Danny Barnes - Ambient Works Volume 1

i have been working on the barnyard electronic aesthetic for a number of years in my laboratory [a mental as much as physical space]. this new work leans more on the electronic side of things. the pieces are more soundscapes, with giant elemental, shifting blocks that make up the orchestration. it's very simple, yet constructed in a way where the motifs morph into other things, pulling the listener along. i've been really getting into programming synthesizers lately and this represents some of my work in that realm. synths give a solo person [like me] quite a bit of power. as a fan of music built around that type gear, i find it fits naturally with the banjo and things like that, creating an organic yet futuristic oeuvre. 

this recording is to be used. if you have a long drive, or are working in the yard, or writing a computer program, or doing a task like that, this music is designed to pull you along, and perhaps suspend time for you so you can have a space to work, or enjoy yourself or whatever you need. i wanted to create a space where the listener felt like they had all the time in the world. that is one of the beauties of ambient forms. these pieces are all like little movies. [thank you meher baba

stream for free, download in various formats here >> 

barnyard electronics tour in the southeast. march 21-28. juke! i'll have a big stack of them 45 rpm records!

that has the info. thank you in advance!

hey folks. i have a brand new release out today 10.14.13. it's called shri 108 and it's available for immediate download now HERE. you can grab various formats to suit your needs, or you can just stream it and listen. it's a brand new batch of songs in the barnyard electronics technique. my inner circle of musician friends laughed and had fun listening to these songs, and i feel happy and excited to have made all this up and to be able to lay it on you. you know, recent developments in...well the "industry" so to speak, commerce, aesthetics, listening habits of fans and various other factors, make this a very productive time for a musician such as myself, working under the guidance of a sort of idiosyncratic internal higher voice. i feel driven to look for the sound, or combination of words, or feeling that will straighten everything out and make people stop killing each other, and stop killing the animals and give each other a break, amalgamating the totality. perhaps like an alchemist of old working alone in a primitive lab, looking for the answer. a sort of musical philosopher's stone if you will. poetry and music are high endeavors [perhaps the highest]. i've considered giving up so many times[for surely i know the 10,000 ways to fail] that i've come to just embrace that as another feeling and not worry about it too much and keep going. there's a light. beyond everything we see is a beautiful light. it's obscured but it's always there. vibration. light. grace. forgiveness. earth. flower dog water beach. see you out there somewhere, i'll have a banjo, a backpack, and a suitcase.

thank you.


here's the link, you can stream for free, and you can purchase a download in different formats, depending on what you like.

my friend matt sircely [a great mandolinist and songwriter] and i jumped in his old car [a honda with about 300,000 miles on it held together with wire and shit] and we did a road trip all the way down to LA and back playing a bunch of shows and sleeping on couches. our friend gary adler recorded one of the shows from the audience on a portable device. we also played on KPIG radio and john interviewed us and let us play on there. we assembled a 60 minute cassette for you to hear. it's available in the minner bucket records store.

"Falling Hard's banjo intro is classic Barnes, excelling into what's now known as Barnyard Electronics. A jagged tale of the working class over an Earl Scruggs riff layered with industrial rhythms and Bronx scratching." Bryant Liggett, DJ and GM for KDUR in durango CO.

minner bucket records labelmate and i, matt sircely, are currently doing a four day run of shows in the great northwest. we played olympia last night where we used my old shure vocal master PA! sold out of all the tapes we brought. tonight we play up in glacier, and then port townsend, and we finish on sunday down in portland at mississippi studios. the barnjo 15000 is the weapon of choice on this run.

we got an email from the PD over at KDUR, one of the great independant radio stations in the country, over in durango colorado, they just played the A side to the new single, falling hard.  thank you!!!