Landschaft News

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17 July 2021: Beginning of the New Winter re-mastered and published on Bandcamp today.

16 July 2021: and now the trembling light - re-mixed with an extra track published on Bandcamp today.

14 July 2021: NEW City published on Bandcamp today.

05 July 2021: NEW Klangfarbenmelodie published on Bandcamp today.

28 June 2021: NEW Land published on Bandcamp today.

19 February 2021: '38th Parallel' major milestone achieved - edited down some 900 minutes of recordings (made in the mid 1980s) down to two hour compilation. Next step publish. See link on the left.

Landschaft Manifesto

Landschaft is a soundscape rather than a confinement within the term 'music'. A positioning of my artistic output within the array of sub-genres that comprise “Ambient” music. Landschaft is this website and my evolving interpretation of what interests me. It is I suppose, a poem to time passed by.

Landschaft is about exploring moods evoked by remembrance and experience. Old maps and photographs; rediscovered histories. Distilling and translating mood feelings, that synergy a summation to nostalgia. The ode to joy or the prayer to the souls of the departed. Sound, of all media of expression is perhaps best placed to achieve this. Sound like history is temporal, a movement of one state to another; it is non-representational in the purest sense, but is loaded with association and so carries with it meaning and feeling.

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.

20 December 2020: Re-mixed and re-released with additional long format piece 'Aurora'.

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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 original album in a hand-made cover, in jute cloth.

Listening again in 2020, 13 years later, I found I could add to this work, one of my favourites. I have added 4 new pieces and some subtle laying to the original Jute suite, publishing the complete work on Bandcamp on 07 January 2021.

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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”. Re-mixed and including an extra track from the original session. Published on Bandcamp 16 July 2021.

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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. Remastered and published on Bandcamp 17 July 2021.

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Walpurgisnacht (landschaft 012)

Original release 29 March 2009, re-mastered 13 July 2021. 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.

07 January 2021. Undergoing substantial re-work.

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Ghost Images of Forgotten Skyscrapers (landschaft 016)

05 August 2020. A re-imaging of my foundation work, written in 1984.

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On Cloud Hill (landschaft 017)

12 December 2020. The first in my new series of works inspired by English history and landscape. Cloud Hill, Sandiacre, on the Nottinghamshire Derbyshire border, a market town surviving the vicissitudes of history and wedged in the crook of canal, railway, motorway and soon HS2.

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Land (landschaft 018)

28 June 2021. The second in my English series. Seven shorter works exploring the relationship between landscape and artist.

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Klangfarbenmelodie (landschaft 019)

05 July 2021. Deep drone. Evolving tone colours. Exploration of the concept of klangfarbenmelodie in four long format works.

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City (landschaft 020)

14 July 2021. A Keith Jarrett 'Spheres' like work in two parts. church organ drone, live improvisation with post production overlayers.

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sogetsu #1 (landschaft 021)

21 July 2021. An archive work from 2007 rediscovered in my archive. Six long format minimal, reflective works.

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Mediolanum (landschaft 022)

01 October 2021. My interpretation of Celtic land patterns. Mediolanum 'middle of the plain'. Whitchurch, the English Mediolanum stands on the meridian that runs the length of Britain. These pieces reflect the lines of radiance from that Delphic centre defined by solstice and Pythagorean geometric systems.

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