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    Hello Everyone,

    Many of you probably already know who I am and what I do, but for those that don't, let me introduce myself:

    My name is Blake and I create music under the pseudonym Broken Harbour. While originally a guitar player, with an undying love and dedication to metal and more experimental rock, I eventually felt restricted in the genre, and decided to dabble in ambient & drone music as Broken Harbour in 2008.



    I spent almost a year making my debut record, I wanted something varied and different and I think that's what you get with this album. You get some light airy ambient, super low frequency drone, and even a track of nothing but heavily processed guitar. "Requiem for Dead Spacemen" seems to resonate with people, and is generally considered the focal point on the album. My personal favorite however is "Redshift", and the song gives a general indication of where Broken Harbour was heading next...



    What came next was a little surprising. I almost completely abandoned the sound from the first album. I was bored with synthesizers at the time, so no synthetic sources were used in the composition, just samples upon samples of real recordings. What came out of the recording sessions is something unique. I can't really think of another record that sounds like it (maybe Bass Communion's 'Ghosts on Magnetic Tape' a little bit, maybe...). I sat on the recording for nearly 2 years before deciding to release it, as it needed to 'digest' it for a while before deciding to release such a different-sounding album to the world.



    Next came this record, which was done after a long break and a studio rebuild. The album was originally conceived and written under the title 'Ansible' shortly after Gramophone Transmissions in 2009, but I decided to completely rewrite the album in 2011/2012. It's a much more straightforward ambient album, full of synths and reverb instead of sampled performances. Relaxed Machinery liked what they heard and released it.


    I'm also one of those nutcases that still likes to release physical product, so if you still like to buy CD's and CDR's, I still do those.

    Anyhow, happy to make you're acquaintance, I'm not the most avid forum user, but I'll do my best to participate and be interesting.
    Last edited by | broken harbour |; 12-20-2013, 03:01 PM. Reason: I'm dumb
    | broken harbour |
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    http://brokenharbour.bandcamp.com/
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    http://www.last.fm/music/Broken+Harbour

  • #2
    welcome to AO!

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    • #3
      Welcome! I have seen your posts on Relaxed Machinery and I enjoy your music. Glad to see you here.

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      • #4
        Welcome to AO, and thanks for sharing your music and the story behind it. I've listened to a few already and I really like what I've heard.

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        • #5
          It's good to have you here!

          What's weird is I have heard of you, but I wasn't following you on SoundCloud...or twitter. Well I am now! Checking out your music...fantastic!

          I think you'll like our little ambient oasis we've created...looking forward to seeing what else you bring to the table.

          Cheers and welcome aboard,
          -S1gns
          Synphaera Records
          Space | Time | Matter

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          • #6
            Hey man, welcome home.
            Xalpheon on SoundCloud
            | main alias

            Wax eloquent - wane together

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            • #7
              Welcome!

              Originally posted by | broken harbour | View Post
              I'm also one of those nutcases that still likes to release physical product, so if you still like to buy CD's and CDR's, I still do those.
              Not at all, I still find myself thinking of a release as not 'proper' until it's available physically. Which is kind of daft when we're talking about sound (overturning years of record buying habits etc etc) and insulting to all the fine people out there (and here) releasing stuff purely online...
              Latest release: never to be repeated

              Hearthis | Soundcloud

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              • #9
                Originally posted by | broken harbour | View Post
                Thanks for the welcome people.
                I knew we'd rope-a-dope you in here sooner or later! :P
                Synphaera Records
                Space | Time | Matter

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