June

Spanning the entire month of June, I have made at least one recording per day. I have set this goal to increase my productivity as I was feeling I was not recording as much as I would like to. This album is curated from 95 recordings, some of them different takes on the same concept or different versions of the same recording, resulting in 14 tracks that clock in at 54 minutes total.

On average, the track lengths are shorter than most of my work in recent years, which make the album feel more like a story unfolding, expressively narrated in my own musical language.

https://arjenschat.nl/album/june

SiO2

A year after setting up my smaller studio, I’ve settled in quite nicely and try to be as prolific as I can, continuing my quarterly releases per project. The name of the studio derives from the chemical formula of the name of the street we live on, which is named after a form of quartz. At its core, the studio is still based around a set of analog synthesizers and sequencers with a touch of digital synthesis and signal processing, but it’s less expandable due to its spatial limitations. Despite these limitations, I try to broaden my horizon by adding more diverse elements and exploring non-western scales, as can be heard on this album.

https://arjenschat.nl/album/sio2

Kaaresta

In retrospect, “Kaaresta” has been a creative arc between two houses. Recording sounds in my studio in one house, editing them on my laptop in my girlfriend’s house. The result is a fine weave of electro and idm, braided with tight drum patterns and interlacing melodic structures.

 

https://minuteofarc.bandcamp.com/album/kaaresta

The Clock Of Dreams

Out now: “The Clock Of Dreams”, a collaborative album with the wonderful Network 23 from the UK. Three analog sequential frameworks I recorded, filled in by Alan and Simon with an eclectic range of elements, including guitar, samples, loops, and VSTi’s.

https://network23.bandcamp.com/album/the-clock-of-dreams

Audionautic Research Program

Audionautic Research Program was conceptualized in 2008 as a placeholder for experimental space music. The cosmic aspect has carried over, but eleven years later its emphasis lies on long-form live recordings, centered around complex sequential patterns in the vein of the Berlin-school of electronic music.

https://arjenschat.nl/album/audionautic-research-program

Grenzwellen Drei

Out now: “Grenzwellen Drei”, a massive compilation with a boggling 55 tracks featuring artists like Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Ian Boddy, Hecq, and myself amongst many more. All proceeds will be used for the production of the Grenzwellen radio show, presented by Ecki Stieg and broadcasted on Radio Hannover.

 

https://grenzwellen.bandcamp.com/album/grenzwellen-drei

Al-Amry

“Al-Amry” is a benefit album with ambient music from Mathias Grassow, NODO, Vincent Pierins’ solo project “Kalymorph”, and Arjen Schat. All proceeds are donated to the Unicef program to provide food for the children in Yemen.

http://nsgk.bandcamp.com/album/al-amry-a-benefit-album-for-yemen

Circadian

Concluding this year’s string of monthly releases, I present “Circadian”, an improvisational album of which all three sequential workouts were recorded within one circadian cycle.

https://arjenschat.nl/album/circadian

Transformational Content

“Transformational Content”, the second Minute Of Arc album. An album that took a full year to complete, and another three to release. Musically, it floats within the realm of electro, but technically, the tracks originate from studio sessions that cross between various electronic styles. There is no apparent reason for the delayed release. However, from my point of view it is interesting to see how the MOA sound is evolving over time and that these tracks are still holding up.

https://minuteofarc.bandcamp.com/album/transformational-content

 

Arjen Schat | AS

Released under a Creative Commons license, “AS” is a freely available album containing four recorded sessions, exercising my signature sequencing and playing techniques.

https://arjenschat.nl/album/as