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Mind Awake, Body Asleep (Mix)

Mind Awake, Body Asleep

The moment I heard Rami Malek whisper “You lie in bed and repeat this mantra in your head: mind awake, body asleep” (Mr Robotseries 2) I knew this would be the inspiration for a new mix.
A mix about half-sleep, lucid dreaming impressions… ungraspable images… and about “letting go”.
After all, Mr. Robot’s tagline was “Control is an Illusion”.

Control proved to be an illusion indeed, with these different, unrelated, fragments coming together like pieces of a puzzle, creating a mix “like its own cinematic score.” (H_C)

So let go, indulge yourself in this mix, and leave control to wherever the sound takes you.
But (as is this is not one of those ‘feel good, sleep well’ mixes) be sure to keep you mind awake at all times!

This mix was created for – and is co-hosted on – Headphone Commute – for which I am very very grateful!

“Peter van Cooten’s intricate storytelling with his favorite piece is the precise definition of a true curator. But it’s not just a collection of sequential tracks that makes a mix from PvC a transforming experience, it’s also his multi-layered approach to weaving in the dynamics and textures of individual compositions that truly create a brand new one, disabling your mind from peeling apart the individual pieces (see below the screenshot of the entire sequence). The mix becomes an event of itself – one that I am honored to share with you.”

Thanks, H_C,  for the helping in spreading lucid audio-dreams ! 

 

Mind Awake... sequence

 

