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Andrea Belfi * Tsone * Arovane/Hatami

Tsone - Intimate Haze

Alveare

ANDREA BELFI – ALVEARE

Iikki releases – the physical editions – include a vinyl album as well as a hardcover art book. They are ‘the result of a dialog between a visual artist and a music artist’.
You can buy both separately: vinyl only, book only, or even a download-only if you wish… but of course you’ll miss out part of what these releases are about. Still… not everyone is able to spend €59 on the book+vinyl option, so it’s great that Iikki also offers the download option to enjoy with a video preview of the book:

 

Alveare is the second Iikki edition, and it presents the music of Andrea Belfi paired with the photography of ‘urban landscape explorator’ Matthias Heiderich.
I have not seen the book (apart from the video included above), but I can imagine there can be an interesting interaction when watching the images while listening to the music at the same time.
But it’s not strictly necessary to enjoy both at the same time.

This is Belfi‘s sixth solo album, not counting many other collaborative records on various labels. Belfi manages to create a unique atmosphere with his expressive yet restrained percussion and drumming style. Embedded in mysterious layers of electronic soundscapes, it somewhat reminds of legendary Can recordings. (But of course comparisons like that always fail.)

Not many ‘experimental ambient’ albums are centered around complex percussive compositions, for it is quite hard to use percussion instruments to create atmospheric music. Unless you master these instruments like Andrea Belfi does!


Tsone - Intimate Haze

TSONE – INTIMATE HAZE

I’m afraid I can’t really reveal much about this release since I don’t know very much details – apart from the fact that Tsone is an alias of Anthony (Tony) Obr.
Though there is some recent activity on Tsone’s soundcloud page, Obr‘s website updates seem to heave stopped around 2014.  
The lack of background info is a bit weird, since Discogs lists no less than 23 releases under this name (many of them self-released).
But why care about that? Music can speak for itself, doesn’t it?

Intimate Haze is released on Stereoscenica label closely related to the Ambient Sleeping Pill internet radio station.
This is an indication of what you can expect from this highly immersive ‘classic’ ambient album of ‘progressive ambient of at least 9 distinct movements between the 3 tracks – ranging from epic to mysterious, chaotic to tranquil.’


Organism

AROVANE & PORYA HATAMI – ORGANISM

No less than 19 tracks on this album, 7 of which are relatively short interludes called Rhizome. Rhizome is a botanical term for a ‘stem of a plant, often sending out roots and shoots from its nodes…If a rhizome is separated into pieces, each piece may be able to give rise to a new plant’. The short interludes may have the same function, they are musical entities from which another composition may grow.

Uwe ‘Arovane‘ Zahn (from Berlin) and Porya Hatami (from Iran) may come from a different background, but both artist’s skills merge perfectly into an (ehhh…) ‘organic’ sound design.
They have worked together in the past (most recently on last year’s Kaziwa) – in fact, this is their fourth collaboration album!

On Organism they focus on a dark, mysterious, but extremely detailed sound – as alive and moving as nature’s finest organisms.
Organism celebrates the 10th anniversary of Karl Records from Berlin: ‘an outlet for puzzling sounds that question today’s pigeonholes of reception’. Unlike most of their other releases, this is a download-only release.

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Homework Year 1

A selection from the many label compilations that were recently released – looking ahead at 2017, looking back at 2016, or maybe even looking back at the last 15 years:

anticipation of an uncertain future

ANTICIPATION OF AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

The near future of 2017 may be unpredictable on a worldwide political scale, but fortunately this 40 minute (9 track) compilation of recent and upcoming Preserved Sound releases is reassuring: there will always be great music to take a break from everyday absurdity!

Artists include Visionary Hours, Aaron Martin, Richard Youngs, Max Ananyev, Endless Melancholy, Poppy Nogood, Adrian Lane, Ales Tsurko and CovarinoIncorvaia.
A wide range of instrumental genres show all kinds of beauty this label has to offer. There’s influences from ambient, folk, improv,  jazz, post-rock, neo-classical and experimental electronics (the Ales Tsurko track [Grusha] uses regular expressions to generate music from random Wikipedia articles!)

Generously offered as a Name Your Price download.


