Drop110922 – Cocoon

After some months of silence I’m pleased to present a new Drop called Cocoon.
For this track I played electric piano and lyre harp then processed with pedal effects like Red Panda Particle, Ocean Machine and Superego Plus.

I hope you will enjoy. Thanks for listening…

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Toàn “Phonolite” is now available in store in digital format and cd.

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It‘s a huge pleasure to present for the first time in the catalogue the talented French composer Toàn. 
His third official album, Phonolite, is a little gem of eleven tracks and more than one hour of ambient and electroacoustic music. 
There is something special in Toàn’s sound and his capacity to create, with a wide range of acoustic and electronic instruments, a unique world of colours and shades. His sonic paintings are visual collages of microsounds perfectly arranged and chiselled in a photography of the early twentieth century. 
The name Phonolite comes from the Ancient Greek meaning “sounding stone” due to the metallic sound it produces if an unfractured plate is hit. Minerals and stones are therefore the concept of this outstanding album, a meditative piece of art that closes the trilogy after Histos Lusis and Volta No Vento. 
Please be captivated by the frail elegance of Phonolite.

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KSND

Our Own Unknown in EtherREAL

Attentif aux divers nouveaux entrants sur la scène ambient et minimaliste, Krysalisound a repéré Austin Rockman, à la faveur d’un premier album, publié en cassette en 50 exemplaires sur un label bulgare en 2019 (sic !). Deux ans après, le New-Yorkais livrait un nouveau long-format en numérique uniquement, proposé à présent par le label italien dans un CD assez classieux (aspect vinyle du disque métallique, digisleeve avec vernis sélectif sur une pochette en noir et blanc) qui, en vérité, sied assez bien à la musique livrée sur cet effort. De fait, avec sa guitare acoustique traitée et ses nappes et textures tremblotantes, l’Étatsunien offre une proposition en clair-obscur, touchante et sincère, marquée par un vrai travail sur sa six-cordes.

Sous cet aspect, une piste comme Phantom Vale impressionne par sa capacité à jouer à la fois sur les harmoniques de son instrument, sa réverbération et de légers effets apposés dessus ; plus loin, ce sont des tapotements qui viennent dialoguer avec des notes perlées et ouatées à la fois (Kissed By Her Witness), tandis que le morceau-titre ira davantage chercher du côté d’une saturation contenue, entre mini-mur sonique et traits lacérant l’espace. À d’autres endroits, ce sont des tonalités plus chaleureuses qui sont sollicitées, à la faveur de traitements conjugués à des bruissements oniriques d’arrière-plan (Halcyon Blush), ou bien des regards plus lumineux quand les lignes de guitare sont superposées (Love Like A Second Chance).

Discrètes et émouvantes, les compositions d’Austin Rockman gagneraient potentiellement à être parfois davantage étendues dans la durée, quatre minutes trente étant certainement trop courtes pour explorer toute la palette de chaque morceau et pleinement en goûter la richesse. Pour autant, avec une petite cinquantaine de minutes au total, l’auditeur a de quoi se satisfaire et réaliser une bien belle découverte.

Link: http://www.etherreal.com/spip.php?article6514

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Tropic of Coldness “Deriva” is now available in store in digital format and cd.

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After the successful experience of “Maps of reason” published in 2019, the Brussels-based duo Tropic of Coldness is back on Krysalisound with their eight record “Deriva”. 

“Deriva” fits as the soundtrack of docking on a safe harbour after being exposed to the currents of irrationality and emotional restlessness. 

This record is released exactly 10 years after Tropic of Coldness’ debut in spring 2012 and leverages on the experiences made during this long journey. It finds its ground on the strive to constantly enrich and expand the duo’s inspirational interactivity. 

Tropic of Coldness is above all an alchemy resulting from the friendship and constant dialogue between David Gutman and Giovanni La Placa, being the logbook of their conversations and reflections about society transformations and dynamics

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KSND

Drop030422 – Hollow

A new Drop called Hollow, made with electric piano processed through a Fostex X26 and electric guitar. All recorded in dawless mode.

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Austin Rockman “Our Own Unknown” is now available in store in digital format and cd limited edition of 25 copies.

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“Our Own Unknown” is the sophomore release of experiential composer Austin Rockman and serves as a follow-up to his 2019 debut “Plum God”  
Aside from aimless descriptions, as definitions often present limitations, “Our Own Unknown” is a statement of the artist in a modern era, grasping towards a personal silence and deep attention to not only the world of dreams, but the world around, of which there is no division, the one which we did not ask to belong to, but find ourselves inextricably linked to all events and purposes, all pasts and futures, across time.  
Stepping aside from the largely synthetic and sampled based material present in his first release, Austin finds his foundation nearer to his roots as a multi-instrumentalist. “Our Own Unknown” utilizes the acoustic guitar for virtually all sound sources, each layer coming from a playful engagement with not only the harmonic and melodic aspects of the instrument, but the physicality itself. “Our Own Unknown” embraces the faculty of not knowing, as the album was composed through an improvisational conversation with the instrument and a small set of indeterminate software. As a result, the compositional process becomes more akin to freeform sculpting, responding to sounds and ideas as they arise, a largely visceral reaction with the medium.

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KSND

Drop160122 & Drop050322

It’s a pleasure to share the first two experiments of the Drop Series 2022.

Sound equipment: Casio electric piano, OP1 and Fostex X26.
All recorded dawless mode.