Indistinct Borders: detailed background notes to the compositions


Release date: 31 December 2006

Format: CDR album in a Super Jewel Case. Cover, disc artwork and typography by Landschaft. Issued as a limited edition with hand printed Japanses paper cover. The release is now presented with an inkjet printed version of the same.

Each piece explained

The mood is dark green, shot with splashes of sunlight glimpsed through trees.

Title piece, Karelia is a 35 minute monophonic tone, the sounds drifting organically, with simple response to the monophone's call was then etched into the soundscape. The piece draws inspiration from the boundless forest wastes of Karelia, and explores moods where Sibelius feared to tread...

Partner piece, Narocz is a wash of marching pebbles across a forgotten shoreline. Inspired by a long out of print autobiographical travelogue "Chronicles of Lake Narocz" by Polish author Mieczyslaw Lisiewicz. Throughout the book Lisiewicz paints a an astonishing portrait of Lake Narocz, now in Belarussia, then part of pre-WWI Poland, the national borders have been drawn and redrawn after each World War. The author holidays at what was between the wars was a holiday resort. Less than 10 years previously the lake was engulfed by the Lake Naroch Offensive, an ultimately failed Russian tactical bettle. The hostilities left the landscape and lake bed strewn with the detritous of war. The book presents a pre-Ballardian view of this transformed landscape. I have placed a full transcript of the book to read in my History section.

Karelia album reviews

Respected Electronica artist, Mark Tamea provides this review on 4 October 2007. Explore Mark Tamea's work at and I am indebted to Mark for this review.

Karelia is an album composed of two parts, the title track itself, and a second companion piece, Narocz.

.Karelia is a drone-based journey. A slowly ebbing, slightly foreboding but yet compellingly inviting tone undulates as if an audible representation of a gravity wave. This tone is constructed from deep, yet empty space, and is the medium which supports the further activities unfolding within this framework.

Cold strands of channeled harmonic threads are piped out into this vacuum, ringing out as if the remnants of signals broadcasted from a long extinct source. The sound is magnitudinally empty, as all good universes should be, and gives the distinct impression of incomprehensible cosmic distances.

My mind references side one of Eno's Apollo (for those of us with vinyl copies...), but then Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey comes along and just kicks that out... This is edgy work, slightly scary, stringing me along by my own curious intrigue, leading my imagination across the blackness because I need to know whats out there. Play this in your own comfortable darkness.

Narocz is perhaps the sound of arrival. Here the drones are replaced by softly shimmering metallic cascades, supported by waves from a warm glossy sheened wind. It's an auditory lifeform, and the seductive sound that it emits begins to draw me further into its belly. I'm slowly being swallowed into a swamp of alien chatter, enveloped, assimilated, perhaps digested, but with full consent. It feels too good to try and back out.