Illuminations

ILLUMINATIONS

I am not sure if all tracks from this massive Dronarivm compilation are previously unreleased, but the subtitle “The New Year 2017 Free Compilation” suggests so.
But even if they were previously released, only the most dedicated label addict would recognise all of the 28 tracks on this two-and-a-half hour compilation.
The collection is presented without any notes but a quote from Arthur Rimbaud’s ‘Illuminations VI‘:
“… The colours proper to life deepen, dance and detach themselves around this Vision in the making…. .

Currently, Dronarivm is one of the experimental ambient genre’s most important labels, and the line-up of this collection shows why: Olan Mill, Giulio Aldinucci, Autistici, Spheruleus, The Green Kingdom, Offthesky, Aaron Martin, Dag Rosenqvist, Elegi, Legiac, Maps and Diagrams, Strom Noir, Wil Bolton, Enrico Coniglio, Christopher Bissonnette, Porzellan and Bartosz Dziadosz  – and that is only about two-third of the contributors!

Generously offered as a Name Your Price download.


Home To Wander

HOME TO WANDER

Home Normal looks back to 2016 with this 11-track (58 minute) overview featuring tracks they ‘were lucky enough to release in 2016’.
It’s a kaleidoscopic overview of the versatility of this quality label that cannot be pinned down to one style but always guarantees a journey into adventurous new paths.

Artists include David Cordero, Altars Altars, Giulio Aldinucci, M. Ostermeier, Ian Hawgood, Stefano Guzetti Ensemble, Isan, Asuna, Stijn Hüwels/Dudal and A New Line Related.

Generously offered as a Name Your Price download.


Homework Year 1

HOMEWORK, YEAR 1

In an ascending order of track count and playing time, this compilation comes last.
52 tracks that fill up seven (7!) hours and 40 minutes! And, apart from that, áll of the tracks are new and previously unreleased.

The concept of this overview is a bit different: is doesn’t look back to 2016 only, or looks ahead at 2017, but it celebrates the 15 years of existence of the Taâlem label. And they do so in a special way: asking every artist that ever had a release on Taâlem to contribute an unreleased track that was recorded or finalised in 2016 – so it’s all brand new music, not a retrospective!
The list of contributing artists is not complete: some of the artists could not be retraced, others have stopped making music, etc. But the result is imposing enough as it is!

Due to the label’s nature, the music is more abstract and experimental than usual, presenting a lot of sound experiments, field recordings, musiqe concrête and industrial soundscapes – so it’s also the most ‘hardcore experimental’ compilation in this short list. But the tracks are thoughtfully arranged: playing the collection feels like complete overview of all corners of experimental electronics and ambient music.

I cannot mention all of the 52 contributing artists here, so I’ll randomly pick a few familiar names: Aidan Baker, Mathieu Ruhlmann, Emerge, Yui Onodera, Tobias Hellkvist, Encomiast, Simon Whetham, Fabio Orsi, Strom Noir, Pleq/Lauki, Philippe Lamy, Enrico Coniglio, Yannick Franck and Jeff Stonehouse.

And the best news, once again: generously offered as a Name Your Price download.

 

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Into The White

VARIOUS ARTISTSINTO THE WHITE
Dronarivm kicks off the new year with an impressive 21-track (almost 2 hours) sampler, offered as a free (or better: name your price) download!
One short look at the contributors and you know you’re in for something good.
I won’t begin to mention anyone since I would have to include them all – so just check the Bandcamp link for more details.
I am not entirely sure, but as far as I know all tracks are previously unreleased works. Together, they are a perfect overview of what contemporary ambient music – and, more specifically, the Dronarivm label – has to offer.
So why wait?


Eilean 2015

VARIOUS ARTISTS – EILEAN RECORDS 2015
Eilean Records ended 2015 (or started 2016 if you wish) by looking back at the year and presenting this compilation of tracks by artists that were involved with the label in 2015.
But again: all 17 tracks (72 minutes) are previously unreleased!
The limited metal box edition is sold out now, but the beautiful music of the download is exactly the same, fortunately.
The collection includes some less familiar artists, among names like Bill Seaman, James Murray, Ruhe, Lee Chapman and Dag Rosenqvist.

 


Invisible-2

VARIOUS ARTISTS – WE ARE INVISIBLE NOW (Volume 1 + Volume 2)
Not one, but two separate collections, from a series that started earlier in 2015: Volume 1 was released in March, Volume 2 followed in December (and Volume 3 will follow somewhere in 2016).
We Are Invisible Now is  ‘a project about absence, memory, silence, seeing without being seen, reconciliation, resolution, stasis, kites, aeroplanes, the last cup of coffee of an entire life, sleep and descent’.
It’s a ‘no-profit’ series: no money is involved and all music is contributed ánd offered for free. An interesting way to discover new artists: the collection involves relatively few familiar names – most of the contributors were hitherto unknown or ‘invisible’.


