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Author: Brian Everett Miller

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The Ambient Vault is produced by Brian Everett Miller and features extended versions of his album tracks and live performances, as well as contributions from selected guest musicians. Each episode contains uninterrupted ambient music and soundscapes perfect for relaxation, meditation, sleep, studying, creative work, or contemplating the universe.
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Episode 32 of The Ambient Vault features my special guest Hiroshi Ebina.  Hiroshi has been generous to share his stunningly beautiful and poignant album “For My Grandma”.   It is a quintessential acoustic based ambient album lovingly dedicated to his grandma. Tracks are as follows: 1. Nothing In This Universe Will Be Lost2. A White House3. Empty Beach4. Two Living RoomsHiroshi Ebina has a unique multi-disciplinary background, ranging from composing ambient music, performing gagaku, the traditional ritual music in Japan, as well as photographing minimalist landscapes in cities and nature. After spending years in Tokyo and New York, Hiroshi Ebina resettled himself in his hometown outside Tokyo in 2018. While exploring scenic sounds using guitars, modular synthesizers and tape machines, Hiroshi studied hichiriki and biwa, traditional gagaku instruments, and dance under the guidance of musicians from the Imperial Household Agency.Serendipity is a quintessential part of Hiroshi’s unique soundscapes, as he incorporates sound and silence that emerge and disappear as though by chance. His compositional process is like spreading dots and lines on a white paper and give them some orders. Then those lines and dots start showing some shapes. For him, music not really about being accurate about rhythm or pitch. He is more concerned with texture, the spaces between each note, and how it feels to his ears.In June 2018, he released his latest album “Evanescent,” and “Bergen” from The Ambient Zone in November 2018. Hiroshi also worked with the London-based Erland Cooper, who released his collaborative album “Sule Skerry” in May 2019. From 2019, Hiroshi has been affiliated with Singapore-based KITCHEN. LABEL, from which he is releasing his new album soon. In July 2020, he and his label mate Kin Leonn released a collaborative EP “Faraway Vicinity.”You can follow all things Hiroshi Ebina here: https://hiroshiebina.com/If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
Episode 31 of The Ambient Vault features my special guest Perplex On.  Perplex On is a band from Munich which makes electronic music.  Between Apparat and Tocotronic, Funkstörung and postpunk sounds of raindrops leaking through the cracks in the city, looking for the jumps to reality where dark psychedelic replaces the omnipresent pathos. The result is on the one hand black metal for digital sleep walkers, but on the other hand dream pop for existentialists. [S.A.W.]Perplex On was kind enough to allow me to make a mixtape of sorts with a selection of tracks for this week’s episode of the podcast.The list of tracks in the episode are as follows:1. Humming Voices 2. Locked 3. Vienna 4. Into 5. Lamellae 6. Flowing 7. Fade Away 8. Autumn Click the link here to follow all things Perplex On   https://linktr.ee/PerplexOnIf you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
Episode 30 - Dan Derks

Episode 30 - Dan Derks

2021-04-1816:37

Episode 30 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Dan Derks.  Dan is a creative technologist and improviser with a passion for community. He is the host of Sound + Process, a podcast about the artists of lines (https://llllllll.co), and he builds digital tools for musical exploration. He currently works at monome and Ableton, and has previously worked at Cycling '74.  Dan has been generous to share a set of beautiful tracks entitled, “Patient’s Demo - Side A”. Follow Dan Derks on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jailaibookie/?hl=enand check out his fantastic podcast Sound + Process here:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sound-process/id1112057891If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
Episode 29 - Xtinction

