I was a school administrator at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in the early 90s. One autumn, I organized a free showing of Jan Švankmajer’s 1988 film ‘Alice’. We acquired a copy of the film (on reel!), rented a projector and sound equipment, and set up in the paining hall. I also had a TV set-up in a smaller room that was showing (VHS!) the Brothers Quay short films and their videos for His Name Is Alive. Those were heavy mixtape-making years, so put I one together to have playing while people gathered for the film, and during the discussion session after. Please enjoy Side A and Side B of that cassette. Considering how old the tape is, the sound quality is still really good.
cocteau twins . purr
cocteau twins . the itchy glowbo blow
spoonfed hybrid . 1936
pale saints . liquid
his name is alive . cornfield
his name is alive . in every ford
kristin hersh . the key
kristin hersh . uncle june & aunt kiyoti
unrest . vibe out!
grenadine . pinky tuscadero
love spirals downwards . illusory me
this mortal coil . dreams made flesh
kitchens of distinction . skin
and also the trees . the flatlands
dif juz . no motion
his name is alive . man on a silver mountain
his name is alive . we hold the land in great esteem
grenadine . don’t forget the halo
sundays . joy
kristin hersh . a loon
a colony of slippermen production #57
With the year 1926 came an outstanding event in Baldwin’s history, for at that time the Works was ready to build its sixty-thousandth locomotive. To symbolize this event President Samuel M. Vauclain planned and built a huge three-cylinder compound, high-pressure locomotive. It was of the 4-10-2 type and closely resembled engines with this wheel arrangement on the Southern Pacific Railroad. To safely accommodate the high boiler pressure of 350 lb. per square inch, a water-tube firebox was used.
The Baldwin 60000 was designed to be the best locomotive ever made. It weighs about 350 short tons, including tender, and can pull a load of up to 7,000 short tons. Its top speed is 70 mph (110 km/h). 60000 was very innovative, carrying unusual technology, including the water-tube firebox. This was intended to improve efficiency, but the tubes tended to burst inside the firebox. It is also a compound, expanding the steam once in the inside cylinder and then again in the two outside cylinders. Although compounding increased efficiency, it was an extra complication that the US railroads had mostly rejected by the middle twenties. Also, the weight and length of the engine was too much for all but the heaviest and straightest track.
This locomotive was experimental and was meant to be the model for future development.
All of the songs on 640.087 were either purchased legitimately or were offered for free. For more information about the music featured on this collection, please click on the band names in the list below.
From the book The Locomotives that Baldwin Built by Fred Westing (Baldwin Locomotive Works in Eddystone, Pennsylvania)
Mooncake – Rf 104 [00:00]
Maïak – I Am Not a Man, I Am a Free Number [11:13]
Astralia – Heading Home [22:24]
Listen, Earth – Antioch [29:40]
End Year – post-script [36:57]
Sleepstream – The Nacre Top of The Sky [42:28]
Black Clouds – Divide (It’s Not As If We Mattered, Part 3) [50:35]
Jakob – Resolve [55:55]
This Patch Of Sky – Time Destroys Everything, But Our Foundation Remains [65:09]
Rumour Cubes – Research and Destroy [73:11]
NOMADS – Sunset on The Range [78:26]
Whale Fall – The Madrean [84:20]
640.2015 january – july new releases | discoveries | miscellaneous
640.087 is coming – hang in there. For now, here’s a list of current 6forty project links. I highly recommend checking out the radio station!
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The primary goal of 6forty project is simple – to be an objective and comprehensive on-line resource for independent music, and to spread the word to as many humans as possible. So I leave it up to the listeners to select their favorites. As long as they’re streaming, buying and sharing, my efforts have been a success. In my opinion, every record that I have promoted on the site this year is a favorite, and since selecting the ‘best’ is such a personal and unique decision for each listener, I’ve compiled a list of the records that were on heaviest rotation here at 6forty HQ throughout the year for your review and listening pleasure. Personal favorites? Definitely. Your favorites? That’s up to you to decide. I only ask a few favors – share the music that you love and encourage others to do the same. Even if you can’t afford to pay for releases, simply spreading the word is an invaluable benefit to the bands. Thank you!
Please note – further below is a compiled list (39-page PDF!) of the 2014 weekly releases posts. The document includes live links and release dates – countless hours of music to explore and enjoy. Feel free to download the PDF and share.
