Starting on the recording of the new solo record for Ultima Thule – due for delivery in October. More on this soon.
I am very much looking forward to recording a new solo record for Ultima Thule this year!
In Swift Returning to Remembered Trees
from City Child, by Semla Robinson (1931)
Farrar and Rinehart, Inc.
The new long-form ambient work inspired by the favorite mountain of my days. A very spiritual and awesome place not far from where I grew up and often in view.
This work might be interesting music for your daydreaming, working, chilling-out, meditating, creating…a means to tint your sonic environment.
It was created using spectral techniques and additive synthesis – generally speaking.
Robert Scott Thompson “Pale Blue Dot” CDr
Prolific US soundsculptor Robert Scott Thompson, based in Roswell, Georgia, has landed with his latest album on Darren Bergstein’s Anodize label. Out since the beginning of November 2015 in simple, but elegant 4-panel digipak in limited edition of 50 copies. Unfortunately, as far I know, the album is sold out already at Anodize’s Bandcamp shop, but few copies of its promotional CDr version with different artwork packaged in standard jewel case and released in edition of 20 copies might be still available at Robert’s own Bandcamp account along with the digital version of “Pale Blue Dot”.
8 and a half minutes long “Perigee” unfolds the journey with expansive nuances, meandering through enigmatic terrains, reinforced by choir-like drone tides counterpointed with contemplatively mesmerizing chimes, phantasmally high-pitched shimmers and gently dissonant glimpses. Strangely disturbing, yet hauntingly encircling piece. “Trajectory” is slightly shorter than “Perigee”, but it safely remains on the mysterious path with weirdly cascading structure highlighted by intangibly winding clickety-clacks, panoramically reverberating dronescapes and sinuously brooding cello-like patterns. “Slow Rotation Of Stars” dives straightly into more cacophonous, although minimal fields, bridging myriad of swirling crystalline effects with sparse poetic piano, while peculiar clouds are hanging above, then metamorphosing into poignantly introspective slowed down electro-acoustic tempos, sluggishly charged, distinguishly twisted and bizarrely ear-tickling amalgamate precisely exhibiting creatively unique insignias of its protagonist. “Skyway” is announced by translucently glimmering subtleties, which soon coalesce with minimal, yet deeply evocative piano motif, while gently mindscaping blankets are riding atop with occasionally emerging mild fragments. All the exquisite colors of deeply touching minimalism are masterfully revealed in this composition!!! The title track “Pale Blue Dot” clocks over 16 minutes and shifts into more intriguing route, when meticulously blending contemplative layers, quietly cacophonous elements and expansively embracing essences. Another distinctively sculpted and highly refined piece, certainly a truly gorgeous longing horizons await here each attentive ears. Well-done, Robert!!! “Latticework” starts with quite strange intro, but soon converting into lushly colored scenario guided by highly polished tinkling melody persistently painting hypnotic-driven images, while labyrinthine sonic scraps permeate here and there. Another big one and the track title is precisely chosen too!!! Just put your headphones on, it’s a true, 6 and a half minutes long revelation!!! “Lunar Idyll” moves into gracefully immense realms, although some celestial ghosts are hanging above and trying to steal this tranquil oasis, before transmogrifying into relaxed texture merging poetically engulfing piano passages, balsamic laid-back drones and gleaming parade of titillating nuances. Nearly 11 minutes of relatively minimal soundcarving, yet extraordinarily perfumed, strikingly evocative and flawlessly entitled!!! “Apogee” immediately attracts with its utterly lyrical character, where gorgeously undulating heartwarming piano notes masterfully commingle with sweeping cinematic washes, organic traceries and contemplative chinks. And again displaying a thrillingly sinuous soundscaping across the full length of 16 minutes. Obviously one of the pinnacles on “Pale Blue Dot” and a grand finale!!!
As usual for Robert Scott Thompson, this highly accomplished sound architect is playing his own league, a first-class of course. Sure, 78-minute “Pale Blue Dot” is not your easy listening ambient session, but with each new dedicated listen you keep on encountering new rewards, new filigrees, new glitters. It’s more and more fascinating!!! A splendidly panoptic aural adventure with all trademarking earmarks and superb sound quality is delivered here by Robert Scott Thompson’s infinite wizardry. The alchemy master at the very top of his craft, that’s “Pale Blue Dot”!!!
Richard Gürtler (Feb 24, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Source: Avant Music News Best of 2015
Palimpsest, an 11-track recording released earlier in 2015, has been included on the Best of 2015 list by Avant Music News! Wonderful to be included among so many great releases this year!
Here is the link to the Bandcamp page for the recording:
Featuring the CD Arcana from 2014…
A YouTube playlist by George Qtub —
Streaming on Spotify – Pale Blue Dot – Robert Scott Thompson – 2015
Recent review of Upon the Edge of Night CD released in 2012 written by Roberto Vales:
My commissioned work – Metta for soprano saxophone and percussion (2014) – will be featured on this forthcoming recording by the Bent Frequency Duo Project on Centaur Records.
This is a great project of fascinating music and I hope you might consider supporting it with your tax deductible contribution.
You can hear the electroacoustic part of the work here: