Isao Tomita

As you may well have heard, Japan’s master synthesist Isao Tomita passed away on the 5th of May. There’s nothing that need be added to the many eulogies that have been published on the Web, but Tomita’s mastery of sound creation on analogue synthesisers cannot be overstated. Nor should we overlook his skill as an arranger who brought his knowledge of orchestral dynamics to bear on the layering of electronic sounds by bouncing mixes between his various tape recorders.

Abomination of Yondo‘s second album That Remote and Awful Twilight, released in 2012, has one track that is dedicated to Tomita, which seemed appropriate largely because of my obsessive, but, I think, at least partly successful, attempt to emulate what we might call his “accelerating spaceship” effect, as heard, for instance, in his arrangement of Holst’s Planet Suite. I think I still have a great deal to learn from listening to his records. If you would like to find out more about how Tomita worked on his early albums, his LP Sound Creature (did they perhaps mean ‘Sound Creator’?), released by RCA Japan in 1977, is highly recommended.

RIP Isao Tomita 22 April 1932 – 5 May 2016

KB

Carya Amara

Carya Amara is a long-running, low-profile electronic music project. Found out more or dare to listen

Terse Greetings

Terse Greetings 2015 is a seasonal compilation on Tom Ellard’s Terse label (established 1979, now definitely active again). You can download it for free from Bandcamp. It has tracks by Carya Amara, Norah Lorway, Tom Ellard, Lagowski, Cousin Silas and many others (see below!).

Oompa Loopma Riot 2015

Oompa Loopma RiotA track by Carya Amara is included on the compilation Oompa Loopma Riot 2015, which is the first release on Tom Ellard’s resurrected ‘Terse’ imprint. It has 34 tracks and you can download it for free.

‘Concealed Sky’ is a track which was actually finished a few years ago but which had not previously seen the light of day (this is pretty typical for Carya Amara…).

Carya Amara – Sensitivity


Sensitivity was built upon the sound of the Buchla modular synthesiser, recorded at EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2014. The album features both raw analogue and digitally transformed sounds which were combined to make music that goes beyond the Buchla’s constraints while still evoking its unique sonic character.

These 8 tracks (totalling 72 minutes) are available on CD from Earthrid and as a free / pay-what-you-like download from Bandcamp.

Overgrown

So here’s that new Carya Amara track, a cover version of ‘Overgrown’ by Quimper.

Hear the rest of the compilation at Bandcamp.com.

[Edited 19th November 2017 to update links].

Soft Bodies Never Sleep

SoftBodiesNeverSleepSoft Bodies Never Sleep is a new compilation released by the Soft Bodies label. Carya Amara appears on it with a reimagining of ‘Overgrown’, a song originally written and performed by Soft Bodies act (and owners) Quimper. You can buy the compilation via Bandcamp.

[Edited 19th November 2017 to update links].

Recordings from the Croydon gig

Carya Amara was in the line-up for A Whispered Shout: “an afternoon of contemporary and experimental music” in Croydon, UK, on Saturday, 3rd August 2013, along with fellow Earthrid Records musician Norah Lorway and four other diverse acts. This was a short set in a busy line-up, but included all-new live material plus visuals.

The sound from the speakers was disappointing but here’s a direct recording from the audio interface.

These recordings will end up on an album of bits and pieces before too long.

HAARP laid to rest

The closure of HAARP – the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) – has been reported by the (US) National Association for Amateur Radio (see this interesting report) and other sources. HAARP was the source of speculation, not least from conspiracy theorists, for its experiments with the ionosphere. It was often erroneously associated with the research of Nikolai Tesla.