PITP is pleased to release ‘The Last of Our Time Together’ by Japanese ambient mastermind, Hakobune. This is Hakobune’s first physical release of 2019 and we couldn’t be more honored to be releasing this captivating set of compositions. ‘The Last of Our Time Together’ encompasses two slow burners, with subtle, beautiful landscapes that Takahiro Yorifuji is known for. 32 minutes of serene, peaceful ambience. Mastered at Black Knoll Studio (NY) by our good friend Rafael Anton Irisarri.
Limited to 100 units on transparent smoke & 100 units on black vinyl. Shipping begins 7.26.2019.
Transparent smoke vinyl & black vinyl housed in a full color, semi-gloss jacket. Records are placed in white paper innersleeves. Shrink-wrapped.
Limited to 100 units each.
All music written by Takahiro Yorifuji
Mastered at Black Knoll Studio (NY) by Rafael Anton Irisarri
Photography & layout by Takamitsu Ohta
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PITP is very excited to announce that Canadian ambient producer, Jordan Christoff is now part of the PITP artist roster!
PITP is very excited to announce that Canadian ambient producer, Jordan Christoff is now part of the PITP artist roster! Christoff offers up his latest pair of ruminant arrangements for his debut PITP release titled, 'Liminal'. Liminal is a meditative long play with drifting, transcendent ambient soundscapes. These compositions were performed and recorded live between January-February 2019 on Lekwungen territories. Liminal is available now as a digital download and limited edition cassette.
Solid red shell cassette tape with white imprinting, housed in a clear norelco box and shrink wrapped.
Loaded with FerroMaster C456™ super ferric, ultra-high performance type-1 music grade analog tape.
Limited to 100 units.
Written and produced by Jordan Christoff with synthesizer programming and field recordings
Additional field recordings by Emily Thiessen
Mastered by t e l e p a t h
Art and layout by Zakè (扎克)
No computer screens, sounds or presets involved in the creation of Liminal.
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Past Inside The Present is pleased to welcome Duenn to the PITP roster! Expect a more detailed release announcement in the near future.
Duenn (Fukuoka, Japan) is an electronic musician and composer producing minimal works, using a minimum of equipment. He has collaborated with many; noise legend Masami Akita (Merzbow), experimental musician Koji Nakamura, Berlin-based, violinist, composer and electronic musician Hoshiko Yamane, Will Long (Celer) from Tokyo Japan, as well as with several visual artists, photographers etc. Duenn, along with Merzbow and Koji Nakamura, formed the experimental/noise collaboration ‘3rensa’ in 2017.
Duenn’s works have been released and published by: Line Imprint (US), White Paddy Mountain (JP), Entr’acte (UK), sicsic tape (DE), New Motion (COL), Onmyōdō Cassette (US), Grumpy Records (UK), Slowdown Records(JP), Progressive Form (JP) and now Past Inside the Present.
Past Inside The Present is pleased to welcome Pausal to the PITP roster! Expect a more detailed release announcement in the near future.
Pausal is the audio and visual art project of Alex Smalley and Simon Bainton, both from Hampshire, UK. Active since 2005, they have released their music on labels such as Barge Recordings, Students of Decay, Own Records, Dronarivm and Infraction. Individually, Alex has released several works under his Olan Mill guise and Simon has released on Hibernate Records.
The duo's music has been described as "billowing, vaporous, and cloud-like", "a shimmering haze of humid ambience and sparkling field recordings", "a colourful, yet ghostly, world of slow-moving, rejuvenating sound". Their live shows are a complete immersive experience, utilizing large scale visuals created by the band. They have performed across the UK and in Europe supporting artists such as Grouper, Mountains, Stars of the Lid, Chihei Hatakeyama and Greg Haines.
PITP is very excited to announce that ambient producer, James Bernard is now part of the PITP artist roster!
PITP is very excited to announce that ambient producer, James Bernard is now part of the PITP artist roster! James is an LA-based musician that has been creating and releasing ambient electronic music since 1994.
In February 2019, James' highly acclaimed effort on A Strangely Isolated Place titled, 'Atwater' was saturated with beautiful sounds emerging from a Moog Mother 32, custom built filters and various Eurorack modular sequencers, modules and effects.
James continues his proven and unique efforts in creating ethereal tones on this latest collection of songs titled 'Fragments' due out on Past Inside the Present in late summer. 'Fragments' was created by using a method of composition James has been perfecting where he takes small pieces of unreleased music that he has written stretching over the last 10 years, and runs them through different modes and types of granular stretching and FFT processing. In some cases, the original audio source was no longer than 20-30 seconds long.
Fragments will be released on a limited edition cassette and CD, along with a digital download option. PITP is honored to share this collection of music.
OTS is offered as a ‘name your price’ download, but 100% of all proceeds will be donated to the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO) towards a Student Scholarship. The MYO is a youth and family development program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The program focuses on developing life skills through the rehearsal and performance of music and is designed to use the life skills learned through music instruction to engage youth in activities that discourage at-risk behaviors and keep them committed to staying in school. A student scholarship is $200 and our goal and intention is to sponsor one child for the program. Further information on The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra can be found HERE.