< 6forty project’s 2014 heavy rotation >
Whale Fall ‘The Madrean’ (released 16 December 2014)
Rumour Cubes ‘Appearances of Collections’ (released 18 August 2014)
Blueneck ‘King Nine’ (released 07 November 2014)
Jakob ‘Sines’ (released 21 October 2014)
Cecilia::eyes ‘Disappearance’ (released 12 May 2014)
Nothing ‘Guilty of Everything’ (released 04 March 2014)
Damascus ‘When Last We Met’ (released 25 November 2014)
Tides Of Man ‘Young and Courageous’ (released 04 February 2014)
…Of Sinking Ships ‘The Amaranthine Sea’ (released 25 March 2014)
Barrows ‘Red Giant’ (released 06 May 2014)
Sleepmakeswaves ‘Love of Cartography’ (released 04 July 2014)
Glories ‘Put the Beast Out of Mind’ (released 29 July 2014)
A Far-Off Reason ‘Tusen Nåler’ (released 15 September 2014)
Kermit ‘Litoral’ (released 07 April 2014)
SVK ‘Avernus’ (released 19 March 2014)
I/O ‘Saudade’ (released 14 February 2014)
Jet Plane ‘Loud To Sleep’ (released 07 October 2014)
I Spell It Nature ‘North’ (released 14 October 2014)
Wander ‘Mourning’ (released 07 January 2014)
I Am No Hero ‘Underwater Cities’ (released 03 January 2014)
Sora Shima ‘You Are Surrounded’ (released 16 February 2014)
Flyingdeadman ‘Sending Fires to the Sky’ (released 19 March 2014)
Swans ‘To Be Kind’ (released 13 May 2014)
Eupana ‘So Many Suns’ (released 01 December 2014)
obe ‘Partners’ (released 08 February 2014)
Talons ‘New Topographics’ (released 04 August 2014)
Waking Aida ‘Eschaton’ (released 02 June 2014)
Row Boat ‘In Between’ (released 11 April 2014)
Memory Drawings ‘There Is No Perfect Place’ (released 15 September 2014)
Beneath The Watchful Eyes ‘We Held Our Breath Until Our Hearts Exploded’ (released 15 February 2014)
- cheers! Michael
A 6forty project exclusive! Here’s the latest single from The Fortress (Berlin, Germany). ‘For Tomorrow’ continues the band’s exploration of gazing post-rock – blissful sonic melodies weaving through deep bass and driving percussion. A perfect teaser for new music to come. For more information about the band, and to hear their other releases, please visit the links below.
In 1878, the Bell Telephone Company began to use two-wire circuits from each user’s telephone to end offices which performed any necessary electrical switching to allow voice signals to be transmitted to more distant telephones. These wires were typically copper, although aluminum has also been used, and were carried in balanced pairs separated by about 25 cm/10″ on poles above the ground, and later as twisted pair cables. Modern lines may run underground, and may carry analog or digital signals to the exchange, or may have a device that converts the analog signal to digital for transmission on a carrier system. Often the customer end of that wire pair is connected to a data access arrangement; the telephone company end of that wire pair is connected to a telephone hybrid.
In most cases, two copper wires (tip and ring) for each telephone line run from a home or other small building to a local telephone exchange. There is a central junction box for the building where the wires that go to telephone jacks throughout the building and wires that go to the exchange meet and can be connected in different configurations depending upon the subscribed telephone service. The wires between the junction box and the exchange are known as the local loop, and the network of wires going to an exchange, the access network.
All of the songs on 640.086 were either purchased legitimately or were offered for free. 6forty project does not support unauthorized downloading of the records that are featured on this web site. For more information about the music featured on this collection, please click on the band names in the list below.
Jakob – Malachite [00:00]
A Film in Color – i [06:34]
Coma Stereo – Sevastopol [15:33]
Leech – Gravity Head [20:48]
I Am Sonic Rain – Fog Is Drowning Us [29:42]
Indoor Cities – Waves To Decay [36:03]
I/O – Warship [40:41]
Glories – Just Be Remembered [46:06]
Ranges – The Golden Apples of the Hesperides [53:09]
Sora Shima – Fire-Arms / Cowboy Destroyer [58:26]
Rendezvous Park – Closer To Being Here [65:46]
Monsters Build Mean Robots – A Reverie For The Riots [71:48]
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiple in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most, terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment…
All of the songs on 640.085 were either purchased legitimately or were offered for free. For more information about the music featured on this collection, please click on the band names in the list below.
Flying Saucer Attack – Wish [00:00]
Sigur Rós – Kveikur [05:23]
My Bloody Valentine – Who Sees You [11:15]
All You’ve Seen – Rift [17:18]
Constants – Mourning [22:22]
93MillionMilesFromTheSun – Waiting There (Noise) [27:28]
Hungry For Hands – Three [31:33]
Junius – Battle In The Sky [35:05]
The Cherry Wave – Cave/Wave [38:39]
Machines Learning – Punching The Rabbit [42:22]
The Virgance – Catch The Wave [46:45]
Nothing – B&E [53:30]
Slowdive – Primal [58:49]
The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells © 1898
“I follow the determined cat back across the ancient bridge. We seem to sail through the clouds on the river. I remember beautiful springs, the first fresh leaves, Easter eggs, cake in the shape of a lamb, the maypole, and a blue, blue sky.
I feel as though many others just like me have passed here before, and many will be walking forever after, in different times, different ages — like time travelers caught in one frozen universal second.”
The Three Golden Keys by Peter Sís, copyright © 1994 by Peter Sís, bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.
This collection was on heavy rotation throughout a recent work road trip, and is dedicated to all of the lovely people who were with me the first few days of my adventure – Jake, Marion, Dan, Sander, Dani, Magda, Matt, George, Fil, and Kunal. Much of my week was spent on the motorways of Europe, traveling to/from meetings, offering ample time to reflect on the wonderful memories of Redshift weekend while the tunes and landscape rushed by…
All of the songs on 640.084 were either purchased legitimately or were offered for free. 6forty project does not support unauthorized downloading of the records that are featured on this web site. For more information about the music featured on this collection, please click on the band names in the list below.
Empire of the Sea – South [00:00]
Mainline Divide – Beyond Recognition [05:33]
…Of Sinking Ships – Breathing Anew [10:16]
Tides of Man – Eyes Like Strange Sins [16:36]
Heights – Symphony For the Sky – Movement 3 [24:20]
Kermit – We Tripantu [30:23]
Kalouv – Namazu [35:14]
Arms Of Tripoli – 10th Graders Forever [39:11]
Do Make Say Think – Executioner Blues [44:31]
Flyingdeadman – Ilae [52:49]
The Gothenburg Address – Tangents [59:22]
Pg.lost – I am a Destroyer [64:44]
Years of Rice & Salt – Lola [74:05]