru official channels instead of simply asking here bewilders me..


Hello, Rapidshare left their door wide open in the month after the megaupload grab, long enough to lure in posters seeking an alternative, but now it's time to cash in and that means, no longer decent download speeds, which means it will take you hours to download a 300mb flac file, or and that's what they are banking on, you pay for a membership. Obviously this is still rather good value for money if you're in a hurry and getting a lot of tv/film files aswell, that said Usenet is probably better. Anyway there are not too many hosts that let me upload 200mb+ files. This week I'll use two, Megashares and Putlocker, please let me know how this works out for you this week.

As announced on last week Sundaze, I'm posting what has become the rather rare works of The Higher Intelligence Agency (Bobby Bird) a musician/dj that burst on the scene with 2 well recieved albums , subsequently released a number of co authored works and then kinda disappeared from the scene in 2001.

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The Higher Intelligence Agency was formed around the Oscillate Sound System, a collective of music producers and promoters with an affinity for those downtempo techno sounds of the early 90s. The Birmingham-based Higher Intelligence Agency is composed of DJ/musician Bobby Bird and occasional collaborator Dave Wheels. Musically, they pitch their creative tent somewhere between the ambient and experimental techno camps, with breakbeat, electro-style rhythms and a song-oriented melodic and harmonic base informing the bulk of their most recent work. The group formed in 1992 as a live experiment performing at Bird's Oscillate parties (which played early host to such acts as Autechre, Orbital, Mixmaster Morris, and Scanner), and has since grown into a full-on creative force, releasing a pair of albums and as many EPs. Although perhaps not as prodigious as many of their peers, HIA's focus is on quality rather than quantity, and their released material is uniformly well-produced and meticulously crafted. In addition to constant touring and the ongoing Oscillate schedule, HIA have also performed commissioned work for museums and festivals. While still bent on working together, Bird has largely taken over HIA's reigns while Wheels pursues a solo project, and has completed remixes for Freeform and Obconic. Collaborations in 1996 with Frankfurt's Deep Space Network and Geir Jenssen of Biosphere also produced an album apiece, the former (Deep Space Network Meets Higher Intelligence Agency) on DSN's Source label and the latter (Polar Sequences) on Beyond. Another collaborational series, S.H.A.D.O. with Pete Namlook, began in 1997 and resumed two years later.


The fruitful collaboration of Bobby Bird and Pete Namlook generated a creative music of innovative beats and melodic soundscapes. Through combining different styles including Elektro, Ambient-EnvironMental, late Romantic and Trance the style of Elektronik Fusion Music is formend. The unique sound-assemblage let arise a futuristic world on its own. Take a glance on the inspiring music of these two extraordinary artists.

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A collaboration between Biosphere's Geir Jennsen and Bobby Bird of Higher Intelligence Agency, commissioned by the Norwegian government for live performance at the 1995 It's a live performance in Oktober 1995 on a mountain in Tromsø, Norway (Jenssen's hometown), in the Artic region. In summertime, the sun shines night and day, in winter time, the darkness creeps in and seems eternaly, until the dawn of next year's summer kisses the horizon again. Samples of the machinery of the local cable lift, snow, moving crusts of ice, and more were used. The result is as mesmerising as Biosphere landmark album "Substrata". The last track "Meltwater" is as hypnotic as it is astonishing. Pieces of ice seem to float in icy water and produce hollow cracking sounds as the crusts scrape along side each others edges. Literaly moving and mesmerising and a true work of art. Sparse beats occasionally bubble up, but the focus is definitely on the icy edge of Arctic life.


Higher Intelligence Agency and Biosphere - Polar Sequences (flac 289mb)

01 Cimmerian Shaft 13:16
02 Snapshot Survey 8:22
03 White Lightning 10:12
04 Countdown To Darkness 6:21
05 Corona 9:56
06 Meltwater 9:19

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HIA and Namlook - S.H.A.D.O (309mb)

The first several seconds of the album sound like a rather friendly overhead recording in a comfortable spacecraft. The journey begins. It feels like a rather welcoming dip into unfamiliar terrain, with only the slightest trim of a neccessary edginess. Once you feel you may be drifting a bit, (as in, the craft is now on auto pilot, where is the crew and will the journey gain any sense of direction?)- this is when S.H.A.D.O. picks up the pace. With an ever so delicate and depthful beat (Space Interceptors). From here on out, the construction of S.H.A.D.O.s rather unusual matrix of beats intensifies.becoming a virtual collection of efficient and rather high spirited, deep souled hymns.

