tiistai 17. kesäkuuta 2014

Solanum - Spheres of Time demo 1998


Solanum - Spheres of Time demo 1998
1) An Illusion of Time
2) Senseless
3) Passing the Gates to Another World
4) Space and Time

Zippyshare / Mediafire

Hollow Myths

Synth music today. You remember Depressive Silence, right? Well, this here is sort of a continuation by B. Schmidt aka B.S. and it was released by Chanteloupe Creations of France in 1998. I got this tape & cover some months ago as a dub from "master tape" in the old distro fashion, but unfortunately the master was flawed and so is my copy, obviously. The problem is about 2 or 3 seconds of sound missing at just over 01:15 on the first track, I shortened the gap to about one second as just removing it all proved out to be equally distracting. It's not that big a deal yet still annoys the hell out of me and if anyone has a dub which doesn't have that blank bit get in touch.

Otherwise this is great. Pretty much continues off where Depressive Silence left, though the generic themes seem to be a little more cosmic than earthly. It's fortunately mostly instrumental and what sparse voices are included are mostly whispers taking a backseat which fits very well and is one of the best solutions for this sort of music in my opinion. I remember reading that RAL left originally D.S. to start Gothmog as they seemed to be taking their writing to different directions and I'm not sure if B.S. decided to quit the project and start anew under this monicker after the 7"EP or began this as a new project, with different concept and then decided to concentrate on it. Whatever the case be, this is highly recommended to anyone who liked Depressive Silence and/or Gothmog, or ambient music in general.

UPDATE: Sister Borderline has uploaded her rip of a much better quality tape which is NOT missing the crucial seconds the rip-off piece of shit cassette I received was.

UPDATE: There is a CD re-release of both Solanum demos available from Hollow Myths, get your copy from the link added up there!

11 kommenttia:

Rhûn kirjoitti...

Glad to see that B. Schmidt was still producing great works of ambient synth after Depressive Silence ended - was wondering what happened to him. Looking forward to hearing this. Thanks once again, Velkaarn, for this and the other rips I've downloaded and enjoyed since my last comment!

Velkaarn kirjoitti...

@Rhûn:

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Not sure if any other recordings were made under this monicker, if there were I'd like to unearth them as well.

Anonyymi kirjoitti...

There was at least one more:
http://www.discogs.com/Solanum-Spectral-Poetry/release/3966915

Velkaarn kirjoitti...

Oh yeah, I remember that now! Thanks for reminding me.

zargonath kirjoitti...

Marvellous music, thanks for sharing it Velkaarn

Velkaarn kirjoitti...

@zargonath:

Yeah, it is excellent! I need to get that second tape as soon as possible.

Rhûn kirjoitti...

I recently fixed that damn audio cut in An Illusion of Time myself with Audacity. Sounds perfect now. If you'd like the mp3 of the fixed file, I can send it to you. I listened to the whole demo, and it really is brilliant. Second demo is good too, but much less powerful.

Velkaarn kirjoitti...

@Rhûn:

I did try just removing the empty space myself but it was just as distracting in the end, but let's hear what you did with it! You can use the email on the side to send the link, ok?

Agree, 2nd demo is not as good as this one, though it might grow on future listens.

Rhûn kirjoitti...

Did you get my e-mail?

Velkaarn kirjoitti...

@Rhûn:

Yeah, thank you! I've taken a single listen so far and it sounded better than what I did with it. I noticed it lasts a second longer, were you somehow able to replace the missing content by editing in an existing part or what did you do?

Rhûn kirjoitti...

The beginning section of music, where that cut originally was, repeats in the last minute or so of the music. I just copied a later identical section of the music, deleted the cut, and pasted in the later section. Had to adjust the waveform then to remove clicking sounds (the result of waveform disjunct between the different bits of music). That extra second is restoring an extra second of music which was lost with the cut - probably why just deleting the cut sounded too abrupt.