PHOSPHENES is characterized by soundscapeish ambient music tracks, sometimes crescending into stirring and fiery climaxes. Also Dub Techno and Industrial reminiscences contribute their flair to a multisided album, which will keep the listener at it.
The new album Phosphenes features twelve tracks and has a total play time of about an hour. The musical genres vary between cinematic ambient music with experimental character and more rhythm orientated pieces, which borrow guitar and drum artifacts from industrial and rock genres.
On some tracks I intentionally cross the border from pure ambient music to more aggressive and disturbing sounds and arrangements, which forces the listener to leave his comfort-zone for a moment, lifting him up high to the crest of a wave and let him fall back into the calm waters of soothing soundcapes and synth spheres – until the next wave arrives. Phosphenes is not a chillout album, but a journey through ups and downs drawn from life itself.
Click the track link for the lyrics of track "Nein" (Mephisto's answers to Faust).
Watch the track video of Phosphenes on Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9TPjEff8-I
IMPORTANT audiophiles info: the tracks you hear on this page or in a Bandcamp player widget are (intentionally) mutilated to death by a very very poor mp3 encoding. The original audio files, which you can download after your purchase, sound much better. If you don't have any money to spend, just e-mail me and I'll send you a free download link for the album.
released December 15, 2013
My deeply heartfelt thank you goes to my wife Bärbel for her support and acceptance of my time-consuming artistic work. I love you!
Thanks to Roman Leykam for his dedicated work on our other projects and for all the uplifting talks we had the past months.
Thank you for the inspiration: Jack Hertz and the fantastic artists contributing to Aural Films, Michael Brückner, Peter Owen, Cousin Silas, Peter DiPhillips and to everybody in the Intelligent Ambient Music Group on Facebook. Thanks to all my Soundcloud followers and collegues.
I'd like to thank the guys at Camel Audio for their great instruments and sound libraries which were used excessively on this album. The same goes out to Native Instrumens and the Apple Logic team.
A big cheers also to all the readers and contributors of my ambient music review blog darage-bang.com
– you're awesome!
Track "Nein": words by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Mephisto in "Faust – The First Part of the Tragedy"
Track "Phantom Train": Train sounds by RHumphries (www.freesound.org/people/RHumphries/
) and Marec (www.freesound.org/people/Marec
) via Freesound.org
Track "Free Water": Ghanaian woman singing by Klankbeeld via Freesound.org