This week we’ve done some price slashes on a selection of our DIN items, which will be good through March 10th or while supplies last!
Surface 10 – In Vitro Tide –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
Surface 10 is nothing less than a pulsing, reckless tour de force of spiky, punchy beats welded and fused with white noise, grunge guitar, dislocated voices and a swaggering disregard for somnolent sine wave culture that permeates much of todays Electronica. With a glistening, extrovert production, the album is a cavalcade of ideas which fly off like sparks. The dense layers of texture are frequently parted to reveal astonishing knots of wry melody lurking deep beneath the surface of the album. Each track slides from one oeuvre to another in a dazzling, almost precocious attention to detail which offers much in the way of rewards for repeated listening. -din.org.uk
Subsonic Experience – Praposition –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
The music was all played live, between cigarette breaks and with coffee stained equipment (mostly cheap synths and abandoned floor effects pedals). Most notably there is Thorsten´s amazing synth organ work. His wonderful lead lines and colourful organ clusters can be found on all tracks of the album. Bernhard’s duties on the other hand levitated toward keeping the sequencers running, generating endless variations of tones and textures in real time. Recorded with very basic means, but mixed and mastered using state-of-the-art technology, this album is the perfect amalgamation of musicianship with a traditionalists feel for early EM, and modern production techniques. The material from the recording session was edited and mixed by DiN founder Ian Boddy and mastered by Krautrock specialist and mastering guru Eroc. -din.org.uk
Ian Boddy & Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Moire –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
One of the aims of the DiN label was to act as a community of artists who could interact and colloborate in different ways. DiN 18 is a perfect example of this with label founder Ian Boddy forming a new creative partnership with Bernhard Wöstheinrich. DiN afficionadas will recognise the latters previous involvement as both one half of Centrozoon on DiN 6 – Blast and also Subsonic Experience on DiN 13 – Praposition. Furthermore Wöstheinrich, a trained graphic designer, has also been instrumental in the sense of design style that permeates the DiN artwork since DiN 10.
However the collaborative mesh involved in the creation of Moiré has further layers in that Markus Reuter, long time Boddy colloborator & musical partner to Wöstheinrich in Centrozoon was also heavily involved in the early editing of the pieces as well as guesting on bass on the track “Fractalise”. Indeed the gestation of Moiré has been a long and complex process. Boddy & Wöstheinrich first got together in the DiN studio way back in April 2002 and played a number of improvisations utilising Boddys mastery of his large analogue modular system with Wöstheinrichs quirky & organic approach to drum & arpeggiator patterns. These sessions were then locked in the DiN vault for almost a year until Reuter opened the lid and intuitively edited the performances into a number of arrangements that formed the basis of the tracks on Moiré. The baton was then taken on by Wöstheinrich who, over the summer of 2004, further added to and sculpted the pieces into more refined forms. The final lap was then for Boddy & Wöstheinrich to finalise the arrangements & mix at the DiN studios in December 2004.
The resulting music spread over 10 tracks captures both the detail & complexity of arrangement possible with modern music technology with the spontaneous nature & organic feel of the original improvisations. Sonically it effortlessly ranges from classic analogue sequencer lines to deep, metallic atmospheres through to full on drum & synth work-outs. The majority of the tracks employ organic analogue arpeggiations together with muscular & unusual percussive loops to form the backbone of the music . Ethereal ambient textures provide a suitably surreal counter-balance to the solidity of the rhythmic structure to create a constant sense of flow & change within the compositions.
Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – Lithosphere –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
Lithosphere is the second collaborative release between DiN label boss Ian Boddy & American ambient pioneer Robert Rich. Following on from their debut album “Outpost” (DiN 11 – 2002) the duo once again decided to eschew the false economy of a purely virtual collaboration and convened at Rich’s Californian Soundscape studio to physically work together over an intense period of 10 days. Following Boddy’s departure Rich then honed and fine-tuned the arrangements before finalising the mastering of the project.
Whereas “Outpost” was sonically ‘out there’ and was perceived by many to have it’s heart in the realms of space music, “Lithosphere” has a more earthy, organic quality. Once again the album is centered around Rich’s signature lap steel guitar voicings and deep bass machinations of his analogue MOTM modular system. However Boddy’s input is once again unexpected in it’s direction with astonishing sound design elements intermingling with delicate keyboard textures using high quality sampled glass & stone percussion instruments together with haunting string & woodwind loops.
