ABSOLUTE : ab·so·lute (bs-lt, bs-lt)
1. Perfect in quality or nature; complete.
2. Not mixed; pure. See Synonyms at pure.
3. a. Not limited by restrictions or exceptions; unconditional: absolute trust.
b. Unqualified in extent or degree; total: absolute silence. See Usage Note at infinite.
4. Unconstrained by constitutional or other provisions: an absolute ruler.
5. Not to be doubted or questioned; positive: absolute proof.
a. Of, relating to, or being a word, phrase, or construction that is isolated syntactically from the rest of a sentence, as the referee having finally arrived in The referee having finally arrived, the game began.
b. Of, relating to, or being a transitive verb when its object is implied but not stated. For example, inspires in We have a teacher who inspires is an absolute verb.
c. Of, relating to, or being an adjective or pronoun that stands alone when the noun it modifies is being implied but not stated. For example, in Theirs were the best, theirs is an absolute pronoun and best is an absolute adjective.
a. Relating to measurements or units of measurement derived from fundamental units of length, mass, and time.
b. Relating to absolute temperature.
8. Law Complete and unconditional; final.
1. Something that is absolute.
2. Absolute Philosophy
a. Something regarded as the ultimate basis of all thought and being. Used with the.
b. Something regarded as independent of and unrelated to anything else.
WINDOW : win·dow (wnd)
1. a. An opening constructed in a wall or roof that functions to admit light or air to an enclosure and is often framed and spanned with glass mounted to permit opening and closing.
b. A framework enclosing a pane of glass for such an opening; a sash.
c. A pane of glass or similar material enclosed in such a framework.
2. a. An opening that resembles a window in function or appearance.
b. The transparent panel on a window envelope.
3. The area or space immediately behind a window, especially at the front of a shop.
4. A means of access or observation: St. Petersburg was Peter the Great's window onto the Baltic.
5. An interval of time during which an activity can or must take place: a brief window of opportunity for a space mission; a window of vulnerability during which the air force was subject to attack.
6. Strips of foil dropped from an aircraft to confuse enemy radar; chaff.
7. A range of electromagnetic frequencies that pass unobstructed through a planetary atmosphere.
8. Computer Science A rectangular area on the screen that displays its own file or message independently of the other areas of the screen.
a. A launch window.
b. An area at the outer limits of the earth's atmosphere through which a spacecraft must pass in order to return safely.
[Middle English, from Old Norse vindauga : vindr, air, wind; see w- in Indo-European roots + auga, eye; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]
Word History: The source of our word window is a vivid metaphor. Window comes to us from the Scandinavian invaders and settlers of England in the early Middle Ages. Although we have no record of the exact word they gave us, it was related to Old Norse vindauga, "window," a compound made up of vindr, "wind," and auga, "eye," reflecting the fact that at one time windows contained no glass. The metaphor "wind eye" is of a type beloved by Norse and Old English poets and is called a kenning; other examples include oar-steed for "ship" and whale-road for "sea." Recently we have restored to the 800-year-old word window a touch of its poetic heritage, using it figuratively in such phrases as launch window, weather window, and window of opportunity or vulnerability.
Most tracks on Absolute Window were recorded and produced at home between 2009-2011in Madison Wisconsin with the exception of Soul Defibrillator, which was recorded in New Mexico on a couple tape decks in 2005.
Live Performance of material mostly from the album on August 10th, 2013 apart of the Lost City Music Festival in Madison, WI at The Bright Red Studios.
released 09 August 2013
Silas Be : Roland Sp-404 sampler w/ recorded real world samples, Korg Kaossilator, Casio Sk-1 sampling keyboard, Sri Lankan Drums, Cajon, various small hand percussion, rain stick, maracas, juice harp, bells and xylophones, acoustic guitar, Kalimba, crickets, cicadas, Voice, metal bowls with water in them, air, didgeridoo Gong, accidental recorded radio transmission snippet, creaking door.
All Songs created, performed and recorded by Silas B. Ritchie Predominantly using a Roland Sp-404 sampler and A Korg Mini-Kaossilator. All Track sounds come from field recordings, lo-fi synth jams, or fooling around with various hand percussion or other sound making objects, with the exception of..."I rode my bike today" and "Florgaespork"
Drew Yerkes plays melodica on "I rode my bike today"
Peter Creed plays ukulele on "Florgaespork"
Special Thanks to Michael Maas :
For supplying me with the Roland Sp-404 which launched the whole experimental noise sampling project that has ultimately been wrapped up into a nice little digital DL package.
A Limited Quantity of Cassette Tapes will also be available for purchase on and beyond August 10th, 2013 until there are no more. Message me via Bandcamp if you are interested in acquiring one.