by variant

supported by
  • Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

     $18 USD


  • Limited Edition 2XCD set, packaged in oversized double CD case w/Japanese poly sleeve and poster!
    Compact Disc (CD)

    ***We should have noted this originally, given the nature of the release it's limited to 2 copies per customer. If you attempt to order more we will refund the difference and a re-list the excess copies as everyone deserves to be able to purchase, thanks for your understanding* **

    Professionally duplicated, Limited 2XCD edition from echospace's variant project, packaged in an over-sized DVD case and housed with a 10" X 10" poster of photography captured during the 5th largest blizzard in Chicago/Detroit history, autographed by the artist. Only the first 100 copies will include the poster and autograph. This item will be shipping with Variant's "The Setting Sun", thanks for your support and love of the music.....

    Includes unlimited streaming of auratia via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Sold Out



This new sonic submersion was inspired by found sounds and field recordings captured during the blizzard known as “linus”, the 5th worst blizzard in Chicago and Detroit’s history. the magic of the polar vortex and the arctic conditions it left behind inspired and set the stage for the creation of “auratia” and the mystical sonic world it evoked.

Variant's "Auratia" is made entirely with hardware, paying homage to infinite forms of synthesis, from analog, dco, waveshaping, vector, there's a myriad of forms explored producing unique results. Vintage analog equipment in conjunction with innovative customized modular synthesizers winnow a basis for algorithmic structure improvisation. This sound experiment re-synthesizes from a current plane into altered planes of effects-a radically new experience that breaks down barriers. Ghostly harmonics fold and unfold like symmetrical patterns in nature to generate a myriad of complex and infinite rhythmic lines. Tessellations for higher dimensions, this mosaic of melody delivers an eccentric experience. Something for the heads in search of sonic meditation with 2 near 60 minute infinite pieces of organic dub grooves with an emphasis on synthesis experimentation and out-of-this world sonic apparitions.

"What I give form to in daylight is only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness." -M. C. Escher


released March 20, 2015

written + produced by stephen hitchell. mastered in echospace.



all rights reserved


feeds for this album, this artist


echospace [detroit] Detroit, Michigan

Official bandcamp page for the Echospace label and its many incarnations.

contact / help

Contact echospace [detroit]

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code