 

 

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Inner Vision Laboratory; Strom Noir; Atrium Carceri; OfftheSky; Colbets

The Old City

Austeros

INNER VISION LABORATORY – AUSTEROS
The third release by this ambient project of Karol Skrzypiec presents deep, dark and ominous sounds. It could be called dark ambient – but it’s completely free from the ritualistic brouhaha often present on ‘dark ambient’ releases.
Inner Vision Laboratory “unites sounds from the surrounding reality […] torn alive from random, lost radio broadcasts, the cacophony of everyday life, or unspecified ether.”
It’s not exactly a bright and happy surrounding reality, it seems… more like a post-apocalyptic vision – but the dark suspense is frightening and beautiful at the same time.


Glaciology

STROM NOIR – GLACIOLOGY
From Slovakia comes Emil Mat’ko, more familiar as Strom Noir. The four tracks on this album cover the glacial territory that ambient music is so often associated with. Not because the music is ‘cold’ (often the opposite), but because it paints desolate landscapes.
So does Strom Noir in these “static drones that resemble a snowy picture. They unravel very slowly and subtly into one another.”
 The “four songs about Snow and Ice” are completed with an additional 20 minute bonus track, “Niekedy Sa Vracajú”, which originally appeared in a shorter 16 minute version on the Tanec Rusaliek” cassette release (still available digitally too)


The Old City

ATRIUM CARCERI – THE OLD CITY (OST)
There’s a close relation to ambient music and  movie and games soundtracks. It’s not hard to see why: ambient soundscapes are all about creating moods and atmospheres.
The “soothing string like atmospheres, distorted drones and brooding atmospheres” of these 15 tracks were created for the ‘narrative philosphical’ game called The Old City: Leviathan” – where “the player is put in the shoes of a sewer dwelling isolationist in a decaying city from a civilization long past.”
Now this probably appeals to a lot of ambient music devotees, but even if you’re not a sewer dwelling isolationist this beautiful and melancholic soundtrack could still very well appeal to you!


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Light Loss

OFFTHESKY – LIGHT LOSS
The beginning of spring may not be the right season for listening to this new OfftheSky (Jason Corder) album “describing a change of seasons – from fall into winter when the sun hangs low and the day’s shy light dominates. It describes the heavy mood and psychological affect that comes with this seasonal evolution and the changing tide of friendship and love alike that occurs through this seasonal shift”.
On the other hand, every seasonal changes has its similar disturbances and it’s not just ‘darkness’ creeping in on this album: there’s still enough light to cling on to. From the rather indeterminate and abstract beginning “lighter melodic sounds are coupled with darker atonal noise moments to create a rich dynamic hue.”
It’s interesting to pair listening to Light Loss” to Corder‘s recent Juxta Phona project: the two albums relate to each other as night to day.
Or better: as Fall to Spring.

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And Silence

COLBETS – AND SILENCE
Japanese duo Saitoh Tomohiro and Kari Takemoto release their fifth studio album, full of “silent music of resounds, time sleeps and warm air.”
Five atmospheric tracks take their time to evolve around the Takemoto’s guitar sounds, Tomohiro’s synth and trumpet playing, with guest appearance of cello player James Bryan Parks. The physical edition is extremely limited to 50 (as usual on the Twice Removed Records label).

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Marsen Jules – Sinfonietta – At GRM

Sinfonietta

When referring to a Symphony“, the common reference is to an extended musical composition in Western classical music, most often written for orchestra – symphony and chamber orchestras, concert bands, chamber ensembles, organ, piano, choir, or combinations of these resources.”