Playlist

start time – fragment length – Artist – Title
Album Title, Year, Label Details

  • 00:00 00:53 Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil – Sloosha’s Hollow
    Cloud Atlas OST, 2012, Sony Classical 88765411202
  • 00:20 00:30 Rami Malek – Mind Awake, Body Asleep
    Mr. Robot, 2016
  • 00:50 02:02 Gideon Wolf – Disquiet
    Year Zero, 2016, Fluid Audio 038
  • 01:31 01:38 Kenji Kawai – Ghosthack
    Ghost in the Shell OST, 1995, RCA BVCR-729
  • 02:41 02:08 DirigentThe Perseids (Naviarhaiku 137)
    3 Years of Naviar Haiku, 2017, Naviar, Bandcamp
  • 04:11 01:22 Olivier AlaryXi
    Fiction – Non-Fiction, 2017, 130701 LP13-24
  • 05:14 02:19 Mayforest – –––––––
    Mayforest, 2017, Bandcamp
  • 07:13 03:00 Daniel WJ MackenzieAbandonment I (Moon Phase)
    Every Time Feels Like The Last Time, 2017, Eilean Rec 048
  • 09:35 02:59 Sij – Floating Clouds
    The Time Machine, 2017, Cryo Chamber CRYO 057
  • 10:08 00:26 Rami Malek – Mind Awake, Body Asleep
    Mr. Robot, 2016
  • 12:02 02:32 BJ Nilsen – Twenty Four Seven
    Eye of the Microphone, 2013, Touch TO:95
  • 13:10 02:19 Visible Cloaks – Wintergreen
    Reassemblage, 2017, Rvng Intl. RVNGNL37
  • 14:54 02:03 Stéphane Roy – III
    Migrations, 2004, Empreïntes Digitales IMED 0373
  • 15:57 01:10 Simon Fisher Turner – Burnt In
    Giraffe, 2017, Editions Meg EMEGO 231
  • 17:01 03:01 Max Richter – Morphology
    Three Worlds: Music From Wolf Works, 2017, Deutsche Grammophon 00289 479 6952 GH
  • 19:13 02:44 Angelina Yershova – Intermezzo 80 Hertz
    Resonance Night, 2017, Twin Paradox TPR004
  • 21:30 01:37 Gideon WolfNoise
    Year Zero, 2016,  Fluid Audio 038
  • 22:11 03:06 James MurrayAllways
    Killing Ghosts, 2017, Home Normal homen091
  • 24:40 02:47 Alva Noto – Gulf Night (For Peter Roehr)
    For, 2006, Line LINE_026
  • 25:49 02:17 Mario Batkovic – Desiderii Patriae
    Solo, 2015, Veruston VTR002 (2017: Invada INV16LP)
  • 27:07 04:00 J. Peter Schwalm – Endknall
    The Beauty of Disaster, 2016, RareNoise Records RNR059
  • 30:08 03:51 Abul Mogard – Tumbling Relentless Heaps
    Works, 2016, Ecstatic ELP020
  • 32:38 02:59 Lawrence English – Somnambulist
    Cruel Optimism, 2017, Room40 RM470CD
  • 34:43 01:54 Penjaga Insaf – Keinsafan
    Sama Sadja, 2010, Power & Steel PAS 27
  • 35:27 01:21 Olan Mill – Alve
    Orient, 2017, Dauw d21
  • 36:23 02:34 Jeffrey Roden – Threads of a Prayer
    Threads of a Prayer Volume 2, 2017, Solaire Records SOL1004
  • 38:50 01:40 Jóhann Jóhannsson – First Encounter
    Arrival OST, 2016, Deutsche Grammophon 4796782
  • 39:57 01:49 Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie – They Dream Of More
    Salero OST, 2016, Erased Tapes Records ERATP091CD
  • 40:23 00:14 Rami Malek – Mind Awake, Body Asleep
    Mr. Robot, 2016
  • 41:32 01:22 The Future Sound of London – Exerting Force or Influence
    Environment Six, 2016, fsoldigital CDTOT 70
  • 41:54 02:14 Andrew Wasylyk – Ghosts of Park Place
    Themes for Buildings and Spaces, 2017, Tape Club Records TAPCLB083
  • 42:43 02:57 Elegi – K-141
    Bånsull, 2017, Dronarivm DR-43
  • 44:43 03:02 DødsmaskinHeksetimen
    Fullstendig Brent, 2017, Malignant Records TumorCD104
  • 45:46 03:22 FM3 – Dui Xiang
    Ting Shuo, 2014, self-released CN-M69-14
  • 48:28 02:13 Scott Walker – Dream Sequence
    The Childhood of a Leader OST, 2016, 4AD CAD3620CD
  • 49:31 00:15 Rami Malek – Mind Awake, Body Asleep
    Mr. Robot, 2016
  • 50:00 03:47 Seabuckthorn – Passage of Old
    I Could See The Smoke, 2016, Lost Tribe Sound LTS-024
  • 53:07 01:50 Fabio Perletta – Ichinen Pt. 1
    Ichinen, 2017, Line LINE_085
  • 53:26 06:33 Olivier Alary – Epilogue
    Fiction – Non-Fiction, 2017, 130701 LP13-24

 

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Olivier Alary * Selffish

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OLIVIER ALARY – FICTION – NON-FICTION Also on Spotify

Fiction – Non-Fiction may be Olivier Alary‘s debut album under his own name for the Fat Cat / 130701 label, but that does not mean it’s his first work. The French (now Montreal-based) composer has previously released music as Ensemble (on Aphex Twin‘s Rephlex label, among others). Those releases grabbed the attention of Björk, for whom he later worked as a remixer and co-composer.

Fiction – Non-Fiction is a compilation of previously unreleased work for film soundtracks he composed in the last five years: music for China Heavyweight‘, ‘Up the Yangtze‘, ‘Jo pour Jonathan‘ and Corbo‘. In addition to this soundtrack material, there are two variations of the minimalist Pulses: one for percussion and one for wind instruments.

Coming from soundtracks mainly, it’s no surprise that the music is highly cinematic – especially since Alary can work with large ensembles, film orchestras, a string quartet, saxophonist (Erik Hove), pianist and arranger Johannes Malfattiand many, many other musicians.

The result is a lush, organic sound – and a remarkable variation of styles: piano solo pieces (Arrivée, Qin), modern classical compositions (Juanicas, Canon, Flooding), polyrhythmic minimal music (Pulses), pieces on par with the best of Johann Johansson and Max Richter. Ánd even some real ambient drone pieces like Khaltoum – and (my personal favourite track): Epilogue, closing the album with a floating choir slowly fading into silence.