The cover image, of a large, nearly aquatically submerged window, with a distant view of Earth, is beautiful as well. An appreciable image, to introduce a much appreciated collaboration of two of electronicas most interesting influences (HIA and Pete Namlook), bringing to us sounds which perhaps only sound otherworldly.



01 Intruder Detector 11:04
02 Secret Location 9:51
03 Space Interceptors 13:51
04 Skydiver 20:53
05 Maintaining Scan For UFO's 9:42

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HIA and Namlook - S.H.A.D.O 2  (297mb)




01 Countless 16:26
02 Inner Sense 12:14
03 Begend 15:42
04 UFO Detection System (Approach - Intercept - Verify) 10:31


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Polar Sequences and Birmingham Frequencies are two parts of a same project.The second part of this project was put together by Bird and Jenssen, using a similar approach, this time set in Bobby Bird’s native Birmingham. The chosen venue was on the twelfth floor of the Rotunda, situated in the heart of the city. The one off event also featured videos and digital images, as well as a cafĂ© and one of the best views over Birmingham.
The music created for the two events is very similar in form, the two artists creating a slow moving, chilled soundtrack. But where Polar Sequences feels very natural, using sounds of snow and melting ice, the only human interaction being the cable car, Birmingham Frequencies is definitely more urban. Voices of children playing in a park or a pelican crossing alarm are amongst the sounds used as the basis for the creation.
These two records are complementary, and Jenssen and Bird both bring their own creativity and technology to a very interesting project. Absolutely unmissable.


Higher Intelligence Agency and Biosphere – Birmingham Frequencies (flac 336mb)

01 Cannon Hill 7:01
02 Gas Street Basin 6:29
03 Narrowboat 6:21
04 The Rotunda 6:07
05 Augusta Road 8:07
06 Daddylonglegs 2:51
07 Midpoint 11:23

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

nice oggs downloader ok thanks

Anonymous said...

The Birmingham Frequencies flac link gives this message: "All download slots for this link are currently filled." for past two days. Can that be true? or maybe a problem? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Wait, no, not the past 2 days - that might be a bit of exaggeration ;)
But past almost 24 hours, I reloaded the page several times, and it seems as if the download slots are always full. Can so many people be downloading this particular album? Thanks

Rho said...

Hello Anon i can confirm that there hasn't been a run on Birmingham frequencies, in fact what you see is Megahsres allocating a number of slots for a given region/country, i suspect yours is too limeted or oversubscribed-where are you from ?

As it happens i accidentally uploaded this title to putlocker aswell..here's the link

http://www.putlocker.com/file/35A56132104C3473

best of luck,
Rho

Anonymous said...

California, U.S.
Yes, this new link works - Thanks very much!

Anonymous said...

Good day to you, Rho!

I just saw your Re-Up 5 post and saw that this page has the 'Shado' release (Higher Intelligence Agency and Pete Namlook). Would it be possible to reupload that in FLAC? I have the second one on CD and getting the first would make me a very happy man!

Thank for considering it and thank you for taking the time to reup all our requests - it is really appreciated!

- 313

:)

Anonymous said...

I just checked the other links on this page and none of them work. Maybe someone forgot to add the links by mistake? I even checked the years old Putlocker link!

:)

- 313

Rho said...

I uploaded the HIA of a week earlier made a mistake with the link as to this page, i'm pretty sure i got take downnotices because of the Shado posts. Now meanwhile the man behind it, Pete Namlook has died of a heart attack L'm sure stressing over freeloaders didn't do him any good, Germans can lack flexibility when it comes to "their art". Anyway i rectified the mistake

Anonymous said...

Sad to hear that Shado won't be reupped, but I understand.

Thanks for everything so far!

- 313

:)

Anonymous said...

Hi

Can you re-up the higher intelligence agency?

Thanks