Recensioni di 30 seconds of time

Silber Records came up with the idea of this compilation from a few angles. People have short attention spans, people love ringtones. Most songs are too long. So they put together this collection of songs 30 seconds long & made them available as ringtones. Some of the usual suspects for their compilations, some new friends, plus where else are you going to hear 46 tracks in 23 minutes. So you have no need to push the skip button to get round to the next tracks. You can imagine and handle it as a weird kind of mash-up album, moreover, mash-up artists are usually not interested in such ambitious experimental rock and indie music, they prefer more to be into easy and supeficial sound, though. The artist roster is Electric Bird Noise, Zanzibar Snails, muscle mass, Pacific 231, Ben Link Collins, Rollerball, Thorn1, Promute, Irata, Charles de Mar, Small Life Form, Notorious Jet Set, Lullabier, The Undermasks, Drekka, Sibyll Kalff, Vestirse, Bryce Clayton Eiman, slicnaton, Miss Massive Snowflake, Subscape Annex, Remora, Moodring, IANTH, mwvm, The Collinses, The Velveta Heartbreak, Fires Were Shot, Yellow6, Mahlon Hoard, & Peter Aldrich.
~ Recent Music Heroes

This is a compilation from Silber Records. It is compromised of songs that are all 30 seconds, the logic being that people have short attention spans and songs are too long. Where I don't agree with the songs being too long crack I do really like the concept. Any record label that are cool enough to send us their stuff for free are good by me. Can't wait to hear some more.
~ Veins Dried Out

L'excellent label Silber Records offre une compilation de morceaux de 30 secondes pour en faire des sonneries de téléphone originales. On y retrouve des habitués de la maison (Thorn1, Irata, Drekka, Remora...) mais pas seulement, et ça se passe par ici. Au moins ça aura de la gueule quand votre portable sonnera dans le métro...
~ Dans le Mur du Son

If you’re thoroughly sick of all these artists that take upwards of five minutes to get their message across, then Silber‘s latest compilation is aimed quite pointedly at you. These are not 30 second excerpts, but complete songs all done and dusted in half a minute. What’s the point in that, you might ask? Well of course there’s a point, otherwise who would do it?Anyone who’s even half as indulgent as I am would be well aware of the difficulties faced by such limitations – being short, sharp and to the point is often easier said than done, so I’d think crafting a 30-second track that sounds complete would be quite the challenge – and possibly even a challenge to listen to if you can’t imagine a song sounding fully accomplished when it’s over mere moments after it began.The roster of artists involved in this compilation are: Electric Bird Noise,Zanzibar Snails, Muscle Mass, Pacific 231, Ben Link Collins,Rollerball, Thorn1, Promute, Irata, Charles de Mar, Small Life Form, Notorious Jet Set, Lullabier, The Undermasks, Drekka, Sybill Kalff, Vestirse, Bryce Clayton Eiman, slicnaton, Miss Massive Snowflake, Drekka featuring Thorir Georg, Subscape Annex, Mood Ring, Remora, IANTH, mwvm, The Collinses, The Velveta Heartbreak, Fires Were Shot, Yellow6, Mahlon Hoard, Peter Aldrich.Whether serving as a nice little intro to artists you’ve not heard before or showing a different aspect to ones you have, there’s sure to be something interesting to grab your attention for a while, even if you only have a few minutes to spare to find out. To sweeten the deal, Silber have released this compilation in a variety of formats to suit your whimsy, all of which are available to download for free.You can download the compilation in its entirety from Silber. If you pay a visit to Silber’s page, you’ll also find links to the artist’s websites where available. You can also download individual tracks from Archive.org. If that’s not enough choice for you, head on over to myxer where each track is available to download individually as ringtones – which is nifty. (SATELLITE FOR ENTROPY)

"E che te vuoi inventà più pe risultà, Ivà?", chiedeva disperatamente l'amico coatto di Ivano in Viaggi di Nozze di Carlo Verdone. In effetti ormai nella musica perfino parlare di originalità o di un'idea nuova è quasi sacrilego; fortunatamente gli spunti ogni tanto non mancano, proprio come quello che la Silber Records ci viene a presentare.
Dal titolo credo si possa già intuire qualcosa: si tratta di brevissimi morsi di musica di massimo trenta secondi realizzati da diversi artisti, "qualcosa per tutti e niente per nessuno", giustamente nota la press release. Difatti come è lecito aspettarsi ci si trova di tutto, dall'elettronica smozzicata e isterica degli Zanzibar Snails, al carillion scordato e barcollante dei Promute. Ottima la track dei Notorious Jet Set, quasi space rock, e così pure il pianoforte arricchito ascoltato nei Bryce Clayton Elman e, perché no, anche i Rollerball e il pezzo simil-Massive Attack dei Moodring.
Quel che ho sempre pensato, è che un grande autore lo riconosci soprattutto dal racconto breve. La stessa cosa in musica è difficilmente applicabile a trenta secondi di durata, questi possono fungere al massimo come due mere pagine di un racconto, insomma davvero poco. In questo la compilation funziona più come curiosità che come ascolto prolungato, ma considerando la gratuità del lavoro, c'è davvero poco di cui lamentarsi! (Kathodik)

