Strata

Oscilliard

Hoppy
After persuading the outstanding percussionist Vince Vella to get on board with the project, I set about writing a track that would feature him on congas. Hoppy opens with Vince playing a Brazilian inspired rhythm. I am a great admirer of baroque music - composers Rameau, J. S. Bach and Purcell are favourites - and the bright, slightly inharmonic pluck of a harpsichord is a sound I love. The combination may seem incongruous, but in Hoppy and other tracks on the album, I blended this with the funk sound of the Clavinet.

Derwent
Derwent reflects the electronic music that has inspired me. One example is Dorian Concept; his melodies and beats are so playful and his digital production full of human quirks. Derwent features some of the synthesisers that I have worked on in my day job in music technology research and development. I run my electric double bass through the filter in the Novation Bass Station II. The more digital sounding synths are an early pre-production version of the Ultranova, using its touch envelope trigger. The symbol like sounds are my recordings of hitting an iron garden rose arbour.

Spoke Swing
One of my first jobs was in the jazz department of a record store, so swing became ingrained in me. As well as the old swing band greats I was always playing the contemporary stuff of the time; I sold so many copies of Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland’s debut albums because I was obsessed with playing them. The melodic material of this track is all octatonic, a scale favoured by Stravinsky. He is one of my favourite composers; experiencing the ballet of The Rite of Spring is always a thrilling, spine-tingling joy. The slightly distorted trombone, played by Sarah Mann, jumps right back to the sound of Willie Colón’s Latin Jazz recordings from the late 60’s.

Tracks

A Side

1.
Hoppy
Oscilliard
04:02
Vinyl Only
2.
Spoke Swing
Oscilliard
04:51
Vinyl Only
3.
Lilleshall Hill
Oscilliard
04:33
Vinyl Only
4.
Organ Tuned for Dancing
Oscilliard
06:26
Vinyl Only

B Side

1.
Derwent
Oscilliard
04:04
Vinyl Only
2.
Strata
Oscilliard
08:25
Vinyl Only
3.
Shadow Puppet
Oscilliard
10:27
Vinyl Only

Funding

10/100
Timeless
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This funding project does not have a specific period. The project will finish when it meets the goal quantity and you will be charged at the same time. The project period may be shortened / changed depending on the situation.
Order period
2017/08/03 00:00 UTC ~
Estimated shipping date
Your record will be shipped in 8 weeks normally after the funding has succeeded
* Please be aware that the schedule may change depending on the pressing process with the artist and the plant/depending on the situation.
Shipping
Ship from Qrates (United Kingdom)

to United States : £ 3.60~
Tax
20.0%

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Strata

Oscilliard
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Vinyl Format
12” / Black / 33 RPM

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Oscilliard make dance music, or more accurately, music made for dancing. Strata draws upon a global, kaleidoscopic range of dance for inspiration; from Balinese to American Lindy Hop, from medieval steps to cutting loose at a warehouse party, from the height of disco to arabesques at the ballet. The project is led by bassist and composer Justin Foster. He intended the album to be both approachable and engaging; ‘I create the music I want to listen to. I want it to be a joy - both on first listen and when you get deeper into the different layers’. Strata does have some more sedate moments, but the overwhelming feel of the album is enthusiasm and energy. Oscilliard is made up of eight players, including Foster on the double bass. Also featured are some less conventional apparatus: A metal rose arbour, a rusty bicycle wheel and a lamp shade.

Foster has used the depth and richness of his musical knowledge to create an album that takes you as deep as you want to go. You can rest on the surface currents of the melodies, letting the bass move you and the ryhthms tap your toes. Underneath that, each track reveals routes that touch musical histories and interconnect with present innovations. Foster deftly crafts together sounds and textures, combining a diverse spectrum of influences in every track; the result feels effortless.

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