ZZZZRA inaugurates the Romance Col. with 3 dub techno and 1 unforgiving ambient track.

Classic Zzzzra sound on this one, love it! Immanence is the inaugural release on Romance born from a creative partnership between the sonic world, and it’s symbiotic visual realm.

A collaborative project; the first of a ten part series, Immanence marries dub techno connoisseur Zzzzra with UK photographer Katelyn Playford in their own artistic realisations of philosophical theories of divine presence. Tasked with sound tracking Immanence into four dub techno masterpieces; Zzzzra’s own sensual and romantic interpretation of immanence transcends through the eyes of Katelyn’s striking photography, manifesting into a visual immanent of the female aura. The resulting destination is a thought provoking piece of sensory art that implores to suggest that, much like the purity and sexuality of the female form; neither the simplicity of the visual, nor the intensity of the auditory, can exist in a world without the other.

Sehr Kosmisch Mix

Five years ago, I made a mix called From Krautrock to kosmische musik. As I was making the mix, I discovered Julian Cope’s book called ”Krautrocksampler” In that book lies a section which is quite interesting for me, as an avid cosmic traveller and ambient buff. The section is about ”Kosmische music”. Two years ago, I ordered the long out of print book and read it all so quickly, fascinated by this amazing insight in German culture, music and more importantly, how the music came to be crafted and by whom.

I had started collecting Krautrock before, but I found myself more drawn towards the cosmic movement than the rhythm based motorik style known as Krautrock. Musicians like Klaus Schulze, Popol vuh, Ashra, Edgar Froese (RIP), Harmonia and of course, Tangerine dream. So came the idea of making a mix on beatless cosmic german tracks known as ”kosmische musik”. I gathered my favorite albums, and made the mix. I have seen Tangerine dream live twice and would like to dedicate this mix to the late Edgar Froese. The man may be no longer on Earth with us, but his music will live on forever… And let yourself be ”very cosmic” (Sehr kosmisch) for over an hour together !

Faru – Through Darkness Comes Light

Through darkness comes light takes the listener on a journey through the fog filled mountains of Indonesia. Through darkness comes light isolates the movements of nature and the artists experience, resulting in new sonic landscapes that reveal an inseparable relationship between music and soundscape. The natural orchestra is presented in a dream-like manner as diverse as the landscape itself. The sounds will have you drift through different states of mind.

Faru is a Berlin-based musician and designer, born in Bonn, Germany. Since 2016 he is releasing Drone and Ambient music. His works have been described as a natural orchestra in a dream-like manner. Exploring movements of nature, noise and harmonics. He is also producing and playing Techno under the name Sert.

Mastered by Anders Peterson at GS Mastering & Post.

Korablove – Singular Plankter (Silhouette Tapes #003)

Silhouette Tapes presents it’s third release featuring Korablove (Studio R, Elusive, Pro-Tez), available on tape and as a digital download on label’s bandcamp. This tape, in which Korablove shows his rather unknown side, is about well thought, aesthetic ambient music.

Downscope – Field Sonatas

The isolating and brooding minimal nature of these compositions somehow reminded me of the feelings I felt listening to one of the first records from my childhood; Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonatas by Rudolf Serkin. Soft and serene, yet dismal and melancholic at the same time.

Using an ensemble generator module for string and polyphonic instrumental effects I ventured to create these foreboding sonatas. The modulated waveforms that vibrate like a string section were then run through various effects pedals and translated via magnetic particles of analog reel to reel tape.

As the final Downscope installment of 2016 I’m happy to end the year with Field Sonatas and its final crescendo of “Waldstein,” which offers a warm balance between light and dark, where dissonance is delight.