BALM

by DJ OLIVE

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    this is 255 minutes of beatless music. you can stream the entire album from here or listen in any order. It is meant to be listened to as quietly as possible and act more like cozy company than music. waves on a beach or wind in the trees or an old fan in an ally these songs curl up around your feet at the edge of sleep.

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    Handmade peapod packaged by the artist. includes 4 CDR's, all 38 songs from DJ Olive's beatless record of sleeping pills called Balm. The tracks order is alphabetical with 2 seconds of silence between each track.

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    All the songs here on Balm, plus, all three of DJ Olive's mixtape sleeping pills Sleep, Buoy, & Triage, on a memory stick. files are 16bit wav or aif. This is a great gift to sleeping friends.(note stick in photo may not be the one used)

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    A personal sleeping pill mix on CDR. Pick your favorite songs (up to 74 mins of music) or allow Olive to choose what he likes from his record Balm and he will craft it into a personal one of a kind continuous mix just for you. this is limited to 1111 personal sleeping pills

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    Hand Painted 12" paper jacket by DJ Olive containing a personal sleeping pill CDR. Pick your favorite songs (up to 74 mins of music) from DJ Olive's record Balm and he will craft it into a personal one of a kind continuous mix just for you to accompany your original painting.

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    DJ Olive's third sleeping pill Triage on CDR hand packaged by the artist. 60 mins.
    Triage was commissioned by the Whitney Museum as the audio component in DJ Olive's installation at the 2008 biennial also called Triage. Triage was released on Room40 in 2008. Record Blanks is very happy to make it available here
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    DJ Olive's second sleeping pill Buoy on CDR hand packaged by the artist. 60 mins.
    Buoy was written during dawn at dj olive's brooklyn studio, skin tone, winter of 2003/04. Buoy was released on Room40 in 2004. Record Blanks is very happy to make it available here.

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    DJ Olive's first sleeping pill Sleep on CDR hand packaged by the artist. one 48 min track.
    Sleep was made in sept 2001 and was given away to dj olive's friends in new york that month as a hand made CDR. Sleep was composed in dj olive's brooklyn studio, skin tone riddles over many years and put together as a continuous sleeping pill sept 2001. This release was the beginning of a long exploration by olive into the idea of neutral field music as medicine. Sleep was released on Room40 in 2006. Record Blanks is very happy to make it available here.

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about

From 1995 to 2008 DJ Olive worked on three voyages of beatless electronic warmth he calls "sleeping pills". The first called Sleep was assembled in September 2001as a mixtape for NYC friends who couldn't sleep. It was meant to be listened to as quietly as possible and act more like cozy company than music. These sleeping pills were released on Australian label ROOM40, with Olive's second sleeping pill Buoy being the first release in 2004 followed by Sleep in 2006 and ending with Triage in 2008. Triage was also presented as a four room installation at the Whitney Biennial that year.

Balm is a collection of all the songs used on DJ Olive's three sleeping pills. They are different versions, out takes, alternate takes, lost and found songs, brother and sister to the ones which appear on the sleeping pill mixtapes. There are also a few extra songs which almost made it on the sleeping pills included here.

"this is over 4 hours of music, 38 songs, 12 years of work, which can be listened to in any order. I have put together what I feel is the best versions of all these songs from my sleeping pill mixtapes, Sleep, Buoy, and Triage, and a few which were never included into one big album. I hope It is a kind of medicine. good for meditation, relaxation, distress relief, detox, decompress, sleep, choreography, film, calming, art installations, radical anxiety termination,.. i think you get the idea.

Many thanks to all the global electronic beatless producers of the 90's who put out so many 12" vinyl records which now have my fingerprints all over. Also thanks to the global music concrete composers from back in the day and all the incredible analog synths which flowered from their green musical thumbs. Thanks to lonie and dj lovegrove for the cloudwatch events and all the party promoters who made beatless rooms back in the early 90's. alex P for clearing the way for the rest of us "chillout" djs. "We™' brothers lloop & once11 for the gazillion hours huddled together over a soft and warm tone on many a cold brooklyn night. Thanks Once11, Escape Arts and Christian Fennesz for collaborating with me. thanks david watson, vija brazus, karl francke, dj reaganomics, and raz mesinai for the sound tools and laughs.
thanks ROOM40, Lawrence, beck and the yidder(r.i.p.)
thanks mum"

from time to time i will change the track order so if you come back and stream it another time it wont be the same.
thanks for your support,
_dj olive
2012

credits

released 21 December 2012

recorded at Skin Tone Riddles Brooklyn '95-2008. written produced engineered and mixed by gregor asch (c)&(p) 
The agriculture ASCAP 2012


sound tools from:

TRIAGE 2008
david watson pagpipes
vija brazus percussion guitar vocals
karl francke harmonica vocals moog arp
dj reaganomics turntable
christian fennesz production & processing

BUOY 2004
raz mesinai voice

SLEEP 2001
escape art production & processing
once11 production & processing

dj olive's sleeping pill installation "Triage" at the 2008 Whitney Biennial www.djolive.com/whitney.html
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