The desolate album cover image may suggest otherwise, but the music on this album represents many different moods and styles. Definitely one for the list of favourites!

As a bonus, here’s an exclusive track for you to enjoy (nót included on the album).
Piscine is a short track in line with the other ambient pieces on the album:


OLIVIER ALARAY – PISCINE (NOT ON ALBUM!)
 

(Note: The Bandcamp link below is for the digital version only. For physical editions click here)


Sellfish

SELFFISH – HE SHE THEM US

There are only a few releases on the Serein label every year, but íf they decide to release a new album it’s a safe bet it ‘s worth investigating!

He She Them Us is their first title for 2017. It’s the debut release of the oddly named ‘Selffish‘  (Andrejs  Eigus from Riga, Latvia). His  debut for Serein, that is: Selffish previously released two full length albums on the Thinner netlabel in 2002 and 2004, which can still be downloaded from Archive.org.

The inspirations for He She Them Us  came from the countryside around the city of Riga, where Andrejs often went to find solace in its stillness and beauty, and where he recorded the field recordings that he later used to recreate these moments of reflection.
“Each time I went to visit a secluded corner of nature outside my hometown, I usually felt a strong desire to produce music. Especially when hearing the sounds again at home.”

Like many other releases on Serein,  He She Them Us is a hard to categorize because it merges many different things. There is plenty of ambience, field recordings and electronics (the label info recalls music from labels like Mille Plateaux, Raster Noton and City Centre Offices). On top of that there’s the carefully balanced live instrumentation (grand and electric piano, double bass, bowed strings, saxophone and guitar) adding a jazzy, warm, and loungey touch. and played with a perfect sense of detail.

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DreamScenes 2017-4

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The April DreamScenes edition features a collection of fine tracks from recent releases – meandering from ambient dreamscapes to abstract expressionism to jazzy modern classical, overtone throat singing suites and distorted choirs…
All in one night’s dream….

Tracklist:

  • 00:00 DreamScenes – Intro (Susanna)
  • 00:48 MayForest – -)(-
    Mayforest, 2017
  • 04:43 Olivier Alary – Epilogue
    Fiction – Non-Fiction, 2017
  • 10:57 Christopher Chaplin – Je Suis Le Ténébreux (Tim Story Remix)
    Deconstructed (Remix EP), 2017
  • 14:50 High Plains – Ten Sleep
    Cinderland, 2017
  • 17:55 Jacaszek – Love
    Kwiaty, 2017
  • 20:11 Tobias Hellkvist – Where No One Can Hear You
    Forest Psalms, 2017
  • 24:28 Olan Mill – Molanret
    Orient, 2017
  • 31:54 Second Woman – 05 ////\
    SW, 2017
  • 35:50 Simon Fisher Turner – Save As
    Giraffe, 2017
  • 36:40 Hauschka – I Can’t Express My Deep Love
    What If, 2017
  • 39:50 Enabl.Ed – To My Daughter
    Tipsy Haux 2.0, 2017
  • 44:17 Lorenzo Masotto – A Tree In The Snow
    Aeolian Processes, 2017
  • 47:30 High Plains – Blood That Ran The Rapids
    Cinderland, 2017
  • 50:46 Phonothek & Cities Last Broadcast – Last Melody
    Red Moon, 2017
  • 55:41 Olan Mill – Alve
    Orient, 2017
  • 58:00 Ocoeur – Crystal
    Touched 3, 2016

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DreamScenes 2017-3

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DreamScenes for March:

Music for the end of winter….