Episode 29 - Xtinction

2021-04-1116:10

Episode 29 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Xtinction.  Xtinction is the music project of Ernest Garcia, a dawless jammer of primarily ambient electronica.  He has been generous enough to share a track titled, “Elysium”, followed by a track titled ”Entropy“ on this week’s episode of the podcast.  Many thanks to Ernest for allowing us a glimpse into his sonic world!  Give him a follow on Instagram and YouTube:https://instagram.com/ecg_xtinction?igshid=1y2n87c4qgttfhttps://m.youtube.com/channel/UC9wS8kjF8wU_CvDSGaxitLQIf you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
Episode 28 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Noctopolis.  Noctopolis is an electronic based and narrative project by Mattis Hencke from Uppsala, Sweden, using ciat-lonbarde and other touch based instruments like the Lyra 8, field recordings, e-bow gtr, etc.The latest album, “Perelandra”, is the second in a trilogy with the third album coming later this year.  Other recent releases include singles and two track releases available on Bandcamp and all other major streaming services.  This week’s episode features a debut offering from Noctopolis tentatively titled, “Railway Planet”, a long form track made up of four separate tracks performed together.  Many thanks to Noctopolis for the great honor of letting me share your music on the podcast! You can follow and listen to Noctopolis here:YouTube - https://youtube.com/channel/UC7MJqHh8XYA0TadSwJHyyvAInstagram - https://instagram.com/mattishencke?igshid=3xgqr2nc3n1mBandcamp - https://noctopolis.bandcamp.com/Additional info and links -https://linktr.ee/noctopolisIf you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
Episode 27 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Six Missing.  Six Missing is the ambient, experimental, and electronic endeavor of multi-instrumentalist and award-winning sound designer, TJ Dumser. Often drawing inspiration from meditations and dreams, Dumser centers himself in the present moment to offer evolving sonic landscapes that allow the listener to drift away. These cinematic soundscapes are intended to be listened to with your eyes closed or as mood music for your favorite activity. The magic in any moment can only be found in the Here and Now. Be present, be here, be well. TJ has given me the great honor of debuting his track, “Hobble Down” on this episode of the podcast! Scroll down to learn about the inspiration and story surrounding its creation.Follow all things Six Missing here:https://www.sixmissing.com/hello/https://www.sixmissing.com/If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks![I almost always approach music from a cinematic viewpoint. Putting a mental narrative to it all helps make it make sense to me and hopefully to the listeners. So for this track I had envisioned being ceaselessly pursued by a monster in my nightmares only to jolt myself awake and find that I'm standing in the middle of the neighborhood street barefoot under an orange street light. The lights illuminate the smokey, foggy street all the way to the bend where my eyes finally focus on a silhouette, the monster has found me and begins gaining on me.”This track feels like the soundtrack that would accompany that scene. I've titled it "Hobble Down."]- TJ Dumser
Episode 26 - Digiklvb

Episode 26 - Digiklvb

2021-03-2216:32

Episode 26 of The Ambient Vault podcast features my special guest Digiklvb.  Digiklvb is the solo project of Prague based musician Jan Plihal.  It aims to create soundscapes, ambient, generative music, tape loops and experimental techniques.  The track featured is entitled “Yes/Never” and debuts here on the podcast. Many thanks to Digiklvb for the honor of giving it the first spin here on The Ambient Vault!Follow and listen to more Digiklvb here:Instagram - @digiklvbBandcamp -https://digiklvb.bandcamp.com/releasesYouTube - https://youtube.com/channel/UCLVVUbbkDHcZi2M2NkBxK7gIf you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
Episode 25 of The Ambient Vault features musician Jonathon J.W. Simpson with his musical project Illustrated by and an extended track entitled, “White Elephant”.Illustrated by focuses on building soundscapes using live loops and synthesizers.  You can find his most recent ep, “White Whale” here:https:illustratedbysynth.bandcamp.com/album/white-whaleJonathon is currently working on a follow up full length record entitled “run”.  Follow Jonathon on Instagram @illustratedbyIf you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
Episode 24 of The Ambient Vault features the music of Patchbaydoor.  This is a live performance of the track "Moving Expenses" from a forthcoming cassette/digital release in March 2021. Music performed live on patchable instruments (Ciat-Lonbarde, Eurorack) and magnetic tape.Patchbaydoor  is the ambient-pop-experimental music project of Steven R. Hammer, a U.S. based artist-scholar working in sound, video, and noise theory. You can find released music on Bandcamp (bandcamp.com/patchbaydoor), sketches on Instagram (@patchbaydoor), and other art & writings at stevenrhammer.comIf you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks! 
Episode 23 of The Ambient Vault features the music of Robert Simons, who generously offered up tracks from his project Catchthehare for this week’s episode. Catchthehare is a musical project by multi-instrumentalist Robert Simons that explores the intersection between electronic composition and experimental sound recording. Robert’s musical journey began at an early age learning the cello and classical guitar, but soon developed a keen interest in electronic music and synthesizers during the early 90s. Much of his work draws upon a variety of eclectic musical styles that he was exposed to growing up in Jamaica, Italy, South Africa and Uruguay. His musical output is often rooted by a melodic framework, combined with a colourful palette of modular synthesis, field recordings, tape manipulation and acoustic instrumentation. His ambient-focused album Sterrenbeelden is currently available on Bandcamp, Spotify and all the streaming platformsRobert currently lives and works with his partner in the deep Suffolk countryside, United Kingdom.Follow @robsimons on Instagram!If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks! 
Episode 22 of The Ambient Vault features the music of invited guest musician Per Barfot.Per is a Swedish musician making experimental ambient music with a modular synthesizer and tape loops. He recently released the single Epoché on Mystery Circles.  Find his music on Bandcamp, Spotify and Instagram.Taupe (72, 60, 50) is a slowly evolving piece recorded on a modular synthesizer to reel-to-reel and played back at half speed.If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks! 
Episode 21 of The Ambient Vault features an extended performance of “A Beautiful World”, recorded live in studio on February 13th, 2021.  * This episode features a spoken word excerpt by Brian’s late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller, recorded in 1972 during a live radio broadcast of “Sunshine Hymn Time”, which aired from 1945 to 1975.If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks! 
Episode 19 of The Ambient Vault features an extended performance of “Intrapersonal”, recorded live in studio on February 7th, 2021.If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks! 
Episode 19 of The Ambient Vault features an extended performance of “Synchronized Farming”, recorded live in studio on January 27th, 2021.If you enjoy this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks! 
Episode 18 - Jewel

