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Tonight Christmas Alpha Party on http://www.alphaheaven.com
Corin and Sam playing some of the favourite tunes from the past 12 months and some Christmas cheers as well. 9pm French time
Alphaheaven Christmas Cheer??
December 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm
Alphaheaven Corin has just found a very special Alpha track he just found
December 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm
Kenneth Hui Tuning in from Sydney. Can we get a little drum'n bass Christmas?
December 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm
Our label manager at SRD Alpha`s Distributers just told me he was working with Jimmy Webbs son`s yesterday and Glen Campbell`s son is coming in to do guitar!
Thanks again for all those who have supported Alpha in the past few months. However we are surprised at how many Alpha fans have not purchased the music? We know that hundreds of Alpha fans have opened and read our emails with the really great reviews. In a way we would have preferred to have bad reviews then we would have understood why Alpha have only sold a handful of the Alpha.Blueneck album... Its very perplexing...
Corin Dingley Just read all your comments and generally I think you are all correct, there is a generation that think it's normal to download whatever. So many sites that provide file sharing do not make you feel there is anything wrong, it all looks legal, if only they informed the truth like a link that said 'Download this legally'. Well I have been thinking about how to proceed for the next album which will be ready for next year. It will be completed and manufactured on CD but not until 400 sales are reached will it be posted. I guess if we never reach this number we will have to refund you. Sometimes when working on music the thoughts come into my head that , what is the point if I am to loose money on this so it does effect the production. For example I feel that it is not justified to spend to much time on production so it is comprised which is not the way it should be!
December 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm1
Jo Kynaston Reeves The kids these days just don't believe in paying for music. My employer is one of the best payers in Ireland. I meet new staff straight out of university all the time, and they're getting free accommodation, food on expenses, and good pay. They blow their money on Hugo Boss suits and three skiing holidays a year and live football matches and drinking like fish in expensive pubs. And if you recommend a piece of music to them, they torrent it. If you suggest to them that they might consider paying for it, they look at you like you're mad. The bloody selfish "All content should be free" crowd may have lost the legal battle, but they won the propaganda war, and it's hard to see how it can be unwon now a whole generation of people have been convinced. And, Fred, I know you're trying to be helpful -- as people who tell musicians to play live to make money usually are -- but other professions don't get this, do they? No-one tells nurses or supermarket shelf-stackers to do lots of work for free in order to build up a reputation in the hope that someone might one day feel like paying them. People will happily spend a tenner in a coffee bar, for some product that takes a few minutes for an unskilled labourer to prepare, but refuse to pay even half that for something that took a talented musician months of long days.
I've got all Alpha's albums, which I suppose has cost me around £120 since 1997. In the same time, I've probably spent at least £5000 on Diet Coke. It's hard to see how music could be much more of a bargain than it already is. But the kids just won't pay. I don't have a solution, but I do think you should stop thinking of such people as fans. They're not; fans pay.
Sorry, rant over.
December 18, 2013 at 10:01 am3
Alphaheaven Then if they cannot afford it then too bad but to take it for free is not right. I have find it hard to believe that 8 euros for an album is too expensive.
December 19, 2013 at 5:44 am2
Alphaheaven Thanks Fred. Of course touring helps with promo and selling of the music. However its logistically very difficult. Corin lives in France and other members like Wendy, Hannah and Dunc live in Bristol. We do not have a booking agent either. Corin also suspects with the absence of Martin and Helen fans would be disappointed. He may try and to do his Brasier Ardent show, he plays alpha music against the film.
December 18, 2013 at 9:10 am2
Alphaheaven every song I play on on our Alpha sessions has been paid for. i have in fact spent 100`s of euros on music in the last 15 months and every penny well spent and the money going to the artist.
December 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm
Fred Fleury another best place to listen to the Blueneck album !
December 18, 2013 at 9:22 am1
Julien Aubin Eventually done ! "Thank you for your purchasing on alphaheaven.com"
December 18, 2013 at 8:56 am1
Joe Jau I personnaly buy every CD, after listening at it "free", when I think it worth it, and I have bought almost all Alpha's realeases until now. I could have pay even moree for it cause it's one of my favourite band ever. The Sky osBut you must understand that everybody can not
December 18, 2013 at 10:44 pm
Aaron Johnson I bought it! I think it's wonderful!
December 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm
Jerry Pangilinan I purchased the latest album via iTunes...
December 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Fred Fleury Bought the collection a few months ago, definitely worth it. And this includes Blueneck album (heard best with quality headphones). Nowadays, in my opinion, the best place to sell your music would be ... in your upcoming live events ! Please take no offense at all but when did you last tour, 'round UK, western Europe or else ? Live shows & merchandising items, this receipe seems the one to follow when not signed on major labels with radio support, please correct me if I am wrong. Alpha.Blueneck is really great, but you knew about this :)
December 18, 2013 at 9:04 am
Don`t forget Crazey Horse and Corin will hosting their Christmas party radio session on the 19th December from 9pm French time
Its the season of goodwill and present purchasing...so if you have not bought any of the wonderful Alpha albums what are you waiting for?!
This latest review sums Alpha up beautifully. Now it would be fantastic if 1000`s of albums were now sold?
If you have not got a copy of Come From Heaven on vinyl then check this link out. Quite pricey though
Alphaheaven well here is your chance
December 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm
Joe Jau I wish I had !
December 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm
Reviewed by Dedric Moore
Everyone says “this music sounds cinematic” to the point of uselessness as a descriptor. So I won’t call Alpha.Blueneck cinematic but it would be perfect for the cinema. You know what else? It’s perfect for headphones and large speakers.
