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[EL020] EugeneKha – Green Quest Live

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EugeneKha – Green Quest Live

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EugeneKha is back once again at Ethereal Live for his second release with the net label. Hailing from Moscow, Russia, EugeneKha is a musician, poet, photographer, and artist of
epic proportions. EugeneKha, aka Evgenij Kharitonov, is also the author of numerous literary publications and books, and works in journalism.

For “Green Quest Live”, Evgenij performed live at White Art Studio, 15 October 2011. This album is a live companion to his studio recorded album, “Green Quest” at Earth Mantra. Here we have EugeneKha interpreting those songs in a beautiful long form sonic journey that clocks in at 44 minutes.

EugeneKha takes us in many directions on “Green Quest Live”, but maintains the cohesiveness and flow throughout the entire set. Heavy use of synthesizers from both hardware and software, field recordings, sampler, and a drum machine were used in the set. Evgenij’s instrument list includes Roland JV 1080,Kawai K1m, Alesis Micron, Korg Kaossilator Pro, Akai MPC500, Korg Legacy Collection, Toxic III, Absynth 4, Boss DR-202, Roland A-500S, Alesis Q25, Korg NanoKONTROL, and Ableton Live 7.0

Many genres and influences on “Green Quest Live” with light ambient and new age being quite dominant in influences, as space and experimental sounds lie on the periphery. The album has an airy vibe throughout which is quite refreshing with a nice balance of harmony, melody, and rhythms not always heard in ambient music. Evgenij is a unique musician and composer and we think you will be quite pleased with what he has offered up with “Green Quest Live”.

Music created, arranged, performed and recording by Evgenij V. Kharitonov (EugeneKha)

Photographer by Evgenij V. Kharitonov, August 2011

All material by EugeneKha Copyright © 2012 released under a Creative Commons license for free non-commercial use under certain conditions. BY/NC/ND

[EL019] Jack Hertz – Droneware

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Jack Hertz – Droneware

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Ethereal Live is pleased to welcome the return of our good friend Jack Hertz. Jack is an accomplished composer, instrumentalist, and synthesist as well as an excellent improviser. He has been composing electronic music for decades now and holds a degree in electronic music from John Chowning University.

Droneware is our newest release from Jack Hertz and a fine one it is. This is a live performance on February 16th, 2012. Droneware is a beautiful bubbly longform track that seamlessly ties elements of ambient forms and electronic synthesizers together. At just over an hour, Droneware will certainly please those who enjoy a full immersion into the sound.

Listeners will find a world of sounds brewing together in this release. Rhythmic percussion and perky synths glide in and around the sound field, as light melodies from bells and marimbas cascade around your eardrums. Synthesizer melodies, harmonies, and effects ascend and plateau atop this silky foundation which makes a lovely transcendent mix of sounds on this track.

Droneware has a bit of a new age influence in the album, however the ambient and drone content are definitely the dominant forces in the music. The light atmospheric haze that surrounds the album is the subtle magic that draws you in, while the rhythms and melodies give your mind’s eye a colorful journey. This is a great album for about any activity but particularly for occasions that call for relaxing. Droneware is chillaxing. Drone Age, Drone, and light Ambient fans will want to take note of this fine release.

Performed, recorded, and mastered by Jack Hertz
Album design by Jack Hertz
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All material by Jack Hertz Copyright © 2012 released under a Creative Commons license for free non-commercial use under certain conditions. BY/NC/ND

[EL018] Palancar – Ambient Train Wreck Vol.2

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Palancar – Ambient Train Wreck Volume 2

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Palancar aka Darrell Burgan, is the kind of person that is good at everything he does; composing, performing, designing, programming, parenting, and the list goes on. Darrell just has a golden touch and is as solid a human being as they come. That is why, we are proud to announce the return of Palancar to our humble net label with his sequel to our inaugural release at Ethereal Live, “Ambient Train Wreck Volume 2”.

Ambient Train Wreck Volume 2 is three splendid live performances from the summer of 2006. These pieces were recorded on Darrell’s former radio show “Blue Water Drift Dive” on Stillstream. Darrell is an incredible live performer and improvises a lot within his works. He says in the liner notes, “Everything you hear in these performances is live and untouched, except for the mastering of the recording itself, and fade-in/fade-out at the ends of the excerpt.” Thus, the pieces we release today are essentially the exact live experiences as the original performances.

Listeners will find three deeply immersive ambient excursions on this release. These well crafted performances span a beautiful array of sounds and styles within the ambient kingdom. Passages in each track will sway from introspective to extroverted, from dark to light. Long dense drones underlay the foundation of each performance with layers of percussive darkness, distant spaces, and hints of electronica scattered throughout. Fans of drone, dark ambient, experimental, and meditation should be sure to give this release a spin.

About the technical features of the release, Darrell says “This album would not have been possible without the technical wizardry of Jorgen Aase, Voxengo, HG Fortune, Native Instruments, Camel Audio, Refined Audiometrics Laboratory, Cakewalk, Korg, Ian Webster, Ugo, FMC Audio, ConcreteFX, Tweakbench, TC Electronic, Alesis, Rolls, and Steinberg.

Original artwork by Heironymous Bosch (1450-1516)
Album design by Darrell Burgan
Performed, Recorded, Mastered by Darrell Burgan

All material by Palancar Copyright © 2004-2012 released under a Creative Commons license for free non-commercial use under certain conditions. BY/NC/ND