John Broaddus (Laocoon) | Immersion

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Immersion

by John Broaddus (Laocoon)

An ambient sonic atmosphere, blending unique synthetic textures, rich analog waves and digital samples. Individual tracks are unified by a concept of water - immersed in a sonorous reverberation of introspection
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Molecular Streams
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2. Hollow Tranquility
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3. Liquid Prism
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4. Transcendence
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5. Leviathan
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6. Mist
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7. Submersion
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
John Broaddus (AKA Laocoon) creates lush and languid sounds that prevail in the genre of space music or electronic new age, without the emphasis on a driving melodic form. The artist invents instruments, voices and unique sample edits that infuse the work with a grittier, or darker texture, contrapuntal to the aforementioned styles and reminiscent of the industrial genre-without utilizing definable loops or easily recognizable rhythms characteristic of industrial music or dance tracks. Furthermore, John constructs an introspective sonic environment by not necessarily imposing traditional notions of musical structure.

John is fascinated by the undiscovered textural potential electronic instruments allow in his compositions. The process of composing is directly connected to the discovery of sonic events through experimentation and improvisation. Johns music is meant to create an atmosphere that encourages introspection and meditation. It is music that can easily live in the background but is also capable of allowing the focused listener the depth for sonic exploration.

David J Opdyke - AmbiEntrance
Immersion is the kind of release that adds an extra bit of joy to my "job." A truly deserving work.

Chuck van Zyl - STAR'S END
Transportive, deep, dark, damp ambience; ethereal yet organic soundworlds; Immersion is brilliant in its simplicity, compelling in its depth.

Hans Stoeve - Power Spot - Australia
Drones, repetition and simple harmonies, lulling all that partake into a state of deep relaxation. Comes highly recommended.

Jim Brenholts
This great CD is spiritual, soulful and awe-inspiring. This is some of the finest atmospheric minimalism available. Also essential!

Steven G. Berndt, New Age Sampler WWFP 90 FM
If you love headphones and have a comfy floor pillow, make Immersion your next selection.


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Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Both eerie and ethereal, these journeys ripple and reverberate.
Ah, yes.. imagine the perfect soundtrack for a chilling space movie, set in the dark, bottomless and sparkling depths of the cosmos; or perhaps an underwater expedition somewhere in the neighborhood of the movie,"Sphere." Full of mystery, these ambient, electonic soundscapes not only awaken your ears but instantly evoke images and stories, filling up all the senses. Both eerie and ethereal, these journeys ripple and reverberate, immersing the listener in a watery, liquid sound of digital and analog chasms.

thom gabaldon

drift
eno would be proud...does that say anything for you?...this watery, drfting, subtle, airy disc is an amazing effort that bears multiple listens...especially with headphones...it reminds you of floating in the pool forgetting theres a world around you, the water distorting the sounds around you to the point of tranquility...the only complaint is the back of the cd...how cheesy...it screams new age but believe me folks this aint

Dave Nolan

Submarine Space Music
Of the four discs I most recently purchased from CD Baby, this is my least favorite. It's not bad, but there are sections where it just drones on and on, with mysterious rumbles and pings punctuating (or competing with) the music.

As the title -- Immersion -- indicates, the compositions are supposed to evoke a feeling of being underwater. And they do, but that's not entirely a good thing, especially for 67 minutes! After a while, I felt like I'm drowning!

If you like dark, heavy, ambient music, and don't mind submarine sound effects, you'll probably like this disc. Otherwise, you'll probably find yourself truning it off partway through.

CD Baby


Ah, yes.. imagine the perfect soundtrack for a chilling space movie, set in the dark, bottomless and sparkling depths of the cosmos; or perhaps an underwater expedition somewhere in the neighborhood of the movie,"Sphere." Full of mystery, these ambient, electonic soundscapes not only awaken your ears but instantly evoke images and stories, filling up all the senses. Both eerie and ethereal, these journeys ripple and reverberate, immersing the listener in a watery, liquid sound of digital and analog chasms.

Richard Gurtler

A truly fascinating bioluminescent sonic odyssey!!!
I would like to focus on this rather unknown project leaded by California based sound designer John Broaddus. Even if Laocoön "Immersion" CD was released long time ago, back in 1998, on John's own Parnassus Nump Records, to me, this album is like well-hidden treasure that should deserve more attention from ambient community even if widely accessible and reviewed at the end of the 90's. Followed by "4 at 18" CD in 2003, this time under John's own name, and after 8-year break, finally, 2011 brings two download albums "-afield-" and "A Strange Mint". Let's move back to "Immersion" CD, the opener, "Molecular Streams" unveils with darker, but hauntingly textured and uplifting ambience with deeply echoed cavernous feel. A very strong introduction of Laocoön's own sonic sceneries that are unified and dedicated to water. "Hollow Tranquility" keeps on the darker route, more minimal and static, flavored with occasional sounds of bells or gongs, reaching deeply submersible effect evoking breathtaking bathyscaph odyssey taking us directly to the seafloor to explore its mysteries with fluorescing organisms. Some ghostly femme-like sounds color "Liquid Prism" and floate above meditative dronescapes, again spiced with catchy bell sounds and effects. Distant rumblings and alien effects open "Transcendence", later transforming into lighter and relieving ambience, a very attractively structured breathing and tranquilizing composition. Darker and minimal resonating drones with slowly evolving structure assemble "Leviathan" and dive deeper into the oceanic depths for fascinating search of sea monsters and other creatures that inhabit this deep shadowy realm. "Mist" is by far lighter exploration, a truly serene journey taking us much higher to discover diverse underwater structures of coral reefs. "Submersion" is calling and we are leaving this marvelous rainforest of the sea for 25-minute long opus, more colossal, nocturnal and static dronescape navigating us again to the bottom of the sea to continue our exploration of bizarre and wondrous creatures. "Immersion" is a truly fascinating bioluminescent odyssey loaded with minimal, but highly effective, colorful and adventurous sonic wizardry by John Broaddus, the sole creator of Laocoön. A very impressive debut and I hope the near future will bring more releases by John Broaddus on CD format, it would be well deserved!!!

Richard Gürtler (Nov 27, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)