29 October 2019: Halloween!

In a departure from previous programs, tonight I'll be playing songs related to the theme of "Death". 

Tonight's playlist:

22 October 2019: Witchcraft & Black Magic in the UK / Final Strike of the Pumpkin Witch

Tonight is the first of two FreeForm shows with a Halloween theme.

Witchcraft has had a fascinating and turbulent history in the UK. Through periods of persecution and prejudice, it has survived to the present day and many people still practise the tradition now.From the 7th century onwards, attitudes towards the practise began to change. During the medieval period, fears over so-called ‘black magic’ began to emerge. This referred to the power of witchcraft to bring harm to others. An association was also drawn between witchcraft and the devil.
Read the full article by Brett Almond: www.holisticshop.co.uk/articles/history-witchcraft
This Eighth Tower Records release is dedicated to the memory of Daniel Williams, brilliant music critic, musician and dearest friend, I had the honor and pleasure to collaborate on this project. His sudden departure hurt me deeply, but didn't stop me from carrying on with the work we started together. A work in which his memory continues to be alive.
Raffaele Pezzella


releases October 31, 2019


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Design: Francesco Di Stasio
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June 3rd, 2019:
Good God. I've escaped the clutches of the Pumpkin Witch. But for how long, I know not.

I was torn from my home, last October, by three dark figures: The Disgraced Scientist, The Vampire Tyrant, and Haunter of Darkened Forests. These are the three villains responsible for summoning the Pumpkin Witch and conjuring chaos and death in my small town. And soon, the rest of the world.

While trapped in the hovel of the Pumpkin Witch, her terrible plans became mockingly revealed to me. Knowing what may be the ghastly fate of humanity was but a part of the barrage on my psyche. Just laying eyes on that half-rotted gourd hag was torture enough. I wish not to delve much more into what I suffered at the hands of my vile tormentors, for my own mental well-being. Some good may have come from my entrapment by the Pumpkin Witch and her cohorts though: I discovered a possible weakness.

The Pumpkin Witch is a seemingly ancient phantasm that can inhabit any body prepared for her. If I can expel her spirit, the very essence of the Pumpkin Witch, from the sickening physical vessel she currently inhabits, and transfer it to another vessel of my own...  more


released October 13, 2019

Pumpkin Witch is The Disgraced Scientist, The Vampire Tyrant and Haunter of Darkened Forests

Bonus tracks "The Shape in the Darkness" and "Ghosts in the Graveyard" recorded live in a cemetery


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15 October 2019. Tone Science Module No.3 Cosines and Tangents (DiN:TS03) / Candy L "Forest Dreams"

Tone Science sub-label, from DiN records, continues to explore the world of modular synth music.

Following the success and critical acclaim of the first two Tone Science compilation albums, DiN label boss Ian Boddy has collated another nine tracks from musicians of varying backgrounds working in the realms of modular synthesis.

Three of these names will be familiar to DiN listeners whereas the other six are new to the label.
Thus the album opens with a shimmering soundscape from American ambient pioneer Robert Rich who has previously collaborated with Boddy on three DiN releases. Well known for his infamous “sleep concerts” Rich here focuses in on the sonic details that modular synthesisers can offer the composer. The following two tracks by Caspar Hesselager and Little Ambient Machine show beautifully how a simple melodic sequenced phrase can be shifted, fractured and refocused in the analogue domain.

The mid album section then features two very different tracks with a more experimental feel. Radek Rudnicki cleverly mixes samples of traditional Japanese music controlled in the modular world with great swathes of analogue synth whereas Eden Grey uses her...  more


releases October 18, 2019

1. Robert Rich Cyclosporum 6:32
A simple keyboard improvisation, playing chords through an arpeggiator, into an analog shift register to create four voices of shimmering repetition. 

2. Caspar Hesselager The Divided Apparatus 8:51
Made on a Make Noise Shared System, patched and recorded within a few hours to one stereo track. A simple pattern is developed in different ways in terms of accents and timbre.

