Cosmic Reef, an image that marks Hubble’s thirty years in space, inspired an album that marks my ten years on Bandcamp. Clocking in at well over 100 minutes, it’s the longest sequencer-driven album I’ve released so far.
As much of my albums have a technical or cosmic theme, they all have been inspired to some degree by the “Veluwe”, or “fallow lands” as its name derives from. It is a region close to home where I often go to set my mind at ease, either by foot or by bicycle, but always equipped with my camera. “Fallow Lands” is an homage to the Veluwe. The track titles are based on some of my favorite parts, and are accompanied by individual photographs for the artwork.
“Arjen Schat | LP2” is out now on Trésor D’argent and available on vinyl + digital + stream.
“For the second installment of Trésor D’argent, simply called “LP2”, Arjen Schat returns to the original format for Berlin-school. Two 20-minute electronic explorations, guided by a myriad of increasingly complex sequential patterns.“
“LP2” is pressed on black 140g vinyl, with full-colour sleeve and labels, and white poly-lined inner sleeve. Limited to 100 copies worldwide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.