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Robert Scott Thompson - Arcana Album

Robert Scott Thompson - Arcana Album

  • Darsteller: Robert Scott Thompson
  • Genre: Elektronische
  • Titel: Arcana
  • Freigegeben: 18 Apr 2014
  • Stil: Ambient, Abstract
  • Etikett: Relaxed Machinery
  • Katalog: rM_0039
  • Land: US
  • Größe der MP3-Version: 2265 mb
  • Größe der FLAC-Version: 2028 mb
  • Bewertung: 4.9
  • Abstimmungen: 646

Trackliste

1Imagination Is Memory3:15
2Arcana11:48
3In Situ7:45
4Unwoven9:09
5Epoché8:34
6Liminal Worlds5:32
7Waning In The Glow Of Unknowns5:59
8Night Has A Thousand Eyes9:45
9Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight8:18

Versionen

CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
rM_0039Robert Scott Thompson Arcana ‎(12xFile, FLAC, Album)Relaxed MachineryrM_0039US2014
rM_0039Robert Scott Thompson Arcana ‎(12xFile, MP3, Album, 320)Relaxed MachineryrM_0039US2014

Credits

  • Cover [Cover Image]Victoria Bearden
  • DesignSteve Brand
  • Mastered ByNev Walker
  • Percussion [Samples And Performances]Stuart Gerber
  • Recorded By, Mixed ByRobert Scott Thompson

Hinweise

Packaging: 4-panel Digipak
Total Time: 70:04
©2014

Barcodes

  • Barcode: 6 49783 14032 1
  • Matrix / Runout: MYD1242 OASIS
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LZ73
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI ALK18

Unternehmen

  • Manufactured By – Oasis Disc Manufacturing
  • Pressed By – Disc Makers – MYD1242

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Album

Arcana by Robert Scott Thompson, released 18 April 2014 1. Liminal Worlds 2. Imagination is Memory 3. Night Has A Thousand Eyes 4. Arcana 5. Unwoven 6. Epoché 7. Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight 8. In Situ 9. Waning in the Glow of Unknowns AUDIO UPDATED: June, 2020 The latest Robert Scott Thompson production. A gem. The sound design is awe-inspiring. Robert in no novice and it shows. This is precisely what sets his works apart from the myriads of other musicians and amateurs. And Arcana is no exception to that. Arcana - Robert Scott Thompson. Лента с персональными рекомендациями и музыкальными новинками, радио, подборки на любой вкус, удобное управление своей коллекцией. Посмотреть сведения об участниках альбома, рецензии, композиции и приобрести альбом 2014 CD от Arcana на Scott Thompson. Arcana, 2014. Robert Scott Thompson. Liminal Worlds, 05:25. Imagination Is Memory, 03:10. Night Has a Thousand Eyes, 09:40. Unwoven, 08:59. Epoché, 08:29. Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, 08:13. Listen to Arcana from Robert Scott Thompson's Arcana for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. 260 listeners. 1 more album featuring this track. Do you know the lyrics for this track. Robert Scott Thompson is a musical artist working in the electroacoustic, contemporary instrumental, pop and avant-garde genres. Robert is Director of the Center for Audio Recording Arts C read more. Robert is Director of the Center for Audio Recording Arts CARA in the School of Music at Georgia State U read more. Album 2014 9 Songs. Electronic 2014. More by Robert Scott Thompson. Belfast Imagined Sound Scapes. Orbital Lullaby. Composer and recording artist. New recording in the style of Frontier, The Silent Shore, Arcana, and others. Check out 'Dragging the Sea With Dreams - New Recording' on Indiegogo. 12 track album. Frontier, by Robert Scott Thompson. Robert Scott Thompson: все альбомы, включая Suspended in Stasis , From a Language of Light , Teardrops and the Holding Pattern и другие. Scott was the début solo album by Scott Walker, originally released in the United Kingdom on Philips Records in 1967. The album received both strong commercial success as well as critical praise, hitting No. 3 on the UK Albums Chart. This album, alongside Scott 2, features Phil Spector's Wall of Sound recording technique. Scott was released only six months after Walker's third album with The Walker Brothers, Images. Its mixture of Walker's original compositions and selection of cover versions. Album starts at 67BPM, ends at 91BPM 24, with tempos within the 62-119BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing

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STYLE
Electroacoustic ambient.
Robert Scott Thompson releases here an album that is both full of enigmatic ambient space and elegantly understated melodic forms. The drone textures are intricate and multi-layered, employed in masterfully intangible motion, elements of familiarity and peculiarity within constantly rising into focus and dispersing once more. The melodies at their best are truly sublime: sometimes simple patterns that hang within the ambience, sometimes auditory lattice-works that balance the drone forms, then unexpectedly developing into climactic flushes of emotion that really touch something important inside. The tracks ebb and flow between uncomplicated hovering atmospheres and uncluttered tuneful motifs with a pleasant balance that keeps the attention hooked from start to finish.