Pythagoras is accredited for “discovering the simple fact that the pitch of a musical note depends upon the length of the string which produces it. This allowed him to correlate the intervals of the musical scale with simple numerical ratios. His discoveries in the fields of music and astronomy led him to his most profound realisation, namely, ‘The Harmony of the Spheres’, wherein he proposed that the planets and stars moved according to mathematical equations, which corresponded to musical ratios, therefore producing a symphony.”
Aristotle wrote: “[the Pythagoreans] saw that the … ratios of musical scales were expressible in numbers [and that] .. all things seemed to be modelled on numbers, and numbers seemed to be the first things in the whole of nature, they supposed the elements of number to be the elements of all things, and the whole heaven to be a musical scale and a number.”
(quotes taken from ‘Ancient Wisdom‘ website)

If a ‘symphony‘ is “music of the spheres, embracing the concept of an ethereal harmony”, then the Sinfonietta”  must represent a miniature model of the universe.
And that is exactly what Marsen Jules new album conveys: an interplay of orchestral harmonics, a celestial reflection of universal movement in which the sense of time is completely irrelevant.

Sinfonietta” 
is a 45 minute composition that has neither beginning nor end, and hardly any perceptible progression: it just ‘is’.
There is a peaceful, natural (or even ‘cosmic’ if you prefer) harmony within the orchestral (yet synthetic) sounds.
For the impatient listener these 45 minutes may prove to be too long.
But for the listener who is receptive to what Martin Juhls tries to capture here, the piece may not nearly be long enough. I can in fact be played on repeat without losing its power.

Marsen Jules at GRM

Sinfonietta” is released barely a month after the release of a different Marsen Jules album: Marsen Jules at GRM“, and it’s interesting to note the similarities between these two albums as well as the differences.

At GRM” was created during a two week residency in the legendary GRM-Studios in Paris in 2009. The Groupe de Recherches Musicales is an institute for the exploration of electroacoustic music, founded  in 1958 by composer Pierre Schaeffer.

“Especially these ideas of defining every acoustic event as possible music and the approach to explore the individual universe of such a sound, have always been a big inspiration for the music of german Martin Juhls.
For the two tracks created at GRM Jules dives deeply into the level of subatomic sound-particles. Clusters of string crescendos emerge from a nearly psychoacoustic sound-wall of warm drones in which they disappear with ultra long fade outs and reverbs.”

Compared to the  bright and uplifting sounds of “Sinfonietta” , the stretched immersive drones of at GRM”  are rather dark and very, very minimalistic.
In a way, the albums relate to each others like day relates to night.
But they also have a lot in common: in both albums, the notion of time is completely irrelevant. It is only the sound that is important.

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Memum; Chris Russell; Sava Marinkovic; Halcyon Chamber; Past Disappears
– shortlist –

became a leaf

In the Shortlist sections, I will mention the albums that I enjoyed listening to, but couldn’t find the time (or the right words) for a “full review” for. But still, these albums definitely deserve your attention!

became a leaf

MEMUM – BECAME A LEAF
Packed in a strikingly beautiful handcrafted wooden box (including a unique wooden medallion), Became a Leaf” is the kind of release every collector of physical editions would immediately fall for (well Í did, anyway).
Memum is a new ambient project by David Georgos, who few of you may know under his Locoto alias.   “Became a Leaf” was recorded in Berlin and Turku (a town in the South-West of Finland) and it almost literally seems to breath the fresh air of spring.
“Gently layered dreamscapes recalling a reflection of subtle melancholy, tones of beauty, cloudy noise and ambience of deep woods”.
The 36 minute (6-track) album is completed with additional remixes by Henrik José, Hior Chronik and Noemi Bolojan.


Illuminoid

CHRIS RUSSELL – ILLUMINOID
On Illuminoid“, Chris Russell explores the interaction of ambient soundscapes and vocal music – (Gregorian) Chants, choirs, (boy) soprano and overtone throat singing. On some tracks, the vocals are sampled into manipulated layers, but there is a lot space left for the ‘untouched’ vocal parts, too.
All vocals are taken from the Spectrasonics Vocal Planet library – which was a bit of a surprise for me to find out because they sound very convincing and ‘live’.
The combination of religious vocals often results in a very dark and ominous ‘gothic’ kind of ambient, but not here: Chris Russell remains close to the deeply spiritual atmosphere of the original vocal music and so “the album reveals itself like a beam of sunlight through the clouds.”



