R A N G E S :: The Gods of the Copybook Headings

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Feb 182016

 R A N G E S :: The Gods of the Copybook Headings

In my role as ‘curator’ of 6forty project and radio, I’ve been very fortunate to develop friendships with many bands from all over the world, and most of time, those friendships exist entirely ‘in the cloud’ via social media and email. But regardless of the fact that we’ve often never met in person, there’s one thing we all share – a love for a style of music that is passionate and intelligent; created by hard-working musicians who aren’t primarily driven by fame and ‘air time,’ but who are writing deeply expressive music that tells their collective stories. Bozeman, Montana is home to one of the bands that perfectly exemplifies this ethos. When I listen to the music of Ranges, I’m re-living their experiences, visualizing their environment, traveling along with the band as they pour their heart and soul into the music. They’re writing instrumentals that not only embrace the inherent power found within a song’s quiet moments, but also confidently deliver soaring guitars, driving rhythms, and layers of perfectly epic and beautiful noise.

The band has generously offered to have 6forty project feature one of the songs from their outstanding new record ‘The Gods of the Copybook Headings.’ The track ‘Robbing Selected Peter to Pay for Collective Paul’ is available to stream via the link below. As soon as you click that play button, you’re hit immediately with a massive wall of sound that slowly transitions into a lushly relaxed and melodic instrumental. There are many similar moments throughout the new record – the swells are expansive, the quiet is comforting, and at its core is a sense of ‘completeness’ that leaves you feeling the same way you would after finishing your favorite novel or watching your favorite classic film – utterly satisfied.

Please enjoy this 6forty project exclusive, and make sure to support the band by purchasing their merchandise. You’ll find a link below to their upcoming record, as well as to their equally amazing earlier releases. And if you’re fortunate enough to live anywhere near Bozeman, Montana, please go see them when they play live – you won’t be disappointed. A huge thank you to CJ Blessum for giving me the opportunity to feature his band’s newest single here on my site, as well as for the generous Ranges surprise packages over the years. And most importantly, for being a part of a band that continues to deliver such lovely sounds for our continued listening pleasure – I look forward to enjoying their collective output for many years to come…

Ranges – Robbing Selected Peter to Pay For Collective Paul

The Gods of the Copybook Headings
releases February 26, 2016
Written and performed by R A N G E S
C. Blessum • J. Caldwell • E. Demarais • M. Levy • W. Raska
Recorded & mixed by C. Blessum at The Low Country, Bozeman, MT.
Mastered by D. Coutant at Sun Room Audio.
Artwork, production, and distribution by A Thousand Arms.
Copyright MMXVI – A Thousand Arms Music

Ranges Music >> http://rangesmusic.com/

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The Sea of Izabella

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Feb 142016

The Sea of Izabella was considerably colder than Candy had expected. It was gaspingly cold; iced-to-the-marrow cold. But it was too late for her to change her mind now. With the ball knocked out of the cup by Mischief’s bullet, the Sea of Izabella was retreating from the jetty at the same extraordinary speed at which it had first appeared. And it was carrying Candy and the John brothers along with it.

The waters seemed to have a life of their own; several times the sheer force of their energies threatened to pull her under. But Mischief had the trick of it.

“Don’t try to swim,” he yelled to her over the roar of the retreating seas. “Just trust to Mama Izabella to take us where She wants to take us.”

Candy had little choice, she quickly realized. The sea was an irresistable power. So why not just lie back and enjoy the ride?

She did so, and it worked like a charm. The moment Candy stopped flailing, and trusted the sea not to harm her, the Izabella buoyed her up, the waves lifting her so high that on occasion she caught sight of the jetty and the lighthouse. They were already very far off, let behind in another world…

Clive Barker ‘Abarat’ 2002 Harper Collins Publishers


We Lost The Sea – A Gallant Gentleman [00:00]
We Stood Like Kings – Volchovstroy [06:04]
Alma – The Lighthouse [15:23]
Spurv – Passacaglia (fugler med ord i nebbet) [21:16]
A Shelter In The Desert – Todo podrá estallar, pero siempre habrá una adelfa que nacerá de entre los escombros [35:29]
Signal Hill – Freelance Forest [44:22]
New Century Classics – Post-Cards [51:51]
Aesthesys – Scrolling In Mind Images Of The Past Day Before Falling Asleep [57:30]
…Of Sinking Ships – Comforted By Predictable Current And Tide [62:00]
Tides From Nebula – Let It Out, Let It Flow, Let It Fly [68:40]
Goodbye, Kings – Memoire [73:40]

All of the songs on 640.088 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 above.

