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Aura

by The Alpha Conspiracy

The brand new record from The Alpha Conspiracy, "Aura" explores the boundary between pop structures and electronica, and collision between abstract beats and complex harmonics.
Genre: Electronic: Pop Crossover
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1. Wishing Never
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2. Close
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3:36 album only
3. Crush Terminology
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5:03 album only
4. Defend Yourself
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4:48 album only
5. Accelerating (feat. J Ned Kirby)
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4:40 album only
6. Awake
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5:31 album only
7. 72 Hours
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8. Waterfall
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9. City Of Ruin
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10. Bip Neuro
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11. Rtyu
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12. Scarlet
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
2004 brings us the second release from the electronica project The Alpha Conspiracy. "Aura" is a complex, textured record, which combines elements of many electronica styles (IDM, trip-hop, nu-breaks, industrial) into a moody, powerful whole. Following the path laid down by such bands as Underworld, Plaid, and Meat Beat Manifesto, "Aura" is an exploration of the boundary between pop structure and abstract, rhythmic, soundscapes.

The Alpha Conspiracy was started in early 2001, as an outlet for Austin-based synthesist/programmer Andrew Sega. The first release, "Cipher", was well-received, even prompting Splendid magazine to call it "... easily one of the best electronic releases of the past year". An split EP with the Low Technicians followed shortly thereafter.
In 2002, Andrew took a break to join the electro-pop group Iris. With vocalist Reagan Jones, they produced the band's highly succesful sophomore release, "Awakening". The record received rave reviews from magazines such as Outburn, Orkus, Side-Line, and Zillo, and the band is preparing to go on tour with charttopping German act De/Vision in late January 2004. He also beat out 400 other musicians to win Nettwerk's remix contest for the new Delerium album, "Chimera". His mix of the first single, "After All", is featured on the North American release of the album.

Through all of this, he continued to create songs for the next Alpha Conspiracy record. "I wanted to create a strongly emotional statement, " says Andrew, "even while using modern production techniques. I wanted it to have both attitude and warmth, evoke flickers of an alternate world. There's a lot of diversity in the songs, but that's really just a representation of how broad the sphere of electronic music has become."

Track 5, "Accelerating", features a collaboration, with J. Ned Kirby of the industrial/hip-hop collective Stromkern providing vocals.

Artist website: WWW.ALPHACONSPIRACY.COM


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Raedotted

Yes!! It grows on me, I love this album.
This CD keeps growing on me since I bought it. I love Andrew's music and I wasn't expecting this level of professionalism. You have to remember this isn't a Fat Boy Slim story where the kid had a studio handed to him. Alpha Conspiracy is borne from the Demoscene Spirit... if you know what that is? I wonder if you tracked any of this music Andrew or did you do it all MIDI? I'm impressed either way. Accelerator? - does have distorted lyrics and I can't understand ALL the words, I love the song though, because it has a great dance feel, and not that thumpity thump 4/4 time.. It has a cool rhythm and feel.. Fun to sing this song!
Great CD, and I gave it 5 stars to support this GREAT music, and I want MORE MORE MORE!!!!!!!

Splendid 7/2004

"... makes good on its predecessor's promise..."
Cipher, The Alpha Conspiracy's debut, won plenty of props from Splendid. Back in 2001, we called it "one of the best electronic releases of the past year". Based on the group's full-length follow-up, it seems we called it correctly. Aura makes good on its predecessor's promise, delivering twelve additional Alpha Conspiracy tracks equally worthy of praise. In other words, that previous album wasn't just beginner's luck.
The first thing you'll notice about Aura is the outstanding programming. The Alpha Conspiracy -- aka Austin, Texas's Andrew Sega -- delivers the sort of polished performance you might be lucky enough to hear in New York's hottest dance clubs. So rich and engaging is opener "Wishing Never" that even the most stoic wallflower will be tapping his/her toes. The rest of the album is equally catchy; its complex layering and well-thought-out sequencing retains interest clear through to the last atmospheric note.

The most remarkable aspect of Aura isn't its perfect composition, but the warmth it conveys. While so many of his programmer contemporaries construct tracks like modern building contractors -- all steel and glass and cement -- Sega's work demonstrates a sense of humanity. There's a friendliness to the album's deep textures, something more personal and inviting than we're accustomed to hearing from electronic music. In the end, it's this human quality that gives Aura such fabulous vibrancy...and that, in turn, earns The Alpha Conspiracy more accolades from us.