CHRIS RUSSELL – HILDEGARD


EvocationSAVA MARINKOVIC – EVOCATION
The relatively young (b. 1991) Serbian musician Sava Marinkovic started his solo career in 2013. His music is “an experimental approach to ambient music, free improvisation and minimalism”, inspired and influenced by artists like David Sylvian, Christian Fennesz and Eivind Aarset.
“Evocation” is his second album (the first was 2013’s Nowhere Near). Though most of the album breathes a dark, desolate atmosphere of layered soundscapes and improvised guitar, the variety of the different tracks is striking. All tracks are instrumental with the exception of “Blindfold (She is I!)”, featuring outstanding vocals by Kristina Grebenar. 


halcyon chamber

HALCYON CHAMBER – HALCYON CHAMBER
Philadelphia based Halcyon Chamber features Aaron Martin on cello. This is their first album.
Probably because of the ethereal vocals by Jasmine C, my first association when hearing these tracks was with Julee Cruise’s estranging vocals for the Twin Peaks series.  But it’s not just her voice, it’s also the music itself. The soft and gentle ensemble pieces sound remotely familiar, with the arrangements for keyboards, cello, guitar and percussion (and some electronics of course) – yet it also has a beautiful strange and dreamlike twist.


Past Disappears

 

VARIOUS ARTISTS – PAST DISAPPEARS
This 93 minute compilation is released as a Christmas present from the illustrious Dronarivm label, and a true present it is: it’s a name your price download!
But it will also last for very long after christmas has passed.
It’s a compilation presenting unreleased tracks from many of the fine artists from this label’s portfolio, most of which you’ll probably know by name: artists like Aaron Martin, Frozen Vaults, Strom Noir, Offthesky, Godot (which is the follow up the Marsen Jules Trio, by the way), Porya Hatami, Green Kingdom, Maps and Diagrams, Giulio Aldinucci, Piiptsjilling, Pleq and Hakobune, Anne Chris Bakker and Snoqualmie Falls.
This compilation of unreleased tracks is a must-download for those that already know the label and its artists, as well as for those that are new to the label and are interested to hear what music Dronarivm has to offer. Merry Christmas, everybody!

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Porya Hatami – The Garden

Porya Hatami

2014 is a good year for Porya Hatami (based in Sanandaj, Iran).
After releasing two collaboration albums (with Lee Anthony Norris and Lcoma, respectively), and a solo album (“Shallow”) earlier this year, his new album The Garden is now released on the Dronarivm label.

There’s the digital download, of course.
But there are also two versions of the CD (both limited to 150):
The regular CD comes in a beautiful ‘discbox slider’; for the ‘special edition’ it is lavishly packed in a “tea and grass handmade colored envelope sewn up in hessian bag”, together with “a lavender flower, 6 photo inserts (12×12 cm) on matte paper (200 gr.)”.


The Garden - Special Edition

Poryama Hatami‘s music on this album is every bit as beautiful as the package promises.

The tracks are all named after the small wildlife creatures you might find in your garden: “Firefly”, “Spider”, “Snail”, “Ladybug”, “Bee” and “Ant”.

Hatami adds his own electronic sounds and processed acoustics, carefully balanced with the environmental sounds, so that both seem to enhance each others relaxing effect.

Throughout, there is some undefined crackling – which could very well be the amplified sound of the garden insects – merging with the delicate sounds of a gentle rain, wind- and bamboo chimes.
“The soundscape of  The Garden forms from whispers and murmurs of rural nature, from that noiseless noise which lives in the summer air that are captured in a macro mode, so one can almost touch.”

The atmosphere is like a refreshing rest in your garden on a late summer night.
“Atmospheric in a summer way, meditative in the Oriental style and just beautiful music”.
A soundtrack for the summer night you’re always longing for…

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Anne Chris Bakker – Reminiscenses

ACB

A few months ago I wrote some words about Anne Chris Bakker‘s beautiful album Tussenlicht“, a self released limited edition CD-R. (If you haven’t checked this one yet: the digital edition is still available!)

It’s a pleasant surprise to find that his new (first “official”) album Reminiscenses is now released on Dronarivm, the (Moscow-based) contemporary ambient and modern classical music label curated by Pleq and Dimitry Taldykin.

While “Tussenlicht” can be described as one single composition in four parts, the six tracks on Reminiscenses are more separate, stand-alone tracks, each with a somewhat different instrumentation.

Like on his earlier albums, Anne Chris Bakker plays all instruments himself.
In style, the music is loosely related to that of the Kleefstra brothers (known from their work with Piiptsjilling and the Alvaret Ensemble, among other projects), with who Bakker regularly performs. This also means the music comes from improvisation sessions mostly:

“Reminiscences existed with no detailed plan. It is more the result of spontaneous playing and recording over a period of 5 months using guitar, pedals and and a violin bow.
During playing lots of images came up in mind, quite similar to the half sleep state of mind where images and situations flow and bind in an unstructured way.
While playing and listening to the material it opened up a map of lost memories.
This is how I recollect. Reminiscences.”

