Artist Entries: Somnium

Kolpakopf, A.T.M.O.M., SiJ & Creation VI and Creation Of Birds & Somnium in Sadayatana Podcast #147

Tracks by Kolpakopf, A.T.M.O.M., SiJ & Creation VI and Creation Of Birds & Somnium have featured in Sadayatana Podcast #147 «Unity of Everything» (August 25, 2013).

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Thanks to John Tocher.

Sadayatana Podcast #147 «Unity of Everything»

Creation Of Birds & Somnium in La Conquista de los Sonidos «Programa 24. Novedades en netlabels» podcast

A track by Creation Of Birds & Somnium featured in La Conquista de los Sonidos «Programa 24. Novedades en netlabels» (February 13, 2013).

Listen and find there:

Thanks to La Conquista de los Sonidos.

La Conquista de los Sonidos «Programa 24. Novedades en netlabels»

Creation Of Birds & Somnium in Sadayatana Podcast #112

Tracks by Creation Of Birds & Somnium have featured in Sadayatana Podcast #112 «Into Darkness» (December 22, 2012).

Listen and find there:

Thanks to John Tocher.
Sadayatana Podcast #112 «Into Darkness»

Creation Of Birds & Somnium – «Cold Dawn»

Creation Of Birds & Somnium - «Cold Dawn»Cat.# … DNA 143
Release Date … 18.12.2012
Genre … Drone Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

Beautiful Italian drone conceptualists Somnium now back with another breathtaking short work, this time in collaboration with Russian drone ambient project Creation Of Birds. Their «Cold Dawn» is heavily inspired by classic science fiction movies «Solaris» and «Stalker» by Andrei Tarkovsky. This 17-minutes long piece offers high-level strings-based drone ambient with exceptional atmosphere and expressive sound.

«Cold Dawn» is a part of «Short Drones» series – «Short Drones Part XII».

Somnium also presents the video taken as a visual preview for the «Cold Dawn».

Tracklisting:

  1. Creation Of Birds & Somnium – Naked Cold / Naked Dawn (17:00)

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Somnium in «Les Décibels Sont Dans Les Prés» radioshow

A track from Somnium – «Arachnophobia EP» has featured in the «Les Décibels Sont Dans Les Prés» radioshow which took place on December 01, 2011.

Thanks to Francis Beaubois.

Les décibels sont dans les prés

Somnium & Alenda – «Split»

Somnium & Alenda - «Split»Cat.# … DNA 121
Release Date … 28.11.2011
Genre … Drone Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

Here is another work from Italian drone ambient project Somnium, this time in collaboration with Belgian act called Alenda. This split album is an epic more-than-hour release with three monumental drone ambient tracks.

Somnium part is traditionally dedicated to exploring various human mental disorders with the instruments of sounds and visual art. In this work sounds dominates as viscid drones of «Dissociazione» brings a listener to weird state of dissociation where human perception comes to discordance with conscious and psychic processes.

«K-Hole» aggravates the state and shows how it can lead to total depersonalization through schizophrenic reaction, temporary memory loss and vivid hallucinations. Low frequencies howlings pierce hallucinogenic canvas of fluid drones and creates inside a weird impression of chaos and claustrophobia at the same time.

Alenda part presents single more than 37-minutes long piece. Staying in drone ambient territory, it differs from Somnium part a lot musically and conceptually as well. «Art of Zen» acts as a instrument in meditation practice. Static and primitive low-frequencies drones work perfectly in the art of Zen which learns how to reach enlightment through meditative contemplation.

Artwork by Calliope.

Tracklisting:

  1. Somnium – Dissociazione (13:52)
  2. Somnium – K-Hole (21:06)
  3. Alenda – Art Of Zen (37:22)

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Somnium – «Arachnophobia EP»

Somnium - «Arachnophobia EP»Cat.# … DNA 120
Release Date … 30.10.2011
Genre … Drone Ambient, Dark Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

«Arachnophobia EP» is a work of a new project Somnium by ky who recently in collaboration with DNA Production released an album of the same name. It was last work under his old project Null, and now he starts working as Somnium.

Somnium debut work slightly differs from previous release. Less Troum influence, expressive composition of tracks which contrast with each other to reach some new level of development. This is totally new work with new ideas and fresh approach. Also «Arachnophobia EP» revives Short Drones series. It was ky’s desire, and I’m very grateful to him for that.

«Araneae» is built on endless loops of steel drum Kalimba which are slowly sinking in waves of strings chords and low-frequency drones. It reaches a peak when the drones meet cacophony of high-frequency noises as fear turns to panic horror. Then seconds later «Araneae» dramatically looses power and returns to the Kalimba loops with eerie feelings staying at the heart of a listener.

Unlike the first track, «Scorpiones» is much calmer. It’s made of hundreds tiny ambient layers, pieces of drones and string chords fragments. Main theme for «Scorpiones» is a melody piece which is one breath cycle long. And it naturally starts to breathe like a sleeping man when the melody loops consecutively along the whole track. Driven by drone pulsations, «Scorpiones» oscillates measuredly tempting a listener to fall into a dreaming state where reality looses its boundaries and human brain follows a way of subconsciousness.

ky: bass, effects, mixing, mastering
Ginevra: steel drum Kalimba on track 1
Calliope: photography, artwork

As it written above, «Arachnophobia EP» is a part of Short Drones series – «Short Drones Part X».

Tracklisting:

  1. Somnium – Araneae (11:41)
  2. Somnium – Scorpiones (10:47)

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