Mark Rushton - Free MP3s
Halloween, October 31, 2009
The sound of my neighborhood on Beggar's Night, October 31, 2009, as recorded off my back deck.
Approaching Iowa City, June 21, 2009
Recorded when the rain started in Iowa City on Sunday, June 21, 2009. The birds seem to be sending out a call.
Waking Up (A Field
Recording) by Mark Rushton
Like the previous week's field recording, I recorded outdoors behind my house on the morning of Sunday, May 10, 2009 for several hours to capture the birds before sunrise. This is a better recording due to less distant road noise thanks to a NW wind. This recording starts about 10 minutes after the first birdsong of the morning, so about 5:40am or thereabouts, and it gradually grows.
Recording, May 3, 2009 by Mark Rushton
I left my Zoom H2 out on the deck overnight on May 3, 2009. This section of bird song was recorded just before sunrise, about 5:30am, when the birds were really active. In the background you can hear the slight drone of I-80 (2 miles to the north), and the occasional car on Rochester Ave (3 or 4 blocks to the north). There's even a railroad horn 2/3s of the way through (the track is a couple miles to the south). The recording only had some minor "normalization" performed, and fades in/out.
Recording, March 17, 2009 by Mark Rushton
A recording off my back deck on St Patrick's Day. It was unusually warm for Iowa City, around 75 degrees, sunny and breezy. Recorded and released on March 17, 2009.
Get Lost In This
by Mark Rushton
A birthday present from me to you. Droned-out synths and loops, field recordings of rainstorms, wind chimes, birdsong, etc, all thrown together in an industrial ambient hypnotic mix. Recorded and released on March 2, 2009.
Swillsure by Mark
Noisy ambient sketch. Recorded and released on December 28, 2008.
Grey Skies by Mark
A little sketch featuring sustained synth drones, field recordings, looped tornado warning sirens, and various other sounds. Recorded and released on December 27, 2008.
Traversing by Mark
An ambient/electronica sketch built around improv Xiosynth-ing, numerous field recordings, and various loops. Recorded and released on December 24, 2008.
Dead Drone by Mark
It's a dead drone. I kind of want this sound to go on for another 20 or 30 minutes, or maybe an hour or two. For now, there's always "repeat". Recorded and released on December 23, 2008.
Thunderstorm Soundscape by Mark Rushton
"May Thunderstorm Soundscape" features multi-layered thunderstorm field recordings from my backyard in May 2008, along with an intentionally out-of-phase rhythmic backing. I wouldn't consider this a sketch; it's a finished piece. Recorded and released on December 22, 2008.
Inside Gates by Mark
"Inside Gates" is a sketch built around a field recording I did while waiting for food at Gates BBQ in Kansas City while visiting there in the summer of 2008. It's also merged with loops from some past tracks I've worked on, including one called "It's Time To Get Green" and "Seven Sisters". Recorded and released on December 21, 2008.
Storm by Mark Rushton
"Drone Storm" is an ambient drone sketch I made with thunderstorm field recordings and a vaguely Indian backing beat. It features mid-tempo layered beats, bird song, thunder, numerous drones, hidden pulses, and the occasional sweep of rain. Recorded and released on December 20, 2008.
Treetops by Mark Rushton
"Under Treetops" is a free ambient/field recording track released on December 19, 2008. It features low pulses, fog, rain sweep, wind chimes, bird song, and air.
Remembering our friend Chuck Bird (November 11, 1957 - November 12, 2006) who died after a 30 year battle with diabetes in Nashville.
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Field Recording (October 9, 2008)
Driving down Rochester Avenue in Iowa City on October 9, 2008 about 7pm.
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Field Recording (September 7, 2008)
A recording off my back deck on September 7, 2008, after dark, around 9pm.
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Katydid and Fireworks
A recording of katydids and crickets in my backyard, punctuated with the sounds of distant fireworks exploding 13 miles away in North Liberty for the RAGBRAI bicyclers who were spending the night there. I like how the katydids take a break during the booming and then resume several seconds after it stops.
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June 8, 2008 - Field Recording Of A Rain Storm
More storms coming through Iowa City tonight. We have flooding down by the University of Iowa and nearby Coralville Lake is about to flow over the spillway. This was recorded from my kitchen window using the Zoom H2 and edited on the ends.
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May 29, 2008 Field Recording (Thunderstorm)
A thunderstorm passed through Iowa City on Thursday, May 29, 2008. The recording ends right as the worst of the lightning and thunder happen overhead. I was recording the storm using the highest microphone gain using my Zoom H2 and those sounds were too over-modulated to use. What happens before it is quite lovely, though.