The album’s opener “Between the Garden and the Lake” is a striking opener, because it is extremely unhurried. A statement of calm that sets the atmosphere for the rest of the album.
“I thought my heart was calm” starts with a quiet, indefinite, whisper – and takes its time to slowly build a climax which is quite noisy yet still manages to retain its inner calmness.

These two tracks make for the first half of the album. The second half contains 4 shorter tracks (between 2 and 7 minutes in length): piano themes merging with field recordings, drones and a closing ambient track called with the great title “Droesem” (= Dregs).

After “Tussenlicht”, my expectations for this album were sky-high.
I’m happy to find that Reminiscenses easily lives up!

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Various Artists – 15 Shades of White

15 shades of white

In their relatively short existence (about 1.5 year now), the Moscow based Dronarivm label (curated by Bartosz ‘Pleq’ Dziadosz) has quickly worked itself to the upper category of quality labels focussing on contemporary ambient and modern classical music.

15 Shades of White“, a collection of 15 tracks (or 17, counting the bonus tracks with the digital download) – “different in atmosphere and sound but united by a common winter mood” – demonstrates why.

It could be sufficient just to mention the contributing artists here, because even if you’re only remotely familiar with the contemporary ambient/modern classical scene you’ll know enough:
Anne Chris Bakker (by the way, you díd check out his Tussenlicht“, I hope?), Talvihorros, Kreng, Ben Lukas Boysen, Aaron Martin & Christoph Berg, Sophie Hutchings & Peter Hollo, Jacaszek, Marsen Jules, Peter Hawgood & the Green Kingdom, Orla Wren, Kaboom Karavan, Marcus Fjellström, Strië, Frozen Vaults, Olan Mill and, for the bonus tracks: Tobias Hellkvist and Zuku.

“Winter is a favorite season of philosophers and introvert dreamers, a territory of remembrances and quiet reflections, where nonlinear time allows to bring together the disparate fragments of memories and create a multi-layered collage of pieces of the future, present and past.
Neoclassical pianos, hypnotic strings, light strokes and soft undertones leave a quirky musical pattern on the glass of eternity.”

15 Shades of White” is not a label sampler compilation with tracks from other albums: as far as I know all tracks included are exclusively created for this compilation album.

As stated, the atmospheres and sound are different, yet there is something else that connects these tracks – they seem to share a musical vision and a passion for these sounds.
Dronarivm operates at the heart of a very lively musical community.

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Aaron Martin + Christoph Berg – Day Has Ended

Martin Berg

With only a few releases, the relatively new Moscow-based label Dronarivm found its status as one of contemporary ambient music’s most important labels.

With the release of Day Has Ended“, with Aaron Martin and Christoph Berg contributing four tracks each, that status is definitely confirmed – if not enhanced.

Both Aaron Martin and Christoph Berg (who is also known as Field Rotation) are composers renowned for their work crossing the borders of ‘ambient soundscapes’ and ‘post-classical’ music. With the cello as their main instruments, most of their music breathe a sad yet beautiful melancholy.

The track titles and cover image of Day Has Ended immediately sets the atmosphere:
“This is quiet, intimate music, interfused with daylight and covered by a soft mist of evening dreams. This album spans the course of a day until the point where night falls.”

It is a ‘split’ CD, which means that Martin and Berg did not collaborate in creating these tracks, but both perform all instruments on their own half of the album. Clearly they knew what kind of album they were aiming for, since there is no clash in style or content – both halves of the album complete each other in describing the course of a single, calm and quiet, contemplative day.

“The first part, created by Aaron Martin, is a water-colour, cool and delicate. The twinkling sun reflected itself in a slow river, transparent silvery clouds sparkle and brush the heads of drowsy trees. The closer to the middle of the album, the lower goes the gentle shadow, saturating.
In the second part – Christoph Berg’s one, water-colour turns into gouache. The sound becomes more full, more sensuous, it comes in waves, like breath of a sleeping man.
Just close your eyes, be all ears and you’ll feel – the night is not silent. Sweet tune of twilight and darkness full of echo, humming blue, vague voice of the strings and clear gleaming of bright stars in a velvet sky – that is the night.”


CHRISTOPH BERG – TODAY HAS BEEN ALRIGHT

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