Bivouac. Archive. released

'Empty Ears' by Keiko Yashiro

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As you probably read in our Bio, we started Bivouac in 2003 as a platform to showcase experimental music to the masses. Every year we would redesign our website and find new experimental musicians and artists to feature for another year. It was exciting to scour the Myspace and mp3.com to find musicians to feature on our site. The artists came from all over the world and had a range of styles of music from drone and ambient to pure noise. These archive files have jumped from computer to computer, hard drive to hard drive, crash after crash for over 15 years. It is amazing miraculous that this has survived intact after all this time.

Well, here it is. Every single bit of it. We will be releasing the songs VERY slowly via our Soundcloud just so you can have a new track every day. Some may be surprising, so it's best NOT to have a hot beverage in your hand as you press play. It's a good mix of earwax cleaning Pure Noise and soul tunneling Deep Listening songs which actually benefit from each other i suppose. Either way it will be a great time for you and yours.

From 2003-2006 we released four batches of musicians and artists on our website. We were working on our 5th release when we stopped for some reason. Probably because I was getting ready to move to Shanghai. The website files are saved on a cd-rom somewhere but actually, Archive.org has something called a 'Wayback Machine' that basically archived the entire internet over time. It is here that you can resurrect our old bivouac webpages. Some images may be missing but you can get an idea of what it looked like. I taught myself Flash and created these crazy amateur experimental websites. It took a hell of a long time but it was worth it.

Check out this design: https://web.archive.org/web/20040322001115/http://www.biv0uac.com:80/
Here is another design: https://web.archive.org/web/20050822133401/http://www.biv0uac.com:80/bivouac_artist01.html#

While we have lost touch with almost all of our musicians, we still have the songs they released via our website. We will be uploading these songs to our Soundcloud and 虾米 in the coming months and they will be free for download just like the old days. We hope you enjoy them.

Oh yeah, and as always with our Soundcloud, read the descriptions for more info about the track.

Keep listening.