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  Ben Powell   a.k.a. Mank , a.k.a. Llyn Y Cwn  

email info@mankymusic.co.uk 
url http://www.mankymusic.co.uk  
aboutBen Powell, based in Bangor, North Wales, has been recording as Mank since 1998 releasing home made CDs on his Mankymusic label. Influenced by nature and maths the music is computer based, combining field recordings with real and virtual instruments. The last album Mank "Isbjorn" was recorded whist on board a Russian polar research ship in the arctic ocean, most of the Ben's music was born at sea.

Mank has received airtime on BBC Radio 1, Radio 3 and Radio Wales

"&..one of the most important electronic artists in Wales"  Adam Walton, Radio Wales

You can hear and download Ben's music at www.mankymusic.co.uk  

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1 One Minute
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comment 19.05.2012: Nick Robinson (www.looping.me.uk)
  fragile and crystalline - beautiful...
2 One Minute
stream track 1_02
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comment 19.05.2012: Nick Robinson (www.looping.me.uk)
  reminds me of the Eels - nice!
3 One Minute
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4 Quartet
stream track Music For 4 Pianos
4 Piano tracks panned out in a wide space, inspired by the album "Music For 3 Pianos" by Harold Budd
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5 Nature
stream track Pwll Ceris
The Menai Strait (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menai_Strait) is a narrow stretch of shallow tidal water about 14 miles (23 km) long, which separates the island of Anglesey from the mainland of Wales. One of the most dangerous areas of the strait is known as the Swellies (or Swillies - in Welsh Pwll Ceris) between the two bridges. This track is composed using ADCP current data from the Menai Straits collected over a period of 3 days. The current data was transfered to MIDI pitch data in Sonification Sandbox according to the following map: Current Speed - Piano 1 (Left); Tide Hight - Piano 2 (Right); Current Direction - Piano 3 (Center); Mean Average Tidal Hight -Ambient Pad.
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comment 20.10.2008: Nick Robinson (www.looping.me.uk)
  Mesmeric - a fascinating concept, beautifully realised.
   
comment 20.10.2008: Nick Robinson (www.looping.me.uk)
  Mesmeric - a fascinating concept, beautifully realised.
   
comment 16.10.2008: Adam J Wimbush (www.myspace.com/ascsoms)
  i could listen to this for hours, which is why it's on repeat and lulling me to sleep,
   
comment 15.10.2008: raul bonell (www.myspace.com/theplayingorchestra)
  beautiful... interesting concept of turning into pitches the data.

it remembers the days when i tried to koanize any sound paramenter in my faky-pseudo-random compositions. but that was my case not yours, for sure. you resolved the matter more efficiently and the result is quite fantastic.

now ceris seem a very relaxing place... ;-).
   
comment 20.10.2008: Nick Robinson (www.looping.me.uk)
  Mesmeric - a fascinating concept, beautifully realised.
6 Birds
stream track Mank - View From The Nest
All source sounds are recordings of birds, recorded to minidisc then manipulated beyond recognition on a PC
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7 Teisha is now banned
stream track bored of spam
trivia - the vocals were recorded on a ship on the arctic ocean.
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8 Caligari
stream track Soundtrack 1, Act 4
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9 Film
stream track In the Underground City
In the Underground City, Freder sees an old worker struggling with the dials on a piece of clock-like machinery.
The worker fails to keep up with the demands of the machine, and thus the machine blows up.
Freder begins to hallucinate that the masses of workers are being shoved into the mouth of the monstrous machine.
The imagery of Metropolis’ unquenchable hunger for more human lives is symbolically clear.

Link to movie clip with Mank's music at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TgLrB8ooLw
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comment 27.12.2005: Krispen Hartung (http://www.krispenhartung.com)
  The download time to view the video in avi format is well worth it. Excellent job on this piece. I don't think we'll ever exhaust the possibilities of scores over Metropolis. I especially like how you time the music with the climax of the explosion, etc.

By the way, I created a wmv version of the avi file, which is a bit smaller, same audio quality, but smaller in size (9MB vs. the 50MB avi file). Let me know if you want me to send it to you.
   
comment 29.12.2005: rob switzer
  *Very* evocative of Metropolis -- I immediately knew which track this was without consulting the liner notes and found myself replaying the scene in my head. Excellent work.
10 Percussion
stream track When Birds Panic
I walked around my house with a screwdriver and my MD recorder and hit things, put the sounds through my machines and came out with this.
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11 Location Volume 1
stream track Bangor High Street
Bangor, North Wales, UK
The main sounds invading my ears on
Bangor High Street are seagulls and plastic bags. Thanks to the two cellists outside the bank.
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12 Location Volume 1
stream track Menai Bridge Birds
Bangor, North Wales, UK
A walk alongside the Menai Strait and under the Menai Bridge from which my village takes its
name. More mutated seagulls.

The two tracks on location volume 1 have their names swapped, so this doesn't make much sense :-)
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13 Product
stream track Aphrodite Terra
Andy Soto approched me through mp3.com about colaborating, this was what I made out of andy's source files.
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14 Object/Videogame
stream track introverted nova
featuring sounds from amerzone, riven, alien vs predetor and populous
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comment 02.06.2009: Erixoff (www.youtube.com/user/erixoff)
  I like this ambiance, very hypnotising. Good work :-)
15 Ambitative 1
stream track Somnambulism
somnambulism
\Som*nam"bu*lism\, n. [Cf. F. somnambulisme. See Somnambulation.] A condition of the nervous system in which an individual during sleep performs actions approppriate to the waking state; a state of sleep in which some of the senses and voluntary powers are partially awake; noctambulism.
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