Sunday 30 November 2014

AF13 - PJE - Abstractions

Abstractions by PJE is made up of eight short instrumental pieces built around a single acoustic guitar and field-recorded sounds. The first track ‘Wakeful’ is based on a simple guitar pattern and some found sounds and a similar formula continues throughout. For ‘Lightness’, the melody is repeated with varying levels of sound manipulations holding the listener’s interest. ‘Shapes For Words’ is one of the most intriguing pieces. It employs a pastoral tune with added child’s voices to create a nostalgic aural. Additionally, ‘Secondary’ piles on the chords with added intensity and layers of melancholy.
Originally released on limited edition CDR in 2011, this is the first time Abstractions has been available as a digital download.

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Sunday 19 October 2014

AF12 - Oliver Ryles - Inchoate

Assembly Field is very pleased to release the debut album by ambient artist Oliver Ryles.
'Inchoate has been a slow, long, drawn out journey. Some of the field recordings and original material dates back 15 or more years ago; Sounds I'd lost, forgotten about, abandoned or just hadn’t finished with yet. I was only going to make a few guitar based songs. However, I started playing around like I did many years ago on my University course with ‘sonic art’ and ‘acousmatic composition’! More and more I’d be listening to the beautiful sounds found through the ASIP blog created by Ryan Griffin (It’s amazing when you suddenly find a place that marries and promotes all the artists you’ve loved for years in one place). Artists like Loscil, 36, Markus Guentner, Hammock, Stray Theories, and Ulrich Schnauss. I also starting work at Deep Blue Sound (dBS) in Plymouth, which gave me a massive creative push, as well and put me into contact with some lovely equipment and even lovelier people. Then I tentatively approached assembly field to see if they were interested in what I’d made. Thankfully they were.
My process was one of playing and listening, playing and feeling, layering and stretching, filtering and waiting until it felt like home. Making this album was about diving in - to the waves of sound and water of Whitsand Bay. It was about pushing on - though the troughs and peak of the process and those of Dartmoor, going out and experiencing something and trying to capture that with textures and harmonies – or revisiting important locations in my mind and brooding on them.
I’d like to thank my amazing soul mate Rachel, my children, family and friends for their support and inspiration. This would not exist if not for you.
Thanks also to Wil Bolton for mastering the album and Phil Edwards for making it happen.
I was never sure I finished any of these tracks but if you fully deliberate one thing before taking a single step you'll spend your entire life on one leg. So you get what I abandoned at this point in time. You get something that has just begun and is still to develop. It might not be the most complicated or completed album around, but I hope it’s good enough for you.' - Oliver Ryles

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Sunday 22 June 2014

AF11 - Transmission 13 - Time Will Pass You By

Transmission 13's fourth album is a reflective yet positive journey through various musical styles including ambient, drone and atmos prog. Mixed as one continuous track the album is a move into more ambient territory and has all the ethereal magic that you would expect from this critically acclaimed Manchester based producer.

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Sunday 18 May 2014

AF10 - Gimu - Moving Still

Brazilian artist Gimu debuts on Assembly Field with this 50 minute experimental album.

‘I wanted to try something different, something new, so I made 25 short pieces of music. Then I had this idea of using some beats or pseudo-beats to seam the pieces together, I had the idea but didn't have the beats, hadn't tried that yet. I spent some weeks working on creating the beats, firstly from vinyl crackling and then programming. Some of them are frequency changed vinyl crackling samples and some are beats I created from scratch, very minimal stuff. I like some beats better and one will notice they appear twice or three times throughout the 50 minute long piece but slightly changed by effects. It was complex to do all of it, challenging and fun. I had the picture I wanted to use as the artwork but didn't have a title. I had a list of some possible titles but ‘Moving Still’ was not one of them but when it came to me, I knew it was the title’ – Gimu

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Sunday 13 April 2014

AF09 - Superlunarskin - From The Second Vespers

Superlunarskin is the experimental music project of Elliot Wheeler from Liverpool, UK. Elliot has played guitar in many alternative bands over the years and is currently the lead guitarist in The Crucified Twins. Superlunarskin grew from his interest in ambient and experimental music with 'From The Second Vespers' being his first official release.
Using drones, samples, minimal beats, spoken word and electronic treatments he has created a five track EP of soundscapes with hints of electronica and a melancholy tone.

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Saturday 22 February 2014

AF08 - Damian Valles - Black Fast In The Valley Of Ills

Assembly Field is very pleased to welcome Canadian artist Damian Valles. Damian recorded the parts for 'Black Fast In The Valley Of Ills' in the fall of 2013 shortly after uprooting and relocating. It is comprised of a variety of processed instrumental recordings that were formulated into a single long-form piece during the winter months that followed. The title of the piece is intended to be open to the listeners interpretation.

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Sunday 12 January 2014

AF07 - Kamifukuoka - Music For Red Curtain

Kamifukuoka is the collaborative project of Souichi Takagi and Masayoshi Miyazaki. Souichi plays piano and writes the tracks while Masayoshi concentrates on field recordings, subtle guitar and the overall mixing and production. Together they have created a six track album of melodic piano tracks with an original sound and an experimental edge.

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