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stephen parsick: cambrium (vcs-3 & arp 2600)
« on: September 08, 2009, 04:53:53 AM »
Hi all,

I´m very delighted to announce the release of my new official solo album which will be made available on 1st October, 2009.

The music was recorded live in concert on 29th May, 2009, at the annual "Nacht der Klänge" (night of sounds) held at Bielefeld University. It was a three-hour concert performed in front of an audience of roughly 500 spectators in a completely black room.

The main difference from the first issue of "cambrium" is that I not only used an ARP 2600 for creating all the electronic sounds but I also added an EMS VCS-3 to the timbral scope in order to populate an acoustic environment of 500 million years ago. You can say that the ARP was used for all the pitched stuff while the EMS allowed me to do extensive live electronic improvisations and live looping which is all the abstract soundscaping in the background.

You can of course order your personal copy directly through me by sending an email to stephen at parsick dot com (no forum PMs, please!), or -- if you don´t want to order it blindly -- you can wait until some distributors have made audio snippets available online to listen to it first. Please don´t expect me to answer to your email between 11th September and 27th September as I will be away for a while.

Thanks for reading,

Stephen.
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Re: stephen parsick: cambrium (vcs-3 & arp 2600)
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2009, 03:30:24 AM »
The album is now available and can be ordered directly through me. Prices (with shipping, Paypal, and handling included) are as follows:

Germany: 16 Euro (bitte kein Paypal, nur normale Überweisungen)
Europe: 17 Euro
Worldwide: 18 Euro

If you have any questions, please feel free to get back to me.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Thanks,

Stephen.
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Re: stephen parsick: cambrium (vcs-3 & arp 2600)
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2009, 04:29:15 AM »
Matt Howarth kindly reviewed the download version of "cambrium" on his soniccuriosity website (thanks, Matt!):

"STEPHEN PARSICK: Cambrium: Music for Protozoa (DDL on Parsick Music)

This release from 2009 offers 79 minutes of cerebral electronic music recorded live at Bochum Planetarium, Germany, on December 13, 2008.

The astral textures employed in this music are designed to create the impression of the audience’s displacement in time, transporting the listeners back through prehistoric ages where they are exposed to hordes of blooping diodes marking the evolution of micro-organisms.

The atmospherics possess an eerie, vaporous demeanor. While maintaining a constant presence throughout the concert, these cosmic airs undergo substantial evolution of their own, swelling to evoke celestial importance and focusing to draw attention to microscopic events.

The bloopings are all generated by an Arp synthesizer, lending the strangeness an earthy character. These sounds are entrancing in their vivacious diversity. They run the gamut from staccato gurglings to undulant stellar winds.

Rhythmics evolve from the sinuous arrangement adopted by the blooping noises. As the music progresses, these pulsating tempos achieve a lavish series of helixes that produces engaging melodies as they swim through the gaseous tonal foundation.

One is witness to the genesis of basic life-forms. Amino acids coalesce and form bonds with each other, producing single-celled organisms that gradually mutate and develop methods to refuel themselves. Habits are gestated, simplistic though they are, bewitching nonetheless in their awesome implications.

Wandering from ambient passages to outbursts of electronic activity, this tuneage is a moving experience.

According to the liner notes, this music was inspired by Parsick’s fascination with an “earth time scale” encountered in Bielefeld’s Arboretum."

Thanks for reading,

Stephen.
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Re: stephen parsick: cambrium (vcs-3 & arp 2600)
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2009, 09:55:49 AM »
I was at that gig :)

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Re: stephen parsick: cambrium (vcs-3 & arp 2600)
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009, 09:44:50 AM »
Another review, written and translated into English by Sylvain Lupari (merci beaucoup, Sylvain!):

"The least we can say is that Stephen Parsick is in a shady period where the atonal forms of a tetanized music seem to be far from its conceptual priorities. In the same stride as Debris, although less heavy and more atmospheric, Cambrium - Music For Protozoa is a more psychedelic than structured musical journey, depicting the microscopic universe which surrounds us on atonal movements mixed to heavy and full of life musical structures of a reverberant life. Recorded in concert on May 29th, 2009 at the University of Bielefeld for the annual night of sounds, this last realization of the German synthesist is a sound reflection of an effervescent microbiological world. A surprising musical journey where the microscopic life bubbles towards ARP 2600 and VCS-3, synths known for their warm tones to facets as astral as hallucinogenic.

