All about the beats this week on At Water’s Edge. Featuring a new self-titled work from Naga Humana (our friend Chris Newman), we’ll also hear works from Altus and trx, Christopher Alvarado, Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana, Absolute Time, Aes Dana, AeTopus, Altocirrus, Steve Roach and Brian Parnham, Andre Vezina, and Arjen Schat.
“Beginning of the End” – Altus/trx – Crossroads (2010)
“Stirring in the Forever” – Christopher Alvarado – Creation by Inertia (2014) We are all ghosts – netlabel
“Naga Humana” – NAGA HUMANA – Naga Humana (2014)
Naga Humana is a “world music” project produced, arranged and performed by Chris Newman, ambient/electronic composer for Delicate Apparatus. Highly influenced by Peter Gabriel’ Real World Records label, Naga Humana features various vocal and instrumentation samples from India, Africa, and the Middle East, accompanied by Newman’s instrumentation, synthesis and programming. The tracks “Vishnu Garden Storm” “The Mystic” and “Nocturnal Lament” have been featured on the UK’ prestigious radio programs SineFM and Ocean-Waves, among several other globally based programs.
Naga Humana is featured in a “continuous mix” format for your listening pleasure. Please look for the latest Delicate Apparatus release “Songs The Sun Taught Us” also featured here on Roach Clip Records.
1. Naga Dreams Of Sweet Wires.
2. Tribal Vulturis
3. Naga Humana
4. The Mystic
5. Vishnu Garden Storm
6. What You Allow, Is What Will Be
7. Longing-Sun King Procession
8. Nocturnal Lament
9. Dusk Hymn-featuring Farisha
released 09 June 2014
The next chapter in the collaborative work between Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana, this release is shows the more serene, atmospheric side of their work together. On Ascension, the artists return to a more minimal core of sounds and approaches to reveal an atmosphere that flows for over three hours. As the acceleration toward the new century builds, this music offers a space for repose so needed these days.
“River (Art for Dove)” – Absolute Time – Slowform EP (2009)
“Aftermath 02” – Aes Dana – Aftermath (2003)
Aes Dana a.k.a. Vincent Villuis, is a composer and sound designer, DJ and co-owner of Ultimae records. An electronic activist since his teenage years, he was also one of the founding members of Asura. Bass player and singer in several coldwave and industrial bands, he then moved on to composing with machines.
Specialised in sampling and layering of accoustic sounds digitally transmuted, Vincent Villuis creates a music which offers multiple listening possibilities. Aes Dana brings a fusion between the British Progressive feel and the traditional American Space Music; with sounds anchored in the psychedelic realm freely flowing into a morning downtempo trance, tribal or smashed rhythms.
So far he has produced 4 solo albums, participated in well over 2 dozen compilations and collaborated on two albums with Swedish artist Magnus Birgersson under moniker H.U.V.A. Network. We expect his next album [ Perimeters ] to be released in 2010.
In 2009, Vincent Villuis composed soundtracks for Science Fiction movie “The Passport” (Amund Lie) and “Atrophy Bank” (Sam Asaert) which should come out late 2009. In June 2009 was released his latest album [ Leylines ] which received many excellent feed back from the electronic audience and beyond.The album was ranked top 10 sales electronic music on Itunes USA and Top 5 on emusic.
In 2009, Vincent Villuis becomes a sponsored artist by TC Electronics.
As the creator of the Fahrenheit Project compilation, he is working on the last chapter of the series prior to re-releasing the whole collection as a deluxe edition.
Vincent Villuis is Official Resident for the Dominicains of Haute Alsace for 2009-2010 and currently works on compositions for a multi-diffusion installation.
Bryan Tewell Hughes was in New Orleans to attend the first annual Zone Music Awards Live Music Award Show, held at the historic Joy Theatre on May 11, 2013. Between Empires won the “Zoney” in the Best Electronic category.
“Whistling Up the Wind” – Altocirrus – For Our Children (2013)
For Our Children was a compilation released in 2013 to benefit the families of the Sandy Hook school shootings.
The Sound for Good record label partnered with Healing Newtown (healingnewtown.org), a division of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, to help help support the community by offering the new release, “For Our Children: A Benefit for Sandy Hook” by Various Artists available exclusively to everyone who donates just $1 USD (or more). Our message in the album is to shine your light. We have come together as artists to support the healing process of those impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy of December 14th, 2012. This album serves as sound healing comfort for children and adults throughout the world.
All proceeds from this album are directly donated by the Bandcamp system to Healing Newtown (healingnewtown.org) that is a division of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, supported by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA). As Newtown and the Sandy Hook Community work through the many stages of healing this arts action team will address all related inquiries, ideas, and fundraising. An official arts healing fund has been established for this purpose through the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.
30 Artists from around the globe have put this album together as a ceremony. The invocation, the reading, the hymns, the prayers and meditations, the remembrances (those of sadness, those of joy, those of hope). We have come together to honor all our children; their laughter, their joy, their magic, their energy, their love.
Sound for Good is a record label that publishes and promotes new music as a means to support good causes. This is an independent project that is supported directly by the artists and is not for profit or monetary gain in any way. All the artists time and proceeds from your donation are focused on supporting a good cause.
Steve Roach’s unique soundquests continue to take him and his listeners on powerful journeys to worlds at once alien and familiar. On The Desert Inbetween, Roach teams up with fellow synthesist/percussionist/didgeridoo player Brian Parnham to explore a hybrid electronic acoustic soundworld sure to please listeners of Suspended Memories and Origins-era tribalism as well as The Serpent’s Lair-styled electronics.
The blending of highly-altered organic sounds and instruments (voices, bells, didgeridoo & percussion, Waterphone), electric guitar and a vast array of analog and digital instruments connects deep into the primal mind. Drawing inspiration from the stark and magnificent expanses of the desert southwest, this project explores the outer edges of solitude: psychological states accessed when the imagination is cut free from daily concerns and permitted to focus on the essentials.
The Desert Inbetween expresses a longing for a state of beautiful isolation. The desert bakes away the superfluous to bring about a heightened state of self awareness, the expanse in between ordinary reality and special states of connected, creative awareness.
The desert has long been a landscape that holds great inspiration for musical artists, writers and painters. To the receptive, it immediately provides a more direct path to the deeper self and source of one’s artistic impulses. As the land of extremes, the desert is alive with beauty, stark vastness, magnificent vistas and silence. All of these places are expressed on The Desert Inbetween. Both artists know this desert realm after years of being immersed in this environment. Either as a metaphor for the inner world or a direct interpretation, the dynamic and subtle interweave of this experience is clearly alive here.
The Desert Inbetween is a masterwork collaboration of organic, tribal ambient rhythms, nuanced hand-made sounds and searing textures.
Also available: Sounds from the Inbetween Box Set, joining The Desert Inbetween and Immersion Five — Circadian Rhythms in a limited-edition box, autographed and personally hand-numbered by Steve (autographs may be omitted by special request). Each box also contains a CD-sized postcard with additional glyphs hand-scribed by Steve, every one unique.
“Wave in the Structural River” – Andre Vezina (unreleased, 2007)
(Image: “Esecuzione Mikrophonie I di Stockhausen” by Fiutta (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)