Stellar Nurseries Nov 1, 2007 14:05:06 GMT
Post by SeReN on Nov 1, 2007 14:05:06 GMT
Stellar Nurseries: Recorded in Dec 2004.
Released on the Umbra label under catalogue number Umbra 036.
This was the first piece of music I recorded after a gap of over 20 years.
Using very basic equipment - a second hand Korg D16 studio (which I quickly discovered was considered ‘old technology’) and a borrowed Yamaha PS262 keyboard - I finally eased the itch in my fingers to be creative again. To create some of the slower notes in the later parts of the album I had to turn up the volume control manually as none of the presets were slow enough.
This is 61 minutes of music portraying billions of years of Stellar Evolution. From the vast floating clouds of interstellar gas which are the nurseries of Stars to the birth of the solar system and the family of planets turning in space.
The music has no rhythms or beats and plays as a single track (as the Korg cannot put in CD markers). The music starts very slowly and is deep and dark with drones and slow movements. There is also noise as the solar disk spins, with the collected matter and dust swirling and colliding as it is sucked to the centre. The last half is more musical as the sun ignites and the planets form.
Originally I sent the finished CD to a number of artists in the ambient field with a request for constructive criticism and any advice for developing my work. Only two people responded and one of them was Oophoi, who said he liked it a lot and wondered if I would mind him releasing it on his limited edition label, Umbra.
As with my later releases, there is a lot of manipulation of various sound sources - electronic and acoustic, including voice and feedback.
Still available in the Umbra edition from Oophoi via the www.deeplistenings.net website. I also have a few copies left here.