seconds to forever (extended live excursion)

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Brian Grail a seemingly endless immersion in some of the most-spaced out swirls of ambient dub you will ever hear. The comparatively short intro (at nearly 7 minutes) is merely a precursor for the hour-plus excursion that remains. All sense of time is lost, following all sense of form and structure as you are at once propelled and abandoned towards the outer realms of conciousness.
Excursion III adds a rhythm to proceedings before descending back into endless ghostly swirls of the deepest ambient dub. Favorite track: seconds to forever (extended live excursion) II.
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Isakov Roman The best electronic album ever. It's still blows my mind & every time i listen to it it's like for the first time. Magnificent. Favorite track: seconds to forever (extended live excursion) II.
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  • 2014 repress of cv313's live excursion, shrink wrapped in Digipak.
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    Small re-issue from cv313's "seconds to forever" live excursion which was one of the last mastering projects with Detroit's cutting/mastering legend Ron Murphy @ NSC Sounds (R.I.P.) recorded somewhere in Detroit, techno city. Originally released and limited to 200 copies available via Echospace mail order.

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A live recording which was culled to a 12" single of the same name. A continuous recording extending almost the entire length of the CD in alternate variations of the same song using various samplers and sound manipulation techniques.

Shrink wrapped digipak packaging in numbered poly CD sleeves, limited to 200 copies available label direct. Licensed to music for your legs for exclusive release in Japan.

Thoughts:

Looking back on the development of modern electronics, it is clear that it is representative of this trend Artists fullest advantage of the opportunities in compact disc format. The most interesting achievements were of course the creator of the different varieties of ambient music. Eighty minutes of music comprised on CD available for them was the perfect size.

No wonder that it was in the early 90s created the disc, where the trimming to czterdziestominutowego traditional vinyl format, does not fit into our heads - even "UFOrb" The Orb, "76:14" Global Communication (album title mean duration ) or "Incunabula" Autechre. Then the fashion for so long publishing record clearly weakened - makers of electronics over the next decade clearly preferred the more concise form of expression. With one exception - the duration of the CD perfectly suited to the work of the new wave of manufacturers specializing in combining ambient music with dub and techno. Monument species turned out to be an album, "The Coldest Season", which shortened even for a few minutes seems almost sacrilegious.

No wonder that it is of its authors - Stephen Hitchella and Rod Modell - now get a CD from an unusual experiment. Both creators working on the single "Seconds To Forever", in addition to three of its basic mixes that were on vinyl dwunastocalówce, also realized an expanded version of the recording, which lasted more than 76 minutes would fit perfectly on a compact disc. And this composition fills the album, which recently published a limited edition Stephen Hitchella own label - Echospace.

The song begins slowly plumkających underwater chord keys that line the majestic impact of deep bass. This dreamlike sequence unfolds from sometimes overlapping waves foamed noise, creating the most ambient segment of the recording. It was only in his mid from a distant background emerges thumping rhythm - massive techno beats carry corroded rusty synthesizer arpeggios, accumulating them in a dense cloud of sewage reverb. After that most dance passage, US producers once again return to ambient. From the industrial hiss cascade emerges a pulsating chords of tin sound. Despite its austerity, they are arranged in a beautiful melody, which penetrates to the heart, a strange light. Someone seems to say: "Everything will be fine. No need to worry about anything. You can now fall asleep. "

Hearing "Seconds To Forever" at an appropriate volume level makes a big impression - we feel quite immersed in these if taken beyond time and space sounds. This is due not only to Hitchella and Modell, but also Ron Murphy, responsible for mastering. This recently deceased sound engineer is a legend of techno from Detroit as one of the first implementers discovered the phenomenon of music of Juan Atkins and Derrick May, and then faithfully supported artists from the Motor City with their knowledge and skills for the next decade. "Seconds To Forever" is his latest work - like a testament master who comes to us in the fullness of his sound glory.
-Nowamuzyka Magazine


Late 2009 through early 2010 saw echospace [detroit] issuing a series of twelve-inch single releases by cv313, including Infinit-1, Sailingstars and Subtraktive (more on these tracks in “Part 5: Transference”).

2010 also saw the first release of Seconds To Forever backed with the much lauded “Beyond The Clouds [Reprise],” and the stage seemed set for the release of the debut cv313 album. Instead, the label went quiet for the remainder of 2010 and it wasn’t until late 2011 that silence was broken by the low-key announcement of a special project available label-direct, exclusively via Discogs.com: Seconds To Forever [Extended Live Excursion].

Originally released in a limited run of 150 individually numbered digipak CDs, a further fifty copies were printed almost immediately to meet demand. Luckily, for those that missed out on this original release, a 2014 repress is now available on the official echospace [detroit] Bandcamp site, or you can simply opt to purchase it digitally.

