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With The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty arriving next spring, Tyga holds fans off with the first installment of his Well Done mixtape series, Well Done 4. The 14-track offering feautres guest spots from Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Fabolous, Pusha T, French Montana, and more.
Stream and download Well Done 4 after the jump, courtesy of HotNewHipHop.
Download: Tyga – Well Done 4 (Mixtape)
Ambassadeurs (aka Mark Dobson) started out learning his craft on an 8-bit Amiga computer, wrestling with the notoriously tricky Octamed while the rest of us were playing Lemmings. After the requisite teenage years in psychedelic rock bands, he upgraded to Logic and began working with electronic instruments, getting inside the machinery to make them sound the way he wanted. Taking cues from dub, hip-hop, bass and jazz, but sounding like none of these genres, Ambassadeurs’ sound is hard to pigeonhole. His distinctive style can be attributed to a Tobin-like love for turning found sounds into samples and processing them beyond recognition – creating music as unique as his talent. An impressive live show has rapidly brought him a growing following. And it’s not only new fans; he’s caught the ear of artists including Danny Brown, Gold Panda, Daedelus, Kelpe and Star Slinger, who’ve chosen him for support shows.
Transcendental Animal Numbers is the second entry in Jan St. Werner’s Fiepblatter Catalogue. The work is comprised of carefully edited sounds derived from computer algorithms. There are no intentional references to traditional ideas of tuning, meter or spectrum. Rather, there are unexpected shifts of sonic scales, sudden frequency modulations and extreme panoramic shifts that produce an unconventional chunk of condensed acoustic information. Still the resulting compositions are arranged seamlessly and unpredictably as if they were field recordings of animals in the wilderness. The work is a representation of an acoustic organism where no sound is derived from any living creature or acoustic source, instead it is artificiality incorporating the irrational and unpredictable into a logical mathematical system to create a black box in which sound can scatter. Werner likens Transcendental Animal Numbers to Schrödinger’s “cat in a box” experiment that proves that quantum physics is the unpredictability of one particle simultaneously existing in various states.
WATCH | Jan St. Werner - 'Transcendental Animal Numbers'
Although cassette is the most antagonistic medium to present such digital material, its technical limitations seem perfect for these pieces to come as two continuous 20 minute listening sessions. Werner’s Fiepblatter Catalogue is a series of genre-dismantling releases on Thrill Jockey that encompass electro-acoustic experimentation, algorithmic elements, scored music, digital signal processing, field recordings, improvisation, public performance and graphic works.