Tracklist:

  • 00:00 DreamScenes – Intro (Susanna)
  • 00:38 Olivia Louvel – Good Queen Bess
    Data Regina, 2017
  • 04:20 Angelina Yershova – Intermezzo 80 Hertz
    Resonance Night, 2017
  • 08:16 High Plains – Song For A Last Night
    Cinderland, 2017
  • 12:54 Teleferick – Lumen Reign (Teleferick Reworks Illuminine)
    Sixteen Frames (2003-2013), 2017
  • 16:14 Abul Mogard – Desires Are Reminiscenses By Now
    Works, 2016
  • 25:00 Ceeys – Hover, Over, Me
    Concrete Fields, 2017
  • 30:26 Visible Cloaks – Terazzo (ft. Motion Graphics)
    Reassemblage, 2017
  • 33:35 José Silva – Does It Get Easier
    Modulated Tones No. 1 – Music For Framed Works, 2017
  • 37:11 Pjusk – Xue (Feat. Shao)
    Syklus, 2016
  • 42:40 Loess – Bowhead
    Pocosin, 2017
  • 44:53 Artists For Oona – Alpenglühn – Darren McClure Stem
    AlpenOO, 2017
  • 48:48 Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek – Parades
    Schaum, 2016
  • 57:57 Dead Light – The Ballad Of A Small Player
    Dead Light, 2016

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DreamScenes 2017-1

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Let’s kick off this brand new year of monthly DreamScenes with a selection to tickle your inner eyelids and induce a variety of images:
some movie/series/game soundtrack tracks, a bit of drone, post-classical piano, and some pieces a bit harder to classify.

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Perception Management (Mix)

Perception Management

“There is something in the beauty of darkness. And one doesn’t have to be in a dark mood in order to appreciate it. Perhaps one gets desensitized with age to all of the bitter layers, in order to uncover all of the sweetness – like a fine old whiskey, slowly aged and waiting for your taste.
This, I believe, Peter van Cooten understands the most, with his latest Headphone Commute offering, titled Perception Management.
The concept behind this mix also challenges your view of the world… The inspiration for this particular mix came from Adam Curtis‘ BBC documentary Hypernormalisation.
Headphone Commute

Perception Management

“Domo de Argila” – Andy Goldsworth
Your reality is manipulated.
Your perception is managed.
Your thoughts are not your own.
Reality is imaginary.

