Decennium

Today, November 15, marks my tenth anniversary on Bandcamp. In celebration of the past decade I offer you the full length versions of my first two releases; “Quiescence” and “Deity Reign“. Originally released as 26-minute versions due to Bandcamp’s file size limitations at the time for new artists, now available in their full 73-minute glory.

In addition to this, you can use the code ‘AS10’ for a 10% discount for the remainder of the month for everything in my discography.

https://arjenschat.nl/album/decennium

Dronology MMXX

As part of my ten year anniversary on Bandcamp this month, I present an album that predates the platform in concept, though never had a formal release. Dronology was part my analog ambient project in 2007 and consisted of patches that would play throughout the night whilst recording them to MiniDisc during my sleep. 

The recordings for the 2020 version of the concept are various takes on composing drone music and include aleatoric composing techniques and signal processing, as well as live improvisation. 

I’ve included the five unreleased MiniDisc recordings from 2007 as bonus tracks, with individual cover photos of the original discs.

https://arjenschat.nl/album/dronology-mmxx

Deep Breakfast Series

Enjoy your breakfast with a selection of ambient and experimental music from my collection from 1980 up until 2018 I recorded for Deep Breakfast Series.

01. Maurizio Bianchi – Gene-P (01)
02. Oöphoi – Untitled
03. Robert Rich – Collage For Low Tones
04. Alio Die – Global Construction
05. Popnoname – Nightliner
06. Deepchord – Red Lantern (Part 3)
07. Vidna Obmana – Still Wandering
08. Haron – Lotuseter
09. Robert Rich & B. Lustmord – Synergistic Perceptions
10. Loscil – Prairie Trains
11. Biosphere – ’t Schop
12. Autechre – All End Pt3

https://soundcloud.com/deepbreakfastseries/deep-breakfast-031-ohrwert

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

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

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

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