Maryam Sirvan ‘Songs of An Empty Room’
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Past Inside The Present is proud to present ‘Songs of An Empty Room’ from Iranian sound artist extraordinaire Maryam Sirvan, who also serves as half of the electronic duo NUM. ‘Songs of an Empty Room’ is Maryam’s second solo album: a static inner journey into infinity, a story of a secluded room on a dull, grey summer evening.
These works delve into the concept of detachment from the outer world and seek tranquility in an imaginary, non-existent inner space―a craving for otherworldly existence and exploration for a personal perception beyond time and space in a hallucinating manner. ‘Songs of An Empty Room’ is an exploration through sonic territories employing limited acoustic sources: obsessively, exclusively, electric guitar and voice. It offers textural structures using digital manipulation and sampling, creating personal atmospheres and soundscapes.
Composed, recorded, and produced by Maryam Sirvan in 2018-2019
Electric Guitar, Voice, and Processing by Maryam Sirvan
Additional engineering by Milad Bagheri
Art by Maryam Sirvan and Milad Bagheri
Album layout/design by 扎克
Kyle Bobby Dunn ‘FHTE-B’
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Digital release date: 5/20/2019
Triple cassette release date: 6/28/2019
Canadian drone master Kyle Bobby Dunn returns on the heels of his mammoth 4xLP ‘From Here To Eternity’ with a collection of B-side material culled from the many recording sessions from 2012-2019 that built ‘From Here To Eternity’.
18 pieces shape together an image of the working process behind Dunn’s first album in nearly five years, giving us a glance at alternate versions of the album’s standout tracks in addition to demos that were not included on the official album. Featuring contributions from Maryam Sirvan, Loscil, Isaac Helsen, and Conor C. Ellis, artists who contributed to the original ‘From Here To Eternity’ release, as well as new contributions from Matt Rogalsky and Devin Friesen.
The material on FHTE-B was left unedited and largely incomplete for the purpose of this release.
This recording dedicated to all our lost souls living and dead and Sir Richard Lainhart (February 14, 1953 - December 30, 2011)
Isaac Helsen: Four Track Tape Programming, Composition
Maryam Sirvan: Sequencer Sampler, Processing, Composition
Devin Friesen: Tapes, Guitar, Synth, Fripperie
Conor C. Ellis: Continuity, Arrangement, Computers
Scott Morgan: Processing, Synths
Matt Rogalsky: Max MSP Programming, Engineering, Source Recording on 1 & 18
Composed & Arranged in Montreal, Canada at L'auberge de France and Le End studio by Kyle Bobby Dunn except where noted in the track titles.
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PITP is pleased to present ‘Remnants Vol. I' and 'Remnants Vol. II’ by Isaac Helsen. These arrangements have taken several forms over many years: A full-length album and a double album, before it was scrapped entirely; reborn as a four-part series of EPs, and scrapped again; finally, taking form as 'Remnants', an eight-part series to be released over the course of 2019 on Past Inside the Present.
The project is both an autobiographical examination of the artist’s struggles with mental health and an attempt to deconstruct the idea of an album, creating a new series of sounds by collecting broken pieces of varying styles and in scattered stages of completion.
The individual eight volumes will be released sporadically and unpredictably throughout the remainder of 2019, noting both the sporadic and unpredictable nature of these collections of sound as well as the processes in which they were conceived.
50% of all proceeds for the ‘Remnants’ series will be donated to Active Minds, a charity focused on opening the conversation about mental health through support services and education, aimed at students aged 14-25.
NUM 'False Awakening'
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PITP is excited to offer ‘False Awakening’ by NUM in both CD & digital formats. Limited to 50 units.
NUM’s latest effort is a haunting journey into the dark silhouettes of avant-noise; if there was a soundtrack to accompany a journey into a black hole, ‘False Awakening’ would be it. NUM have created an ominous sound that goes far beyond any beaten path, stretching and exceeding uncharted territories that spirals into an infinite abyss. The 32 minute arrangement is comprised of two movements that incorporate processed voice, electric guitar, field recordings, electronics and saxophone.
‘False Awakening’ is an electroacoustic experience that creates a cinematic aural scene depicting a chain of real dreams. NUM is an electronic duo formed by Milad Bagheri and Maryam Sirvan in 2010 in northern Iran where the Alborz mountains meet the Caspian sea. The duo is now based in the city of Tbilisi. The concentration of NUM is on experimental music where they can create unique atmospheres by combining processed acoustic sounds and natural sonic materials with electronics.
