Downscope – Dub Diner

Guilty pleasures of the late night diner experience are scored via classic dub techno by a prolific artist named Downscope, whose material spans several monikers and genres of electronic music.  From dark, brooding echoing atmospheres drenched in analog rain to minimal melodic bass-driven riffs, Dub Diner’s menu has something for all fans of the genre.

SILVERDUB label launches with new Downscope material

Silverdub is an exclusive series of dub techno works by Downscope.  CD releases are encased in silver tins and are rumored to have a sonic connection with the packaging.  This ambitious project by Rimas Campe who often goes by the moniker “alternating.bit” is hosted on Bandcamp.  Mastered by Peter Jubel, “Derivation” is the first of the SILVERDUB series.

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.

Союз​​-​​1 [расширенный издание]

Hello dub techno lovers! Here’s a spaced out sonic tribute to Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. 6 tracks of dub techno inspired by the Soviet space program’s tragic loss of the late cosmonaut commander.

Soyuz 1 [extended edition] is an expanded album length version of the sonic tribute to Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. This version includes the “Soyuz 1” and “KGB” versions, together adding over 30 more minutes of a dub techno soundtrack inspired by the Soviet space program’s tragic loss of cosmonaut commander Vladimir Komarov.