Biff Johnson and Shelley Andrews
Immersion of the highest caliber.In all it's permutations, #6 looms as a classic benchmark for the Vortexual series - edit
Favorite track: vortexual [element six] outtake **digital bonus**.
Wrapped in a warm blanket, lying under the stars, on a cold crispy night, trees of a forest touching the stars, with the occasional cloud passing over.
Favorite track: vortexual [element six] part two.
***NOTE*** This album was divided into two parts due to file size limitations on Bandcamp. Thanks!
Element Six celebrates the journey that was once traveled alone into one that is uplifting. Dynamic analog and digital sounds inspired the vision for a new holographic world. Rays of light engulf the traveler, and what was once imagined as submission is now met with forwardness upon the hope for tranquility. Symphony of sounds and colors materialize brightly as sensations are heightened in lieu of warmth. The mind’s horizon is one that wants to be shared and celebrated for this shape-shifting soundscape is the essence. Restraint is forgotten, and rebelliousness is forgiven, and emotions roam freely. The vortex traveled brightens, and you become the vibrational wave. The illusion reveals the nature of this reality, and the awakening is relief that lives on.
Nearly 70 minutes of celestial magic, spellbinding and enchanting, this is a soundtrack for dreams.
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.
supported by 61 fans who also own “vortexual [element six]”
Once I got lost in the jungle on the island of Hawai'i. Me and my dad were hiking on the side of a volcanic crater when we decided to take a shortcut up the side. This all happened around sunset as a light drizzle of rain came down. Our "shortcut" was no more than a small animal path that we assumed was a cut through between trail switchbacks. It just led to more jungle at the top of the crater wall. This album is like that moment, where an island jungle comes alive as the sun sets. Will