I am honored to have another collaborative effort out with Jack on his Aural Films label.
Here are the notes and the download link for the album.
Aural Films presents a new album release "Divina Commedia I – Nine Circles" album by Scott Lawlor & Jack Hertz. Read the following notes by Scott Lawlor who conceptualized this project:
I have always been fond of Dante’s Inferno, having read it back around 1987 in a world Literature class and it wasn’t recently until I thought how interesting it would be to render an ambient interpretation of this classic masterpiece.
Whereas with other compositions I’ve written that were inspired by different writings, I had utilized sound effects from freesound.org to assist in the interpretation of the work, I decided not to do that at all with this album. I wanted the imagination of the listener to lead the interpretation to a larger degree and felt that adding such effects would paint a sonic picture where there really wasn’t much room for interpretation.
I did research on the poem as well as read through parts again and came up with song titles reflecting the mortal sin of each circle as well as putting a central character from each of those circles to give the tracks a bit of a narrative quality.
Besides using my Ensoniq ts-12, I asked Jack Hertz to collaborate and add his unique ambient voice to the project and his contributions are simply outstanding. He brought out sonic possibilities that take the tracks to a whole new plateau. The resulting effort will surely scare the hell out of you and lead you on a journey through Dante’s inferno from the Vestibule where Virgil and Dante first embark on their journey to the chilling encounter with Lucifer himself who is eternally bound in the ice of the ninth circle.
Thank you for having the courage to listen.
On this week’s terrifying edition of the program, I am presenting an extended set of tracks to give you Goosebumps, make you shiver and shake, and bring torment to your soul. There’s no escape from the horror and mayhem that await you after you’ve gone trick or treating with your little ones so I hope you’ll spend an uncertain three hours with me, your horrifying host as I present tracks from a brand new album by Jack Hertz and myself called Divina Commedia Book 1 (Nine Circles).
I’ll also be playing tracks by Backyard Ghost, Ken Elkinson, Edge of October, Their Teeth To Points, Dan Pound, EugeneKha, Caul, The Implicit Order, MetaDronos, Abandoned Toys and Black Winds.
There is also a special introduction to the program as there always is for a lot of the holiday related broadcasts so be sure to be tuned in at 11 PM central on Friday, October 31st for this special episode of the Blind Flight.
Thanks for listening.
Here is the podcast of the special 2.5 hour dark ambient track that I composed for last night’s program, a show to prepare you for Halloween.
I hope you enjoy this particular broadcast.
Thanks for listening.
On tonight’s edition of the program, I will be featuring a 2 and a half hour composition I wrote especially for this broadcast.
Come join me on a journey through dark passages, down dark corridors, and if you hear a screaming child or two, don’t worry too much, it’s just one of the attractions preparing you for the Halloween events ahead, whatever they might be.
Please tune into stillstream.com at 11 PM central time for this special edition of the Blind Flight and thanks for listening.
The Blind Flight for October 17, 2014
Medicine Man – The Ether – DarkTomorrows
Igneous Flame – Hydra – Heart of Darkness
Fellirium – Concrete Purgatory – Darkness
Mystified – Passing Through The Outer Gates – Eulogy Series, Volume 1 – Dark Transition
Aegri Somnia – Nothingness – Structures of Darkness
Various Artists – Throne Of Drones – The Simorgh Sleeps On Velvet Tongues (Robert Rich)
Scott Lawlor – Times Escape (waag_rel016) – Delta Waves
Conni St. Pierre – Beyond the Sky – Darkness Before Creation
Caul – Crucible
Palancar – Crooked Little House – ValleyOfTheShadow
Joe Stone – Melting Into The Blackness
Melting Into The Blackness
Phrozenlight – 0122101020121122012 – The Dark Gets You Before You See It
You can download the podcast of this week’s program from https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4669991/2014-10-17%20The%20blind%20flight%20%28exploration%20of%20the%20Dark%29.mp3
In leading up to the special Halloween program on the 31st of this month, I thought I would put together a show of dark ambient material called Exploring the Darkness.
I’ll be playing tracks by Medicine Man, Igneous Flame, Fellirium, Mystified, Aegri Somnia, Robert Rich, Conni St. Pierre, Caul, Phrozenlight, Palancar and Joe Stone.
Please join me for two hours of dark explorations at 11 PM central tonight on Stillstream.com/ and Thanks for listening.
Here’s a review of my Neptune cd. As usual, the link follows the text and I’d like to thank
Bert Strolenberg of Sonic Immersion for the kind words about the cd. I’ll also paste the download link for the disk here as well.
During the years, the fine earthMANTRA netlabel has already brought lots of interesting ambient/space artists to my attention.
"Neptune", subtitled "the Mystical Blue World", is the second release on this netlabel by Texas-based composer Scott Lawlor, who hereby present six nicely molded pieces of uplifting, graceful cosmic music with symphonic hints occasionally, inspired for the most part by Gustav Holst’s "Neptune, the Mystic" from his suite "The Planets".
Mr Lawlor’s sonic approach is minimal, freeform and quite heavenly, depicting the grand but always serene spheres up above to imaginary effect throughout the continuous 73-minute ride. The long form drone textures with occasional bell tones evolve harmonious, very slowly but distinctively. At the same time, the meandering chord progressions leave a certain meditative scent while gentle space winds pass by. For me, the ebb and flow of soft breathing and expanding spheres culminates best on the expansive "The Great Ocean" and "The Wizard’s Eye", contrary to the rather superficial currents making up "Dark Vortex" which drag on too long.
I’m convinced though some further accurate mastering and mixing will open up and further improve the overall impact of this already fascinating outer space travelogue.
"Neptune" is available as a free legal download.