Rushton - Can I Have Your Attention Please?
This is a field recording made on May 23, 2008 at the elementary school near my house. The principal was getting the kids were getting ready for a school parade. It was raining slightly. Most of the kids had some kind of noisemaker in their mouth which made for a bizarre whistling sound. I'm walking away towards the end of the recording.
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Dance Dance Electrocution
I got out one of my old backup hard drives and found, amongst what seems to be hundreds of unfinished tracks over the years, this "incomplete" song on it from 2004 which seems to be very much completed.
It's quite a bit different than the music I produce today. This is very uptempo dance instrumental music.
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April 20, 2008 Field Recording
This was recorded in my backyard the night of Sunday, April 20, 2008.
Last year, after I moved, I had planned to make a series of field recordings from my back yard, which is next to a series of wooded areas and in-town farm land. I put out a couple of recordings as free MP3s, mostly of crickets and katydids. Even though I recorded every couple of weeks until October, some of the recordings weren't good. Later in the year, I got a Zoom H2 (which I love...), but after the first frost the sounds were over.
Here it is in 2008 and I plan to do recording on a bi-weekly basis. Each one will be edited down to 5 minutes.
We had a bad winter. One of the coldest in decades and the 3rd snowiest in 140 years of record-keeping. February had the most snowfall ever for that month. It was a long time melting, and now we've had week after week of heavy rains.
What do you end up with? I think that sounds like frogs. And note my neighbor's sump pump hose draining just after the beginning.
The original audio was recorded from my Buddha Machine into a Zoom H2 as a 16-bit 44.1kHz WAV file, which was then transferred to my laptop and messed around with using audio software.
It's from the same source file as Pulse Detector, but remixed every so slightly different. Pulse Detector was a shorter edit of the original file. Lengthy Stay is a longer edit. It's not been looped, as the source file was recorded directly from the Buddha Machine in one big long chunk.
Lengthy Stay has a lovely and hypnotic ambient dub nature to it, along with a considerable amount of underlying background tension.
The loop is recorded from my Buddha Machine into a Zoom H2 as a 16-bit 44.1kHz WAV file, which was then transferred to my laptop and messed around with using audio software.
Pulse Detector has a lovely and hypnotic ambient dub nature to it.
Rushton - The Ice Storm (a field recording)
The Ice Storm features recordings done on my Zoom H2 on December 11, 2007 during the ice storm in Iowa City, Iowa.
Mark Rushton and Jon Harnish - Ten Foot Tomato
31, 2007 Buzz
Every night is different, but all nights are loud in the summer. The katydids keep going with their multi-layered, out-of-phase rhythms. The crickets buzz, although less often and with less intensity as the week before. There is only a slight hint of road noise from the north. A nearby neighbor has the central air running, which you can hear slightly on the right side. This was recorded using my old Sony minidisc recorder and a pair of binaural microphones. I only edited for time, provided the two fades, and turned it into a 128kb-encoded MP3. File under: field recording
Buzz, Part 2
Buddhametrics (live v2)
This is a live remix of my track Psychometrics (originally released on my 2004 CD The Driver's Companion), but with many of the layered loops taken out and replaced with a loop from the Buddha Machine / Buddha Box. It was recorded live at the Ambient Matyk Cafe in the New Bohemia section of Cedar Rapids in March 2006. You can hear me walking around on the wood floor and occasionally some traffic going by. File under: mellow, pulse, chill.
Memory Trigger is from my February 2007 CD release Regeneration X. Get the CD at or listen to other samples at cafepress.com/regenerationx - It has such a nice SomaFM "Groove Salad" feel to it, if you know what I'm talking about. Very laidback rhythms and keyboard sustains. Nice flow and very subtle. I even stuck timpani in a couple of places and it works. Very accessible. File under: groovy electronica.
Winter Wind Chimes is very quiet ambient based on atmospheric loops by Jon Harnish. Mark Rushton later arranged and mixed these with some recordings sampled from an earlier performance at the Ambient Matyk Cafe where Mark Rushton was providing laptop and loop improvisation and Jon Harnish was providing bass guitar and effects.
"With its snatch of acoustic guitar providing an earthy, if distinctly computer-enabled, rhythm, "Sunday Drift" couldn't surprise more if it took a sudden pause for a glorious break of fog-splitting shimmer — which is exactly what it does. A free download off Mark Rushton's recent Hum and Drift album, the song uses that self-evident contrast (between pedestrian folksiness and heavenly aura) to its advantage, overlaying 'em for effect but playing them against each other as well." - disquiet.com
Theme From Lincoln
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