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Kate Hummingtunes IV  Seán

If you missed the previous editions of Hummingtunes, you can find them here: I, II, III.

Singing junco

Bandcamp Friday is upon us once again (Sept 3)! For today's edition, we've decided to keep things short and sweet by sharing a list of songs related to one of our favourite subjects—which may shock you—birds! Feathered friends have always served as a natural source of inspiration for composers and songwriters, so there was, unsurprisingly, no shortage of avian-influenced tracks for us to choose from on Bandcamp. We hope you'll enjoy these selections—instrumental and otherwise—from fellow bird-noticing artists we admire. We also invite you to join us in picking up some wholesome tunes this time 'round & supporting some talented music-makers in the process!

Tracks 1-7: Kate⎛⦾⩥ 🎵 ⪪⊝⎞ Tracks 7-14: Seán

p.s. You can find more tunes that we've been humming in our Are.na jukebox.

Seán   Hummingtunes III: Calming Music Edition  Kate

If you missed the other editions of Hummingtunes, you can find them here.

Next month, Bandcamp Friday returns once more to support the livelihoods of musicians around the world who bring much-needed light and relief to challenging circumstances. For this edition of Hummingtunes, we thought we'd take this opportunity to highlight and reflect upon some of the calming albums which have brought a great deal of relief to our heavy brains and anxious bodies during difficult times. We hope they do the same for yours as well:

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Seán   Hummingtunes  Kate

This is the first in a series of Bandcamp Friday posts – you can view the rest here.

Arbutus Squisher - 20.5.12

In light of Bandcamp's wonderful, now-monthly tradition of waiving revenue fees—which resulted in $4.3 million worth of sales directly supporting musicians the first time they did it, and $7.1 million the second time—we thought it would be nice to share some purchasable songs that have been vibrating through our heads lately.

Given that it has become 'normal' for musicians to be paid $0.00331 per Spotify stream, it's extremely heartening to see a platform which aspires to convince people to actually buy music to support the livelihoods of lovely, talented artists.

Bandcamp's next revenue-fee-free day is on August 6th, so mark your calendars!

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Seán   みんなきけるの月曜!

みんなきける logo drawing by Kate

マーケティングを意識することなく、好きなものを好きなように作った音楽は素晴らしいってことです。

その人の作った音楽を聴いて、その人の未知の部分を知り、話すことができる。音楽がなかったら、誰ともコミュニケーションできない、ってこともあったかもしれません。私が、今まで縁のあった素晴らしいDIYレーベル、 ミュージシャン達、その人達の一番すごいなって思った部分は、他人の作ったものをちゃんと褒めるところです。キャリアとか関係なく音楽そのものを聴いて褒めるって、本当にすごいことで、その人が一生持っている宝物になります。だから、私もいっぱいそういう機会を作っていきたいです。

なので、どの作品も是非一聴していただけたらなって思います。

~ さや

Seán ~ Minna Kikeru Monday!

One of my favourite discoveries while virtually wandering Japan last fall with Kate was Minna Kikeru ( みんなきける / “Everyone Can Listen”) — a digital music shop/space created by a group of musicians (loosely emanating around Tenniscoats / majikick) who wanted to showcase & support independent music which is otherwise difficult/impossible to track down outside of 日本, and in the process circulate positive energy and a greater sense of connection throughout their community during the pandemic.

We now have a tradition of listening to Minna Kikeru releases on Mondays here (in a series of alliterative music days, followed by Tape Tuesdays & Wax [LP] Wednesdays), and once a month I buy a few more releases to add to my growing collection — Bandcamp-Friday style.

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Kate Hummingtunes II  Seán

raven gronk If you missed our first installment of Hummingtunes, you can find it here.

Tomorrow (Friday, June 5th) is “Bandcamp Friday” — a day when artists receive 100% of the revenue from album purchases! It’s the perfect excuse to pick up a handful of albums on your wishlist, or to discover new artists & sounds to add to your life-soundtrack.

This time around, rather than pick out individual tracks from favorite releases for our Buy Music Club playlist, we've each added four albums in their entirety for your longform listening pleasure:

 

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Kate  Robin Sing-along

An alliterated poem about a new tune:

Some Saturdays ago

Stumbled upon some serendipitously simultaneous sounds:

Sonic synchronicity

To explain further:

One morning in March I left the microphone by the window to record some birdsong while I did things elsewhere in the house. One month later, while writing this little piano tune I came up with a few twinkly five-and-seven-note repeated phrases to include at the end of each main section.

Hear the song and read more on Patreon.

Kate  Flicker Tango

flicker tango

I was recently listening back to this recording while simultaneously watching home videos of northern flickers dancing atop the roof, and it fit so well that I had to name it after them.

Read more about this tune on my Patreon.