Alpha has been part of the electronic community since the 90’s but in all this time they have never sounded so ominous, so intense, so heavy. This isn’t angst we are discussing but there is a weight to the music that makes the listener FEEL that what is happening in their ears is important. In today’s grab and go music environment, putting out a full-length album of remixes and making it feel like a musical statement is rare. Most remix albums are a grab bag of styles and or artists so to have Alpha spend an album remixing one artist is a bold musical statement. It pays off for Alpha. The amazing feat is how much it sounds like an Alpha album of originals.
On to the music then, shall we?
First, here is a little history for those just finding out about Alpha. Alpha were signed to Massive Attack’s imprint on Virgin Records. Come From Heaven was released in 1997 and blew our collective minds by taking the essence of trip-hop and expanding it beyond the basic funk beat with female singer status quo. Alpha became critical darlings but they always stayed more on the psychedelic side of things with spaced-out samples, layers of atmosphere and really accented the trip part of trip hop. While most of the bands from that era disappeared or stagnated, Alpha kept moving branching out to include new singers, new tempos, new effects, dub, but always kept the core of stellar songwriting and performance bolstered by lushly arranged string sections.
Alpha.Blueneck is the twelfth official release and is starts off with Sawbones. This song ebbs and flows from quiet musings with electronic bleeps that jump to a head-nodding groove and back again. Strings swell, intensity rises, vocals reverb and delay from ear to ear, and then build it up again. Armando is classic Alpha. Picking acoustic guitar, dreamy vibes, slow BPM, buzzsaw synths growling in the background threatening to take over the song but are kept at bay by vintage synth tones holding their own as the vocals mediate as the centerpiece.
Elipse and Le:465 move into glacial territory with slow-motion vocals and piano and then with atmosphere and synths respectively.
The Guest starts again with synths and vocals but then surprises with a big full-band build that Coldplay should probably listen to for inspiration because this is how dramatic music should be done.
Industrial Junk is an instrumental jam with heavy synths and guitars riding a swinging funk beat. HEAVY VIBES but not metal thankfully. Lilitu steps up next and adds in nine minutes of steady build. Revelations continues the focus on guitar and synth steady swelling and holding the groove. Follow that up with Low at just over ten minutes and the guitar amps are now proudly hot with glowing tubes. The Last Refuge calms things down and adds in a mellow Burt Bacharach vibe sans cheese and makes the album a complete listen from start to finish.
Alphaheaven Why is it that Alpha have never been given a filmscore?
December 4, 2013 at 10:29 am2
Aaron Johnson I'm waiting on my copy, excited!!!
December 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Thank you to Dedric Moore for this review. Its written so well
This is the kind of party I would like to go to this christmas. Cool, funky as hell dancers, Curtis Mayfield tunes and beautiful afro`s!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qglBm-N-Lnw
Richard Morandière Super soirée cette été dans une ambiance Soul Train
December 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm1
December 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm
Tracks from Indie Rock Mag's free compilations are playing now on IRM Radio !
- with Kurt Submerged, Fuji Kureta, Cyrod Iceberg, Marnitude, jamesreindeer, Vigri, Face of Man, Dan McCurry aka Western Romantic, Gregory Hoepffner aka A L M E E V A, Richard Kapp, Nadja, 7even Sun, Alphaheaven, Trivo, No Grave Like The Sea (NYC), Amaury Cambuzat AKA Acid Cobra, Lufdbf (Fred Dbf), Jimmy YKlein, A Pyxie Worm, Aodhan O'Reilly, AbSUrd., Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Sarah Lipstate aka Noveller, Tim Saul and more !
Theme of the day : "Monday News & Discoveries"
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The Mega download is still available for just 35 euros
Alphaheaven 11 albums for 35 euros a perfect Christmas present for people with good taste in music
December 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm
Damon aaaaand totally worth it!
November 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm1
Have you got your copy of L` Hiver?
Alphaheaven sorry no CD
November 28, 2013 at 7:33 am
Damon Presswood I have the download but is this available on CD?
November 28, 2013 at 7:25 am
Starting now, IRM Radio is dreaming its ideal FM with two hours of tracks from Indie Rock Mag's free compilations of exclusives, "Clouds", "Ashes" and "Clashes".
- with Noveller, Ladies Auxiliary, Nomen Novum, One Lick Less, Christ., Richard Kapp, tapage, Vigri, MINOR SAILOR, A Pyxie Worm, No Grave Like The Sea (NYC), Face of Man, Marnitude, AbSUrd., Submerged, DOG BLESS YOU, Nadja, a light goes out, A L M E E V A, Alphaheaven, Cyrod Iceberg, Rach Three, Aodhan O'Reilly, Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Fuji Kureta, Jimmy YKlein, Lufdbf, Amaury Cambuzat AKA Acid Cobra and others !
Besides, tomorrow from 2PM to 3PM we will broadcast in its entirety Chris Weeks' new electronic masterpiece as Kingbastard, and from 7PM to 8PM my own playlist of favourite feverish songs, so stay tuned !
Theme of the day : "IRM-FM Sunday"
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November 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm2
Winter is back, listen now
Alphaheaven updated their cover photo.
Corin Dingley I must listen to the ep as i have forgotten what it's like..
November 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm
Corin Dingley Quite appropriate as i have been in snow all week
November 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm
Alphaheaven you should not be in the snow you should be sat in a recording studio in front of a big fat desk
November 23, 2013 at 8:39 am
This clip has some really good images on it