>>328 I don't really know how to define experimental music for you unfortunately. The material I'd like to include would be around glitch, breaks, gothic, classical, rock, metal, dub, acoustic, electro, no set style really.
Spooky is a bonus, but weird is a must! I've got one person so far and I'm trying to get hold of another guy who seems really interested, if there's any other muso's out there this is your chance...
No. 12213 - Anonymous - February 9th, 2010 - 7:49 AM
>>398 Send an email to >>340 , we can have a chat about it and see how it goes.
The response has been really great. I was aiming for a ten-track album, but all ten of the slots have been filled by submissions or people working on submissions, so I could make the record longer or use them for a second record.
I just got a hold of the two (point five?) albums you guys have made, and I gotta say, I'm impressed. You guys have done an awesome job in not only actually completing an /x/-related project, but in finishing it to such a high standard. VAULT's definitely right up there alongside Akira Yamaoka's Silent Hill works to me - keep us posted when you've got something else done, and keep up the amazing work, dudes.
I figured you guys were putting so much effort into this project and bringing us awesome new music, so the least I could do is give a review that's a little more detailed than "Yay" this time. Who knows, it might be useful to you, it might not.
First off, Labyrinth is pretty awesome - I always dig hearing natural noise (particularly footsteps) in dark ambient music. The effect reminded me a little of the first two tracks of Atrium Carceri's album Kapnobatai, and using the gentle chirping lead in to a really natural visualisation of a darkened landscape. I'll admit, Graveyard didn't immediately make me think of a graveyard, but when I looked at the name, and tried to picture a graveyard with that accompanying music, I got this weird impression of tombstones, trees, fences "juddering" a la the frenzied motions you see in Jacob's Ladder/Silent Hill. It was pretty damn interesting. Hive is really great - it exemplifies the kind of sombre, unsettling atmosphere without being too blatant with particular noises - just the long, simple drones that make it easy to listen to and really enjoyable. In contrast, Temptation had these amazing grinding noises, and its length in comparison to the two tracks it's between, made it seem like a sort of interlude between two different "places", if that makes any sense - Hive and Space are pretty different, so it's almost like Temptation was a corridor between the two of them. In any case, Space is great for putting across this brooding, suspicious environment through the piano's simple but striking "melody". Viscera Rites almost seems like a continuation of that, but distorted and "picked up" - like a kind of "Dark World" version of Space, if you'll forgive another Silent Hill allusion. Inside the Sanitarium is another great standard of Dark Ambient - an unsettling, uncertain kind of sound. Song That Never Was is awesome - I really loved the almost-unhinged chanting that came through, like some sort of dark-touched convent or something. And in "And All Were..." I liked the sinister tones accompanying the... whatever it was. A carousel, maybe? Whatever it was, it brought across this strange Trickster idea that seemed like a good way to finish.
Phew. Okay, I'm done, sorry for dragging it out so long. To finish with just because it's been on my mind recently, I was wondering if you could answer a question - Who or what was Demikhov?
>>499 Thanks so much for the review! This would be our first review too, so I like this.
The 'journey' of the album is something I worked really hard on. Picking the right tracks in the right order is something that can either make or break an album, and it's something I'm getting better at (I think)
Second Nature was a little easier to write because it wasn't focused in any particular way - it's just a lot of creativity. Instead of trying to define any kind of story I chose the best tracks in the best order, tried to trim out the technical issues and try to make it just sound good.
Demikhov's Haunt (to answer your question) started off a little differently. After we did the EP, I started up an idea to do an album about being in a deserted city. It's a bit of a long story to explain, but the idea was to have a protagonist record his moments in the city and at the end reach an area called Demikhov's Haunt, under which would be a huge Vault. As soon as the protagonist opened it the album would end. We put lots of work into a plot but in the end the narration wasn't going to make it in time for the deadline, so I gave the spoken word a miss and released the music.
Also I felt that having too set a goal was something that raised mixed feelings, I thought on one hand it was good to co-ordinate to that objective, and in the other it stifled creativity. But who knows maybe we'll do something like that again.
