The 4am: 22 – Crawling Inside Your Body

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music (I’ll also take field recordings, noise and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. Include your website address, please. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. The 4am doesn’t survive without new music. If you like the 4am, please tell people.

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22: Crawling Inside Your Body

It’s another quiet, darkened, meditative one.

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(Mysterious technical problems continue to plague the 4am. Have tried a few tweaks. Any problems, please use the comments thread. Ta.)

Jimmy and the Binliners – Walk It Out (0:31)

Scratch River Telegraph Company – “The Crawling House” (3:49)

Robboland – “threefiveoh” (3:24)

clearsignals – “vv cephei a” (6:12)

I†† – “?¬¬†” (5:03)

Sugar Sphinx – “Someone Has Done This” (5:55)

Hello. Brief liner notes follow.

Hey, if you want a different piece of intro music, you’re going to have to make it and send it to me. I like this one.

(Also, I seriously would make an entire 4am out of pieces that were 31 seconds or less in length. Seriously.)

Scratch River Telegraph Company are very new, I’m told, and can be found at this link here. Very lovely low-key strange blues.

Robboland says: “I’m sending you a tune which seems strangely relevant, being that it’s called three five oh, due to it being recorded at 3:50am one dark and twisty night, somewhere near the edge of the UK. It’s all done on a couple of classical guitars and a bass, with my own fair hands, and probably a bottle of red wine somewhere along the way for that extra ‘I don’t know what’ (sorry, don’t speak French).” Please help him to either drink more or learn French.

Clearsignals describes his work as “Electronic soundtracks for stars comprised of skittish beats, nonlinear melodic patterns, and bass duets between the synthetic and actual.” His piece comes from the album “stars lost your name.”

I†† bear one of those witch house style names that make them impossible to search. Thankfully, SoundCloud doesn’t truck with such youthful shenanigans, and so you can find them there as http://soundcloud.com/itt.

Sugar Sphinx doesn’t have a website, but its alter ego Paul Kopal has a site for his art.

The 4am: 21 – Sleep Department

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music (I’ll also take field recordings, noise and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. Include your website address, please. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. The 4am doesn’t survive without new music. If you like the 4am, please tell people.

The podcast feed for The 4am is: http://warrenellis.com/?feed=podcast

(web archive) (iTunes)

21: Sleep Department

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(The download link above should work. If you’re in Chrome, I’ve found that you need to just click it, not right-click and try “save link as”. In other browsers, “save to target” might also give you a bit of gyp. Any problems, please use the comments thread. Ta.)

Jimmy and the Binliners – “Walk It Out” (0:31)

Mysterians – “Shivering Sands” (3:10)

Taphead – “Bells of the Chapel” (5:37)

Dav Yuk Bon – “Ennui” (7:40)

MILD MAYNYRD – “Nordic” (2:10)

AM – “Colors” (3:23)

Hello. Brief liner notes follow.

Yes, I’m opening with “Walk It Out” again. I don’t care what you think of me. I would make podcasts out of nothing but 31-second pieces if they all made me smile like that one.

From here: it’s all sleepy and swoony stuff. I like to use a bunch of the ambient/microtonal/shoegazey stuff in one go. Just don’t loop it, or after thirty minutes Jimmy And The Binliners will blast you awake.

I dunno if the Mysterians named their piece after my book SHIVERING SANDS or the seafort of the same name. It didn’t bias me. Really. It is old-style ooeeeoooo spookylicious.

Taphead, like Mysterians’ “Nigredo,” is a regular on my message board, I believe. This also did not bias me. A fair number of musical types hang out there. Taphead says of this, “It’s got bells and whistles, neither of which are what they sound like.”

Dav Yuk Bon‘s “Ennui,” also entitled “that i would find you,” is by his description “ambient aggro, somewhere between paranoia and ambient.”

MILD MAYNYRD offers no link, and says only “I make Hip-Hop for friends who rap, but I also make Electronica/Industrial stuff. I’ve finished one EP and am working on another. A small taste is enclosed.” Again, I think you can find him on Whitechapel, and google gave me this.

AM sound a bit confused: their covering note reads in its entirety “an email was forwarded to me about sending music here.” I wonder if they were threatened, or commanded by some shadowy unknown force.

Thanks for reading this far, and thanks for listening. If you liked it, please tell people, so these musicians can grow their audiences and eventually buy food with money.