Emerging softly from meanders of a boiling life of metaphoric streaks, Proterozoikum floats in a spectral universe where choirs and caustic breaths flavor a micro organic life of strange luminous parasites who tie themselves to knot as sound jellyfishes. Strange laughter of ash blond witches emanate from this context where subjacent life reigns with color palettes proper to Stephen Parsick. The first stammerings of a world out of control appear on DNA Sequence opening. Spasmodic sequences which collide in a strange merged ballet to dance in a dislocated way such as marionettes that we imagine to be germs, or enzymes, which converge on some point of entry.

An abstracted dance for a microbiological world which spreads its tones among structures so ambient, atonal and atmospheric as we hear on Ekectric Soup Kitchen, Amoeba, Medusa and Radiolaria and lively structures animated by sequential pulsating rhythm as on Tribolite who dances under somber stratas by an arrhythmic flow and the title track which merges on heavy reverberations, while the heaviness’s and the reverberates roundness’s of Urge to Live are similar to the sound vividness of the last Ramp; Debris.

Cerebral journey, abstract or sound exploration of an underlying life, Cambrium - Music For Protozoa presents us a Stephen Parsick in great shape who brings us where he wants to, either to the borders of a spiritual journey where the stellar merges marvelously to a sonorous world that only Parsick can define with a multitude of organic tones which can easily survive in both worlds.



Sylvain Lupari (Phaedream) from Guts Of Darkness

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Re: stephen parsick: cambrium (vcs-3 & arp 2600)
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2010, 05:33:38 AM »
Here´s a lovely review, written by Phil Derby/www.electroambientspace.com (thanks, Phil!):

"Stephen Parsick “Cambrium: Music for Protozoa”

(CD 2009)

10 tracks, 67.45 mins

Fans of Lustmord’s Where the Black Stars Hang should immediately seek out Stephen Parsick’s Cambrium: Music for Protozoa. Continuing on his quest for the ultimate “doombient” sound, Parsick delves ever deeper into the dark crevasses. “Proterozoikum” jumps right into the blackness, a swirling vortex of emptiness put to sound. This would be the perfect soundtrack to a bleak sci-fi film. This is hardcore dark ambient and white noise, with normal musical conventions conspicuously absent. “DNA Sequence” bubbles and churns with a bit more brightness as punchy percussion lends just a touch of electronica to the mix. Back to the stuff of nightmares we go with “Electric Soup Kitchen,” dark and dank. Song titles like “Primordial Glurp”, “Trilobite”, and “Amoeba” aptly portray the primitive yet futuristic sound. I prefer the ones with just a bit of structure to hang onto, like the momentum-building pulsations of “Trilotbite” and the restless electronic buzzing undercurrent of the title track and “Urge to Live.” The latter reminds me a lot of the dark, industrial take on Berlin school that Redshift created on Down Time. If you like dark, organic ambient from Robert Rich or Steve Roach, you will love Cambrium."

 

© 2010 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space

If you want to order your copy locally, you might try and ask Archie Patterson over at Eurock whether he has got some copies left.

Cheers,

Stephen.

 
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Re: stephen parsick: cambrium (vcs-3 & arp 2600)
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2010, 09:49:54 PM »
Received this in mail today along with Debris (thanks Stephen!) and just listened to both.  Electroambient Space named Debris best of 2009--it is very good but Cambrium really is fantastic and I prefer it over Debris.  It is more rhythmic than what I was expecting and is not far away from the ramp sound.  I guess from some reviews I expected a beatless, floaty (well, it IS floaty), Lustmord meets Robert Rich type of dronefest, which it isn't, although yes it has lots of glurpy organic soundscapes like those artists. HIGHLY recommend this one to all here!!

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Re: stephen parsick: cambrium (vcs-3 & arp 2600)
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2010, 01:47:29 PM »
Thanks for all the postive response, btw :). Much appreciated!

Bob Rusche who runs the weekly radioshow X-Rated on KINKFM chose "cambrium" as his personal favourite of 2009, here´s his review (hartelijk bedankt daarvoor, Bob!):

Stephen Parsick – Cambrium; Music For Protozoa

Stephen Parsick is a busy man. Apart from his solo career he is also a member of [‘ramp]. Debuting in 1998 (as RAMP) with Nodular (444 Oscillators) on Manikin Records they obtained themselves a place between the so called Berliner Schule (Berlin School) sound. Cosmic space sounds with sequencers , a bit like the old Tangerine Dream. Together with Frank Makowski [‘ramp] made a couple of excellent albums where one could hear the evolution to a more and more darker sound, and the invention of the term Doombient. Makowski and Parsick split up, and Parsick took the name [‘ramp] with him.