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640.088 playlist.pdf

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2015 heavy rotation

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Jan 032016

< 6forty project’s 2015 heavy rotation >





We Stood Like Kings ‘USSR 1926’ (released 30 October 2015)





We Lost the Sea ‘Departure Songs’ (released 23 July 2015)





Oiseaux-Tempête ‘ÜTOPIYA?’ (released 5 May 2015)





Tangled Thoughts of Leaving ‘Yield to Despair’ (released 17 April 2015)





Spurv ‘Skarntyde’ (released 11 May 2015)





Maïak ‘A Very Pleasant Way to Die’ (released 20 March 2015)





Godspeed You! Black Emperor ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’ (released 31 March 2015)





Pauwels ‘Elina’ (released 26 January 2015)





Listen, Earth ‘Embark’ (released 27 January 2015)





The Declining Winter ‘Home For Lost Souls/The Waning Mill Chronicles’ (released 23 March 2015)





Flies Are Spies From Hell ‘Underdog Underfoot’ (released 2 April 2015)





Tidings ‘Death Leaves a Bright Trail’ (released 1 May 2015)





End Year ‘Kursk’ (released 4 January 2015)





A Shelter In The Desert ‘Pequeñas Hiroshimas’ (released 21 July 2015)





Caspian ‘Dust And Disquiet’ (released 25 September 2015)





Fleur de Lis ‘In the midst of chaos there is stillness’ (released 22 October 2015)





Shy, Low ‘Hiraeth’ (released 13 November 2015)





Fourteen Nights At Sea ‘Minor Light’ (released 20 November 2015)





Glasir ‘Unborn’ (released 10 May 2015)





Alma ‘Alma’ (released 3 August 2015)





Doomina ‘Doomina’ (released 26 November 2015)





Waking Aida ‘Full Heal’ (released 25 September 2015)





Compass & Knife ‘The Setting of the Old Sun’ (released 17 November 2015)





Legendary Skies ‘Novarupta’ (released 10 April 2015)





The Living Sleep ‘Remnants’ (released 19 March 2015)





Celestial Wolves ‘Illusive Landscape Of Expression’ (released 5 December 2015)





Sannhet ‘Revisionist’ (released 3 March 2015)





Rachel Grimes ‘The Clearing’ (released 26 May 2015)

New Releases 2015 final.pdf

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– cheers!  Michael


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Jan 012016

640.2015  new releases  |  discoveries  |  miscellaneous

2015 releases.pdf

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Close to the Source . Kristin Hersh live at the Tin Angel

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Dec 242015

Close to the Source . Kristin Hersh live at the Tin Angel

Philadelphia . PA . October 27 1999

kristin hersh dot com

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Aug 282015

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)

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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]

640.087 playlist.pdf

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6forty project links

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Jul 022015

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!

6forty project on the web > http://www.6forty.com
6forty project on facebook > http://www.facebook.com/6fortyproject
6forty project on twitter > http://twitter.com/6fortyproject
6forty project on youtube > http://www.youtube.com/6fortyproject
6forty radio (web browser) > http://www.6fortyradio.com/
6forty radio (mobile/apps) > http://radio.6forty.com:8000/6forty
6forty radio on facebook > https://www.facebook.com/6forty.radio


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2014 heavy rotation

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Dec 312014

< 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)

New Releases 2014 final.pdf

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– cheers!  Michael

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the access network

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Aug 162014

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.

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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]

640.086 playlist.pdf


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with envious eyes

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Jul 162014

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.

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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

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