Yaga 2018

This years’ Yaga Gathering will host a Greyscale label showcase at the chill-out stage including performances of grad_u, Sraunus, Gradient, and myself. The festival takes place in the woods at Spengla, Lithuania from August 9-13.

Info and tickets: http://yaga.lt

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

Twelfth Reduct

Since the start of this year I try to release something every first of the month through various projects. Five months in, it is time for another Ohrwert EP. “Twelfth Reduct” takes a cosmic spin with two brand new recordings, partly inspired by my sequential music released as Arjen Schat. 

http://music.ohrwert.com/album/twelfth-reduct

Interview

Recently I was asked to do an interview for Almo’s Music Blog. Almo, or Ethan, is a longtime listener and supporter of my music. His puzzle game “Cognizer” for iOS and Android features a remastered version of my 2008 Ohrwert EP “Cygnus Loop”. Through his excellent questions I was able to share some insight in the steps I take as a musician, my influences, and how I have approached certain projects. You can read the full interview here:  Almo’s Music Blog.

Reduct Revival

Ten years after the Reduct series was launched as an audio blog (ohrwert.blogspot.com), the series is continuing on Bandcamp. Since “Tenth”, the closing album of Reduct 1 to 9, many releases have seen the light of day through different labels and formats all over the world. Now it is time to go back to the original format, in 24bit/48kHz quality.

 

“Eleventh Reduct” is the remnant of a series of tracks I have produced in 2015. Though never released as a whole, the other tracks have found a home on different labels. “Ordior” was released on Grounded In Humanity’s “DNA Sequence Vol. 2” compilation CD, and “Blavus” and Fidelis” have recently been released on vinyl on Grad_u’s label Greyscale, including remixes of “Blavus” from XDB and Aleksandr himself (scale-limited.bandcamp.com/album/fidelis-blavus).

Soundwise, things have changed over the years. Albums like “Intueri” are a showcase of a new direction. A direction that resulted from club-based live performances, which can hold its ground in the deep end, but is obviously dance-oriented. “Eleventh Reduct” is no exception to that sound, a signature Ohrwert dub flavor with more substance and solid drum grooves.

http://music.ohrwert.com/album/eleventh-reduct

Fidelis / Blavus

“Ohrwert – Fidelis / Blavus” is out now on Greyscale. Two original cuts and two outstanding remixes by XDB and grad_u, pressed on 180 gram white vinyl.

Lithuania’s Greyscale returns this December with Ohrwert’s ‘Fidelis / Blavus’, backed with remixes from XDB and grad_u.

Greyscale was launched in 2012 by Lithuanian producer and DJ grad_u, and photographer Rima Prusakova, set up as a platform for material from grad_u and close friends whilst Prusakova’s black and white analogue photography provides the visual identity of the label.

The original mix of ‘Blavus’ opens the EP, perfectly setting the tone with murky, ethereal atmospherics, billowing dub echoes, modulating percussion and thunderous drums before DubTechno stalwart XDB strips things back a little with soft touches of the originals airy drones
tucked away in the depths whilst choppy stabs and dynamically unfolding analogue rhythms wander throughout.

The second original from Ohrwert opens the flip-side, upping the energy levels slightly with hooky stab-sequences, filtered delays and hypnotic melodies running alongside a sturdy percussive foundation. Lastly to round out the release grad_u reworks ‘Blavus’ into a more
groove-driven workout, employing shuffled hats, looped dub chords and bumpy sub-bass hits throughout.

Mastered at the legendary Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin.

https://scale-limited.bandcamp.com/album/fidelis-blavus

The Ambex Project

The Ambex Project is based on ambient experiments using field recordings, various analog synthesizers and sequencers, and a combination of analog and digital signal processing. It alternates between a fine weave of rhythmic elements and ambient soundscapes.

Processed and recorded at Infraklang, March 2013 – November 2016.

Music, photography and design by Ohrwert.

DRON

“DRON” is a continuous dark ambient mix using parts of the unreleased “DRON + RYTM” project.

Original parts processed and recorded at Infraklang, Augustus 2015. Mixed at SiO2, October 2016.

Music, photography and design by Ohrwert.