We’ve given ourselves a bit of a break over the festive period and at last we’re pleased to be up and running again, with another mammoth year of limited edition releases! Kicking off 2017 we welcome Venezuelan Ambient artist José Silva, currently residing in Quito, Ecuador, with ‘Modulated Tones No. 1: Music For Framed Works‘. This album is some of the most peaceful stuff we’ve put out since Dave Kirby’s ‘Contrails’ and is recommended if you like the work of Olan Mill, Benoit Simon Bainton or Pausal. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook page to preview the packaging when we share it.
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“José Silva is a South American artist originally from a small city in Venezuela but currently based in Quito, Ecuador. Modulated Tones No. 1: Music For Framed Works is his debut album after he has spent several years recording and honing his craft. Typically, José’s work is inspired by his interest in photography and it is from here that he sets his stall as a sound artist in this 10 track suite of Ambient pieces.
José’s approach to creating soundscapes starts with a layering process where many different sonic components are assembled together as a sort of sculpture, before the edges are carefully ‘sanded down’. He was keen not just to create another Ambient record where lengthy pieces drone monotonously, loud loops play out or a host of spacey reverb effects flatter to deceive. Instead, the pieces glisten with an organic quality achieved from guitar pedals, field recordings and a compressor as he endeavoured to emulate a film sound track inspired by Sci-Fi movies or dramas.
The cinematic starting point gave birth to the album’s photographic concept as José found himself regularly surveying his VSCO feed of images. Modulated Tones No.1: Music For Framed Works is a soundtrack for surveying a photographic collection to provide a space for a slow introspective processing of the shots, as thoughts or memories flicker in your mind. This will be a personal experience from one listener to the next and is the ideal environment for this album to be consumed.”
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by José Silva