perception management - sequence scheme

Mix Sequence
 

Playlist

start time – sample length – Artist – Title
Album Title, Year, Label Details

  • 00:00 01:52 Amon Tobin – Lost & Found (Machinefabriek Deconstruction)
    Wendingen (Selected Remixes 2005-2015), 2016, Zoharum ZOHAR 117-2
  • 00:52 02:36 Ryuichi Sakamoto / Alva Noto – The Revenant Theme (Alva Noto Remodel)
    The Revenant (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), 2015, Milan 399-758-2
  • 02:06 02:05 Bjørn Hatterud – Victoria Arreleano
    November 20th, 2016, Line LINE_081
  • 03:55 03:00 Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie – Salero End Credits
    Salero (Original Motion Picture Soundstrack), 2016, Erased Tapes ERATP091
  • 05:37 01:16 Roly Porter – 4101
    Third Law, 2016, Triangle 33D
  • 06:20 01:57 Phonothek – Something Happened
    Lost in Fog, 2016, Cryo Chamber CRYO 037
  • 07:02 03:44 Loren Nerell – Dark Horizon
    The Venerable Dark Cloud, 2000/2016, Projekt PRO00330
  • 10:19 00:45 Sussan Deyhim & Shirin Neshat – Open City West
    Soliloquy, 2008, Venus Rising Records
  • 10:45 01:35 Andrew Liles – Taumatawhakatangitanghangakauautamateapokaiwhenua-kitanatahullanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch
    New York Doll, 2004, Infraction INFX013
  • 11:57 02:19 Jóhann Jóhannsson – Orphic Hymn
    Orphée, 2016, Deutsche Grammophon 00289 479 6021 GH
  • 13:54 02:06 Jim Haynes – It Doesn’t Matter
    Throttle And Calibration, 2016, Crónica 115~2016
  • 15:34 02:33 Christopher Tignor – One eye Blue, One Eye Black (Blue)
    Along A Vanishing Plane, 2016, Western Vinyl WV149
  • 17:34 02:35 David Toop – Human Skin And The Stone Steps
    Entities Inertias Faint Beings, 2016, Room40 RM475
  • 18:07 03:02 Bionular – The Western Lands
    Stary Pisarz, 2016, Oniron ON.004
  • 19:14 01:16 Mark Korven – Caleb’s Seduction
    The Witch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), 2016, Milan 36768
  • 20:25 00:57 Resina – Nightjar
    Resina, 2016, 130701 CD13-23
  • 20:44 03:00 Tigran Hamasyan, Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang – Traces X
    Atmosphères, 2016, ECM Records ECM 2414/15
  • 22:32 03:13 Looped Exodus – Mein Hz
    Souls Have Machines, 2016, self-released (Bandcamp)
  • 25:10 02:00 Nicolas Jaar – The Three Sides Of Audrey And Why She’s Alone Now
    Nymphs, 2015, Other People OP022
  • 27:05 01:04 John Metcalfe & Simon Richmond – A Descent
    Set In Stone, 2016, ECC100 Records 008
  • 27:18 03:31 Joe Frawley – Leda And The Swan
    Cartomancer, 2016, Self-Released (Bandcamp)
  • 29:40 02:47 God Body Disconnect – Prisoner’s Sacrifice Facing Arcadia
    Locus Arcadia, 2016, Cryo Chamber CRYO041
  • 31:40 01:16 Dimitry Evgrafov – The Lofty Sky
    The Quiet Conversation, 2016, Fatcat Records/130701 DA13-25
  • 32:40 01:51 Mi – Shanty Town
    Meow Wolf’s House of Return: Soundscapes Vol. 2, 2016, Meow Wolf
  • 33:33 01:44 Travis Corwin – Little House
    Beach Glass, 2016, Peconic Records 002
  • 34:30 02:03 The Cray Twins – Duao 2
    The Pier, 2016, Fang Bomb FB025
  • 35:17 05:12 Stephan Mathieu – If You Love,
    Radiance V: Fro Franz Wright, 2016, Schwebung Étendue V
  • 38:30 02:36 Biosphere – Shimmer
    Where Words Fail Music Speaks, A Compilation For Ania Mehring, Santa Sangre Magazine (Bandcamp)
  • 39:53 03:53 Monolake – Error
    D E C, 2015, Imbalance Computer Music ML029
  • 43:06 01:03 Stephen Paul McGreevy – Fish Rock Road Whistler Shower
    Electric Enigma: The VLF Recordings of Stephen P. McGreevy, 1996, irdial Discs 62 ird tcp2
  • 43:20 02:33 Mathias Delplanque – Ma Chambre Quand Je N’y Suis Pas (Paris) (Extract)
    Taâlem: Vijftien Années, 2016, Taâlem (Bandcamp)
  • 44:56 03:17 Ocoeur – Aside
    Reversed, 2016, n5MD MD243
  • 47:57 02:08 Anders Blomqvist – Sparar (Tracking)
    Media Artes II, 2002, Chamber Sound 27
  • 49:20 02:57 Tobias Freund & Valentina Berthelon – Branwelt
    Recent Arts, 2016 Non Standard Production NSP 13
  • 50:25 01:47 Paul Jebanasam – Eidolons beginning
    p = (m²A ² am to (rho-z)-y ∂t+(ρ see to wait dz/dt = it xy that I -beta* do not z countless
    Continuum, 2016, Subtext SUBCD006
  • 51:33 03:43 Nam-Khar – Tenshug
    Where Words Fail Music Speaks, A Compilation For Ania Mehring, Santa Sangre Magazine (Bandcamp)
  • 52:50 02:45 Phurpa – 100 Syllabic Mantra of Bon
    Where Words Fail Music Speaks, A Compilation for Ania Mehring, Santa Sangre Magazine (Bandcamp)
  • 54:47 03:03 Biosphere – Good Case And Rest
    Departed Glories, 2016 Smalltown Supersound, STS281CD
  • 57:00 02:23 Dead Melodies – Hidden Seeken
    Subtle Imperfections, 2016, Sparkwood Records SR22
  • 58:41 01:18 Amon Tobin – Lost & Found (Machinefabriek Deconstruction)
    Wendingen (Selected Remixes 2005-2015), 2016, Zoharum ZOHAR 117-2