3. Little Ambient Machine Anemones 9:02
Anemones is a ‘more or less’ generative patch using only 3 sound sources and fx. The heart of this patch is Chance in conjunction with an O&C quantizer, providing random triggers and pitch.

4. Radek Rudnicki En-Edge 7:04
En-Edge explores re-contextualisation of traditional Japanese music with granular and FM synthesis. I use recordings of Buddhist chants from Kyoto, featuring Biwa master Shoukou Okada and Shoei Mizo. 

5. Eden Grey AVA 2 7:27
A sonic meditation composed with my custom Eurorack modular synthesizer, focusing on the slow rhythmic dispersion of sounds combined with a drone vibe.  I am concentrating on the tones created with subtle movements & the silences between them. 

6. Benge Round #2 6:02
Having set up a tone-sequence on ARP2500 I then processed some percussive loops on MODCAN-A, making use of the CV-Recorder, which can be used as a crude audio sampler.

7. d’Voxx Angel 5:34
Angel, a performance composition for new modular instrument. Centred upon both analogue & digital voices, modulation and sequenced under control voltage, it invokes a transient spirit trapped in the twilight.

8. Redshift Berserker 7:48
Music for me is about one thing and one thing only, emotion. Without that everything else is irrelevant.

9. Jogging House Hands 6:30
Hands is about the sensation you feel, when the touch of a loved one pulls you out of your daydreams and back to reality - just to drift off again afterwards.


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Forest Dreams. An ambient, dark ambient soundtrack for events imagined. As much about "sound" and perception as about music.
Loosely based on the "War Of The Worlds" by Orson Welles.

I thank Colin Blake (Playman 54) for his amazing and haunting synth work on "Whose Woods These Are"


released December 9, 2016

All compositions and music by Candy L except "Whose Woods These Are" by Candy L & Colin Blake (Playman 54)

All of my music is created with the following: Yamaha MM6 synthesizer, Yamaha 61 key digital, Novation Launchkey, Alesis QX49 midi keyboard, with occasional live guitar, bass or other, instrumentation. Software used: Kontakt, Reaktor, VStation, Bass Station, Replika, Valhalla, Hypersonic, Guitar Rig, VS20, Izotope, Ableton Live, Protools, Blocks Wired, Kontour, Kinetic Metal and numerous other vst FX.


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08 October 2019: A Tribute to Candy Lozier aka Candy L, Part II

A Last Sunset: A Celebration of Candy Lozier, Volume I

 In September 2019, the music world lost a true force.

Candy Lozier (Candy L) was a composer, performer, label founder, fan, advisor, supporter, confidant, collaborator, and all-around cheerleader for the music and artists she loved. She founded the netlabel Studio4632.com and shepherded the release of over 200 albums spanning the range of ambient, experimental, and neo-classical electronic music (or whatever else her friends and artists were up to.)

This compilation (which will be at least 2 volumes) is a celebration by her friends, artists, collaborators, supporters, and listeners of her life, her work, and her never-ending support.

It's appropriate to begin this collection with one of her favorite pieces, and one of Cousin Silas' most played tracks - "Song For Candy." The collection will end with a track by Cousin Silas and Candy from material from their last (still unreleased) collaboration sessions. It is the final collaboration.

Any funds received from these memorial albums will be forwarded to Candy's sister, Jeannine, to donate in Candy's name to an appropriate cause.

From Jeannine: "... she was a gem, she was 63 years old. She loved music ever since she was a kid. She was also a gifted artist. She was very multi talented, creative, intelligent, and clever. Always a hard worker. Personally, she was kind, generous, a lot of fun, interesting. She'd give you the shirt off your back. She was my BFF and I miss her so much".

The stunning outpouring and diversity of these tracks is a tribute to Candy's life, her vision, and its importance to so many of us. These first three hours are just a beginning of keeping the music and that vision alive.

-- Glenn Sogge

released October 4, 2019

Album production & mastering: Glenn Sogge
Album cover photograph & design: Glenn Sogge


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