Recensioni di White Silber - A cold slow Xmas


A free Christmas themed compilation featuring new material from the likes of Charles Atlas, This quietarmy, Yellow6 and Carta, along with a lot of other acts I’m unfamiliar with. Yes please, indeed!
~ Phantomchannel

No sorry, it's not that kind of white Christmas which finds you singing along jingle bells and so on, - although, actually, that's the start point here, à la Frank Capra style, for this free download compilation, compiled by Silber rec.
And, You know what, Brian John Mitchell, running this record label, must think You've really been good this year, because, besides this tasty free sampler (featuring Yellow 6, Charles Atlas, Lozninger, Carta, Aarktica, Miss Massive Snowflake, just to cite a few), there are also other three MP3 releases for free download in this page.
Coming back to the label roster sampler, the line goes from slowcore to guitar and ambient Music, signals and noises to hypnotize your holidays spent lying on the ground, crushed by a Christmas tree, - from Small Cities' half-country heart-breaking song and Charles Atlas' burning midtempo, to the Xmas heavenly melody by This Quiet Army - ecstatic reverbered guitars -, Zanzibar Snails' enchanting mantra, until Andrew Weathers's peaceful calm-down Autumn Drone, - to end with a revisited version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town, pretty lysergic, by Electric Bird Noise.
Enjoy Xmas with Silber. Ok, Xmas is over, but we're still in the right mood for this.
~ Komakino

Silber Media has long been a fine destination for ambient and experimental electronica, slowcore, avant pop, and, yes, holiday music. The imprint’s latest Christmas Compilation, White Silber: A Long Slow Xmas, is now available for free download via Archive.org. The website also has several of Silber’s comps from holidays past. Among their Christmas-themed offerings, I’m particularly fond of Winterizing; there’s also a Halloween sampler.
In terms of digital distribution, Silber has been ahead of the industry for quite a while . Obviously, one hopes that many of those who sample the label’s compilation downloads will also support Silber by purchasing their releases. Two recent recordings of note are Aarktica’s In Sea and Vlor’s Six-Winged. The former combines ambient IDM with dronecore and includes an unorthodox cover: Danzig’s “Am I Demon?” The latter is Silber’s resident supergroup, featuring over a dozen of the imprint’s artists in an eclectic melange of indie rock, slowcore, and electronica.
~ Christian Carey, Sequenza 21

Brian John Mitchell of Silber Records sent me this Christmas compilation, chuck full of Silber artist doing winter and holiday songs. It was created by their intern for a school project. You can download the “White Silber: A Cold Slow Xmas” complication from archive.org. I suggest that you listen to “The White Mountains” by Northern Valentine: www.silbermedia.com/northernvalentine
If you’re not aware Silber is known for artists that include alot of drones. Their motto on their website is “drone love honesty sound”.
~ Head Underwater

Recensioni dell' Italian Alcohol EP

La storia di uno split a tre, canzoni ispirate dall’alcool e realizzate da Rivulets, Pale Horse and Rider, Remora. Nonché un italiano dell’alta Marca, Andrea Vascellari in arte Lullabier, che chiede permesso e le riproduce, in lingua, secondo la propria inclinazione autoriale, sadcore e Americana. Il tutto per voce e chitarra, in free download sull’internet Archive. Benedette le segnalazioni quando vengono da persone fidate: è stato Alessio del Flat di Mestre a indicarmi “The Italian Alcohol” EP -qual è la differenza tra un singolo con bside e un EP?- il resto lo hanno fatto le influences su myspace, dai Low a Mark Kozelek, dai Mazzy Star ai For Carnation: il risultato, da qualche parte tra i Morose e Bob Corn.
Ho confessato quanto l’amo sciorina tutto il contrasto fra parole lasciate andare oltre il significato e la ferraglia che cigola in claustrofobia, “ormai vedo l’alcool come mezzo e soluzione”, che c’entri qualcosa il nordest? E ci starebbe un emoticon con l’occhiolino… Lividi come distintivi in punta d’arpeggio (art-peggio?), l’errore che torna leitmotiv, “un’altra volta ho fallito cercando di esserti amico / non è chiaro di chi è la colpa, forse è mia” in chiave di folk e birra. E la pioggia beat diScosse, canto di chiesa laica à la Simon & Garfunkel, una tipologia di brani che si riteneva relitta negli angoli delle birrerie anni Novanta ma che in questi giorni di maltempo e solitudine fa immediatamente gioco. Bravo Andrea, aspettiamo novità da cantare ai figli che non avremo per farli addormentare.
(Italian Embassy)