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DreamScenes 2016 – 12

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DreamScenes usually only features new releases, but this month I want to start with an exception in memory of Pauline Oliveros.
She introduced the concept of Deep Listening – which is only one of the many things she left behind and will be remembered for.

Watertank Software was the very first track I ever heard of her music. Needless to say it left a deep impression.
It was released in 1985 on the amazing Vor Der Flut collection, recorded in an empty watertank with a 45 second reverberation.


Pauline Oliveros- Watertank Software
(From “Vor Der Flut”, 1985)
 

This december edition is concluded with a track by Mario Batkoviç, who is also exploring the possibilities and limits of the accordeon.
This particular track – Desiderii Patriae, from his forthcoming album Solo – feels like a (probably unintended) tribute to Oliveros’ Deep Listening concept.

Well, so much for the beginning and the end of this edition.
Apart from that: in-between, there’s many other things (… and also many strings).

Tracklist:

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DreamScenes 2016-09/10

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I have enjoyed a holiday in September, so I had to skip last month’s DreamScenes edition.
To compensate for the immeasurable grief this must have caused, ánd to celebrate the start of autumn, this edition is a twice as long as usual.

So I hope you’ll enjoy these two hours of new (and relatively new) music to make you float away into your daydream…

Tracklist:

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DreamScenes 2016 – 01

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What better way to start a new year than with a new DreamScenes edition?

All the best for 2016!!

Tracklist

  • 00:00 DreamScenes – Intro (Susanna)
  • 00:27 Ben Lukas Boysen – Only In The Dark (Pleq Remix)
    Kingdom Hall, 2015
  • 04:26 Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Gudnadottir, Robert A.A. Lowe – End of Summer, Part 1
    End of Summer, 2015
  • 09:50 Lee Chapman – Hoax
    Eilean Records 2015 Compilation, 2015
  • 13:50 Ambiq – Naked George
    Ambiq 2, 2015
  • 15:07 Frédéric D. Oberland – Scene IV
    Peregrinus Ubique, 2015
  • 20:00 David Cordero – Rio Salado-Conil
    El Rumor Del Oleaje, 2015
  • 24:00 Olga Wojciechowska – Walk My Shadow Home
    Maps & Mazes, 2015
  • 29:09 Markus Guentner – Baryon (feat. The Sight Below)
    Theia, 2015
  • 37:07 Understated Theory – Decoy
    Juxtapparition, 2015
  • 42:02 Aidan Baker Heliotail
    Ecliptic Plane, 2015
  • 50:41 Janek Shaefer – Another World
    World News, 2015
  • 58:53 DreamScenes – Outro (Pink Floyd)

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From The Mouth of the Sun; Christina Vantzou; Lyken / Dove; Olafsson / Futuregrapher

No. 3

From the Mouth of the Sun - Into The Well

FROM THE MOUTH OF THE SUN – INTO THE WELL
I won’t go into detail about the exuberant packaging of this Fluid Audio release, because it’s one of those releases that are probably sold out by the time you read this. If you want to know what is (or: was) included in the 2×3″CD package, you’ll find the details here.
Into the Well is the second album from From The Mouth Of The Sun(FTMOTS) – the follow-up to their 2012 debut Woven Tide.
FTMOTS is Dag Rosenqvist and Aaron Martin performing most instruments, but with the additional horn section and vocal assistance this album has the sound of a full chamber orchestra setting. Some of the music has been compared to that of Sigur Rós, a comparison most obvious in the track called Bodies in Fog.
But for me personally, this music has more impact because it avoids the obligatory ‘post-rock climatic eruptions’. Which – paradoxically – enhances their impact.
And, talking about paradox: the cover art, plotted maps and photo’s included bear strong war-time references: ‘an uncompromising and evocative tribute to sacrifice’. But to my ears, it is peaceful and consolatory music – music beyond fear.