Solo became Parsick more active and produced a string of cd’s and cdr’s. One of these solo albums was Hoellenengel, which in sound was some sort of combination between Vangelis and Lustmord. The cdr’s were all deep and dark ambient, or doombient…..and most in a limited edition of just 25 copies.

And now 2 new cd’s saw the light of day, one new [‘ramp] (Debris) and a new solo disc called Cambrium; Music For Protozoa. I picked the solo album for this review, but the fact remains that both albums are the work of Stephen solo. And this work is amazing. On Cambrium you will experience a journey through dark space. Actually it’s a nice combination of the old [‘ramp] and the newer dark sound. And we are talking analogue here: the ARP 2600 synthesizers and sequencers, the Putney synth, various analogue processors, and some digital sampling systems. Occasionally the sound of a delicious sequencer , but it’s too dark and too slow to be Berlin School. It’s the combination between these both worlds that makes it all so exciting here.  Where most dark ambient acts make music from graves is this music from space and makes it one of the best electronic albums of the past year.
 
Every electronics and space lover should have this album, this is space music as it should be; doombient. And mark the words in the booklet: Thanks for buying this album and even bigger thanks for not uploading it illegally on the internet. It can be obtained by sending Stephen an email through the website. You won’t regret it…

www.parsick.com

Thanks for reading,

Stephen.


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Re: stephen parsick: cambrium (vcs-3 & arp 2600)
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2010, 04:10:58 AM »
Hi all,

here´s a review written by Matt Howarth of Sonic Curiosity:STEPHEN PARSICK: Cambrium (Music for Protozoa) (CD on Parsick Music)

This CD from 2009 offers 68 minutes of dark ambient electronic music.

Parsick's goal with this music is to approximate a soundtrack for a primeval environment in which protozoa evolve into more complex lifeforms, exemplified by the manner in which the auralscape progresses from minimal to substantial. In this regard, the result is highly engaging.

Ethereal textures rise into play, already tinged with haunting timbre that evokes a prehistoric landscape. Auxiliary tones flitter through the mix, embellishing the auralscape into an environmental scope. The wind cascading through volcanic rock formations. Pools of slimy water shimmering under moonlight. A paranormal drone wafting on the breeze, conveying the presence of evolutionary impetus waiting to occur.

Blooping electronics lend agitation to the flow, introducing hints of rhythmic pittering to the sonic environs. Tonal winds creep through these tempos, generating a sense of movement, as if the rhythms are a palpable cloud traveling across the wasteland. Gradually, a melodic demeanor emerges from the harmonic climate, but its duration is fleeting, eventually swallowed by the electronic tempest until it surfaces again later on. This surge and recession plays a crucial role in the music's overall structure.

As much as an evolutionary process is approximated by this tuneage, the music also achieves a distinct semblance of spatial motion. The listener is carried along for the growth and change, not just as a witness but becoming a participant, although this participation occurs purely on a psychic level.

Shorn of all these scientific metaphors, the music is darkly ambient but with a seething understated intensity that threatens to burst forth at every second. Tones and waves mesh to establish a streaming tension that is enhanced by the blooping tempos. Moody passages escalate into pulsating pinnacles of sober delight.

The music on this release (performed live on May 29, 2009, during the annual "nacht der klange" at Bielefeld University in Germany) is a revised version of music found on the Cambrium download-only release from 2008. The differences are multifold, running the gamut from a different performance to the inclusion of an EMS VCS-3 mk.1 synthesizer (aka "the putney") for the 2009 concert. Interested parties can read the review of the previous release here.

Thanks for reading,

Stephen.


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Re: stephen parsick: cambrium (vcs-3 & arp 2600)
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2011, 02:27:11 AM »
Hi all,

I thought I should upload some excerpts from the album over at soundcloud for all those who still are a bit put off by the somewhat academic title of the album:

http://soundcloud.com/doombient-music/cambrium-excerpts

And while you´re at it, listening to weird electronica, don´t forget to check out the demo of the Triadex Muse sequencer / tone generator I´ve created.

Enjoy (or not),

Stephen.





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