vortexual [element five]

by variant

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Harrie Harrison
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Harrie Harrison vortexual [element five] original live session
Rolling onwards for ever..... this has a serious gentle groove that makes it painful when it ends. The sort of song people may choose to have implanted into their brains as 'background' to moving through life for years. Beautiful stuff Xxx
Μaπ Β
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Μaπ Β Was hooked on the preview for months. I've been humming aloud the reverberating synth riff for days now. Stuck in the vortex!
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Smoke-Wind Recently played during a night in the woods the experience was so otherworldly and peaceful that if i hear it at anytime I'm transported back to the woods and the feeling. Discovering this type of material is infused with the mundane but seemingly can only come from a connection made from beyond the mundane. Favorite track: vortexual [element five] part one.
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***NOTE*** This album was divided into two parts due to file size limitations on Bandcamp. Also, the original audio sample was culled from a live version and is also included here digitally (also we have a small limited run of 50 copies available on CD) with the purchase. Thank you all for your support!

Nearly 70 minutes of celestial magic, spellbinding and enchanting, this is a soundtrack for dreams. Element five dives deep into analog exploration, taking footnotes while pushing sonic boundaries to the future. This is the realm of sonic mysticism, a place where one can breath, pray, love and drift away into the ether. Cloud surfing an electric wave of vibrational pulses in slow motion, flotation of the soul. The newly inspired elements of this series bridge the gap between modular movements of the 70's to the reflective atmospherics of dream sphere.

Cosmic sonic therapy. The sound simply floats around you while drifting thru the vortex.

Thoughts and words on the previous vortexual projects:

According to Echospace's Stephen Hitchell, the second part of the Vortextual series, under his Variant ambient alias, was designed as a "soundtrack for traveling alone in the outer depths of space". In other words, it's another continuous, hour-long journey, where soft focus dub techno rhythms and echo-laden textures rub shoulders with misty-eyed chords and slowly evolving melodies. While effectively a variation on a theme, it packs a little more percussive punch than its' predecessor, whilst still drifting from the speakers in an impressively weightless manner. As usual, it's a limited CD pressing, so grab it while you can to avoid disappointment. -Juno

Stephen Hitchell (Deepchord/Echospace) coaxes out an hour long trip into the dub mist of his machines. Prepare the floatation tank…! -Boomkat

Element Two of this sprawling science-fiction epic from Stephen Hitchell a.k.a one-half of Detroit techno duo, Echospace. 59 minutes in duration, it was originally composed and produced for Detroit's Movement Festival, where Hitchell delivered a spacious, dubbed-out live performance. This second Element sees him take the matter yet further horizontal than the already brilliant Element One. In his own words this suite is a “soundtrack for traveling alone in the outer depths of space, your mind setting the tone for its journey, not yet understood. This is music to love to, to pray to, to heal to, to float in & drift away”. Long sold out from the artist, this is Limited Edition Replicated CD packaged with Chrome Sticker in re-sealable poly sleeve. -Bleep

Sound meditation on time and space.

One of the biggest events on the electronic scene is the annual Detroit Movement Festival. Many local artists preparing for this occasion a special video that publish in limited editions. So also did Stephen Hitchel, realizing this year's edition of the event new songs of his project Variant. Two versions of the composition "Vortexual" first met his fans who are this summer at the Movement Festival, and now - they reach us in the form of two compact discs.

"Vortexual (Item One)" is a psychedelic vision of music Variant entered in the formula zdubowanego ambient. Its guiding principle is to modulate the sound by manipulating its frequency. The song begins with a tangled together streams of sewage noise. At some point, it will be complemented by a massive pulse of powerful bass, introductory together widely diffuse wave gently flowing chords. Everything is lined with a dub reverb that resonate violent blows corroded keys. Music flows at a slow pace, aiming to muted finals.

"Vortexual (Component Two)" has a more extensive construction. And this time the recording starts with ambient electronics. Soon, however, it is decorated with rough blows rwanymi chords. At one point hit a dub bass and powerful bit native of techno. Hypnotic pulse entwine the streaks of cosmic synths, creating a spatial character of the composition. Eurythmics also be subject to modification - because at the end resound tribal conga tweaked to dub fashion. Speeding recording is losing its momentum only in the last minutes, turning once again to the dub-techno soothing ambient music.

"This is music to love it, to pray it, to heal it, it float in and drift away" - describes these two compositions by the author himself. And indeed - both versions of "Vortexual" fulfill all these functions through it, making this sound meditation on time and space has a salutary effect on the listener, soothing his psyche and bringing spiritual breath to the regular everyday life. So it does having a unique synthesis of the three chief elements Stephen Hitchela music - dub, techno and ambient music. -nowamuzyka magazine


released July 31, 2016

written and produced by variant. mastered in echospace.


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