Christina Vantzou - No. 3

CHRISTINA VANTZOU – NO. 3
When listening to Christina Vantzou‘s albums (No. 1 in 2011, No. 2 in 2014, and now: No. 3)  in sequence, you can almost feel her grow as a composer. She’s still connected to her roots (linking her to Stars of the Lid/A Winged Victory for the Sullen since working with Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie in The Dead Texan), but working with a 15-piece ensemble of strings, horns, woodwinds and choir clearly opened up new possibilities.

‘Whereas 100% of the music of No. 1 and No. 2 was composed without time structure or steady click, the pillars on No. 3 adhere to a solid mathematical scheme.”

But, instead of venturing into more ‘modern classical’ compositions, Vantzou directs the ensemble straight back into performing otherworldly drones. Which proves to be the very right choice!
The ensemble’s arrangements are a perfect accompaniment to Vantzou’s synth parts, performed on DX7, Yamaha CS20, Roland Juno-6, and a selection of Eurorack modular synths.

There’s an eerie atmosphere to the cover, which is even multiplied by the mesmerizing movements on the Official 16 mm film accompanying the release.  But if you strip away the eerie overlay, there is a profound beauty underneath.
It’s the synths that show (and honour) some of Vantzou’s sources of inspiration. Most clearly in the track Laurie Spiegel, but on other moments I even imagined hearing Tomita’s ghost tucked away in the background (or is that just my mind playing tricks? Check the second half of Cynthia..).
But in the end, this is a Christina Vantzou album, not just a collection of references. An album that easily meets the expectations set by its two predecessors.
If Christina continues her own traditions, I guess we can look forward to the No.3 Remixes, too. 


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NO.3 – OFFICIAL 16 MM FILM

Christina Vantzou – Robert Earl
 


Mirror Lands

MARK LYKEN / EMMA DOVE – MIRROR LANDS
Scotland-based artists Mark Lyken and Emma Dove worked together on this soundtrack – ‘a lovely combination of minimal pastoral piano infused arrangements, industrial and natural field recordings, voice overs and evocative electronics’.
As usual for Time Released Sound releases, this comes in two editions: a standard digipak version as well as a Deluxe Edition. The latter is packed in a vintage 7″ square reel-to-reel tape box, filled with vintage prints of the Scottish Highlands, antique fold out maps and pages from 100 years old travel books.
Also included is a printed link to a private viewing of the award-winning Mirror Lands film in which ‘preconceived ideas of Highland life are challenged and the complex interactions between nature and culture are brought to the fore.’
With the soundtrack performed by six speakers forming a circular sonic space from the screen, I guess viewing Mirror Lands must be an impressive experience. Since the Deluxe Edition will probably sell out soon, I do hope the film can still be viewed in some way or another.
But even without its accompanying images the soundtrack stands firmly on its own, perfectly balancing electronics with field recordings and ‘natural’ instruments.


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Eitt

JÓN ÓLAFSSON & FUTUREGRAPHER – EITT
Take two musicians from Iceland, combining piano with electronics and field recordings, and you knów you’re in for a treat!
Jón Ólafsson (piano) is an experienced keyboard player: he has played with numerous artists (Emiliana Torrini and Björk among them), and received the Icelandic Music Awards as ‘best keyboard player’ twice.
Árni ‘Futuregrapher‘ Grétar weaves a sonic tapestry with synthesizer, effects, and field recordings.
This is their first release together, and hopefully it won’t be their last: their contemplatice music sounds ‘fresh’ (- nót ‘cold’! – ), with a bright – ECM-like – production.
A bit like sunny days in spring. (In Iceland, that is).


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