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

Ritual

This three-track EP is once again a change of pace from my recent output. Actually, it is a more experimental approach of the same pace. The three compositions are abstract by nature, but grounded by raw rhythmical structures. Even though the recordings originate from my hardware equipment, they have been processed extensively beyond recognition and set the scene for a surreal aural experience.

Includes the full 20-minute version of “Rituel Artificiel I” and the drone versions of all three compositions as bonus tracks.

http://music.ohrwert.com/album/ritual

LXXIII

Following my two-hour sections on a previous split album with Brian Grainger, I have returned to Psøma Psi Phi with a solo release. After some urging by Brian to expand on an improvisation I did with my Rhodes electric piano (which was released as part of a charity compilation: https://meganmccarthy.bandcamp.com/album/3067-megs), I sat down in front of the piano for almost an hour and ended up recording my most intimate ambient piece to date.

https://pspsph.bandcamp.com/album/lxxiii

Tritonian Shores

This album is an aural imagination of distant galactic scapes. “Néphos” is a collage of various sound designs, some more abstract than others, whereas the title track is a 53-minute soundscape with a dronal emphasis.

http://arjenschat.nl/album/tritonian-shores

Carinanevel

Ten years ago today, Dirk Troost (Nano.strike) and I recorded our longest cosmic journey to date under our collaborative name “Elektronikum Ltd”.

“Carinanevel” clocks well over an hour, and was recorded in my former studio “The Foundry” using a double Moog Little Phatty setup and Dirk’s Roland Juno-106, along with a Korg MS2000 and a bunch of Moogerfoogers.

In 2013 I did a remaster for private purposes, but it only seems fitting to make that available for download to celebrate the ten year anniversary.

 

Made Of Amber

A transcendental electronic music experience that has a coherence with idm, electro, and contains some elements of early jungle music. But all tracks have a common divisor, they are all ‘made of amber’.

These tracks have been meticulously arranged and produced in order to make the best music I can, without musical constraints or boundaries defined by genres. The recording process took nine months in total, weeks were spent on tweaking and adjusting a song until it sounded finished to me. Each song had to have a perpetual momentum, a certain energy from start to finish. This dedication to sound and arrangement has led to a style of producing that suited me really well, being somewhat of a perfectionist and attentive to details, I was able to put all of my creative energy into this album.

https://minuteofarc.bandcamp.com/album/made-of-amber

| n f | n | t e

“| n f | n | t e” allows you to dive into the evocative world of soundscapes and meditative drones. Slow down your pace of life with these five pieces, clocked at around 30 minutes each, carefully sculptured to alter the perception of time and space.

Inspired by a 53-minute electric piano piece I recorded for Psoma Psi Phi, I decided to record another piece with just the reverberated signal of my trusty Rhodes. This approach drastically changed the dynamic of how I play and kept me longing for the wonderful harmonics that were accumulating in the reflections of the reverb. Then I applied the same technique whilst playing on my Waldorf Blofeld. This created a similar result, but with wavetable synthesis and aftertouch added to the equation it allowed for even more expression. Now imagine all of this being stochastically automated and sequenced with a quantized transposition modulation. Fancy words for me engineering the music in such a manner that I only have to synthesize the sound, and press record and stop. Finally, I took it a step further and processed pre-recorded sequences by manipulating its duration on a granular level so that it has similar dynamic features as the live takes, but not a single note was actually played live.

http://arjenschat.nl/album/n-f-n-t-e