The Ghost Between The Strings – «A Map Of Scars»

The Ghost Between The Strings - «A Map Of Scars»Cat.# … DNA 112
Release Date … 05.09.2011
Genre … Ambient, Drone
Type … FLAC Lossless

The Ghost Between The Strings is a next guitar drone jewel in DNA Production catalogue. Presented earlier as a collaboration member in «The Rotations Project», now this French one-person project comes with full-length album «A Map Of Scars», a beautiful and expressive guitar drone work consisting of three long pieces. All the tracks are in different mood, from melancholic to utterly dark, and this fluidity is another thing the work benefits from.

«All sounds here come from improvisations on prepared guitar, sometimes with e-bow, recorded during winter 2010/2011. Later these tracks have been slightly processed, edited and mixed in a more droney way, but trying to keep the heaviness of the primary sound. There is no particular concept behind this album, just the sonic exploration of some unspoken dark feelings.»
TGBTS

Artwork by The Ghost Between The Strings.

Tracklisting:

  1. The Ghost Between The Strings – The Impossible Escape (12:48)
  2. The Ghost Between The Strings – Swallowed By Your Own Wound (20:54)
  3. The Ghost Between The Strings – The Fire From Below (33:34)

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Spanse – «Sky»

Spanse - «Sky»Cat.# … DNA 93
Release Date … 15.08.2010
Genre … Drone, Ambient, Experimental, Sound Art
Type … FLAC Lossless

The pieces range in style from minimal sonic landscapes, to huge hyper-chromatic compositions. Many of the works in this series use huge numbers of discreet tones.

These are present often in the form of successive layers of large «tonal clusters», which add a very natural and otherworldly feeling. These techniques are achieved through a variety of processes, including custom software environments. Instruments are viewed more as tone generators, than in the traditional way.

Sound sources include: guitar, synthesizer, found objects, exotic native American and third world flutes; electromechanical sonic sculptures; many found sounds and field recordings; unusual hacked and created circuits; software environments in platforms like Max/MSP and Pure Data, VB etc that relate directly to whatever I might be doing at the time.

Artwork by Jeff Bechtel.

Tracklisting:

  1. Spanse – A Billion Stars (04:31)
  2. Spanse – Chaiii (04:16)
  3. Spanse – Allo (06:25)
  4. Spanse – The Ancient (05:08)
  5. Spanse – Soft Dive (05:50)
  6. Spanse – ORC mvt3 (05:12)

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Purist – «Stillstand»

Purist - «Stillstand»Cat.# … DNA 69
Release Date … 30.11.2009
Genre … Drone, Experimental
Type … FLAC Lossless

Deep and tough chords, guitar drones thrown each on other with an overlap. Drones repeated cyclically and inarticulate whisper upon it – in this way Purist new instrumental piece starts. But don’t compare «Stillstand» with godlike «Sunn o)))» drone masterpieces or with early works of legendary «Black Sabbath». Yes, there are similar features but when «Stillstand» reaches its middle point, saxophone improvisations cut through drones. A bit schizophrenic, it sound very good and appears as that so-called «future jazz» developed by German band «The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation», a fellow-countrymen to Purist.

But despite these strong influences and associations, in this work Purist members prove they have their own distinctive features. In awesome final they create leisurely improvisation duel between melancholic saxophone and depressive guitar chords hovering over the mass of chaotic drones.

Tracklisting:

  1. Purist – Stillstand (18:58)

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