Wednesday, June 9, 2010

[LUXXAr 051901-01] Marcus Fischer - Arctic/Antarctic

Marcus Fischer - Arctic/Antarctic
Label: Luxus-Arctica records International
Catalog#: LUXXAr051901-01
Format: 7 x File, MP3, 192 kbps, Album
Country: Germany
Released: 02 June 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental, Ambient

Marcus Fischer, otherwise known as “mapmap” (or through his blog,, has spent the last months collecting excellent field recordings using contact mics and other methods to create some of the most unique sounds that allow us to explore more closely the music in nature. Arctic/Antarctic is an amazing exposition of aural-ganic analyzing, synthesizing, and abstraction generation.

The following are Marcus’ notes on the album:
“Arctic/Antarctic is centered around a series of guitar based improvisations. The first half, Arctic, consists of the gradual folding and unfolding of melodies played on guitar and sustained through the use of a custom designed granular delay plugin. The asynchronous delayed notes are pitched both up and down resulting in organ-like textures. Layered atop portions of Arctic there are the playful sounds of hail on the exposed tines of a toy piano.
The first 1/3 of the Antarctic portion is based on the slow shifting of loop points within a larger guitar loop. The rest of Antarctic contrasts with prior sections. Rather than using digital processes, this portion relies only on loops created using a system of modified analog cassette tapes. These cassettes were played back and rerecorded at a distance capturing some of the surrounding sounds such as cats moving about the room and hints of nearby construction.”

1. arctic 1
2. arctic 2
3. arctic 3
4. tropica
5. antarctic 1
6. antarctic 2
7. antarctic 3

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