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Erik W°llo and Byron Metcalf "Earth Luminous" CD

Two virtuosos, Norwegian ambient guitar ace Erik W°llo and American aural curandero Byron Metcalf, join their forces for a truly essential splendor entitled "Earth Luminous". Out on Projekt since the end of April 2016, 4-panel digipak is graced by an aerial delight photographed by Ian Dutton (a husband of Shea Hovey, Projekt's maven) from his cockpit, while Sam Rosenthal did the graphic design. Erik W°llo is credited also for mixing and mastering.

Nearly 9-minute "Days Of Magic" is ignited by ear-tickling crystalline tinkles and bubbles, which are precisely bridged with Erik W°llo's heartwarmingly embracing washes, while Byron Metcalf soon reveals his gossamery fragranced udu and drum brilliance. Erik's velvety string subtleties clandestinely join the stage as well. A pure aural bliss awaits here and no matter if with your headphones on or through your speakers. This is an ultimate showcase of two phenomenal musicians exquisitely merging their spirited signatures, more please, gentlemen!!! And this spectacle obviously continues with "Light And Ground", when cyber-tech infused arrangements are exquisitely amalgamated with mesmerizing shaker medicine, vibrantly galloping tribal drums and vigorously infectious udu, while gladdening panoptic meanders are guarding above reinforced here and there by intangible glossolalias and organic signals. Abundantly flavored masterpiece!!! "Far Wandered" is as much propelled by the passion and the poignancy of both protagonists as its predecessor. Byron's hyper active and intensely hypnotic drums (frame and ceremonial) and shakers are meticulously juxtaposed by Erik's headlining Berlin School pulses and grippingly longing solitudes. Soul stirring elixir is served here in a large dose! "Valley Of Spheres" calms down the journey with a potpourri of translucent bleeps, udu and drum quietudes and evocative blankets, revealing charming laid-back downtempos. Beauty!!! "Distant Future" dives into more meditative terrains, driven by languid drumming accompanied by slightly cacophonous traceries, before inconspicuously transmuting through gently stringed tension into captivatingly nanced panoramic sceneries. "Diomedea" returns to vivaciously sublime, euphorically infused and spellbindingly celestial paths, while the next piece, the title composition "Earth Luminous" straightly shifts into sparklingly exuberant zones, masterfully navigated by Erik's cyber-biotic horizons counterpointed by shimmering strings and Byron's passionate drum wizardry. Auxiliary scenic meridians join this dazzlingly invigorating splectacle along with shamanic shaker opiates. A truly triumphant ethereal-cyber-trance-tribal magnificence displaying superiorly distinctive, yet impeccably commingled hallmarks of two like-minded and hugely experienced maestros. Certainly one of the album's ultimate pinnacles!!! The closing, 5-plus minutes long "Linked Stars" (all other tracks are clocking roughly between 7 and 9 minutes), is the only composition recorded live in the studio (at Byron's The Lair in September 2015). Poignantly evocative stringed tinkles bridged with enfolding curtains and contemplative bowls clandestinely metamorphose into gorgeously expansive and utterly engrossing serenities, gliding towards eternally sequestered rainy stillness. Exhaustively immersing outro!!!

In a nutshell, over 63-minute "Earth Luminous" is a fully blooming sonic palette loaded with two exceptionally gifted musicianships and superb sound quality delivers a truly rewarding listening experience. "Earth Luminous" is undoubtedly a milestone and one of the highlights of 2016 indeed, bravo, Erik and Byron!!! But be prepared for more, because only 5 months later after this collaboration Byron Metcalf has released his another opus entitled "Inner Rhythm Meditations" featuring lushly vital contributions by Erik W°llo and Peter Phippen. And since March 2017 we glorify another Projekt's release, this time Erik W°llo's monumental "Different Spaces" 2CD. Explore, enjoy and celebrate all these sonic gifts!!!

Richard GŘrtler (Apr 15, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Castleview on April 15, 2017, 06:08:14 PM »
3 Seconds Of Air - The Flight of Song

I've been having this on CD for at least a few years. Definitely a classic ambient guitar album. I like it more than most of the guitar albums Dirk Serries did after this. The Bandcamp version has a couple of extra tracks that I don't have on my copy:

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / A Moment Disappeared
« Last post by diatonis on April 15, 2017, 03:51:28 PM »
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on April 15, 2017, 06:59:44 AM »
And while Im at it, here's my eurorack system now......consolidated to about half of its former size.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on April 15, 2017, 06:37:30 AM »
So interesting modules coming soon or currently available....

The original MT module is some 7 years old and this new design is available this coming September, possibly the king of wavetables with many created by Robert Rich.  Not sure if the screen has functions beyond eye candy.  Can import your own wavetables.

Remember the E-MU Morpheus Z Plane Synth.....the famous filter inside that is now reborn in eurorack format!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on April 15, 2017, 06:09:23 AM »
This thread has been asleep a while.....time to wake up.

The Bitbox is a 24bit 48k stereo sampler for eurorack. You can record 16 track / loops from your modular and then have them triggered as you please, by contact on the touch sensitive screen or by cv triggers and gates. 16 independent sonic events.  Also as a sample playback of externally recorded material to be processed by the modular.

Its like having a DAW within your modular system.  It can also export via the micro sd card into Ableton Live and open as a ready to go session.

For live performance its potential is huge. 

I have had the Bitbox for a short time but I am very excited to be able to extend a modular patch into many sonic events simultaneously. Create a massive piece of music without having to commit anything to disk until performance ready.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Quad Corner
« Last post by Scott M2 on April 14, 2017, 04:39:31 PM »
There's an excellent deal available for Gentle Giant's "Octopus" album for $11 now at

This has an outstanding new surround mix by Steve Wilson (of Porcupine Tree). Steve Wilson's name will come up regularly in this thread as he has been remixing a truly significant amount of classic prog albums by King Crimson, Yes, ELP and this gem by Gentle Giant. The sound is full and the instruments and vocals are clear and exciting. If you have an appreciation or interest in Gentle Giant and a surround system with a blu-ray player, this is a great place to start.

(Please note - I just edited this post to correct the link - which had pointed to the CD version instead of the Blu Ray.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / A new soft synth worth looking at.
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on April 14, 2017, 05:28:10 AM »

Spitfire Audio are one of the premier sample library developers today and are in heavy use in film scoring around the world.  They have come up with this new soft synth in conjunction with trance producer/ film composer BT.


Here's a walk through demonstrating the synth.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by thirdsystem on April 14, 2017, 04:03:45 AM »

Jonn Serrie - The Sentinel

Had this disc for 3 weeks and it has been on constantly. Absolutely stunning space ambient. Beautiful, drifting, always interesting. This will be my release of 2017 I just cannot see it being bettered. One of my alll time favourite ambient releases, it is actually a masterpiece.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« Last post by Castleview on April 13, 2017, 07:50:44 PM »
Managed to try it for a bit this evening and it's definitely got a cleaner sound to it than my Nanoverb. Doesn't create super long decays but I've got other ones I can use for that. I like it so far.
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