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[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 Stillstream.com 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

[EL012] adamon – ships

[EL012] adamon – ships

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For our twelfth and final release for the year 2011, we are proud to premiere the very first net label release by adamon. Damon Mar, the man behind the moniker, is a guitarist, synthesist, and electronics instrumentalist that is also a bright engineer with his own synth company called Marsynth. Apart from Damon’s solo work as adamon, he also plays in an experimental duo with David Herpich called Tensor Sensellation, which makes great use of his Marsynth creations.

Ethereal Live is very excited to release “ships”. We were lucky enough to be in the audience when this show took place at the annual Kansas City Electro-Music Festival, which is held each year in July.

“Ships” is an unedited live set, meaning what you hear on this release is exactly as the audience heard it on July 23, 2011. This is actually the original recording from the live set without any additional editing or mastering, which makes this release even that much more incredible.”Ships” is an amazing blending of genres and elements of ambient, noise, experimental, and electronic sounds that is frighteningly original. You will find lots of granular textures, dronescapes, and rhythms and sounds that percolate in and out of the sound field throughout the 43 minute long form set. Damon shows real mastery of subtlety and nuance as this set progresses, modulates, and mutates into many forms. There is lots of ear candy here as well, as adamon has done a great job with spatialization and stereo panning that really knocks this release out of the park.