IN DEPTH
Arcana is one of those precious few albums that truly deserves to be referred to as deeply immersive. The complex layers of involvement of this album will both send you into wistful abstraction and draw the mind into attentive examination of constantly evolving detail. Promotional material explains that "the Hartmann Neuron is strongly featured on this recording, as is the prepared piano, acoustic percussion of various types and also extended percussion techniques." Guest percussionist Stuart Gerber is credited with percussion samples and performances, most evident on Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight where his studio performance is further enhanced by Robert's own treatments and modifications. Presented with a professionalism and musical sensibility rarely experienced, Arcana unfurls climactic moments of aching beauty with delightful subtlety. That said, this is not an overly emotional creation: often minimal in structure and form, Arcana at times reveals barely-lit voids that suggest nuances as much as describe them.

TRACK BY TRACK

LIMINAL WORLDS
The album opener Liminal Worlds is a lazy, gravity-free piece of meandering charm that spirals in the shadows of beguiling possibilities. Near-percussive, ascending phrases repeatedly climb up from a lush, textural bed lured by ethereal voices that move back and forth between the electro/organic divide. The listener is invited in, to cross the sensory threshold...

IMAGINATION IS MEMORY
A searing swirl of layered tone sweeps us into Imagination is Memory. The sombre low-light obscurity that opened Arcana gathers here whilst similar ponderous phrases shift slightly in their upward motion - a little more buoyant, warm and restful. The notes seem comprised of multiple voices: effected piano, struck strings, oriental metallic bowls - it's hard to tell where the ears are working and where the imagination takes over. At just over three minutes, this piece quickly passes...

NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES
The air of mystery that wafted through the first two tracks thickens at the introduction of this track as shaken particles fall across discordant piano and cow-bell tinkles. As the great ambient drone bed of this composition wells up a huge sense of depth falls open, yet instead of tumbling in, sonic light beams seem to keep the listener afloat. These gentle, inviting synth strains of heavenly elegance are cast into the air creating a delightful interplay of melancholy beauty and uplifting luminance that seems apt to last forever.

ARCANA
The title track - the longest track at eleven minutes forty eight seconds - retains the radiant beauty of its predecessor. The darkness that surrounds everything is by now a familiar friend perfectly suited to perception of the nuances of gossamer tone that float and drift in shifting flux. Now the strongly-effected melodic patterns seem deep within the mix; piano-like/guitar-like embellished with chimes, peculiar disturbances and snaking air movements. An echoing rhythm sets in as the track progresses propelling the piece onward with an easy, nodding motion that finally fades once more into the expanse.

UNWOVEN
Whirling winds drop the listening temperature as a weave of harsh metal fibres and atonal threads push through dangling chimes into a night-time emptiness that carries a sense of disquiet and anticipation. Still the sonorous note patterns of previous tracks remain - muted strikings, woody at times, then more like large, thick metal bowls - barely melodic, wandering.

EPOCHÉ
The title is an ancient Greek term describing the theoretical moment where judgment regarding the existence of the external world is suspended. It suggests the act of refraining from any conclusion for or against anything including that of judging whether anything exists or can exist. Robert Scott Thompson chooses this concept as a doorway to a build up of warmth and tranquillity: airy synth breaths and weightless strains floating freely in graceful simplicity.

LAST HOURS OF ANCIENT SUNLIGHT
This is perhaps the most overtly beautiful track on the whole album. Opening with light finger-cymbal, gamelan bell, splashing bowl tones the mood is quite exotic and mystical - swaying rhythmically. But then at about the one-minute fifteen-second mark there is a delightfully climactic release followed immediately by a welling harmonious build toward further such moments. Lustrous, aglow amid the enveloping darkness, this meditative nocturne hypnotically teases the senses conjuring colours and faint fluorescence into meandering spirals that finally fall away into obscurity.

IN SITU
Less percussive than its predecessor, In Situ is a vapourous wafting of fine layers that ponderously heave in slow-motion undulations of pitch and intensity. Very much retaining the uneasy mix of introspective serenity and enshrouding gloom, this track seems to loop and cycle in endless reverie.

WANING IN THE GLOW OF UNKNOWNS
The set finale looks back to the melodic approach taken in Arcana and The Last Hours of Sunlight: uplifting, dulcet phrases dreamily wandering through a heady ambient fog. Again the sonic sources are hard to identify, calling to mind struck or plucked notes with Eastern timbre often prominent. The eventual final fade to silence is one of pleasing consonance - aptly titled.

ARTWORK
Arcana is delivered in an elegant, tactile two-panel digipack. The front and back covers show details of a painting by Victoria Bearden that is revealed in full within. Brush marks, paint scrapes and sharp expressive movements curve and roll across the surface in almost metallic shades of grey and blue. A classical white border frames the front panel wherein sits the title; on the rear the white ground becomes a central panel holding track titles each with running time alongside. Here too are credits and label logos. When opened out, the inner cover reveals a powerful painting of a female figure that spans the whole spread: brightly lit, yet surrounded by darkness into which the face turns, this enigmatic character physically embodies the album's themes.

