This week’s At Water’s Edge program has something of a story arc, framed by Altus’ excellent release, “24 Hours”. We’ll have music from WOFan, Akira Kosemura, Lucette Bourdin, Milco Montagna and Fabio Anile, Arcticology, Michael Brückner and Joe McMahon.
Consider this a time-lapse show: 24 hours in two!
Altus is the ambient music moniker of Mike Carss, based in Ottawa, Canada. He’s a prolific composer and producer, steadily releasing about two albums a year since he started.
Originally released in 2001, 24 Hours follows an entire day of contemplation in four tracks. Each phase of the day is examined emotionally and sonically, and is the framework for today’s program.
Entire samples sets were enhanced or entirely replaced for the re-release of 24 Hours in 2005. Even so, the re-release retains the personality of the original, and adds a new depth to the music.
“Early Morning” – WOFan – (unreleased, 2008)
“Forest in the Morning” – Akira Kosemura – In a Distant Forest Somewhere EP (2006)
Akira Kosemura is a composer and producer based in Tokyo. He’s provided music and production for advertising, TV, stage, film and more. In 2009, he was featured in the U.S. based music zine Pitchfork; The Age, a daily Australian newspaper has also acclaimed his music.
He has done piano concert tours in Japan and China, touring seven cities in Japan, and five cities in China.
He also manages the music label schole records and has been involved as a producer on numerous releases.
In 2012, he composed a score for a dance piece “MANON” directed and choreographed by Kimiho Hulbert, and this soundtrack became an album release in May, 2012.
“Midday” – Altus – 24 Hours (2001)
This release by the immortal Lucette Bourdin is a wonderful audio survey of city life, and includes such tracks as “Airport Security”, “City Interlude” and many other delicious soundscapes. High Noon in most cities is a pretty busy time!
As accomplished at visual art as she was, Lucette was also a master of the ambient music genre, producing a wide ranging collection of albums that can only be described as masterworks. Lucette saw an interesting duality between the two forms of art, where the practice of one reinforces the practice of the other.
Lucette passed away in February of 2011, but her unique perspective on music and art lives on. Earth Mantra is very proud to have brought Lucette’s music to our listeners and to have helped ensure that her music continues to inspire for many, many years to come.
“Another Liquid Day” – Milco Montagna and Fabio Anile – Vacuum (2007)
Vacuum is a result of a collaborative loop based project by Milco Montagna & Fabio Anile. It was recorded and mixed by Milco Montagna at A Cube Studio from 2007 to 2008 with Milco Montagna providing guitar, ebow and loop devices and Fabio Anile providing keyboard, loop machines and sound sculpture.
“Nightfall” – Altus – 24 Hours (2001)
“Night” – Arcticology – Haven (2009)
Arcticology, also known as Dale Humpries, is based in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. He released Haven on the Earth Mantra netlabel in 2009.
Dale began releasing his beautiful ambient work as a student under the Arcticology name in 2007. Beginning with his seminal release Looking For Satellites, Dale has since gone on to release several additional albums, all of which are essential listening for any fan of ambient music.
Despite the very high quality of his work, Dale makes all of his music available under the Creative Commons license, so it is freely enjoyable by everyone.
“On A Quiet Night – Space Night Edit” – Michael Brückner – Space Night Edits (2013)
Michael Brückner was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and is now based near Mainz. He earns his living as a graphic designer, and has been creating ambient and other electronica since 1992. He has accumulated an extensive back catalogue (more than 90 albums by end of 2011, number still growing), though he rarely plays live.
The Space Night Edits are not really an “album”; they’re extracts of a couple of tracks (some from older albums, some yet unreleased) which Michael submitted for a television show called Space Music, which airs during the night in Germany.
“Midnight” – Altus – 24 Hours (2001)
“Sleeping Now” – Joe McMahon – 3AM (2011)
Joe McMahon is an American solo electronic artist based in Northern California. His music fuses influences from many diverse parts of the musical spectrum, and he counts among his influences Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pat Metheny, Brian Eno, Frank Zappa, and Laurie Anderson, as well as traditional Balinese music, combining improvisation and process into music that is both written and discovered along the way.
His album 3AM was released in 2011, and has his signature spare sound. It’s a visual journey, a walk through silent streets during a night of contemplation, perhaps even a dark night of the soul, and “Sleeping Now”, the final track, is an apt and satisfying conclusion.
(Image By Nargilé (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons: Horologe (Clock) machine in Museum of life in Burgundy, Dijon, France.)