Anyway, Second Nature was my latest attempt in organising an album that just sounds, well, good. Falsewander made a huge impact with three great tracks, including the amazing Labyrinth. nGhost's tracks are sky high quality and in a class of their own. Broadcasting silence is a juggernaut of an artist, and his sounds are so real because they are real - I think all his sounds are made with guitars. Black Wind's lo-fi approach serves only to enhance his imagery better, with simple riffs but crushingly bleak landscapes and atmospheres. It's definitely made me think harder and harder about my music and work to improve, improve, improve.
On a last note, it's great to have a creation like this. So far, every artist has been from the chans.
Teargas and Plateglass has a real creep factor, especially the Black Triage album. "Kuomintang", "One Day Across The Valley", "Plague Burial" and "Simplify The Landscape With Darkness" are personal favourites.
Wardruna is incredible. I don't know how to make neopagan chanting fit into /x/, but it does. Look for the album Runaljod Gap Var Ginnunga, and the songs "Ar Var Alda" and "Dagr".
Finally, it should be obvious, but Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Specifically, F#A#(infinity) as a whole (East Hastings and The Dead Flag Blues FTW) and Antennas To Heaven.
>>661 Its the logo. Sorry, it's not very clear
>>662 Thanks for the suggestions. I like "Teargas and Plateglass" the best.
Again, we are writing original material, not compiling mixtapes; my apologises if that was your idea.
Virginia is our new project. Get involved, musicians of /x/.
No. 17130 - Anonymous - November 18th, 2010 - 12:43 AM
Can you please elaborate on this new project? I've been working on a very experimental piece for quite a while that incorporates telecommunications, sampling, and sound manipulation - would love to contribute when I'm finished with it.
No. 19700 - GoetSorceror - September 6th, 2011 - 10:43 AM
Howdy guys, is VAULT Compilation still around? There's not been much word from you recently, and the sites (both the xxxxxx and xyzxyz ones) have disappeared, it seems. Just checking in~
Can't quite parse your question (I should be in bed) but I uploaded the compilation, if you were looking for it... If you were not, please accept my slightly rambling apologies.
No. 19702 - GoetSorceror - September 8th, 2011 - 12:57 AM
No worries chief, I was asking if the folk who made the compilation are still around (i.e., Vault themselves).
Hey Goet. Sorry, the project isn't active at the moment, or at least, I'm not running it. I've been in contact with one of the other artists recently and there are no plans as yet on making another release. Our stuff is all up online [vault.bandcamp.com], or on youtube [youtube.com/VAULTofficial], except for the last album, which Hermit has kindly linked to in >>19701. Here's the official front cover for it.
I dunno - if anyone has a burning desire to take over the project then they can set up a forum or whatever and carry it on. We were very active and it was a lot of work, so it was lots of fun to do but it needed lots of time. I guess I could help out with some of the production or planning areas but I really don't think I'll be running Vault again, so the post is open if anyone wants it. If you really want to know more then email me using the yahoo address in the OP. And we never got CDs printed in the end... -_-
No. 19712 - GoetSorceror - September 11th, 2011 - 4:35 AM
Aw man, I'm really sorry to hear that. You guys were one of the few folks who got together on an /x/ board and actually did something rather than sitting around talking about it. I was kind of hoping you were all still working away since I was going to ask if you'd all be interested in making some dark ambient tracks for a game I'm developing just now, since I really enjoyed a lot of your stuff. In any case, I'm glad you folks managed to get out so much amazing material together, you're a real inspiration.
I think I managed to get most of VAULT's albums a few days after release, but I seem to remember there being one called "Virginia" which I don't have - was it ever finished?
No. 19713 - Hermit - September 11th, 2011 - 7:41 AM
Thanks! As said, it was a very active project - there was a high number of submissions, and I only really used a small portion out of everything that was actually submitted. If it kicks off again, then I'd prefer to co-admin it or something so that there's a fairer approach. I'd love to hear it if anyone has any new ideas for what VAULT could be. Anyway, I've uploaded a 'best of' album, a compilation of some of the best music on the project via http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DE3354V7. This volume is 17 tracks, just to give you an idea of how vast the whole thing became. And to anyone who would like to take over - please try to improve my terrible logo.
