Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell

Here is something amazing I picked up from the blog of Warren Ellis. It’s an album called Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell. It is 8 hours long. Each track is around 25 minutes long. It consist only of Drone music.

And you know what? Why the hell not? If we are to go digital distribution, why holding on to outdated ideas of the length of albums? They reflect the capacity of the media they once used. This restriction is gone now. Also, we use music differently. I listen music for hours when I work on my computer. An album that lasts longer and has more ambient, monotone music fits well into that pattern. Conversely, a track that lasts 1 minute is completely useless to me. I look at you, Daft Punk.

Also, this is the first time I’m confronted with Drone music at this epic scale. I’m fascinated by this idea. Listening, I get all sorts of ideas for really weird games. Could be also because of the evocative title. I must be patient. Must finish TRAUMA first!

Krystian Majewski

Krystian Majewski was born in Warsaw and studied design at Köln International School of Design. Before, he was working on a mid-size console project for NEON Studios in Frankfurt. He helped establish a Master course in Game Design and Research at the Cologne Game Lab. Today he teaches Game Design at various institutions and develops independent games.

One response to “Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell”

  1. sirleto

    sorry, but i just dislike it. not because i dislike drones – no … but because his mood is just never my mood.

    i love this set of drones very much:

    what do you think?


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