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Elephant Island

by Adam Schabtach

An ambient soundscape of glacial electronic tones, a relaxing trek of inner exploration.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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Elephant Island is Adam Schabtach's debut solo CD. Like glacial ice, Elephant Island moves slowly, imperceptibly at times, but reveals shimmering layers and shifting details upon closer inspection. Both soothing and haunting, Elephant Island is a suitable accompaniment for meditation, massage, thinking, reading, or simply being.

Elephant Island was composed and recorded in one continuous improvisation on a Sunday afternoon in December 2001. No later overdubs were added, and a minimum of editing was employed. A key component of this musical event was a custom audio software system which recreates the effects of long tape-loop delay systems employed by Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, and other ambient music pioneers. Adam Schabtach created the software used for Elephant Island, as a culmination of his long-standing interest in such systems.

RADIO PLAY: Elephant Island has received airplay on National Public Radio's weekly space music show, "Hearts of Space". It has also been played in local shows by a number of radio stations throughout the United States, and by one station in Croatia.

ABOUT THE TITLE: Elephant Island is the name of a tiny island near Antarctica. During Earnest Shackleton's ill-fated attempt to reach the South Pole in 1914-1916, 22 members of his crew were stranded on Elephant Island. They waited for four months for someone to come back for them after Shackleton and five others crossed 800 miles of ocean in a lifeboat.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Adam Schabtach began making music with computers and synthesizers in his early teens. After pursuing ostensibly more sensible career paths, he returned to his first technological love, beginning with a stint as a software engineer for Cycling '74, creators of extremely innovative software for musicians and artists. Prior to this solo release, Adam Schabtach contributed to two of the Team Metlay hypergroup CDs, "Bandwidth" and "Ballistic", both of which are also available here at


"One of the most exciting ambient/drone debuts in recent memory, Elephant Island is a smooth, shimmering luminous cloud. Fantastic stuff, simple but effective. Highly recommended..."

"I've been a massage therapist for eight years, and this is the first CD where, while listening, both client AND therapist are brought into a deep state of healing energy. Adam Schabtach's Elephant Island is truly a gift for anyone who wants to journey deep into peace."
Pegge Meyer, CMT

"Elephant Island has helped create a calming and healing experience for my clients. Adam Schabtach has created consistent tones with an unobtrusive dissonance that quickly brings clients to a deep state of relaxation."
Matthew J. Rohr, CMT



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Joe Scaringe

An astonishing step into Ambient Music
If you've ever looked longingly to the horizon wondering what mysteries are out there, then you've touched onto the essence of this CD. Both pretty yet haunting, Elephant Island is as perfectly fitting for those who are looking skyward at night, pondering the mysteries of our Universe and reflecting on the lives we lead, as it is to delving into the bleak and solitary landscapes that hold their ancient secrets here on Earth.

Bert Strolenberg

Intriguing ambient journey with an intrspective touch
Adam Stabtach - Elephant Island
(Atomic City CD 17; 2002)

Elephant Island is an inviting ambientjourney in to fascinating glacial world of Antarctica. With this debut, Colorado-based musician and software-engineer Adam Stabtach created an hour-long composition of entire improvisation with an overall dreamy, almost meditative feel. The soft glacial drone-textures are nicely complemented by piano-keys, bells & gongs. The lingering organ-sounds serves sort of introspective backdrop which really makes you feel at ease as the quiet textures wash on and on…. In addition, its soundquality & mastering are very good.
This is a must-have for those who love the ambient-excursions of Harold Budd, Brian Eno, or even Steve Roach’s Structures from Silence or Quiet Music-series…

Bert Strolenberg
Klem Magazine
The Netherlands


Textured Tapestry of Sound
This is by far one of the best ambient releases of 2002. A great listening experience and should not be passed up.

Nathanaël Lécaudé

Amazing ambiant album
This is a great album, very atmospheric and pleasant to listen. Very subtle changes take you to a long frigorific journey. Highly recommended !