Artist: Cymphonic
Album: Strataradialis

Released: September 2007
Label: dataBloem

Strataradialis (53'55") by Cymphonic is as wispy as a dream you cannot recollect. This work appears to be a multi-movement piece in nine distinct parts, yet it maintains cohesion beneath the surface. The rhythms here are more telluric than metronomic, with the chirps and croaks of crickets and frogs, the drawing and release of breath, the ebb and flow of tides and the coming and going of the seasons running their own distinctive loops. Synth pads mingle beautifully with whispering voices and environmental field recordings to create a range of sonic states and moods. The soft distortion from one dark area yields to the bright tone paintings of another in this wonderfully varied ambient landscape. Strataradialis is an intriguingly complex journey into sound. Drawing on the powerful themes of Ancient Leaves and Substrata, Cymphonic gives us his homage to the cosmos - tempered with the irony of the digital age.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END   17 October 2007

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