Multicast Dynamics returns with a sixth studio album that marks something of a new chapter. Ancient Circuits is an advancement from previous works on Denovali and one that stands the project aside as a powerful electronic act that tells stories while also serving up heavy hitting soundscapes that are persuasive, unexpected and disturbing. Each of the four 25-minute pieces of Ancient Circuits are clearly demarcated yet sequential sci-fi stories that introduce new characters and are drawn out of long and complex studio experiments. They are collages of sound that glimmer, disturb, shine, dive deep and explore new realms and make for ambient so arresting that it pulls you deep inside. Once again here, Multicast Dynamics draws together cinematic sound design and conceptual intergalactic fiction to come up with a work that is a multi-sensory exploration that puts you as the central character in an expressive musical world
J.Derwort (15/07/1952 – 11/02/2019) left all his flutes, old guitars, strange percussion and some weird found objects at the Chi Factory studio. Hanyo van Oosterom went back to Patmos in April 2019 to visit all the magic places where Chi once started. He recorded the basics for ‘Travel in Peace’. Playing and recording these handmade bamboo flutes without the master himself being there was a lonely and emotional journey. But along the way the magic connection returned and the last Chi Factory album was born. On ‘Santa Fe’ and ‘Last Breath’ samples were used of J.Derwort during his last weeks in Santa Fe, Spain. The Chi circle is now closed. Chi Factory will move on as ‘Sons of Chi’. A new platform for different collabs and new adventures in sound. The legacy will live on, so will we.
Hanyo: As J.Derwort explained by a dream he is now in a wonderful place far away and still so close. The dream came during the recordings when I asked him how he is and where he is. I saw beautiful and ever changing constructions of plants. Nothing else. No words and just a simple explanation: everything is created and connected by intuitive vegetable intelligence. The opening piece ‘Bless You’ is the last track I recorded, it reflects the memory of my dream the most. I almost decided to start all over again, but I did not. Hope you like the last Chi Factory album, thx for all your support, also to my good friend and soul brother J.Derwort this meant a lot. One love!
Alterazione presents a critical statement – distinguished by its technical execution and breathtaking artistry. The album itself is a cathedral of sound, each cavernous chamber an exploration of space and consciousness. Presented in four movements (one track per side), altogether they extend as a transportive experience of evolution for the listener.
Iniziazione – a steady departure that unfurls like the opening of a portal; a process of molecular transfiguration commences. Panoramic landscapes begin to stretch wide, glistening with an exotic beauty, before the shamanic incantations of Rituale draws things deeper. Pulsating rotations push through the next phase of transformation, now drenched in hyperspace white-noise. The procedure continues through the quiet ethereal orbit of Metamorfosi, before finishing with the three-part Evocazione/Contatto/Risveglio; uplifting synth motifs drive forward with optimism, before fading back into the great expanse.
Alterazione is both cerebral and meditative, and one cannot help but be pulled at the core by its potency.
Ltd 2020 Repress – 250 copies only – CHI started in the late punk years in the early eighties. A time of change and mind-blowing albums. We started doing sound experiments in an old farm in Moordrecht (thanks to Jan van Rhee and Kees van der Veer). In the summer, all the doors and windows were open, birds flew in and out. In the distance we saw the highway to Rotterdam. In the winter we sat close together, no heating, only blankets, candles and brandy.
Most of my mixes were approved by the master himself during the last days of his life in Oliva, Spain. For Eleven, I sampled from his last live performance at Jazzcafe Dizzy in Rotterdam on February 11th, 2018. He died on the day of the release of our latest Chi Factory album,The Mantra Recordings, on February 11th, 2019. We will miss him, life will not be the same. Farewell soul brother! Words by Hanyo van Oosterom.
DeepChord’s Rod Modell meets Walter Wacasz for a brain-massaging 3rd album of sanguine ambient bliss under their Shorelights alias
Inspired by the Great Lakes of North America and the “psychotropic and interstellar activity surrounding them,” Shorelights limn a sferic soundsphere glowing with a gently decaying/departing but phosphorescent energy. Rod Modell’s celebrated, organically natural sound design talents are clearly on display, and guided by a conceptual and spiritual guidance from Wacasz
The piece unfurls over two sides that faithfully lend a pillowy, aerated level of tog to the listener, as orange/pink hued timbral horizons form the backdrop to the sound of shore-lapping location recordings and distant, half-heard voices that swirl across the foreground, drawing the user into a gauzy mid ground by the half-way point, where we’re beautifully reminded of BC’s ‘Radiance’ or classic Vainqueur, but fizzling away like a campfire in drizzle.
Belgian artist Bernard Zwijzen, aka Sonmi451, has for over a decade now been quietly making some of the most luscious ambient we’ve heard here at AI-HQ. We are delighted to announce him as part of the Astral family with this six-track EP – Nachtmuziek – sit back, tune in and drift away.
Dedicated to the life and work of Robert Lax (1915-2000), the American poet who lived on Patmos, Greece, as a self-exiled hermit since the sixties. Jack Kerouac called Lax “one of the great original voices of our times, a Pilgrim in search of beautiful innocence”.
The Chi Factory would like to give special thanks to his good Patmian friends Ulf Knaus and Nikos Eliou, who showed us his house on Patmos (everything is still the same since he left) and also his favourite old wooden door (see leaflet).
His great minimalistic poetry became a source of inspiration for the Mantra Recordings. His life on Patmos was far away from public attention – quiet and always surrounded by the skies, seas, cats and birds. Lax was a real dreamcatcher.
Originally released in 1993 as a CD for SILENT RECORDS, this was created for the Space Age Lounge, a technomystical chill room in Goa, India. The vinyl reissue includes 5 of the 7 original tracks on a single vinyl with 40 minutes of beautifully ambient chillout music.
“Ive never met Rod Modell (Deepchord) in person. but we have met through music. He found an obscure cassette of Chi music (from 86). sent it to Astral Industries and paved the way for the release (30 years later) of The Original Recordings in 2016. Since then. weve exchanged ideas and good music. I sent Rod a preview of The Kallikatsou Recordings – he really liked it – and here came the idea for a remix of Lanterns. I started working on some random. lo-fi samples from Youtube. using Audacity. perhaps the simplest way of producing loops and samples. It’s the only computer based system that feels like the tape recorders I used to work with. I sent the first sketches to Rod on Facebook. but they ended up in the wrong inbox. I forgot about them. but months later he came back saying he loved them. I decided to go back to working on them. maintaining the lo-fi approach. I began manipulating the samples: time-stretching. tempo and pitch-shifting. mixing different layers and adding old-school monophonic old speaker effects. delays and loops. I used a few field recordings. voices and samples from my early ambient cassettes. and they matched. Ario from Astral Industries got involved and the experiment turned into a plan a vinyl release — Red Lantern at the Kallkatsou.”