vortexual [inception]

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Smoke-Wind Not sure I will comprehend the real influence of this entire vortextual collection on psyche and understanding of sound healing until another 20yrs from now.
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alternating.bit This release presents one of my favorite atmospheres created in the vortexual space thus far. A warbling aquatic vibe surrounded by a haunting, breathy hiss with playful, sputtered chirps echoing about is truly intoxicating. Reminds me of the Chain Reaction early days of Fluxion and Hallucinator.
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M. Variant is inevitable, the echo of infinitely big and small and a reminder about around and inside.
Really inspired by this music, I love this warmly. Impressive in all ways.
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Mike Kister Pure sonic bliss!
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After a serious turbulent start to the new year things have finally calmed down and are coming together, in introspection, we leave you with a gorgeous outtake from the ever-expanding vortexual project. During the past 2 months of restoring our home office and studio, we ascertained the original master recordings which conceptualized the entire vortexual project(s). This was dated prior to any subsequent releases, the first step in the evolution aptly titled, "inception." Sensuous streams of reverberation offer an ethereal plane of existence; a place where one can live, breath and escape. Transcendental sonic immersion of the highest order, an ethereal electric dream.

We are eternally grateful for everyone's support of the project and label through the years, beyond words. We truly appreciate the kind and warm emails of understanding and sympathy (when we greatly needed it) it has truly meant the world to us. We hope this sonic excursion finds you and finds you all well. Available digitally now and physical copies start shipping next week.

Thoughts and words on the previous vortexual projects:

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

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

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 February 27, 2018

Written & Produced by Variant [May, 2013]. Additional Modular development and concepts by N.S. and S.B @ Antique Modulation, Ann Arbor / Detroit, MI circa 2012-2013. Mastered in echospace.


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