Maryam Sirvan: Composer, Voice, Text, Electric Guitar, Field Recordings, Electronics
Milad Bagheri: Composer, Audio Engineering, Electronics
Featuring Rezo Kiknadze: Saxophone, Electronics
Studios: NUM space (Tbilisi) / Tbilisi State Conservatoire
Art: NUM / 扎克
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Past Inside the Present 'Portraits of Past Vol. I'
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Portraits of Past Vol.I is a compilation featuring artists who contributed exclusive tracks in winter/spring of MMXIX. Arranged and curated by Past Inside the Present. All arrangements featured on this compilation belongs to the respective copyright holders. Thank you to all artists and fans alike that have supported PITP.
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Layout & CD design by 扎克
Warmth 'Parallel Inflection'
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Celebrating the one year anniversary of his gorgeous third album, PITP is excited to announce a laconic version of Warmth’s 2018 monumental ambient release, ‘Parallel’ on both black and colored vinyl options. Available for the first time on vinyl, ‘Parallel Inflection’ features all arrangements from the ‘Parallel’ sessions, in addition to two previously unreleased versions / reworks of Concave and Parallel. This is limited to 175 units; 100 on black and 75 on transparent blue/black swirl. Pre-order LP and purchase digitally at PITP.bandcamp.com.
"Parallel has an almost spiritual quality to it. It is a soothing collection of weightless drones in one harmonious flow so hushed and still, so solemn and graceful that one cannot resist sinking into a state of tranquillity and deep reflection.”
"With a majestic mastering help of the one and only Taylor Deupree, Mena weaves slow-burning ambient textures that capture the frequency spectrum across its peaks and valleys, always evolving, and breathing, like waves. It’s easy to drown in its insistent washes that cradle the listener dully to sleep, but, if instead, you spend this hour as an active listener, you will discover the many intricacies hidden within, which always reward upon the numerous rotations."
"Warmth makes ambient music of a fearsome purity."
-- Spectrum Culture
"Parallel is the kind of album to offer truths as unique and varying as the individuals willing to seek them, drawing from memory and personal experience to create an aural landscape unique to each listener."
--Stone In Focus
‘Parallel’ is a deeply meditative album that further proves the Valencia-based artist is a forerunner in Minimalist Ambient."
Written and produced by Agustín Mena
Mastered at 12K Mastering by Taylor Deupree
Photography by Alexander Kopatz, www.go70north.com
Layout & LP design by 扎克
Kyle Bobby Dunn’s ‘From Here to Eternity’ 3xCD 'Black Edition' and 3xCD ‘Classical Box’ Edition.
On ne nous promet pas demain.
Kyle Bobby Dunn’s ‘From Here to Eternity’ is available today for digital download.
PITP is excited to announce an LP on the horizon titled, 'Low Priest ' by Erinome. These arrangements encompass perfectly orchestrated drone work that are immersive and vaporous. Multiple layers of manipulated field recordings and guitar work flawlessly converge, producing thirty minutes of angelic transmissions.
All tracks were written, mixed, and produced by Aaron Hansen. Limited to 200 units. The album is currently being manufactured and information concerning pre-order and release dates will be announced soon.
PITP is excited to announce an LP on the horizon titled, ‘Wind Colors’ by Gallery Six.
Six beautiful arrangements, saturated with field recordings and blissful ambience.
“The field recordings for this album were especially intense. Captured during the winter months, there were many days when the temperature was higher than average with strong winds. Initially dissapointed with too much wind noise, I discovered, and was quite surprised, with the results of these captured field recordings. The collection of field recordings became the foundation of these arrangements and consequently became the all encompassing title of these compositions, ‘Wind Colors’.”
Regarding the design, 扎克 states, “The album artwork & design aesthetics are not what you’d expect from an ambient album. It really came to fruition after multiple listens of these gorgeous arrangements. ‘Wind Colors’ is a testament and a soundtrack to a life once lived for me. It is a very nostalgic-inducing record. It inspired me to design closely to an old blank duplicate-ready VHS tape from the early 90’s. The music makes me think of old recorded tapes of family and friends enjoying themselves: smiling, laughing, and being carefree; a time once lived where it was light, optimistic and everyone had a sense of naivety about the world. It is direct reflection of Hidekazu’s arrangements on Wind Colors.”
All tracks were written, mixed, and mastered by Hidekazu Imashige. Limited to 200 units. The album is currently being manufactured and information concerning pre-order and release dates will be announced soon.
