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Vapor – A Miasmah mix by Erik K. Skodvin

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I don’t usually promote concerts and festivals on Ambientblog, simply because they are of local interest only.

The Miasmah Label Night, for example, this weekend in Leuven (October 9) and in Dordrecht  (October 10) – featuring Kreng Trio, James Welburn, Simon Scott and Svarte Greiner may be of interest to many blog visitors, but is probably only within travelling reach for those of you coming from the Netherlands or Belgium.

The reason for this particular exception is this special mix, created by Miasmah label owner Erik K. Skodvin a.k.a. Svarte Greiner.
It’s a compilation of Miasmah releases demonstrating the label’s constant quality in the (almost) 10 years of its existence.
A treat for all those that can visit the label nights this week, but maybe even more for those who can’t!

tracklist:

  • Volcano The Bear – Horse
    (from Commencing, 2015, to be released)
  • James Welburn – Hold
    (from Hold, 2015)
  • Encre – Plexus II
    (field recording excerpt from Plexus II, 2006)
  • Eric Thielemans – River
    (from Sprang, 2014)
  • Svarte Greiner – White Noise
    (from Black Tie, 2013)
  • Kreng – Monkey side A
    (excerpt from Works for Abattoir Férme, 2012)
  • Andrea Belfi – Su Linee Rette
    (from Natura Morta, 2014)
  • Simon Scott – Ashma
    (from Navigare, 2009)
  • Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti – Stained
    (excerpt from Gramercy, 2012)
  • Kaboom Karavan – Road Map
    (from Short Walk with Olaf, 2007/2013)
  • B/B/S/ – Gather Part 2
    (from Half Moon 7″, 2013)
  • Kreng – Stef in Rome
    (from Monster 10″, 2012)
  • Elegi – Søvnens Kvelertak
    (from Sistereis, 2007)
  • Gabriel Saloman – Mine Field
    (from Soldier´s Requiem, 2013)
  • Gultskra Artikler – Krovinka Moya
    (from Kasha Iz Topora, 2007)

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VAPOR – A MIASMAH mix
by Erik K. Skodvin (Svarte Greiner)

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Kreng – Works for Abbattoir Fermé

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Kreng - Abattoir Ferme

When you realise that Kreng translates to Carrion’ (or ‘Cadaver‘) and Abattoir Fermé means ‘closed down slaughterhouse’ , you know that you’re obviously not going to get a gentle new age treatment with this release.

Following his two widely acclaimed previously releases L’Autopsie Phénomenale de Dieu (2009) and Grimoire (2011), Miasmah has now released a massive 4×12″ LP (+ 1×10″ that is not included in the digital download) boxset featuring music that Pepijn ‘Kreng’ Caudron created for various Abattoir Fermé theatre productions.

The set contains more than 3 hours of music (and that’s not even counting the 10″ containing music for the  “Monster” TV-series!).

This music is “not for the faint of heart”. Definitely not. These sounds, in fact, may very well haunt you in your most frightening nightmares.
But as for cinematic (dark) ambient music, this is about the best, and most impressive, you will be able to find.

Abattoir Fermé is a theatre company from Mechelen, Belgium, focussed on social outcasts and freaks and using influences ranging from dadaism to the modern horror film, looking for ‘the world behind the world’”.
Internationally, they are most known for their ‘silent pieces’ like ‘Tourniquet‘ (2007), ‘Mythobarbital’ (2008) and ‘Monkey’ (2011) – from which plays the soundtracks are featured in this set, along with the music from ‘Snuff’.

Every play is featured on two single album sides each about 23 minutes in length. Most of the material is previously unreleased, although some of the sample fragments may sound familiar from Kreng‘s earlier releases.

Pepijn Caudron 
has restructured the individual samples to create extended compositions that carefully build up in tension and style.
Though they were created for different events, the tracks are sequenced in such a way that thay could also have have been one single composition. Starting from a slow, dark drone in Tourniquet, the tension is unmistakenly building: ominous drums, suspenseful cinematic strings, fanfare drums. Monkey gradually slows down again, but its quiet ending is also a misleading trap, since the set ends in a distorted dance beat with the volume way up to over 11.

“Caudron finally has the space he deserves to show his musical scope and reach. The theatrical reference point is appropriate, but Caudron’s scores are never tempted by the vaudeville, rather they evoke a similar mood that Alan R. Splet and David Lynch achieved in ‘Eraserhead’ or Howard Shore in ‘Videodrome’. There is a sense of widescreen without any of the usual tropes, and this is simply a testament to Caudron’s veteran’s touch.”

Works for Abattoir Fermé” presents a dark ambient symphony of Wagnerian proportions. A classic – definitely!

Note: the ‘impression mix’ below is created from small parts of the original tracks – it does not appear on the album set in the way it is presented here.


KRENG – WORKS FOR ABATTOIR FERMÉ (Impression Mix)

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Greg Haines – Slumber Tides

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Greg Haines - Slumber Tides

In between the growing names of contemporary (post-)classic composers, Greg Haines’ debut stands out for it’s own style. It’s not trying to be too ‘classical’, because it’s more electronic than just that. But on the other hand it’s not exactly ‘ambient’ too (to continue the previous post about the ambient subgenres: we could define this music as ‘classbient’ – classy classic ambient 🙂 )

The record label Miasmah namedrops some of Greg’s inspirations: Arvo Pärt, Ryan Teague, William Basinski… If these names mean anything to you you know where to go. And dont’ forget Colleen for the sound of the glockenspiel.

This is a great cd for the dark winter days coming up!

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