Free CD Draw for Subscribers

Every month we will be having a draw to give away a free album (CD, MP3 or Flac) to customers and subscribers to our occasional newsletter, and if you already own Gas 0095 we will give you a free copy of our next release instead. Commenters on our blog who are also subscribers will double their chances if they add comments in any month.

The newsletter is only sent out occasionally (we haven’t sent any out this year so far), so your inbox won’t be overrun, we don’t sell email addresses and you can unsubscribe at any time.

So join our newsletter now, visit our shop, and add a comment to the blog to be in with a chance of winning…

 

 

Gas 0095 Quotes: Magnus Birgersson, Solar Fields

solar-fieldsFor the recent Future Music feature on Gas 0095, Magnus Birgersson from Solar Fields was kind enough to give us a quote about the album…

“Gas 0095: A timeless masterpiece that still sounds unique and fresh. Top notch ambient music that will take you on an unforgettable journey.”

Magnus has just released his new album, Movements, and a great album it is too, 1.3 hours of very cool electronic music, well produced, highly recommended, and released by the nicest people in France, Ultimae.

james-murrayAnother very highly recommended new release on Ultimae is the new James Murray album, ‘Where Edges Meet‘. It’s 1.1 hours of  slick, edgy electronics that hides in the light. James also had a track on the Emit 0004 album under the name ‘Sub’

Many thanks Magnus.

Osmos: Ambient Gaming

UPDATE
Osmos has been released, we have copies to give away in our free draw.



This is the first game from Hemisphere Games. Osmos.

Enter the ambient world of Osmos: elegant, physics-based game play, dreamlike visuals, and a minimalist, electronic soundtrack.

Your objective is to grow by absorbing other motes. Propel yourself by ejecting matter behind you. But be wise: ejecting matter also shrinks you. Relax… good things come to those who wait.

Progress from serenely ambient levels into varied and more challenging worlds. Confront attractors, repulsors and intelligent motes with similar abilities and goals as you.

Congratulations to Hemisphere who have just been nominated for three awards for Osmos at this years IGF, in categories for Excellence in Design, Technical Excellence and the overall Grand Prize.

We highly recommend you try it for yourself. It’s one of those rare games that is original and addictive, plus an ambient soundtrack (including Gas and High Skies), and there’s a free alpha version to try (Windows). Download Osmos now.

UPDATE
Osmos has been released, we have copies to give away in our free draw.

UnBlogged: Mat Jarvis Special

Artist and curator TJ Norris has posted the latest edition of UnBlogged, which this month is a Mat Jarvis/ Gas/ High Skies special.

It’s a 30 minute show where Mat talks about his work and plays a selection of tracks.
It’s a free download available now from tjnorris.net Unblogged24.mp3 or from iTunes.

 

How to Protect Your Promos from Pirates

Must stop evil pirates...Pirating, or ‘sharing’ is a huge problem, especially to the smaller independent labels. You have to send out promos of your record to press and DJs before it’s released, so how do labels stop pirates from bootlegging and uploading for everyone to download before that release date?

 

Solution, kind of…


Lo;Rise – Observer (High Skies mix) Drop-out 1 mp3


Lo;Rise – Observer (High Skies mix) Drop-out 2 mp3

 

…you add in gaps/ dropouts to the promos, or in this case, a voiceover. It’s far from perfect and can get in the way of the people trying to write a review, but at least it’s ‘some’ kind of protection.

There are about three dropouts per track and 39 tracks on this 3xCD album, making well over a hundred dropouts, so you wouldn’t want to listen to the album too many times on repeat.

 

I should stress that this is only on the promo copies…
Mix contains dropouts...

Robot image credit: Blake C. Himsl Hunter

Long Lost Gas / High Skies Remix

A long lost Gas / High Skies remix once thought extinct has been found in an old attic. It’s been dusted off and released on the great new Charles Webster 3xCD album.

Lo;Rise – Observer (High Skies mix) (download mp3 preview)

Originally recorded in the late 90s, it’s a dark downtempo remix with lo-fi electronics over an inexorable drum machine, backing the child-like voice of Sara Jay (Massive Attack). Lo;Rise are legendary house DJ Charles Webster (Presence, Furry Phreaks, Symetrix (Emit) etc) and Sara Jay (Massive Attack). Mat has previously worked with Charles and Sara for many years on various projects…

Continue reading Long Lost Gas / High Skies Remix

Welcome to the New Microscopics Blog

Welcome!

Microscopics MiniMoog Model 204DOur aims for the blog are; mainly news about new releases from Microscopics and Mat Jarvis (Gas and High Skies), but also about things we find amazing in the worlds of music and making music, including the odd interview; science, technology and sci-fi. General awesome music and geeky stuff! We also plan to share the tips we have learned running the label, which may benefit other musicians trying to promote their music. We hope to hear your experiences in the comments too. There will also be the odd give-away and competition too.

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