Ambient musician and composer, Robert Rich, is well-known for creating immersive soundscapes that transport the listener to another place. While studying in Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics during the 1980s, Robert would perform nine hour “Sleep Concerts” – influencing the REM sleep cycle of the audience with auditory stimulus.
During a visit to the Moog Music factory in Asheville, NC, Robert engaged in an atmospheric session with the Moog Modular System 55. Controlling the massive hand-wired synthesizer, Robert orchestrates a sonic continuum that evokes the perpetual organic motion of the natural world.
First run through with Roland Demora Module. Cycled nebulae samples through a custom Demora patch with external clocking (fed various clock divisions and randomised by dynamic destiny switch & Circadian Rhythm master clock) 12db filter plugin and internal patch routing via software
Mathon «Lieus Pers» | er_dlp_063 (double vinyl incl. fotobook)
Video and copyright by Stefan Flükiger (behance.net/stefan_fluekiger)
«Lieus Pers» is an extensive photo-series by Stefan Flükiger. The Bern based photographer sought out abandoned industrial areas and subterranean canals that have been gradually retrieved and sprawled by nature.
These pictures of deserted industrial spaces inspired the music collective Mathon for their new – already 6th – release «Lieus Pers». The photographs show places such as the old town-hall canal of Bern, dating back to the 17th Century, which was allegedly used as an escape route for the city government.
These pictures of lost places are overlaid with nature imagery from Domleschg, there where the village of Mathon is located. Mathon core members Thomas Augustiny, Pete Aurel Leuenberger and Roger Stucki have created 12 sound researches for «Lieus Pers».
Ambient sound researches for which, the three musicians visited these submerged and meanwhile lost places, scattered all across Switzerland. Electro-acoustic tracks emerged, recalling these dystopian constructions and echoing a potential contemporary soundtrack for Andrei Tarkovsky’s film-opus «Stalker».
Layers of time and space interfere on the album «Lieus Pers» for which Mathon also invited musical chums and companions such as Mich Meienberg, Maria Capelli, Nicolas Kellner, Julian Sartorius and the band Digitalis to contribute to the oeuvre.
Combined with the digitally alienated photographs, the album is a quest for traces, conciliating graphics and sound, past and present, nature and technology.
«Lieus Pers», Rhaeto-Romanic for «lost places», is an impressive contemporary document by Mathon collective, whose tracks already featured on «The Wire Tapper» CD-series by UK music magazine «The Wire».
On Lieus Pers, Augustiny, Leuenberger and Stucki have created 12 soundscapes, inspired by dystopian landscapes. According to the group, “the album is a quest for traces, conciliating graphics and sound, past and present, nature and technology.”
Hard to get more minimal
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Album: Hephaestus [ALBUM]
Track: 2 of 6
Title: Cocytus (River of Lamentation)
Artist: Arne Deforce & Mika Vainio
Label: Editions Mego
Digital Release: 26th May 2014
Physical Release: 26th May 2014
About This Release:
Arne Deforce : Cello.
Mika Vainio : Processing, electronics.
Arne Deforce is renowned for his passionate and unparalleled performances of contemporary and experimental music. As a soloist, his repertoire consists mainly of solo and chamber music with a special interest in works deemed ‘unplayable’ but ‘performable’ from composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Richard Barrett, John Cage and Brian Ferneyhough.
Mika Vainio was one half of the minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic. His solo works, under his own name and under aliases like Ø, are known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness ranging from abstract drone works or minimal avant techno.
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Hephaestus was the god of fire; celestial blacksmith; craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes; son of Zeus and Hera; husband of Aphrodite. The river Phlegethon was one of the five rivers in the infernal regions of the underworld, where Hephaestus operated. Plato describes it as “a stream of fire, which coils round the earth and flows into the depths of Tartarus. It is said that the goddess Styx was in love with Phlegethon, but she was consumed by his flames and sent to Hades.
On this Editions Mego release, Hephaestus couples the rich acoustics of Deforce’s cello techniques with the raw expressiveness of Vanio’s electronics. The music reflects these ancient symbols whereby each track possesses physical, emotional and psychological states. The journey begins with ‘Phlegethon (stream of fire)’ – a world of sound building in intensity and ferocity as a means of navigating the listener into this other world. Both Cocytus (river of lamentation) and Acheron (river of woe) explore more introspective (ambient) terrain, harnessing the players ability to conjure discrete congruous textures. From here we are hurtled into the unbridled fury of ‘Styx (river of rage)’ where the consummation of the individual and eternal agony resides amongst the synergetic logic adopted by the artists and their chosen tools. ‘Lethe (river of forgetfulness) or oblivion’ incorporates small repeating phrases and minimalist motifs which provide a sense of disorientation and dislocation for the traveller/listener whilst a world of respite is laid bare in the comforting yet brooding closing piece ‘Elysium (fields of relief)’.
Hephaestus is a fascinating journey through the netherworld of human extremity presented as a combination of pure acoustic and electronic sources and realised in both physical and psychological manifestations.
Recorded in Vooruit, Ghent. 20-22 december 2011.
Recording engineer :Benjamin Dousselaere.
Editing and mixing: Dousselaere, Vainio, Deforce. -Brussels, October 2013.
Mastering : Denis Blackham @ Skye mastering.
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Dark Ambient is the second in the series of Analogue Workshop sample libraries from renowned sound designer Ian Boddy. Featuring 300 samples and over 500 Kontakt patches culled from his collection of vintage and analogue modular synths, these sounds dwell very much in the darker realms of ambience and electronic music.
The patches run the full gamut from subsonic drones, evolving pads and haunting modulations to weird, surreal atmospheres. The one-shot section contains a range of crunchy, deep, weird short percussive sounds and FX that can be used to spice up any drum kit or add impact to key moments in your musical compositions.
A new custom designed graphical interface has been scripted in Kontakt to provide even more variation & programming opportunities in the way the sounds are presented. This is rounded out by a set of impulse responses for the convolution reverb taken directly from analogue modules such as spring reverbs & bucket-brigade delays to further enhance the overall sound character.
Harold Budd: Music
Jane Maru: Visuals
This is a solo ambient trip of the fabulous Clavia Nord Modular G2 in the world of the blurred.
Alesis Andromeda A6 ambient meditation music synthesizer demo — playing relaxing live ambient chillout / electronica arpeggiator soundscape on Alesis A6 Andromeda analogue synth keyboard.
Created using 2 oscillators, filter and envelope adjustments, reverb, arpeggiator controller on vintage Alesis A6 Andromeda analog synthesizer keyboard.
Performed live, no external processing. Excerpt from a longer session.
Waldorf Microwave XT synth demo — playing a relaxing, dreamy ambient electronica music soundscape on Microwave XT wavetable synth from Waldorf. HEADPHONES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
This relaxing ambient chill-out / new age synthesizer music was created using 2 wavetables, arpeggiator, delay, filter/envelope adjustments, LFO modulations, and more.
Performed LIVE, no external processing! Everything you hear is from the Waldorf MicroWave XT (10 voice) digital wavetable synthesizer!