One of the binding forces for this album was the duos decision to utilise an alternate just intonation tuning. This at times gives the harmonies a piquant flavour whereas at others a glistening quality that just adds to the sonic exotica that Boddy & Rich have concocted on “Lithosphere”.
Boddy has always pushed the aspect of collaborations within his DiN catalogue and “Lithosphere” shows the true advantage such a philosophy brings to bear musically on the labels output. The album is a true reflection of the two artists combined efforts and could only have been produced with their joint work ethic. “Outpost” is one of the most popular DiN albums. There’s every chance that “Lithosphere” could surpass the high standard that it’s illustrious predecessor has set. -din.org.uk
Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – React –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
React is the third collaboration between American ambient pioneer Robert Rich and DiN label boss Ian Boddy. This is a record of their first ever live performance at the Star’s End Radio Show 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Philadelphia in June 2007.
The duo forge a fascinating sonic collaboration that allows for glimpses of each other’s musical personalities to be seen within the evolving musical landscape. Boddy is mainly responsible for the rhythmic content which he mutates and morphs from the sonic input of Rich’s MOTM modular system. There are references to a couple of tracks from Outpost (Ice Fields and The Edge of Nowhere) and the title track of Lithosphere but they’re presented in a more energised and dynamic version. Meanwhile Rich paints a tapestry of sound with muted keyboards, flutes and his trademark gliss lap steel guitar voicing.
The music ebbs and flows from abstract soundscapes through gentle reveries to up tempo sections that combine thunderous analogue bass and glitchy percussion overlain with a mesmerising mix of keyboards, flutes and gliss guitar. A truly unique concert performance by two of the most accomplished musicians in modern ambient electronica. -din.org.uk
Ian Boddy – Slide –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
Slide is the studio album follow-up to Elemental and is the sixteenth full solo CD release by DiN label boss Ian Boddy. Musically it is split between three beautifully expressive legato pieces and six up-tempo tracks which employ Boddy’s trademark inventive rhythms with soaring, expressive synth voices.
Although Boddy has a well known love of vintage analogue synths he’s never made a big deal of whatever gear he’s used on a particular project as it’s always been the music on each release that has governed what audio tools he’s employed. However Slide is dominated by the sound and playing techniques Boddy has coaxed from a new musical instrument he aquired in 2008. This is a modern analogue version of the keyboard employed by the Ondes Martenot (invented in the 1920’s) which utilises a wire and ring pulley system sitting in front of a keyboard via which the player can smoothly glide between notes and create natural vibrato. Furthermore a rocker switch on the left of the keyboard allows for the natural and subtle control of the articulation of each note. This instrument breathes new life into playing a synthesiser and allows for an incredibly expressive performance. In combination with Boddy’s large modular analogue synth a series of beautiful, expressive tones emerge that are arranged over nine pieces. Indeed analogue sounds dominate throughout the album lending a gorgeously lush, warm sound to the tracks.
Thus even after a musical career spanning 28 years Boddy still has the ability to discover new ways of expressing himself and producing an album that will delight and surprise with it’s musical inventiveness.
Parallel Worlds – Shade –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
Parallel Worlds employ a vast arsenal of both vintage and modern analogue modular synthesisers with extensive use of classic sequencing techniques to produce a sonic world that combines modern electronica and ambient music styles with the feel of retro electronic music. His attention to detail is astonishing and his careful sculpting of sounds and textures produce an organic, ever evolving atmosphere full of half glimpsed meanings and subdued emotions.
With Shade Parallel Worlds show a musical maturity and command of sonic atmospherics that takes the music on a journey, moving through dreams and shades, aiming for the light. -din.org.uk
Markus Reuter & Ian Boddy – Dervish –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
Recorded in England and Austria, the album contains a guest appearance by King Crimson’s drumming and electronics wizard, Pat Mastelotto.
Dervish’s sound-world is constantly evolving and always in motion. Atmospheric loops, cross-picking arpeggios, unresolved sequences that hang in the air, and some metallic-edged soloing that carves its own unique space. All add extra layers of momentum and tension to a music already brimming with invention and mystery. The muscular dynamics on this recording were achieved by acclaimed engineer Clemens Schleiwies, who translated the digital recordings back onto analogue tape. These were then run through a vintage sound desk that was used by the likes of David Bowie and Brian Eno during their legendary sessions in Hansa Studios, Berlin. This new meets old” approach with its combination of 20th Century post-production techniques and up to date tech-savvy gives Dervish some of its a freshness and undeniable presence. Across its seven tracks, Dervish pushes way beyond the usual comfort zones of electronic and ambient music.” -din.org.uk