A beginner's guide to The ambient drones of Bill Baxter volume one

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about

An introduction to the experimental atmospheric soundscapes of The ambient drones of Bill Baxter, a side project of the prolific ambient music Brin Coleman who makes music under many guises, including Bing Satellites, The Lovely Moon, The Ambient Visitor, Theta Wave Orchestra, Kowalski Room and Ethereal Ephemera.

More of this sort of thing:
billbaxter.bandcamp.com

"I started The ambient drones of Bill Baxter as a secret project, probably sometime in 2015. I was already experimenting with music that was more minimal, that lacked beats or any particular melody. I wanted to experiment further with sounds, to create something deeply ambient and satisfying that didn't always sound musical. I was inspired by by urban surroundings - the constant noise and busy-ness around my house near the centre of Manchester nearly 24 hours a day. While I was inspired by this, I think I subconsciously wanted something that could overpower that constant noise and block it out. That something would have to be loud and would have to last a long time.

"I started experimenting, creating soundscapes that fit the bill very nicely and quickly I amassed a collection of longform, deeply ambient drones.

"The music can be loud. It can be noisy. It can be gentle and almost silent. My feeling is to treat it like classical music where wide variations in volume are commonplace. And where much of my other music can seem like it's floating high in the air, this muci is rooted deep underground.

"In March 2016, I started to share these with the world, quite anonymously. After a while, the music started to attract an audience. Listeners seems to like the long, deep, slow, noisy drones I was creating.

"After a couple of years, a number of people started to realise who was behind this and in 2019, I decided to quietly admit I was behind this project - no fanfare, just adding my name to the credits.

"At time of writing, there have been 99 albums (and one radio session) released by The ambient drones of Bill Baxter. I thought it might be a good time to start to help listeners new and old navigate an already bewildering back catalogue.

"I know full well that this won't be to everyone's taste - it will be too long, dark and noisy for some people - but for others, there is a wealth of ambient drones to explore and to keep exploring.

Brin Coleman, MCos, Manchester, November 2019

Full length version of the music featured on this compilation can be found at:

1. Airborne
5 March 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/airborne

2. Drone City
26 March 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/drone-city

3. Starfield
9 April 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/starfield

4. There is no sun without shadow
30 April 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/there-is-no-sun-without-shadow

5. Slowly
14 May 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/slowly

6. Destination
21 May 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/destination

7. Visitors
28 May 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/visitors

8. The Room That Never Was
1 June 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/the-room-that-never-was

9. The Long Road
2 June 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/the-long-road

10. Slow Waves
3 June 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/slow-waves

11. Glow
4 June 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/glow

12. All At Sea
5 June 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/all-at-sea

13. Sunset Music
11 June 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/sunset-music

14. Luna
14 June 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/luna

15. Sunflowers and Soundwaves
Features on the Free Floating Music compilation album Reflection
1 September 2016
freefloatingmusic.bandcamp.com/album/reflection

16. Horizon
20 June 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/horizon

17. Green
25 June 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/green

18. Into The Darkness
28 June 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-darkness

19. The Garden
3 July 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/the-garden

20. Deep Blue
7 July 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/deep-blue

21. Songs of Love
A session recorded for Bing Satellites Mostly Ambient Radio Show
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/songs-of-love-mostly-ambient-radio-session-16-july-2016

22. Space & Light
12 July 2016
billbaxter.bandcamp.com/album/space-light


Please note, I will adding more of these compilations in due course. However, all regular albums by The ambient drones of Bill Baxter will be available to download from billbaxter.bandcamp.com

credits

released November 22, 2019

All music written, performed and produced by Brin Coleman
at MCos, Manchester in 2015 and 2016.

Design and photography by Brin Coleman.
Cover photograph: Aberdyfi, Wales, October 2019.

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Bing Satellites is a prolific ambient shoegaze musician, producer and filmmaker from Manchester, UK.

I also make music under the guises The Lovely Moon, The Ambient Visitor, Kowalski Room, Theta Wave Orchestra, Ethereal Ephemera, Blocker and maybe more...

Currently, I play keyboards in Daniel Land's live band.
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