Dreaming in Earth, Dissolving in Light (ant zen, 2011)

by Oureboros

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Oureboros is the collaborative project of Hamilton’s Rich Oddie and Toronto’s Aron West aka Tnon, two of the founding members of noise/industrial outfit Orphx. Their first release as Oureboros, Dreaming in Earth, Dissolving in Light, contains a similar penchant for industrial soundscapes that fans of Orphx will appreciate, especially the early, more ambient, period before Tnon departed in 1995 to co-found Tropism. While the instrumentation does include live instruments, it is – as far as I can tell – mostly limited to pure frequencies, noise, and synthesized sounds or effects. The production work on Dreaming in Earth, Dissolving in Light is top-notch. At no place did I ever feel as if I was anywhere but in the world that this album creates. The sonic cues are all just perfect and the range of dynamics is pretty spectacular, whether on the headphones or the speakers. It’s a very polished offering without sounding processed or over produced. Overall the album is very relaxing, which is not to say it’s peaceful. Perfect background music for lying alone in a dark room or doing light work. But don’t let it recede too far into the background or you’ll miss out on a lot of what gives the album its charm. - The Upstate Soundscape

The trio (sic) focus on dark audio environments consisting of melancholic soundscapes based on electro-acoustic expressions. The dominating part is the atmospheric shoegaze guitar passages, reminiscent of Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, but rather than being part of straight forward melodies the musical foundation here is abstract textures operating in-between ambient and trippy industrial textures. Very intense. - Vital Weekly

Overall, this is a really good dark ambient album. Very dark, very earthy and certainly atmospheric. It is subdued and droning, but there is tons of stuff happening inside of each track. The tracks seem to have a foundation of deep looping sounds which suck the listener in, combined with a plethora of strange and mutating sounds (modular synth?) which never repeat, and ghostly guitar drones which genuinely convey an otherworldly mood of sadness and despair. - Wounds of the Earth

Enriched with intermittent guitars, violins and percussion, the result is a captivating, hypnotic blend of organic and synthetic elements. A highly recommended work. - Terror Verlag

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released October 25, 2011

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Orphx Hamilton, Ontario

One of the most highly respected acts in both techno and industrial circles, Orphx have been developing their signature fusion of hypnotic rhythms and experimental noise for the past twenty years. Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey draw upon the darker, psychedelic fringes of techno and electro, mixing these elements with the experimental aesthetics and themes of early industrial music. - Pull Proxy ... more

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