OVERALL
California's Robert Scott Thompson delivers his latest release through the Relaxed Machinery label. Taking around two years to complete, the music explores the composer's interests in quantum physics and recent discoveries that are shaping our views regarding the nature of reality: infinite parallel universes, the power of thought, dreams and memory. Infusing his ambient arrangements with a wealth of electro-acoustic instrumentation; software synthesis/signal processing and hardware synthesizers form the backbone of Arcana. Robert explains, "I collect sounds and use them in a variety of ways, from placing them in samplers for compositional use to using analysis based techniques for modification and extrapolation. The nine tracks of the CD release are complimented by "several exclusive bonus tracks" found only on the digital release including the immersive 24-minute ambient track "Zero Point Field". These bonus tracks were recorded during the making of the album. You can explore the music for yourself at Robert's Bandcamp page or via the Relaxed Machinery website both of which provide images, audio and additional information.
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Robert Scott Thompson "Arcana" CD

US composer Robert Scott Thompson, who is based in Roswell, Georgia, belongs to the most productive and versatile artists recording on the scene, no wonder he describes himself as musical alchemist working within ambient, minimal meditative, electroacoustic, contemporary and avantgarde genres. With "Arcana" Robert Scott Thompson revisits acclaimed "golden age of ambient" period, when his masterworks such as "The Silent Shore" or "Frontier" were released. Since then more than 16 years passed, but of course "Arcana" is wrapped by his distinctive signature sound design developed over his extensive recording career. For this purpose Relaxed Machinery gang seem to be an appropriate place for publishing this album. Released in the middle of April 2014, the album is packaged in eye-catching digipak with stunningly ambiguous cover and inside images taken from a painting by Victoria Bearden and design by rM companion Steve Brand. Mastering by Nev Walker. And on the top of that "Arcana" comes as a glassmastered CD. Wow, that's a full package, definitely a collector's dream!!!

The opening piece, "Liminal Worlds", unfolds with helically reverberating sounds, strongly mesmerizing, punctiliously amalgamated with wistful washes, heavenly choir-like drones and assorted gently tinkling subtleties. Hauntingly nuanced throughout, this is a grand master introduction of Robert Scott Thompson's infinite virtuosity!!! Shorter "Imagination Is Memory" continues on highly distinctive path with gorgeously cascading texture, masterfully melting warmly soothing passages of velvety strings and gentle washes with suddenly piercing crescendos. Organic cacophony announces nearly 10-minute "Night Has A Thousand Eyes", which swiftly blossoms into blissfully expansive panoramas, utterly gracious and balmy guarded above by flickering rumbles. Rattling rustle fragments sneak in as well and are as much tranquil. Dive deeply into this nocturnal paradise with your headphones on, because this composition reveals all the magic of Robert Scott Thompson's soulful soundsculpting. An Ambient Hall of Fame listening experience awaits!!! And unforgettable "Cloud Fragments" are reawaken once more... "Arcana", the title track and the longest one, clocking to nearly 12 minutes, keeps on soothingly embracing paths taken by its predecessor. Gracefully floating and quietly undulating through spaciously symphonious sceneries. And even if fragilely swirling embellishments evolve in the last third into few sharper outbursts, the overall feel is still strongly harmonious and melodiously captivating. On "Unwoven" humming wind surrounds some sparse piano notes merged with minimal, but transcendentally cacophonous patterns. "Epoché" quickly returns to more euphonious terrains with ebbing serenities unveiling truly enchanting nostalgic reminiscences. Vague apparitional gradations emerge irregularly in the distance and add peculiarly mysterious touch to this outstanding composition. Bravo!!! "Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight" attracts immediately with larger dose of abrasively ear-tickling percussive sounds intermingled with other ominously tense fragments and vigorously counterpointed with dramatically traversing cinematic layers. Additional credit for stunning percussion performance goes to Robert Scott Thompson's colleague Stuart Gerber, who is Associate Professor of Percussion at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Wow, this is a truly colorful sonic escapade, strangely disturbing throughout, but at the same time uniquely gorgeous!!! Yes, this contrasting layering might be easily applied as one of the Robert's most trademarking earmarks, wealthily exhibited also on "Arcana". "In Situ" returns to more sublime terrains, although strongly encircling, and again meticulously enhanced by well-hidden, but immense reverberations, quickly unfolding and appearing in massive tides. "Waning In The Glow Of Unknowns" is fronted by expressive, exotically scented string-like sounds arising from tranquil sadness reflected in the water of lush swampland. A very nice, soothingly deliberate conclusion.

Audible insignias of Robert Scott Thompson are all over this highly polished album, so immerse deeply into "Arcana" and let his highly distinguishing soundsculpting reveal all its magic on you. Certainly one of the highlights of 2014 and an exuberantly glowing addition to the growing roster of Relaxed Machinery artists. And by the way, if you prefer digital version of "Arcana", then you can count on extra 45-minutes long version featuring 3 exclusive bonus tracks (including nearly 30-minute ambientscape "Zero Point Field"), recorded during the making of this album. "Arcana" is an all-inclusive aural and visual delight supplied by one of the undisputed creative geniuses of the genre!!!

Richard Gürtler (Sep 13, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)