Tuesday, 11 May 2010

AGN002 - Darren Harper "Momentary" E.P


RELEASE DATE: 11th May 2010
ALBUM GENRES: Ambient, Drone, Field Recordings
PHOTOGRAPHY:Jonathan Lees (http://photography.hibernate-recs.co.uk/) Jonathan also runs the Hibernate label: http://www.hibernate-recs.co.uk/
(1) Fields and Glass (6:39)
(2) Leaves and Piano (8:13)

For the second Audio Gourmet release, we welcome talented American ambient artist Darren Harper to our roster. Darren has had (3?) albums out on the Earth Mantra netlabel to date (http://www.earthmantra.com/) and another due out this month. He's also got work out on and collaborates with Jacob Newman under the guise Frequent Sync. To assist his forthcoming full album release on Earth Mantra, he has treated us to this exceptional E.P of top drawer ambient music.
First up, 'Fields and Glass' serves as the darker half of the E.P, fusing environmental field recordings from the far east with a complex and eerie drone. Darren used these open-source field recordings as part of an 'unconscious collaboration' with his unsuspecting studio partner to tap in to the recording environment, by adding his own atmospheric interpretation of the recorded events. There are a lot of open-source sounds available from around the world and it is fascinating to think that these recorded fragments of time can be used freely for artistic expression by artists that have never met the person behind the source.
The second track on the E.P is entitled 'Leaves and Piano' and features a delicate looped piano composition with restful drone accents. This piece is incredibly beautiful and its flowing, subtle repetition of the piano loop guides the mind to a lulling meditative state.

Darren Harper is a highly talented artist and a name to watch out for. His work continues to better itself with each release; Audio Gourmet is delighted to include this magnificent E.P to its catalog of releases. Enjoy...

http://darrenjh.blogspot.com/ Darren runs a blog site, chronicling is music-making adventures.
http://www.earthmantra.com/artist-detail.php?id=43 Here you can find more information and links to his Earth Mantra work.
http://www.myspace.com/darrenjharper Darren's just set up a Myspace page - please add him to stay up to date with his projects
http://www.capturedspace.org/music/frequentsync/ For more information on his collaboration project 'Frequent Sync' with Jacob Newman, visit this link.

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