Descent

Digital album / PAN 056

Includes download in MP3 format.
  • 1. The Hive (Part 1)
  • 2. The Hive (Part 2)
  • 3. The Hive (Part 3)
  • 4. The Descent

Descent is the continuation of Akumu’s study of resonances and micro-sonics found in our everyday world. Based on field recordings captured within train stations, banks and other large buildings, these four pieces re-synthesize and reduce those grand structures into the infinitesimal — the real into the abstract. The result is an imaginary “molecular soundtrack” for the residents and travellers of these spaces. Simultaneously part of, and yet isolated from their surroundings and other passersby, this might very well be the raw sound equivalent of their interconnections to each other and the world around them.

Reviews


When music is described as ‘organic’, this will often refer to a warm, almost acoustic and almost ‘live’ sound. On “Descent“, Akumu (Deane Hughes, Toronto, Canada) has a different approach in describing organic structures in sound. The basic material comes from ‘field recordings’ (but do NOT imagine birds or crickets here): “based on field recordings captured within train stations, banks and other large buildings, these four pieces re-synthesize and reduce those grand structures into the infinitesimal — the real into the abstract. “Descent” is the continuation of Akumu’s study of resonances and micro-sonics found in our everyday world.”

There are four tracks on this album. The first three, taking up 31 minutes, are called “The Hive” – as depicted on the (fascinating!) cover artwork that accurately symbolizes the music you can expect to hear. High-pitched electronics, suggesting a ‘grand structure’ but impossible to relate to their original sources. “Descent”, the 24 minute title track that closes the album, slowly introduces lower region rhythmic pulses before gradually becoming an immersive surrounding of electronic noisefields.

For the approach to sound, and being much more ‘electronic’ than what is usually called ‘ambient music’ , “Descent” will definitely appeal to listeners familiar with the Raster-Noton electronic music releases. Definitely worth checking out.” -Ambientblog.net

Credits

Written, recorded and mulched by Deane Hughes in Toronto, Canada between 2009 and 2010.

  • Date available: 2011-04-29

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