Thanks to Julien and Francis.
In his «Kingdom Of Grey» Paul dedicates its stream to Saint-Petersburg and life in its general sense – both are monochrome – white and black events, from time to time.
Solid and soft drone collaborates with low-frequency self-consistent foundation, which is very close to common music in its origin.
Without focusing on events, it stays endlessly grey – pure balance of happiness and sufferings. But at the same time any person can find something private in this stream.
There’s no place for deep meaning and the whole work is done for listeners, their reflective minds and exploration by themselves.
- Paul Minesweeper – The Sands Of Time (05:32)
- Paul Minesweeper – Sky Train (Magenta Fields Pt.II) (09:57)
- Paul Minesweeper – Winter Takes It All (06:35)
- Paul Minesweeper – Kingdom Of Grey (09:13)
- Paul Minesweeper – White Night (09:24)
- Paul Minesweeper and Astral & Shit – State Of Grey Dust (11:58)
After a half of a year Igl00 and his collaborator lost-radio continue «Untitled Scenes» series with new work called simply “Untitled Scenes IV”. New work is as short as previous «Untitled Scenes III» and there are some similarities between them. Differences are spotted though but they look like logical development of ideas presented in the previous works.
Igl00’s part remains on the side of minimalism and isolationism wrapped in a veil of unostentatious hum. Two tracks are made in the usual Igl00 manner, this time maybe more chamber-like: less space and details, more transparency and concentrating on main lines of music development.
lost-radio’s part is more diversified. «Scene XII» looks like dense and complex track made in the style very close to drone ambient. On the contrary, «Scene XIV» is much closer to Igl00’s tracks in sound and atmosphere. Here is a lot of noise, the same minimalistic approach and similar isolationist disposition.
- Igl00 – Scene XI (07:36)
- lost-radio – Scene XII (08:11)
- Igl00 – Scene XIII (07:02)
- lost-radio – Scene XIV (07:13)
This time Kolpakopf brings us to the edge of underworld. His new work «INFERIAE» sends to ancient grave rituals of bringing sacred offerings to the beings of underworld – to the spirits of the dead. Arisen from the depths of time, these rites transformed to sacrificial practices, from horrible Phoenician human sacrifices to harmless Christian oblations.
What is the essence of these practices? What does it mean for people who donate now and offered blood sacrifices in the past? What the difference between a savage who brings grains to the dead and a modern man who lays a wreath on a grave? And is there a difference?
Kolpakopf doesn’t offer any answers. His «INFERIAE» just helps to keep the doors half-open, helps to descend to your own inner underworld, and helps to see the roots of those rituals, to see obscure paths from the present to the past.
- Kolpakopf – Untitled (41:53)
There is an ambience which surrounds you even as it exists within you. A place of dark emotions. Hate, lust, pride, intolerance. A powerful emotional burden.
You awaken from a sickness-induced sleep to find yourself lost in an unfamiliar wilderness. You sense a presence. It is around you, within you – a feeling of darkness and anxiety, the presence is you.
A landscape is revealed. A place of dark sexuality, forbidden desires and primordial sins.
Slowly developing loops of heavy drones and vast soundscapes filled with chants, moans and other human sounds produce an intensity of sonic presence. A place you will come to know as Carcosa.
Inspired by the short story «An Inhabitant of Carcosa», about a man who awakens to find he is long dead. The author, Ambrose Bierce vanished without a trace under mysterious circumstances.
- Grove Of Whispers – Carcosa (59:40)
Lost in the weird dreams, push your way through swaying strata of gluey air. Lost behind the summer, listen how life is crawling past while you’re sitting locked in an opalescent bulb. Time streams go by swiftly making you feel yourself vertiginous. «The Lost» is the soundtrack for your grotesque dream of being lost outside the time.
You’ll be wrapped up with claustrophobic drones which are intolerably long and shuffled with everyday noises. Drones will lock you inside gluey bulbs to force you to sit and watch how sounds of world around slowly die away eventually leaving you lost outside the time.
«The Lost» by by EugeneKha.
Recorded: 2014, 2015.
Setup: Garmonbozia Budhamachine (DIY Ambient Synthesizer from Vtol), Novation Ultranova, Alesis Micron, Kawai K1m, Roland SP-404SX, Zoom H4n, Alesis MidiVerb4.
All sounds recorded and mixed on Yamaha MT120 4-Track Tape Recorder.
Mastered: Reaper DAW.
Music By, Photographer and Artwork Evgenij V. Kharitonov.
- EugeneKha – The Lost June (19:25)
- EugeneKha – The Lost November (27:53)
- EugeneKha – Bells Of Epoch (Lost Remix 2015) (05:10)
Drone ambient is perfectly suited to be a tool for reflective minds in their search for paints to draw pictures arising in their imagination. In the «Forest Of Utopias» drone ambient soundscapes contrast with sharp radio noises, touches of melodies and other sound snatches. It looks like small particles wander in vast worlds which wander in unbounded Universe, too. While small particles live their short lives inside those worlds, worlds are born and eventually collapsing in the end of their looking endless travel.
«Forest Of Utopias» offers five meditative drone ambient tracks for quiet hovering above immense soundscapes where worlds become particles in the seemeingly infinite Universe.
Instruments: field recordings, Hulusi, singing bowls, tape experiments, Mehannoizer-ST, Massive 1.1.4 – Native Instruments, Paulstretch 2-2.2.
Thanks to Ivan Pazdnikov for play on single-row accordion.
- Lilly – Snow And Flowers (13:58)
- Lilly – Ethereal Travel (17:07)
- Lilly – Hunger (12:58)
- Lilly – Gornilo (08:21)
- Lilly – Pale Moon (13:12)