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Lingua Lustra * 7PRS * From Here To Tranquility vol. 9

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Eternal Mail

LINGUA LUSTRA – ETERNAL BEING  Also on Spotify

From Holland comes Lingua Lustra (Albent Borkent), whose newest album is released on Kim Cascone’s Silent Records. With more than 22 albums on many different labels, Lingua Lustra has become a household name in the ambient music scene.

Eternal Being  presents four tracks of mesmerizing ambient: the first three relatively short (around 5-6 minutes), and the closing title track clocking in on over 23 minutes.
With its massive washes of synth pads, Lingua Lustra‘s sound reminisces the ‘classic’ ambient. In fact, one could argue if this should be called ‘ambient’ at all, because – especially in the title track – it is a rather heavy sound, leaving little room to escape. A massive drone, somewhat enlightened by the sound of birds that disappear when the inescapable sound of the organ sets in around 8 minutes – only to return in the last minute when the organ (the instrument of the eternal being) retreats.

I would not call this ‘noise’ because of the sound structure. Yet it is best played at a loud volume for maximum effect!


7PRS

7PRS – DIVISION BY ZERO  Also on Spotify

It is clearly not Silent Records’ policy to introduce an album with extensively written promo texts. Which is fine, since the music is what it’s about in the end.
What we dó know about this release, it that 7PRS is Robin Parmar from Ireland, generating “undulating pulsations of landing lights slathered in a gray industrial foam of four dimensional drones”.

From his own website we learn that Robin Parmar is not only a versatile sound artist, but a multimedia performer that also engages in video, poetry and all kinds of other creative experiments.
The combination of electronic music and video resulted in a contribution to 2016’s Drone Cinema (a yearly festival curated by Kim Cascone, presented in Seattle, USA,  and in Leiden, NL). The audio track of that particular contribution, Phalange, is also included in this album, and find its place among four other tracks of mesmerizing electronic meditations.

And indeed: not many words are needed to enjoy this trip that “will evoke very vivid lucid dream states”.


In Dreams

VARIOUS ARTISTS – FROM HERE TO TRANQUILITY VOL. 9 – IN DREAMS

The first five editions of the From Here To Tranquility compilation series on Silent Records were released in 1993-1996. After a 20 year hiatus, the series was re-launched in 2016. And here is the ninth volume, and it is subtitled In Dreams.

Don’t expect to hear ‘music to sleep to’, however, because many aspects of the sleep cycle pass in the thirteen tracks (over 90 minutes) on this compilation. Tulpa Atma, for example, opens the compilation with some intriguingly abstract electronics, while Lingua Lustra’s Sleepwalking brings us back to a steady and relaxing pace. Each track has its very own atmosphere, and they can be quite different in comparison.

If you are familiar with the Silent Records catalogue you will recognise some of the contributing artists, such as Kris Force, France Jobin and Pragma. But probably most of the artists are less familiar.
A pleasant surprise is the appearance Sleep Research Facility (Kevin Doherty) with a new track, Theta2Delta, conjuring the deepest sleep state of the album (it even is in a lower volume than the other tracks). As far as I know, the only appearance of SRF since his Stealth album in 2012 was his contribution on the Ambientblog Anniversary Collection, so hopefully this is a sign that more can be expected in the future.
Another ‘deep sleep phase’ track is Rêve by France Jobin. After which things get a little more dark and hectic with the improv sounds of Kungens Män and Mikael Tuominen. Jack Hertz’s ‘Raven Is The Master of Light And Dark’ is also quite nightmare-ish; but we return to calmer slumbers with the last tracks by Mike Rooke and Seeman before waking up fully refreshed.

Like the predecessors in this compilation series, Vol. 9 – In Dreams demonstrates that Silent Records has a distinct artistic vision of electronic music. Which can obviously be credited to Kim Cascone as the label curator.

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Drone Cinema * Kenneth Kirschner * Johannes Malfatti * Kirk Kadish

Drone Cinema Vol. 1

Drone Cinema Vol. 1

VARIOUS ARTISTS – DRONE CINEMA FILM FESTIVAL – SELECTED WORKS Vol. 1

Apart from curating the recently re-launched Silent Records label and online stream (don’t forget to check the recent releases of the From Here To Tranquility compilations vol. 6 and 7), Kim Cascone is also the dedicated curator of the Drone Cinema Film Festival. A low-key festival that has taken place in Seattle, Washington as well as in Leiden, Holland (the intimate little theatre that is shown on the cover).

