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Direwires & Freder – “Sleeping Near Highways” (Robotopera)

Direwires & Freder - Sleeping Near Highways - FrontAural Tour-Diary | Direwires is Adam Young of Ontario, a recording artist and founder of Robotopera Netlabel (it’s a shame the label is on hiatus right now but their releases are accessible via Anyway, Sleeping Near Highways is a collaboration-project from Young and label-buddy Freder who travelled Canada for a while and found themselves, well, sleeping near highways during this time. Their music is made of delayed synth-chords, expanded field-recordings and a lot of space between the tones. Some kind of aural tour-diary which reflects the eerie feeling of being away from home, bored and trapped somewhere alongside the road.

Prelude to Sleep is a simple composition that’s mainly based on a filter-modulated synth sound. Very warm, very relaxing, though there’s some kind of bad premonition left- this sleep will bring you nightmares. Glowing Through Eyelids is the awaking afterwards. Like the song of a bird when the sun rises, morning rushes in with tender synthesizer-chirping. While this tune could have been released on Autoplate without a problem, most of the other songs on Sleeping Near Highways contain certain elements of experimental Rock music that make them more difficult to categorize. Innovative and hypnotizing.

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Phlow-Author Bettina Rhymes This article was written on 26.September 2007 by Bettina Rhymes. Bettina Rhymes is the journalist alter ego of Sven Swift. Swift runs the established CDr- and Netlabel and acts as a Netaudio DJ every now and then. Next to his job at Phlow Mag, he writes reviews about free music at Read more articles written by .


  • oh, i like the first track very much. sweet sweeping sounds :)

    Gravatar of faustamente faustamente said on
    26. Sep 2007 at 12:57 pm
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  • only two votes??? what's the matter folks?

    Gravatar of Bettina Rhymes Bettina Rhymes said on
    27. Mar 2008 at 11:25 pm
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  • i discovered this release some months ago @ and thank you then for discovering. i really like this release, specially 'prelude to sleep', which i have just included in one of my mxes.

    Gravatar of applejux applejux said on
    29. Mar 2008 at 11:31 am
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  • Wow, this is great. The Orb can hide. =)

    Gravatar of 020200 020200 said on
    29. Mar 2008 at 1:36 pm
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  • [...] Another Netaudio release with a similar ominous mood is Direwire & Freder’s “Sleeping near Highways“, and THIS is one of my all-time [...]

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    31. Mar 2008 at 9:45 am
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