15 years ago I released ‘white blazes’, an album made while hiking on the Appalachian Trail. A place that feels like my true home. Always residing in the depths of my mind, calling me back to the solitude and beauty that only nature can provide. So life recently provided me a little window of a bit over a month to return to this magical trail. Naturally, I thought it was a perfect time to compose a follow up to the original ‘white blazes’ and so you have here before you ‘return to the white blazes’. An album composed in the forests on the AT in Virginia, North Carolina, & Tennessee in the months of October and November of 2016. Back in the early 2000’s when I conceived the first release, I carried a heavy (15+ pound) laptop. The battery would barely hold a charge, and in the colder months of a winter hike would barely work at all. Oh, how times have changed in this short moment between then and now. This trip, I was able to carry 2 cell phones, a tablet, a plethora of power banks, etc. all weighing well under the weight and thoroughly out performing in terms of specs the original laptop. The trip provided much adventure and time for deep thought. I was surrounded with beautiful vistas awash in the splendor of autumn, clean crisp air in the star filled nights. I shared my campsite with packs of coyotes, got interrupted during dinner by a hungry bear, read lots of books, experienced the intensity of forest fires, and generally got rid of years worth of clutter in my head in a way only the trail can provide. It is my hope, that in some way, I may have captured just a bit of that magic in what I present to you here. That in these tones and rhythms you can experience a bit of that solitude and beauty for yourself, and if I failed, I only hope I can encourage you to go out and experience the wonders of nature for yourself. Much Love!
After many years in the making, and following an obscure lo-fi CDR release about ten years ago, this is Peter Holy’s first solo album, this time without materializing physically (the music, not Peter).
Peter plays piano and sings, accompanied by Tupolev bandmates Alexandr Vatagin (cello, recording, mixing, mastering) and David Schweighart (drums). The record consists of 9 pieces, 2 of which are re-recordings from songs from the old CDR, one is a reworking of a piece by Tupolev and one piece was also used in a song on Alexandr Vatagins album Serza. The remaining 5 pieces are completely new.
Christos Sakellaridis – infinity sketchbook
composition, performance & production
by Christos Sakellaridis
Christos Sakellaridis is a pianist and sound artist/composer. A graduate of the F.Liszt academy in Budapest, from very early he specialized in contemporary music and received further coaching by members of the Ensemble Modern.
He has performed all over Europe in concert halls and festivals as a member of the Pincetic/Sakellaridis piano duo and the Ergon Contemporary music ensemble.
His interest in new sounds and technology led him to create music for the last 7 years using mainly instrumental recordings and sonic manipulation aiming to achieve a balance between natural sounds and technology. His commissions include music for the Greek National Ballet Company as well as silent film soundtracks and collaborations with video artists. He has released a tape for Bastakyia records in collaboration with electronic sound artist C.Skourlis under the name of Ekkert.
This is his first solo release as a composer.
As I’m about to depart for a few months of backpacking (to work on white blazes 2) I decided it was only appropriate to start things off with a clean slate. So I’ve organized the few random tracks I’ve got floating around in unreleased states into the ep you have before you. A smattering of downtempo and more upbeat electronics for your listening pleasures. Dedicated to my little friend and constant companion Sydney the cockatoo who’s handsome face graces the cover
Back at the end of August, Ant The Symbol sent me a few new songs to check out. I downloaded them and listened… like, whoa! I instantly felt that the seven songs I was listening to were the most inspired that he’d created thus far, as The Symbol. Of course I had to release them, so that you can enjoy, too.
With You Are Here: Downtown Ant manages to take his downtempo sound into new territory. In doing so, he has moments that reminds you of Aphex Twin and others that could be what Art of Noise would sound like if they tried to make music like him. Moments of humor, adventure, bliss and beauty all come together in an immediate and addictive set. IMO, he’s hit the nail on the head… HIS sound has been defined… maybe he’ll surprise us with more goodies in the coming months? I sure hope so. In the meantime, enjoy this EP. Wear out your hard-drives, playing it.
Please Ant, don’t hurt ’em! Jeebus, man… this was an ill surprise. I think the kids are gonna dig it.
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This collaboration album, arose from the inspiration and endless talent of the artists Øystein Jørgensen & Chris Silver T., exhales and ultimately catapults the listener into a fascinating melange of multitudinous space particles and technocratic galaxies of aural ether. The obscure flow of sound constantly flashes into a physiognomy of percussion, rhythm patterns and beat spectrum that only make the aulic darker parts much more isolating and hence threatening. The sonic paradox is: Look into brightness to make the surroundings turn dark. Each one of these “DOORS” opens towards boundless universes to discover, explore and solemnly embrace.
1) South Road_Intro
2) North Road
3) West Road
4) East Road
5) Let’s go Mars_Outro
6) South Road Intro (Osinski Late Night Rmx)
7) South Road Intro (Osinski Shoreditch Rmx)
8) East Road (D_Smoker Rmx)
9) North Road (TYM Rmx)
10) West Road (Bakra dub Rmx)