-- Melissa Amos

DefleX

Another level, fine, artistic sound...
Many of us know Andrew Sega since he started to shock the world tracking in a way that had influenced many and many musicians, first of all Alexander Brandon (he maked grat part of musics for Unreal game) that declare his inspiration to Necros in many of his mods. This CD, Aura, contain new and original sounds, fused together using a technique that has no similar in the world. More and more synths, instruments, work together, mixed with a great style. In few words, the best electronica you can buy.

Vaipon

Cutting edge electronica.
This new Alpha Conspiracy release; "Aura", presents a broad range of electronic styles, while exhibiting some superb sequencing skill and programming. Whether you enjoy slightly retro sounding electro-clash beats, synth-pop, blasting EBM, or ambient pieces awash with lush synths, there will be something on this CD for you. I've always loved the way this artist can create a vast ocean of harmonious sound by layering the various components over each other, seamlessly integrating them into a structured whole. It gives the compositions a very organic quality, despite the electronic genre they undoubtedly belong to. Certain tracks (Waterfall, rtyu) are simply beautiful to experience, effortlessly surrounding the listener with an array of perfectly produced samples and procedural sounds. Others (Wishing Never, Crush Terminology), provide a more uptempo beat-driven format. It's impressive that all the songs sound unique, they all try something different and never sound derivative.

Aura is a more than worthy successor to 2001's "Cipher", and a great example of "evolved" electronic music.

dj Busby

Better than Cipher, Aura is on par with Hybrid cds
I love this album. I find the first half of it to be much more enticing than the second half. Over time I fall deeper in love with individual tracks I hadn't had full appreciation for. In this way, Aura has continued to be fresh and exciting to me since I bought it the month it came out.
As an electronica artist myself, and furthermore one who also uses Buzz, I have great appreciation for this man's work.
"Close" is my favorite track, and "Crush Terminology," "Awake," and "Wishing Never" are other important highlights.
I hold Aura on par with Hybrid's cds. That says a LOT.
To fans of Alpha Conspiracy I reccommend searching for his remixes on ITunes. You'll find some real gems.
Much Respect, Andrew.
-dj Busby

SciroccoSpeed

A perfect soundtrack to urban exploration, driving, and life!
There's something about this album that plays with all manner of emotion and motivation that makes it truly special. Of course, this is The Alpha Conspiracy; this is no surprise. Truly one of the most beautiful CDs I have ever heard. No, experienced. I can sit in my car for hours and listen to this CD... in the driveway. Until Accelerating, 72 Hours or Defend Yourself comes on, then it's all I can do not to start my Scirocco and go cruising. If anyone has a doubt about spending the money on this CD, dispel it. You'll get more from this album than you'll put in; that's a guarantee. I'm beginning to wonder about getting compensation for all the batteries I've spent in my CD player while getting my UE on just listening to this... :P

Bodhi

Click it
I'm a musical idiot but my ears know what they like. I can't express my reasons for liking the music on this CD (and nearly every other piece of Andrew's music that I've heard) in words musical non-idiots would appreciate. If the sample track bits flip your synapses the right way, you should and probably will buy this CD regardless of what is written here anyway. Moreover, Andrew is a multi-talented guy who returns e-mail and CD Baby is the hippest place in the known universe to shop so click that 'Add to cart' button now. Oh, btw, my grade school English teacher said that no one should get a perfect score because it would make them stop trying - hence the four stars instead of five.

Tim Soderstrom

Simply stunning
I have always been a fan of Necros (Andrew Sega) ever since I first heard his old-skewl demoscene stuff. This ablum is a beautiful continuation of many of those elements but with an excellent modern, fluid twist. As a fellow musician in the demoscene, Sega is a great inspiration and this album proves it. My only complaint is the guest vocals in Accelerating are a bit sub par; but the rest of the album is top-notch and simply stunning.

membio

great electronica soundscapes...
even greater CD, clearly there was some advance in vocals part, but essencialy, better production, crisper soundscapes and also a better and awesome artwork, but "Cypher" is also great, don't forget... Buy both of them :) ... I hope Andrew Sega is working in the next cd...

Steven Robertson

Smooth, but detailed.
I really enjoyed this CD. Personally, the only track that I didn't like from the start was "Accelerating", because of the lack of definite pitch in the vocalist's voice (I'm an elitist choral pig, shoot me). But after letting the CD play straight through a bunch of times, I must say that the whole album is great. (So far, "Close" and "Bip Neutro" are my favorites.) Andrew Sega's rich samples are layered so that enough is going on to keep you interested when you're listening, but not too much to be distracting when you've got it on in the background. Compared to his previous works, I'd say that the album sounds more mature and less synthetic, while retaining the same experimental feel. On the completely arbitrary scale of emotionality, it seems more angry at first, and really pensive at the end. Not that I know what I'm talking about. See for yourself.
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