Everything by ML; recorded between march and july 2017.
Everything by ML; recorded between march and july 2017.
Unseen is the first official album release from Fake Empire. It collects his early experiments into electronic music, sound design and production. Sometimes minimal and introspective, sometimes beating down the walls with distorted guitars and drums – Unseen traverses many genres from glitch to ambient with an underlying industrial influence. It also features his first collaboration with american artist File Transfer Protocol.
Credits: All tracks performed and produced by Scott Brown except track 9 (performed and produced by Scott Brown and File Transfer Protocol.)
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A love-hate relationship with the developing city of downtown Los Angeles. Located and recorded in the Old Bank District from a high-rise on Spring Street. The sounds of the first 14 minutes after 5am.
I have a fascination with mechanical noises… loud mechanical things. I thought for sure that moving downtown in LA, I would have my share of these sounds. I thought I would have a plethora of sounds to choose from, but instead I found that all the sounds were always going at once and I really couldn’t concentrate on one individual sound. I noticed that this was an all-day thing, starting at 5am in the morning. After a while, I couldn’t decide if this kind of drone was a good thing or not. Ultimately, it turned out to be a hindrance. I was living in the Old Bank District on Spring street, in a noisy building. The floors of my loft were concrete so I could hear my upstairs neighbor walking around. This individual was up at all hours, walking around in heels. That, on top of the construction noise outside my window, became less and less interesting. Eventually, after a year, I had to move to a quieter area. I simply couldn’t record without picking up an outside sound.
However, I still like certain city sounds, especially in this recording. There are certain sounds that just have a magnificent tonality. This can be heard at the beginning of the piece, but gradually it gets covered up by other new sounds. It is amazing how quick the noise level rises in just 14 minutes. I wanted to capture those layers because I didn’t want to forget downtown’s mechanical innocence.. a recording of the birth of a new city.
Equipement used: 4 iphones, Macbook Pro, Logic Pro.
Recording and photography: TraisKin
Album Cover Design: Kurt Lorenz
Mastering: Bill Bendrot
Savaran brings together a collection of ten new tracks recorded between 2012 – 2014 for the album The Spaces In Between. This is his first full album release on Ember Music although previous tracks have been included on the compilation Ember Music Vol.1 and in collaborative works with other Ember Music artists including Slaphappy Mortician and TraiSkin.
The album has dual layers of meaning that intertwine. On the one hand this is a personal interpretation of daily interactions with sounds heard and unheard that are fused with processed digital, analog and modular electronics. On the other hand the music reflects the artists emotional response to unfolding events taking place worldwide as a result of the 2008 recession, the rise of religious fundamentalism, the dramatic effects of climate change and the disconnection of humans from nature. Sound and emotion both combine on this album at the spaces in between.
All tracks produced, mixed and mastered by: Mark Walters
Cover photography by: Mark Walters
My thanks to: Luftrum for field recorded sounds on Glade
We are happy to announce our latest release from The A.M. Experiment, Music For Astral Travelling. 18 tracks of deep, glitched-out, experimental ambient electronica… Available now as a “name your price” download from The A.M. Experiment Bandcamp page.
01 Finding Peace At The End
Alas! What a good start for an album, right? The words, spoken by Peter ‘Robocop’ Weller, are taken from a reading of ‘Steppenwolf’ by Hermann Hesse. This is one of my favourite passages, you could say that this 2 pages changed my life when I was about 15. The instrumental piece was finished a few months before I had the idea to assemble it with the reading. (You can find it on some B-Side). Great deal of work, but it was worth it.
02 Subterranean Nation
This one grew up from a spare piano melody. Long, trippy, maybe too long, but if it was shorter, the atmosphere would get lost.
03 (You’re A) Virus In Pants
The first track I completed for this album. I needed to make something wilder than my previous records. The title refers to a quote by Bill Hicks (“I’m tired of this back-slappin’ ‘’isn’t humanity neat’’ bullshit. We’re just a virus with shoes.”)
04 Dead Trees
Don’t you feel like a snag sometimes?
Months went by, and I still was not satisfied. Not until I wrote the second part; now the whole thing is a circle and feels complete. The first part sounds like NIN, while the second one like Björk, I think.
06 Book Of Cancer (Part I)
Originally written for ‘Deathletters’, but sounded to lightweight. It’s about the bad news, desperation and again, finding peace in the end.
It’s time to return to some IDM music. You’ll hear that Gu Zheng instrument more often on this record.
Well, here for example. Even a Gu Zheng solo piece. And again 3 different parts, that melt together.
09 At Dawn Of A Bad Day It was a bad day, when I created this one. I tried it with a pad-synth, and with a piano. Finally, I put them together, and it worked fine. Still, a piano is one of the most wonderful sounds man ever created.
10 Pidhirtsi Castle
…(also Podgoretsky castle or Castle Podhorce) is located about 50 miles east of Lviv on T1413, in Pidhirtsi, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine. It is now abandoned, restauration takes a long time. Meanwhile there’s a piece for cembalo and strings.
One more piece featuring Gu Zheng, and a really heavy bass-synth. If you are afraid of the sun or sunlight, this summer could be an easy time for you.
12 Friedrich Spee
Friedrich Spee (1591-1635) was a german Jesuit and poet, most noted as an opponent of trials for witchcraft. Spee was the first person in his time who spoke strongly and with arguments against torture in general. He may be considered the first who ever gave good arguments why torture is not a way of obtaining truth from someone undergoing painful questioning. I read about him in a book about the history of torture, and think that he’s one of those wrongfully forgotten bright personalities of human history. This is his song.
13 Forgotten Postcard
Do you remember the last time you got an exciting letter?
14 Book Of Cancer (Part II)
The piano section of the first part, developed further. It’s a mess, but still beautiful.
This was an experiment, rather a B-Side… but it sounds really crazy, and doesn’t fit to the rest of the album, so I decided to add it anyways…
16 The Clearing
This was made of a 40 second guitar section. Tons of effects, mostly different kinds of reverb and delay. We all, the whole world needs a clearing; from all the things and thoughts we suffer, like money, religion, violence and fear.
One of my favourites. Simple but very beautiful, straight and melodic. Ceiling gazing for rookies.
I don’t know why, but this one is dedicated to Mark Oliver Everett (Eels). This sound reminds me of him, sitting around, some time in the 80’s, and early 90’s. But it’s also for you and me and all the other loners out there.