Winter has come! The cold dark stillness has enveloped much of the earth and many are seeking warmth. However warmth is not necessarily exclusive to being physical in nature. A combination of things can create a warm atmosphere for those weathering a hard freeze.
When we think of space and the cosmos what is it we hear? What do we see? Of course it’s silent, but our imaginations tend to hear that silence. This album is almost certainly what an isolated journey through the void would sound like if we were able to perceive it.
A deep subterranean tone rumbles through the earth as “The First” snow falls onto the warm ground and slowly starts to freeze. A vast drone-scape seemingly rolls across the the scenery with an otherworldly brass-like choir sounding in the distance like horns signaling an important event.
As each vehicle passes, the sleepy dreamer is lulled into the traffic’s momentum and it’s lazy rhythm of forward motion. The roadway fades into the subconscious creating a vast soundscape that envelopes both the listener and Janek Shaefer’s stunning compositions.
The very first Tone Harvest Compilation is here! This album is filled with some of the talent featured on the site as well as some other rarities. The tones contained within are the best we could harvest, and the talent is incredible. You will be moved, inspired and relaxed. Enjoy the music that these composers have generously contributed and be sure to support them!
This literal sonic orchestra will sweep you off your feet, and by the time you reach “The Upper Sky” you will be filled with so much emotion that you will beg for its release, the rest of the album grants just that. And the listener floats on the relief and is lifted to a higher realm.
An absolutely beautiful sonic haze slowly rises to reveal an earthy undercurrent of stunning tonal energy. The warm drones intertwine gracefully in the air creating a “Sky Image” which is easily visualized in the minds eye, thanks to John Daniel.
Frames by Mote is an uplifting modern classical album that comes across as light at the end of the tunnel, hope in an otherwise hopeless world. The music never sways too far into melancholy but you can feel it, and the contemplative nature of the string arrangements are both thought provoking and moving.
The melancholic distortion of “Ruines” slowly lumbers through a thick fog, making itself known in betrayal of isolation. Drawing the listener in with a profound and familiar sadness, the album explodes with emotional bursts of tragic happiness.
“Expanses” from The Green Kingdom gently rains down a cacophony of plucked strings enveloped by atmospheres of soothing tones and experimental sound. Tumbling from the clouds onto the surface of the earth, the music morphs into a deep rhythmic journey which inspires you to follow it’s heavy footsteps, even if the destination is unknown.