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Glacial

by M. Peck

Ambient, Environmental Soundscapes
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Cold Flow
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2. Crawl
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3. A Past Reflected
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4. A Cognitive Chaos
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5. Starving the Silence
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6. The Impending Solitude
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7. Debris from a Thousand Landscapes
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8. Ghost Psalm
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"A warm wallow in a chilly geyser by the name of M. Peck ushers in the accomplished collection of tonefloat and spacedust balletics that is Glacial. A disc that will not be tied down either to genre or influence, Glacial eludes precise descriptive and referential coordinates. But that doesn’t preclude approximations: here the semblance of an Eno lilt, there the touch of a Schulze-ian tilt, now a ghost of a Roach tone, then the arc of a Biosphere drone. Michael Peck traffics in a melange of analog, digital and soft-synths to tease out a suite of innerspace and offworld icicle works. New technology goes beachcombing and picks up a chunk of old-school ambience and throws it in with some still warm fossils of Emusic. A refrigerated air wheezes through Glacial’s contours, as states are subtly altered, mellow-icy, warm-frigid, granular-viscous. Between the minimal wheezing wafts of ‘Cold Flow’ and the more complex orchestrations of ‘Debris from a Thousand Landscapes’ lies an uningratiating yet accessible ambient expanse that yields its rewards slowly, requiring further revisitings, mixing up non-linear and narrative, freeze and thaw, gossamer and crystalline. Best of all is ‘The Impending Solitude,’ which emerges from its initial amorphous chrysalis to become the most elegant of sparsely harmonized elegiac butterflies."

-Alan Lockett, e|i magazine (Audio Verite, August 2007)


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Based in Northeast Tennessee, Michael Peck incorporates both analog and digital synthesizers, software based instruments and theremin to weave deep space and dark ambient soundscapes to sculpt austere visions derived from sound.


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Chuck van Zyl

"...frigid constructs are understated yet compelling."
On Glacial (48'14"), M Peck strikes an interesting balance between free-form impressionism and sonic narrative. His frigid constructs are understated yet compelling. Over the course of the eight tracks, Peck offers plenty of ice and frost, but also air and light. Bitter tones creak and scrape where the mood is more withdrawn while entangled harmonic clouds sustain and shift through lighter regions. Crystaline patterns of synthesizer blips careening across a glistening polar icecap slow against the stillness of hibernating drones and dripping icicles of sound. In a world of two dimensional realities, Peck's music is nuanced and lifelike. He does a great job of portraying cold conditions, based on both the literal arctic regions of the planet and the isolation of reluctant solitude.
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END   5 April 2007

Jonathan Block

"...all the pieces flow into one another give the CD a very cohesive feel."
"It lives up to its title. Overall it has an "On Land" vibe, but you'll need your coat. It's easy to visualize floating on a glacier as your listening to this music. The first couple of tracks remind me of an icy night journey, while the third track (A Past Reflected) is slightly less dark and seems to be the sunrise over the cold landscape. But the absolute masterpiece of this disc is track 4 (A Cognitive Chaos). A Synergy-like single synth sequence emerges out of track 3, which soon gives way to some nice majestic chordal pads, wrapping up after another 8 minutes with the intro sequence sound. A very nice piece indeed. Track 5 (Starving the Silence) and the first part of track 6 (The Impending Solitude) are almost scary, but the last half of The Impending Solitude is beautiful ambience and melts into another masterpiece, Debris From a Thousand Landscapes, which is built around a nice rhythmic sequence that supports some very mellow pads and darting sound. A processed drum line emerges to add some more movement to this piece. Another killer track. The journey wraps up with Ghost Psalm, which is another ambient composition that fits the title of this disc well.

I've enjoyed Mike's work with Mark Mahoney, and it's nice to hear him solo. Although "A Cognitive Chaos" and "Debris From a Thousand Landscapes" are my favorite tracks on this disc, the way that all the pieces flow into one another give the CD a very cohesive feel. A plus is the great sound; the disc was mastered by Art Cohen. A great disc overall.