As for your game, did you have anything in mind specifically? If you like drop me a mail and tell me what style/genre you had in mind.
D'oh, I'm an eejit. Thanks very much for the link dude, it's much appreciated!
It is a pretty hefty collection, and it just goes to show that when folk on /x/ get together for a project, something amazing can result from that. As for the game, it's a horror/adventure PC game where the protagonist - who has become something of a shut-in - realises their apartment is becoming infested with bizarre entities that eat away at their sanity, and he has to find a way out through a labyrinth of hallways and corridors that permeate his apartment (while avoiding the things that are roaming in the dark tunnels there). Music-wise I was looking for tracks with equal parts dark ambient noise as well as unsettling/jarring riffs, but all tied in with particular enemies, characters and so on - a soundtrack of themes, basically. There's more to it than that, but I won't go off on a spiel when I'm not even sure you or anyone else is interested, haha. =P
I've been focusing on a lot of beat oriented stuff lately, making darkstep and downtempo under the name Kanista but lately I've been getting back into ambient stuff. It was a bit of a downer when I found out Vault was no longer going, It'd be pretty awesome if it got started up again.
No. 19822 - Anonymous - October 29th, 2011 - 9:18 AM
Hey Locust. Thanks for showing interest - I definitely need some help on the admin side if it was to run again. I'll send you a PM at some point.
Hey guys, thanks for the interest. Short answer: maybe. I'll have to sit down and try and work on a brief, and see if I can fit it into my schedule. We'd need to work on exactly what we are going to make, and what circles we can distribute it in, forums/streaming sites/etc. Basically to be a little more 'connected'. If we can't, there's a good chance it wouldn't run again. But we'll see. What sort of music has everyone been working on?
Fearless: don't know what happened to him or his Obey project sadly. He was working on something but didn't send me anything like a myspace to it or anything.
First of all, I'd like to state my absolute interest that you restart vault. I think you had something very interesting, very diverse, and even though it was a compilation you made it all work, and the albums were cohesive in sounds and themes (well, maybe not so much in sound).
I'd also like to tell you most of your uploads are a bit lost ever since the whole megaupload fiasco, so I hope they are stored somewhere (mediafire), and I think a blog would be ideal (and much more cosy) to store the releases.
As for the members which haven't manifested themselves here, I did take a while tracking them down to hear their music, but I found out that Aneht (which also used the name nGhost) has a soundcloud page, and I think a myspace too. If you take in account older contributors, I did find an artist going by "The Slenderman", with a page in youtube, as does Outpatient. Black Winds swapped pseudonyms and now goes by the name December Nightskies, and is here: http://decembernightskies.yolasite.com/
I have no idea where fearless is. He either changed is pseudonym, leaving no way of tracking him down or possibly quit music altogether.
Falsewander has changed several times to other names, but she has a blog and a lastfm page and has kept contact over time, so no problem there.
Also, you mentioned the need of help in admnistration, and most importantly the goals: with that I must agree. I think you should work on publicizing your work through the various means possible, be it youtube, lastfm, blogspot, whatever. And you should work out the possibility of taking it to physical format, how you should do it, etc. Anyway, I know I have little right to even say any of these things, since I'm pretty much alien to the project as a whole, but I have been following it for a reasonable time, and from what I have observed, be it here on in other similar projects, this is what I can say. Also, you gave me a very valuable piece of advice, and to that I must thank you, because after what you said to me I started seeing collective work in a whole different way, and it simply came of as something very simple and organized.
Cheers to all of you!
i've mainly been making electronic stuff, breakcore, Drum n Bass, downtempo. i have done hardly any ambient pieces since a while after VAULT went down. I've done a few experimental electronic stuff but that's about as close at it gets to anything ambient.