The story behind Resonating Earth+ Reviews. (For more information and extended sound clips: www.resonatingearth.com)
This album is the first of probably many collaborations between Human Metronome and 33 Tetragammon.
As we were releasing and preparing to release our solo albums it became apparent to us, via our intuition, that our musical talents needed to be combined. The feel of the album was established beforehand and became the vantage point for the composition of the music. Each song needed to have a connection with our vibrating, resonating earth. A selection of ‘best-of-but-never-released material’ was made and some new songs were composed especially for the album. The end result is an album that grants one the opportunity to reconnect with the planet and to establish a new sense of harmony between oneself and the earth. It is recommended to listen to this album in nature, at night at low volume.
Review Sonic Curiosity:
This release from 2009 offers 74 minutes of sparse ambience.
33 Tetragammon (aka Wasili Papadopoulos) and Human Metronome (aka Eelke van Hoof) manipulate sounds sources taken from synthesizers, Tibetan bowls, guitars, and environmental recordings.
Sparse texturals are mixed with environmental sounds to generate a spectral realm existing in tandem with the known world. The atmospherics are extremely minimal in substance, creating a rarefied foundation that is then embellished by auxiliary sounds, most of which are equally slight in definition. This results in an auralscape of delicate mettle, one highly conducive to meditation. More substantial elements are used to enhance this dreamlike territory. Softly growling electronics sift through the drifting ambience, lending fragile augmentation to the overall calm.
Ethnic percussives are employed to inject a sense of ancient cultures into the ambience. These rhythms are relegated to a remote vantage, muffling their beats into a tenuous presence. Breathy woodwinds contribute spiritual airs that blend nicely with the gentle striking of Tibetan bowls.
These compositions are deliberately sparse. The meticulously arranged layers of vaporous sound generate a series of harmonic flows designed to sedate the listener and sequester them from cultural distractions, thereby attenuating consciousness to its place in the celestial order.
2009. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
Review Artemi Pugachov:
Resonating Earth starts with a massive title track that lasts for 15 minutes. It consists of really deep drones and gentle chimes - very meditative and a tad dark. The drones fill the sonic space like vapour that fills the air. After a while, bird songs and flowing water effects are added. Following the 6-minute mark all gets quiet with only a couple of noises in the background. Some intense echoing textures appear together with processed bells and other unidentifiable sounds. A tabla rhythm starts, taking things to Tribal Ambient territory. Good stuff.
"Zero Point" follows in similar direction, with the drones being more of a breathing, airy variety this time.
"Separate Self" distinguishes itself by having something that resembles a slow pulse. These vaguely rhythmic structures are juxtaposed with a mysterious backing of synthesizer pads and gently reverberating chimes / bells.
"The Final 5" continues in similar fashion - a slow pulse is wrapped in intense drones as crashing, thundering effects disrupt the flow at odd intervals.
The track segues into "Gradriel". The drones depart, leaving us in a void, only sparsely populated by resonating electronic sounds. Soon insistent synth pads appear, oddly contrasting with the bell-like flourishes. I am reminded at once of "Art Forland" project from IC label and some quieter stuff from Centrozoon.
"Cosmic Hweeldi" is a different beast altogether, being a gentle drone fest filled with tribal rhythms. Fans of Oophoi and maybe also some Steve Roach will dig this one. It's the most intense track and possibly the best one so far. The final part is ethereal and rhythmless. "Triumphant Discovery" has a lighter edge to it. Almost new-agey in its tone, it still has enough depth and shade to make up for a nice, concentrated listening. Finally, "The House of Aluxes" introduces a darker tone again, with low drones, percussion and lots of mysterious pads. Some nice guitar plucking finishes off this nice and varied album.
There is a certain coldness to the music of 33 Tetragammon and Human Metronome but for fans of the darker forms of ambient expression Resonating Earth will be pure sonic nectar.
2009. Artemi Pugachov / Russia