It is essential to point out that in this case the drone refers to the  visual aspect of the (musical) concept of drone, not -or not necessarily- to the technical use of ‘drone’ cameras.
“Drone Cinema is the flotation tank of cinema”, as someone pointed out. Or, in the words of Kim Cascone himself: transcendigital media:
“Transcendigital media is conjured through active imagination instead of software templates and presets.”

Don’t let the ‘floatation tank’ idea make you think that this is one of those new-age kind of things. Because it definitely isn’t.
While some of the tracks máy feel like a warm immersive bath, there are also some tracks that are downright scary and/or industrial and/or culminate in an almost deafening noise.
Unless you’re a seasoned connoisseur of the genre, most of the artists names will probably be unknown. But you can leave it to Kim Cascone to curate a selection that is a must-listen for anyone interested in experimental drone music, a sampler of what the most minimalist of music genres has to offer.

Selected Works, Vol. 1” is not, as you might have expected, a DVD featuring the visual works. It is a selection of the audio tracks without their cinematic equivalents, and thus focuses on audio drones only. It is, by choice, only half of the concept. But that need not be a real problem because you can let your ‘active imagination’ serve the visual aspect, too.. I suggest staring into a bright light for at least five minutes, then close your eyes and start the compilation.

Most of the drones need their time to develop, and this collection is no exception. The fourteen tracks fill up two hours and sixteen minutes, which is why this collection is only available as a digital download and not in a physical form.

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Datsuzoku

KENNETH KIRSCHNER – DATSUZOKU

To describe the music of Kenneth Kirschner and its impact, you’ll need many words.
Or maybe not.
It’s probably best to use the Yugen Art description of the meaning of the word Datsuzoku:

“One of the seven principles of Japanese Zen aesthetic. Freedom from habit or formula. Escape from the ordinary. Unwordly. Transcending the conventional.
The Feeling of surprise and a bit of amazement when one realizes they can have freedom from the formal.”

And – if this description is still not convincing enough for you: it is a free download! (Like much of Kenneth Kirschner‘s music)



Kenneth Kirschner – October 13, 2001
 


Malfatti Surge

JOHANNES MALFATTI – SURGE

It starts almost unnoticed, with a barely audible white noise reminiscing the sound of a distant beach. But slowly the intensity increases and the waves become a surge. Pushed up and forward by the drone sounds that gradually take over, sometimes with a thundering mass of sub-low bass, at other moments sounding like a distant choir. A drone in constant movement.

The 58 minute Surge “is based on textural developments that evolve very slowly over time.”
“Most processes in nature are too slow to be perceived by the human senses. We merely experience the ripples on the surface, like the passing of hours, days, of changing weather or trends in fashion. The all underlying stream of geological change, like the flow of glaciers or the drifting of continents, is outside our field of experience. However, some events bring these streams closer to the surface. In a glacial surge, the flow velocity of a glacier suddenly increases up to tens of meters per day, making the otherwise imperceptibly slow movement tangible.”

These liner notes are not only a description of what inspired Johannes Malfatti, but also link the album to its label: Surge is appropriately released on the Glacial Movements label, celebrating their tenth anniversary of releasing ‘glacial’ music.

The Berlin-based Malfatti  graduated as a Tonmeister for audio-visual media and has collaborated with many musicians, choreographers and film directors for numerous film, television, theatre and music productions. This is his very first solo album release, and it’s overwhelming and irresistible.
And glacial, too: you may better pull on an extra sweater or winter coat before you start listening.


Still Bill

KIRK KADISH – STILL BILL

Four tracks with a total playing time of two hours and twenty minutes. The shortest 13 minutes, the longest 63. You might want to sit or lie down before enjoying this collection by Kirk Kadish from Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Kadish performs in many different styles (jazz, improv, electronica) , but for this ambient project he chose an original starting point: the music of Bill Evans.

“Three of the four pieces are based on his compositions but completely reimagined from a minimalist/ambient/meditational perspective”.

I’m not familiar enough with the music of Bill Evans to name the compositions that this music is reimagining, and probably it is meant as ‘inspired by’ more than direct musical quotes. But the lush, unhurried and bright piano harmonies are a very refreshing approach to ambient soundscapes.
Add the warm  (Eno-esque) generative background synths, or a Terry Riley-like organ loop (in Some Other Time), and the result is a refreshingly fresh  – and literally timeless – ambient album …
A misty haze in daylight, instead of a thick foggy darkness..

Kirk Kadish is “happy to be free of any commercial restraints that would hinder his freedom in exploring the boundaries of our musical world”.
Which means that he is offering these tracks to download for free, or the full album for $ 0,19.
Or More. My advise would be to pay some more.



Kirk Kadish – Blue In Green

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