vortexual [element six] phase90's enchantment

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Biff Johnson and Shelley Andrews
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Biff Johnson and Shelley Andrews Deep down tempo wonder. Thus really moves in the classic Echospace vein. There are some really deeeeep lows once things get rolling. Awesome shimmer atmos maybe voices to go with the great low simmer groove. Jump on this one !!!!
Tom Rimshot
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Tom Rimshot Like Intrusion's chemical altering of the Phase90 DNA, Phase90 takes Vortexual 6, already a deep trip on its own, and somehow manages to render it even more alien.
Μaπ Β
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Μaπ Β The rhythm of the hi-hat comes in and we're in for a groovy time. The bass throbs and pumps, we chug along through the vortex. FX ping pong and echo through the spiraling tunnel, my favorite part! At 30 min in, the next 7 or 8 min are pure rhythmic bliss to me. After being deeply submerged in dub, a push from some pads glide us back to the surface.
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"Element Six" is reconstructed into a subliminal yet imaginative composition from the illusive Phase90 project. Building on the
complexity of the original but ebbs and flows in a lo-fi spirit thanks to downgrading the original source material, deceptively fluid in sound design but hypnotic in nature. Fragments of the original are filtered and looped from analog tape machines and an extensive array of vintage boutique guitar pedals and "real-time" loop stations to create a sort of immersive, impressionistic listening experience. There's a considerably darker hue in sound design, most likely attributed to the haunting qualities surrounding the field recordings conducted at a variety of cemeteries around Michigan. A perfect sonic companion for the winter season upon us, dark, brooding and borderline creepy...

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 October 16, 2016

written and produced by variant. additional production, instrumentation and remix by phase90. mastered & engineered by stephen hitchell in echospace.


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