PITP is excited to announce an LP on the horizon titled, ‘The Last of Our Time Together’ by Hakobune. The album consists of two long pieces, encompassing the subtle and beautiful landscapes that Takahiro Yorifuji is known for. 32 minutes of serene, peaceful ambience.
Limited to 200 units & mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri.
The album is currently being manufactured and information concerning pre-order and release dates will be announced soon.
PITP is excited to announce a split LP on the horizon titled, ‘RÁS’ by Wayne Robert Thomas and Isaac Helsen. ‘RÁS’ is derived from a Faroese word, which roughly translates to “a strong current in a narrow passage which links two seas”, mirroring the outcome of Thomas’ & Helsen’s independent arrangements, cultivating a strong bond or link between their compositions. This will be limited to 200 units. Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri. Information regarding pre-order and official release date will be announced soon.
Wayne Robert Thomas:
'Cantus In Memoriam Mark David Hollis' is a very personal piece that mourns the loss of a very talented human being whose presence will be deeply missed in this world. He's had such a profound influence on me as well as many others and now I feel that his music carries any even greater weight than before when listening to it. This one is for Mark.
'A Grey Morning, Later Lovely Sunshine' was what Alexandra Fyodorovna described the day of July 16, 1918. Unbeknownst to her and the rest of the Russian royal family they were to be brutally murdered late into the night. I felt that this line described perfectly the month of February for me, a month that was full of loss and grief, as it had several overcast days and then sunlight would appear only for something tragic to happen.
Composed & recorded by Wayne Robert Thomas at the The Winter Dacha in Fairland, Indiana, February 26-27th of 2019. Arranged for electric guitar.
It is often only in hindsight that we are able to fully conceive the spaces we have traversed, notably in those metamorphic shifts of the mind. In looking back, our vision widens and clarifies; the darkness—once so intrusive and internal—is recast. Held against the light, its burden lifts and takes a different shape. The melancholy remains but is buoyed by a new hopefulness, a landscape unfolding, a bright contentment with what is and has been.
Guitar, piano, tape, and electronics composed and performed by Isaac Helsen. Strings composed and performed by Jeffrey Niemeier. Arranged by Jeffrey Niemeier and Isaac Helsen. Recorded, arranged, and mixed at La Chambre de Rêve by Isaac Helsen in January and February of 2019.
‘From Here to Eternity’ is the first full length album from Canadian composer Kyle Bobby Dunn since his 2014 long play, ‘Infinite Sadness’.
The use of processed guitar and his passion for cinematic swells reaches new realms that are markedly more ominous and dense than his previous long play. Kyle Bobby Dunn also recruited prominent ambient composers and a handful of his favorite musicians to arrange their own instrumentation for several works on this release that add multiple layers of mystery and intrigue of the human mind and heart. Artists that contributed to this effort are: Benoît Pioulard, Loscil, Pan-American, Wayne Robert Thomas, Isaac Helsen, Mark Nelson, Robert Donne, Maryam Sirvan, and Michael Vincent Waller.
Kyle Bobby Dunn wanted this album to be very much about the eternal conflict with all human emotions and life circumstances and to somehow go even further than the concepts left behind on ‘Infinite Sadness'. The moods and sounds range from angelic choral elements to motion picture soundtrack epics; permeating the skeletal system of the listener with a sense of boundaries and mortality. There are also moments that capture the dynamics of the artist performing in the live setting perfectly and were engineered meticulously by Matt Rogalsky and Kyle Bobby Dunn himself. Truly a difficult album of unending loss, confusion, pain, identity, disease and even death, but also include the most reflective and warm moments of his career to date.
Writing, arrangement, guitars, organs, sampling, sequencing, computer processing, performance: Kyle Bobby Dunn
Package & layout: 扎克
Art & photographic editing: Adam Brooks
Additional mixing engineers: Milad Bagheri avec Maryam Sirvan
Additional studio engineers: Jack Rys, N. Schofield
Continuity: Maryam Sirvan, Conor C. Ellis, Kyle Bobby Dunn
Mastering: Jeremy Bible
Studios: L'auberge de France, Le End, Schofield Septic Tank, JBSTO, Sonic Arts Studio,
NUM space (Tbilisi), Stonestreet Studios, Wayne's World of Fairland.
