Landschaft News

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24 May 2020: Nostalgia and Concerto No 1 both published on Bandcamp today.

15 May 2020: Indistinct Borders published on Bandcamp today.

03 May 2020: After a ten year hiatus Landschaft is back. I have placed The Dark Seasons Triptych on my new Bandcamp presence and other back catalogue will follow.

Landschaft Manifesto

Landschaft is my attempt at positioning my artistic output within the confusing array of sub-genres that comprise “Ambient” music. I have fourteen albums of music to do that. I am comfortable with the bland generic term “Ambient”, but less so with some of the sub-genres. My music is I think a soundtrack to time passed by.

Landschaft is about re-discovery, re-birth, resurgence. That marvellous Latin word Resurgam; “I shall rise again”. It is about probing moods evoked by remembrance and experience. About old maps and photographs; rediscovered histories. It is about distilling those mood feelings down, adding in one’s own perceptions to generate a synergy of the two: one’s own experience added to one’s perception of history, both of which add up to nostalgia. The ode to joy or the prayer to the souls of the departed. Music, perhaps, of all of the arts is the medium best placed to achieve this through modulation of key and tempo.

The found sounds and whimsy of Colleen and the slowed down orchestras of Stars of the Lid are spiritually close to what I am trying to achieve.

Indistinct Borders (landschaft 001)

31 May 2003: Indistinct Borders, the first Landschaft tone sculpture released. A collection of Satie-esque piano reflections interspersed with low key electronic works. The mood is dark green.

I drew inspiration for this work (and the whole Landschaft project) from Chronicals of Lake Narocz by Mieczyslaw Lisiewicz. I found a rare copy of this long out of print work in the sencond-hand book market on London's South Bank in the early 1990s.

From recollections of the lost and waning cultures of central and northern Europe and by my collection of pre-WWII contemporary photographic travelogues, I was taken to create these mood pieces, and sometime along the way the verse piece below.

Indistinct Borders. Histories are forgotten and maps are burned...and in the Borders, no one remembers, and within a generation, all that remains is dust.

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Karelia Cycle (landschaft 002)

31 December 2006: Shot with splashes of sunlight glimpsed through trees.

Nostalgia (landschaft 003)

31 January 2008: Most of the pieces are minimal piano meditations with subtle ambience counterpointing the main themes. This album is something of a personal journey. The cover photograph was taken by my father in 1947 in Singapore. The mood is orange fire and gold leaf.

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This was my first commercial release through netlabel Atmoworks (now defunct?).

Concerto No 1 for violin; "Landsor" (landschaft 004)

09 March 2007: Inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe short story, "Landsor's Cottage", this is a piece in the signature dark-pastoral Landschaft compositional style. If anyone is looking for a visual reference, 'Early Morning', a work from 1825 by Samuel Palmer, contemporaneous with and entirely in synchrony with the mood Poe creates in "Landsor".

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Tone Poem for Hidden Places Viewed from a Train (landschaft 005)

21 June 2007: a canonical/fugal piece of rotating cycles in the dronology sub-genre. Dark, mesmeric, uplifting.

Jute (landschaft 006)

19 August 2007: "Jute". I was playing around with some out-takes from my "Nostalgia" sessions, overlaying the same piece of music and staggering the start of the layers emulating a canon or round and it took on a form of its own, the whole greater than the sum of the parts. 48 hours from inception to completion, a wonderful happy accident. It sits in the same sonic space as Eno's Apollo and the Cliff Martinez Solaris soundtrack. I made a limited edition of the album in a hand made cover, in jute cloth. Listening again 13 years later, I'm still fond of this piece.

and now the trembling light (landschaft 007)

17 October 2007: “and now the trembling light”: Cascades and glissandos, slowed-down church organs, a shimmering harmonic tension holds the listener in it’s thrall; an epic in two parts in a vast reverbarent space. Inspired by a wonderful pastoral verse by Samual Palmer, “Shoreham: Twilight Time”.

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Silence (landschaft 008)

16 November 2007: "Silence" A double album in two parts. Dark-ambient drone.

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The True Path (landschaft 009)

16 November 2007: "The True Path", my most challenging work to date. Two vast slabs of sound each around an hour long...

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Dark Ambient Sampler (landschaft 010)

various dates: a promotional EP that I use as a calling card. Not for sale.

Beginning of the New Winter (landschaft 011)

18 November 2008. Beginning of the New Winter - the second work in the Dark Seasons triptych. A return to my more composed style, flowing out of a series of quickly rendered improvisations. Sketches for the month of October. Pastoral in theme, canonical in style, an album I enjoyed making. First work in the Dark Seasons tryptych.

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Walpurgisnacht (landschaft 012)

29 March 2009. Walpurgisnacht - the second work in the Dark Seasons triptych. Walpurgisnacht being the close of the old winter; the witches night, St Walpurga’s night. A festival of such potency that Christians, pagans and Satanists lay claim to it across the breadth of Northern Europe. It is the festival marking the transition from winter to spring; 30 April/1 May.

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Zamek (landschaft 013)

11 November 2009. Third work in the Dark Seasons triptych.

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The Dark Seasons Triptych (landschaft 014)

25 January 2010. Beginning of the New Winter, Walpurgisnacht and Zamek, "The Dark Seasons Triptych". A remake, remodel of the three works.

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Conquered City: Concerto No 2 for Piano, Violin and String Orchestra (landschaft 015)

01 May 2010. My second concerto work, one epic piece of high drama.

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