Episode 18 - Jewel

2021-01-2515:25

Episode 18 of The Ambient Vault features an extended performance of “Jewel”, recorded live in studio on January 23rd, 2021.If you enjoyed this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks! 
Episode 17 - Drift

Episode 17 - Drift

2021-01-0423:15

Episode 17 of The Ambient Vault features an extended performance of “Drift”, recorded live in studio on January 3rd, 2021.If you enjoyed this content, you can help support future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks! * Special Note - This episode of the podcast was altered by the compression that takes place when uploading and certain frequencies within the performance are missing or altered.  This has happened to me on two other occasions and I’m not sure what it is about some tracks that causes this while most are not affected and I’m still attempting to get to the bottom of it.  However, the track is intact enough I believe to still enjoy so I hope that you do!
Episode 16 - Segue

Episode 16 - Segue

2020-12-2818:42

Episode 16 of The Ambient Vault features an extended performance of “Segue”, recorded live in studio on Dec 20th, 2020.If you enjoyed this content, please consider supporting future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram @heldbymachines, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Email: brianeverettmiller@yahoo.com.  Thanks! 
Episode 15 of The Ambient Vault is something a little different that I hope you will enjoy.  My family and I  recently discovered tapes in the attic of my late grandfather, gospel pianist James Miller (1916-1994).  These tapes feature my grandfather practicing piano at home and performing gospel hymns and original compositions that have never been heard before.  Grandpa James was a sweet man and amazing pianist who tragically died in a car accident in 1994.  It was thought that he left no recordings behind, or at least not any that still existed.  Imagine our delight at discovering these boxes that had been sitting in the attic for over a quarter of a century filled with reel to reel tapes and cassettes!  For our family to hear his music fill the air again after decades of carrying it with us only in our heads and hearts is overwhelming.  He was an extraordinary talent and so it is so amazing for us to have these recordings and I wanted to share just one recording with you here of one of his practice sessions.  I felt it narrowly fit the definition of ambient due to it’s informal nature and perhaps from a historical perspective as well, but if you’re interested in hearing more please check out the Instagram page I’ve made for him @jamesmillergospelpianist, and as always thanks so much for listening!James “Jimmy” Miller (1916 – 1994) was an American gospel pianist, vocalist and composer, who from the mid-1930s until the mid-1990s was known among evangelistic ministries for his unique style and impromptu arrangements and performances of hymns and gospel music.  In addition to evangelistic ministries he had his own ministry for elderly and shut-ins entitled Sunshine Hymn Time, a weekly radio program where he would sing hymns, original songs and play piano solos.  He also visited nursing homes, playing requests on whatever pianos were available. This recording features my late grandfather playing what we know to be original compositions, as well as some improvisations and a few that we are unsure about that might be covers.
Episode 14 of The Ambient Vault features an extended performance of “The Arm Beneath Your Head”, recorded live in studio on Dec 6th, 2020.If you enjoyed this content, please consider supporting future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Thanks! 
Episode 13 of The Ambient Vault features an extended performance of “A Warm Blue”, recorded live in studio on Dec 5th, 2020.If you enjoyed this content, please consider supporting future episodes by subscribing to the podcast and leaving a review, following Brian on Instagram, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.  Thanks! 
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