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Since my formative years I have found great solace whilst staring up at the night sky, searching for constellations, losing myself among the stars. I’ve spent countless hours enveloped by the majesty of this simple meditation.
One can feel immeasurably small when staring into space; a microscopic entity, dwarfed by this epic universe. When I was a boy I read that: “There are more stars in our universe than grains of sand on Earth". This mind-boggling statement has stayed with me to this day; becoming a key inspiration in the conception and aesthetic realisation of this album.
The thought of something so vast; being so insignificant, so miniscule, both troubles and pleases me in equal measure. It can be overwhelming to contemplate your 'place' in this universe; yet at the same time, the limitless scope of possibilities fuels my thoughts, filling me with a great sense of freedom.
Contemplation Moon is a natural thematic progression from my previous releases ‘A Haunting Sun’ & 'A Deconstructed Sun’; however, its focus is far removed from the immediate, physical world. It is a work of deep ambient soundscapes, dynamic textures and symphonic, subtly evolving drones; a reflection of late night thoughts, musings, and open-minded abstraction; intentionally blurring the lines between reality and the imagined. As such, it juxtaposes 'the-self' with the celestial, the metaphorical with the metaphysical, the philosophical with the somewhat unfathomable.
For more information please read the Press Release below:
Haunting, hypnotic and eerily beautiful; Contemplation Moon is a captivating record of epic proportions.
The eight exploratory tracks (or ‘phases’) reflect altering moods, thought patterns and emotive imaginings; coexisting with the changing phases of the Moon.
Instantly engaging and imbued with immersive detail and character, arrangements are awash with evolving sonorous soundscapes and shape-shifting tonalities; tinged with intricate fragility and textural subtlety.
Chris juxtaposes celestial consonance and delicate dissonance with harmonious and ominous tones via a symphonic kaleidoscope of sound; producing an arresting, ethereal album which is dynamically powerful and aesthetically absorbing.
Conceived, written and arranged late at night; under the watchful eye of the Moon, using big headphones, it is best enjoyed in this context; the consummate companion for stargazing.
Release/catalogue number: meow199/nibbana005
Release date: May 25, 2013