Piano on 1 & 3 by Isaac Helsen(1) & Michael Vincent Waller(3)
Additional processing and treatment on 2 by Thomas Meluch
Texture generating guitars on 5 by Mark Nelson
Organs and synth treatment on 6 by Josh H. Barsky
Additional processing on 7 & 8 by N. Schofield
Additional guitars on 9 by Wayne Robert Thomas
Additional processing on 12 by Scott Morgan
Additional sampling & sound design on 18 by Maryam Sirvan
Merci: Adam Brooks, Zach Frizzell, Wayne Thomas, Scott Morgan, Maryam Sirvan, Thomas Meluch, Devin Friesen, Milad Bagheri, Levon & Joseph, Greg Euclide, Eric Devin, Ed Horrox, Ryan Hall, Jeremy Bible, Michael Vincent Waller, Jack Rys, Jeannine Dunn, Matthew Rogalsky, Daniel Darch, Robert Pomerleau, Lisa & Poe, Robert & Mark, Dave & Nick, Josh Barsky, Adam Zendel, Erica Dicker, Isaac Helsen, Frederic Aellen, Kyle McEvoy & Conor C. Ellis.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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January 23, 2019
Kyle Bobby Dunn ‘From Here to Eternity’ 4xLP Boxset | Digital release
INDIANAPOLIS, US- ‘From Here to Eternity’ is the first full length album from Canadian composer Kyle Bobby Dunn since his 2014 long play, ‘Infinite Sadness’.
The use of processed guitar and his passion for cinematic swells reaches new realms that are markedly more ominous and dense than his previous long play. Kyle Bobby Dunn also recruited prominent ambient composers and a handful of his favorite musicians to arrange their own instrumentation for several works on this release that add multiple layers of mystery and intrigue of the human mind and heart.
Kyle Bobby Dunn wanted this album to be very much about the eternal conflict with all human emotions and life circumstances and to somehow go even further than the concepts left behind on 'Infinite Sadness'.
The moods and sounds range from angelic choral elements to motion picture soundtrack epics; permeating the skeletal system of the listener with a sense of boundaries and mortality. There are also moments that capture the dynamics of the artist performing in the live setting perfectly and were engineered meticulously by Matt Rogalsky and Kyle Bobby Dunn himself. Truly a difficult album of unending loss, confusion, pain, identity, disease and even death, but also include the most reflective and warm moments of his career to date.
US ambient label, Past Inside the Present will be releasing this mammoth collection of arrangements both digitally and physically. It will feature some of Kyle Bobby Dunn's favorite artists & composers (which include four PITP artists): Benoît Pioulard, Simon Scott, Wayne Robert Thomas, Isaac Helsen, Loscil, Mark Nelson, Steve Hess, Robert Donne, Maryam Sirvan, and Michael Vincent Waller.
As true to form with Kyle Bobby Dunn’s previous physical releases, these copies will sell out quickly. Please sign up for PITP's newsletter to be the first to know about pre-order and release details, along with information regarding the progress of this pressing and information pertaining to the release.
RIYL: Stars of the Lid / 36 / William Basinski / Benoît Pioulard / Hotel Neon / Chihei Hatakeyama / Hakobune
About Past Inside the Present
Past Inside the Present (PITP) is an American, ambient label with a focus on offering up some of the very best ambient, ethereal, soundscape, and minimal music through exclusive & previously unreleased material by prominent ambient artists from across the globe.
The current PITP artist roster is listed below. These artists will be releasing material, via digital, cassette, and/or vinyl on PITP label in 2019:
36 / Black Swan / Amulets / Benoît Pioulard / Celer / Dawn Chorus and the Infallible Sea / Endless Melancholy / Erinome / Forest Management / Gallery Six / Hakobune / Hilyard / Hotel Neon / Ian Hawgood / Isaac Helsen / Jack Hyde / Kyle Bobby Dunn / Lauver / Matthew Prokop / NAAL / Phillip Wilkerson / Rafael Anton Irisarri / Simon Scott / Wayne Robert Thomas /扎克
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Kyle Bobby Dunn - ‘From Here to Eternity’
PITP MMXIX LP Series
Past Inside the Present is very excited to announce that we will be releasing Kyle Bobby Dunn's, 'From Here to Eternity' on multiple formats in late spring 2019. This mammoth collection of arrangements will feature some of KBD's favorite music artists & composers (which includes four PITP artists): Benoit Pioulard, Wayne Robert Thomas, Isaac Helsen, Scott Morgan, Mark Nelson, Steve Hess, Robert Donne, Maryam Sirvan, and Michael Vincent Waller. Please sign up for PITP's newsletter to receive updates on the progress of this pressing and information pertaining to the release.