Though the recording appears as a single track on the disc it is essentially composed of four fundamentally different, mostly ambient mixes of “Seconds To Forever” that add up to an epic seventy-two minute trip that is not for the faint hearted. The first movement opens with the sounds of rainfall, insect chatter and the rush of wind through far off trees, the occasional echoing flurry of congas just audible in the far distance while deep bass pads bloom and burst into electrostatic fields. At this point the whole experience is far more reminiscent of the similarly hazy and rain drenched atmospheres of Variant’s The Setting Sun.

Six and half minutes pass before this heady and immersive introduction fades into the second movement of what is probably one of the most densely layered pieces Hitchell has ever created. Sweeping canyons of exquisite sub-bass bloom and thrum as thick eddies of vast, churning, blue-grey cloud banks swirl in a gaseous maelstrom. From time to time, the mysterious, regular clicking of footsteps or the soft scratching of a marker pen sketching on paper emerge, marking off time. Twenty-two minutes in and the bass finally disappears, dialing down the intensity and cooling the atmosphere considerably, the storm slowly fading to little more than a few jets of steam in the remaining seven minutes.

Not just epic in scale but also in contrast, the third movement then bursts through with shuffling, skittish keys, metallic hi-hats, trademark static hiss and pounding kick-drums, taking Seconds To Forever [Extended Live Excursion] to new heights of intensity. It’s an almost relentless sequence that plays out over a pummeling twenty-one further minutes that are quite unlike anything laid down by cv313 before or since.

The transition between the third and final movement is perhaps a little sudden and awkward, but only because the two are so tonally different. The smothered, smooth and silky techno is quite at odds with the hiss, static and grainy, dub-fueled darkness of this final extended outro, so reminiscent of the loping gait and woozy, semi-conscious fuzz of “Subtraktive.” It takes serious effort and resistance not be lulled into sleep by these final hypnotic seconds to forever.

It’s a genuine rarity to come across an extended piece of music that successfully combines ambiance with true intensity, but Seconds To Forever [Extended Live Excursion] manages to pull this off whilst still tipping a hat to the floor with its beat-laden third movement. There is nothing else quite like this in the entire cv313 canon. Absolutely essential. -Igloo Magazine


No one does oceanic better than Stephen Hitchell and Rod Modell, as pretty much anyone familiar with their Deepchord and Echospace output would agree. The two join forces again, this time under the name cv313, for a single-track recording that could conceivably be the most immersive one they've yet done. A few details first: apparently Seconds To Forever is a live recording that previously was issued, obviously in an abbreviated form, as a twelve-inch single under the same title, and now appears as an “Extended Live Excursion” form in a limited CD edition of 200 copies.

Despite being indexed as a single track, the piece nevertheless moves through distinct stages. The first is an extended, becalmed episode of gentle ripples that crest ever so peacefully; almost imperceptibly, the textures accumulate in density until the episode recedes to be supplanted by the slow-building second stage, whose understated rhythm patterns and vaporous swirls gradually swell in intensity. These billowing, meditative sections eventually come to an end about thirty-four minutes into Seconds To Forever, and their cessation immediately paves the way for a more agitated section to declare itself. Aquatic chords ricochet for a few minutes until the bass drum surreptitiously enters, locks itself into position, and then powers the material with an ever-building forcefulness. The material pursues its bubbly and aerodynamic thrust for a cooly euphoric twenty minutes before the beats drop out and decompression sets in, as it inevitably must. The last twenty minutes find the material returning to the contemplative style of the opening section, with long, drifting trails of metallic chords and gaseous emissions dominant once more.

A natural complement to the duo's earlier The Coldest Season release (issued on Modern Love in 2007 and credited to Deepchord presents Echospace), Seconds To Forever is as definitive a representation as can be had of the kind of refined soundsculpting Stephen Hitchell and Rod Modell have produced individually and together. If it doesn't radically depart from the style of the earlier recording, it nonetheless acts as a singular, complete statement of their collaborative artistry. -Textura Magazine


Very limited re-issue from cv313's 'Seconds to Forever' live excursion, and a gargantuan seventy-six minute mix of this stunning work. This was one of the last mastering projects with Detroit's cutting/mastering legend Ron Murphy @ NSC Sounds (R.I.P.) recorded somewhere in Detroit, techno city. -Interstellar Sounds

credits

released January 19, 2014

Electronics [Uncredited] – Jamal Wallace
Mastered By [Uncredited] – Ron Murphy
Mixed By [Uncredited], Mastered By – Stephen Hitchell
Remastered By [Uncredited] – Mark Richardson (3)
Written-By, Producer – cv313

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