33 Tetragammon (aka Wasili Papadopoulos) and Human Metronome (aka Eelke van Hoof)
- Resonating Earth / Solar Eclipse [15:47]
- Zero Point [5:53]
- Separate Self [8:07]
- The Final 5 [5:55]
- Gradiel [9:42]
- Cosmic Hweeldi [8:17]
- Triumphant Discovery [6:36]
- The House of Aluxes [13:38]
A supreme way for the Universe to communicate is achieved by resonance. When separate phenomena which the universe has created are finding a common frequency to attune to,harmony can take place because all parts are understanding their common ground.
At this auspicious moment in Earth's history, mankind has the opportunity to resonate with and thus attune to a new frequency. Earth herself has only recently attained this frequency and it keeps rising every day. This pulse represents a more conscious humanity that will understand its place in the larger scheme of evolution much better than is the case now.
This new earth frequency is a representation of earth trying to resonate with a different celestial body, namely the sun. The sun is trying to resonate with even bigger celestial bodies finally ending within our Universe with the centre of our galaxy, called Hunab K'u by the Mayas. All the way from Hunab K'u we are nudged to rise our body-mind-spirit frequencies to new unprecedented levels.
We, Human Metronome and 33 Tetragammon, have both been aware of this attuning process for several years now. Although challenging at times, it has brought us closer to our soul's passion and closer to each other. As a consequence our individual musical styles have become more compatible with each other over the years and are sharing more common ground.
We feel that right now is the perfect moment to share this commonality and birth it on this beautiful, resonating earth.
Human Metronome & 33 Tetragammon
33 Tetragammon (aka Wasili Papadopoulos) and Human Metronome (aka Eelke van Hoof) are two composers hailing from Eindhoven, The Netherlands, who played several live sets during "E-Day 2009" in Oirschot. At the same occasion, they also presented their ambient release "Resonating Earth".
The first impression I got from the sonic approach to and the description of their music, plus the short advice regarding listening to it (low volume, in nature and at night) almost immediately made me think of the Belgian duo Purfoze and their album "Songs of the Earth".
One difference would be they apply a purely software based set, of which the spacious textures and dronescapes are melted with guitars, field recordings and the sounds of Tibetan bowls.
The original outcome on "Resonating Earth" offers eight tracks of deep, atmospheric and gently floating ambience, with occasional use of rhythm and melody.
Itís a slightly intoxicating and psychedelic sonic perfume that sooths and pleases the senses, and in addition "being able to profoundly impact oneís consciousness" (if I may believe the composerís words).
In its own right, it nicely fits next to the expansive, organic flavoured works of Robert Rich (esp. "Separate Self"), Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana and Michael Stearns, as it connects to the mysteries of ancient and forgotten cultures around the globe, to which these musicians were and still are attracted.
Well done, fellows!
2009. Bert Strolenberg / Sonicimmersion
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
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