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CD release: Matt Borghi - December Impressions
« on: August 18, 2008, 04:17:46 PM »
Artist: Matt Borghi
Title: December Impressions
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)


2008. We here at Hypnos have long enjoyed Matt Borghi's subtle atmospheric ambient music, and believed it
deserved more attention. Many of Matt's CDs are out of print, and  we've agreed to re-issue a series of our
favorite recordings on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint. Simple, restrained, and artful, these recordings
deserve to remain in print, and we hope these reissues will  help introduce more of today's ambient music
listeners to the work of this important artist.Following our release of Huronic Minor a few months back,
here we announce the second part of our Borghi reissue series, December Impressions

December Impressions was conceived, and recorded during the spring of 2001. This is a dark, cold, and steely recording that borders
more on tone poem than full LP release. The tracks are named as sequences, representing parts of the same whole, and a cohesive linear
listen rather than a variety of separate tracks of the same mood. With this release there was an attempt to represent the cold Michigan
winters, or at least the sound of the Michigan landscape during the dark winter m onths. While this recording is truly ambient, and
contemplative in nature it's also quite gritty and cold. This doesn't have the warm, lush synth pad chordings that many ambient recordings
are known for. Comparisons for this recording are difficult becuase there's not a whole lot out there that sounds like it, but comparisons
to Robert Rich, VidnaObmana, Alio Die, and Zoviet France might be appropriate.
*Additional Composer's Note - December Impressions came to be in a weird compositional period. This recording used, as it's source, a
handful of pieces composed a few months earlier when I was working on Elegy for Time. Once I developed these guitar pieces I then
dabbled with composing for frequencies alone. I focused on using low-end frequencies between 100 and 500hz, and I focused on
high-end frequencies from 1Khz - 12Khz. This recording truly embodied the conceptual process of painting with frequencies. I organized
the frequencies wholly on how they worked with regard to creating a steely, icy mood of a Michigan December landscape, even though,
this work was actually being composed in the early spring. December Impressions eventually turned into a stark, and cold kind of ambient
soundtrack. I like the direction that this recording took, but after it's completion I had satisfied my experiments with 'frequency painting'.

Track listing (with MP3 sample clips):
1. Part I  - MP3:
2. Part II
3. Part III 
4. Part IV
5. Part V   - MP3:   
6. Part VI 
7. Part VII
8. Part VIII
9. Part IX
10. Part X
11. Part XI   - MP3:


"Somber-but-sweet tonal washes are smeared across the vast, cold soundscenery of December
Impressions. With one near-silent exception, Matt Borghi's "sequences" hover in a surreal state
of shapeless beauty against slate-colored skies."
--Reviewed by the AmbiEntrance

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