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Technopolis Lost

by Smite Matter

An ambient journey through dramatic, dark, and brooding soundscapes that manage to offer hopeful feelings of being uplifted and free. Inspired by nature and the beauty of exploration unconcerned with boundaries or rules.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Technopolis Lost
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2. 3rd Rail
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3. Under the Moss - 12
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4. A Matter of Rain
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5. A View of Secrets
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6. From the Shade
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7. Glacierized
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8. Circuit Bards
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9. Face of Two
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10. Familiar
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11. The Time We Got Back
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12. Intergain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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*Due to CD-space limitations, the track entitled "Face Of Two" is NOT on the physical hard-copy CD. It is considered a bonus track for the digital album only. *

Technopolis Lost:
A melodic and liberating instrumental journey through audio scenes that were created to inspire the imagination, while also telling a story unique to each individual song. Combined inspiration from nature and technology blend seamlessly in a soulful expression, providing a getaway from most daily boundaries and stresses.

This is one of the very first (if not the first) full album of ambient electronic music created entirely on iOS devices. No computers, hardware or dull dark studios were used in any way to produce and record this CD. All of the music included here was made using an iPod touch and an iPad. Often the songs in Technopolis Lost began spontaneously while playing virtual instruments and synthesizer keys on the tablet's glass touch screen. Other songs were made while in city and/or state parks, or in a forest under a dense canopy of trees, all in the Tacoma area of Washington state. Sometimes even capturing the sounds of rain, crowds, or other ambient noise, from rural to crowded areas, was a part of the music-making process.

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Bruce Gall

THE FUTURE OF EM?
Is this the future of electronic music? If so, then remember the name David Israel (aka Smite Matter) whose debut album “Technopolis Lost” was made entirely on the iPad using a number of music applications to create a haunting piece of ambience. The sound quality is wonderful (as you might expect with such advanced technology). But to think none of it was created on a conventional keyboard or synth is quite mind-blowing!
With all the latest gadgets in sound at his fingertips it would have been a real shame if Smite Matter had turned out a disappointment but, I’m happy to say that it is anything but that.
The sounds are a great vehicle for this style of music but the tracks must, ultimately, be judged on their own merits.
The album begins with the title track which is an excellent opener to the album. Full of mystery and a hint of threat.
Track 2 “3rd Rail” has a fine bass rhythm throughout lifting the initial sense of claustrophobia created on track 1.
David’s music is inspired by nature and city life and “Under The Moss,” I guess, is influenced by the former and is the longest track at just over 12 minutes. Some ambient pieces of that length can be just too long but around the halfway mark it takes on a different, darker feel (two tracks within one).
“A Matter Of Rain” features a distant echoing female voice on this very atmospheric, Eno-like track.
“A View Of Secrets” slowly unfurls like the petals on a flower to reveal another strangely uplifting ambient offering. Two words that don’t normally sit too well together: ambient and uplifting.
It was around track 6, “From The Shade,” that I realised all is not as it may seem with Smite Matter. Just when you think you know what you’re getting once again this one changes with a very intriguing end.
“Glacierized” is like these slow-moving mountains of ice, incessant and powerful. Soundtrack-like. A good piece for visuals, I think.
“Circuit Bards” has an understated rhythm running through it. Quietly simmering. Finishing (personally-speaking) with the first hints of a TD-influence.
The next track, “Face Of Two” begins and ends in TD-style. Possibly the most Berlin School-sounding track on the album.
“Familiar” is one of David’s older compositions and was made entirely on the iPod Touch.
“The Time We Got Back” lasts 8 minutes and, sadly, comes to life a little too late for my liking. But at least it does!
“Intergain” closes the album as it started with another dark and broody piece. A real sense of forboding here. Play this one with the lights out.
I’m sure this is just the beginning for Smite Matter. The possibilities with IOS music is limitless and that thought itself must be a source of inspiration for any artist.
Smite Matter resisted the temptation to be overwhelmed by the technology and just play an album of demonstration sounds. No, this is a thoughtful, serious debut where David Israel lays down his marker for future reference.
I really like this album. A mix of new technology with powerful old-style EM compositions.
Recommended listening.

BRUCE GALL
“SUNDAY SYNTH”
www.arfm.co.uk