'The Lower Lights' is a new compilation album from 36, featuring 10 tracks of vibrant, eclectic ambient music. These are carefully chosen from a larger selection of tracks, made between April 2018 and April 2019 as part of a year-long 'Audio Diary' project. These showcase the more energetic side to 36's production, whilst still retaining that glowing melancholia, which has become the hallmark of the 36 sound. Tunes like 'Galatea' and 'Midnight Helix' unleash the full arsenal of 36's synth capabilities, with an urgency that is quite unlike anything else in his discography. In contrast, tracks like 'Future Love' and 'Minerva' uncover new paths in the darker, more cyberpunk style, with a nod to the future and a wink to the past. For those who enjoy 36's music at it's most blissful, tunes like 'Lahaina Noon' will have you covered. If you enjoy emotionally charged ambient music, that demands your full-focus rather than something to simply ignore or fall asleep to, then 'The Lower Lights' is an album worth taking your time to explore.
All tracks have been carefully remixed and re-mastered, for more detail and clarity. The beautiful, minimalist artwork was created by Mario Morales. The record is pressed on double vinyl and is available in 3 different colors: Black, Metallic Silver and Teal. 100 copies of each are available. To reduce shipping costs and keep things internal, USA/ROTW orders will be handled direct by the label, while all UK and EU orders will be distributed by 36 himself.
In addition, a limited edition cassette tape compilation called 'Beneath The Lower Lights' is also available, featuring an alternative selection of tracks, taken from the 'Audio Diary' archive.
"During the months of April 2018 to April 2019, I worked on a new project, which I called an "Audio Diary" documenting all the music I made over a single year. I have always wanted to do something like this, but time constraints and outside commitments always prevented it. Since 2017, I have been fortunate enough to be able to work on music full-time as my sole career, so I figured the time was right to finally crack my knuckles and do it.
My early albums were more like compilations of random tracks I made, but in recent years, I have shifted towards conceptual albums, that have a more focused, curated feeling. This is great for creating a consistent sound from start to end. But as a listener, I have a soft spot for dynamic albums, that shift and swerve in sound, constantly surprising the listener. This is why the idea of an Audio Diary felt appealing to me, because I could just make music without any pretense or grand goal; It was just making music for the sheer joy of it, without any regard for the tracks that come before or after it. It felt like returning to my old method of working, albeit with 10 years of experience on my back!
I was expecting to create around one track a month, but during the first 6 months, I was averaging about 1 track a week. When inspiration strikes, I have learned not to fight it! I think a key part of this prolific output is because I created a consistent pattern for how and when I worked. All tunes were made after 8:00pm every evening, when it was quiet and there were no distractions. Most of the tunes were brand new and made on the spot. But I also took the time to browse through my archive of unfinished tracks and see if any of them showed potential. Tracks like 'Galatea' were started years earlier, but along the way, they hit a creative dead-end and were left unfinished. The luxury of time gives birth to many new ideas! This is why I never delete any track I work on, because they can often be the catalyst for future ideas. Everything finds it place eventually.
In the end, I made 32 tracks in total. When it came to compiling the tracks for this compilation, I simply chose the tunes I personally played and enjoyed the most over the last 12 months. I made a conscious effort not to speak to fans who had already heard them, or check play counters on Soundcloud to see which were the most popular in terms of play count. This whole concept was a personal journey, so it felt fitting for me to continue this to its final conclusion and choose the selection entirely myself. Whittling 32 tracks down to 10 for a vinyl release isn't easy, but in the end, I chose the tracks closest to my heart and placed them in a run order which I enjoyed listening to from start to finish. The end result is a new compilation album that I titled 'The Lower Lights'. Although these tracks are all quite different in terms of their individual sound, they have a surprisingly cohesive quality when compiled together as an album. I think it's a very dynamic selection and should hit the full gamut of your emotions. This isn't ambient music you can ignore; It demands your full attention and will reward you as a result. I hope you enjoy them!" - 36
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
PAST INSIDE THE PRESENT SHOWCASE - JUNE 2019
Midwest friends, mark your calendars! PITP will be hosting an artist showcase on June 23 featuring, Steven Kemner (Hotel Neon), Wayne Robert Thomas, Isaac Helsen and Echoed Sycamore. It will be a wonderful, intimate evening of ambient and drone.
June 23, 6:00pm
3631 E Raymond St.
PITP is very excited to announce that ambient musician & guitarist, Viul is now part of the PITP artist roster!
PITP artist Benoît Pioulard's micro-label, Disques d'Honoré, released Viul's beautiful album 'Bright Decline' last month. This collection of pastoral arrangements are saturated with darkly beautiful, looped guitar work. You can expect more of these gorgeous tones and movements from an upcoming Viul release on PITP!
PITP is very excited to announce that guitar and tape-based ambient musician, Black Brunswicker is now part of the PITP artist roster!
Black Brunswicker is the moniker of midwest-based ambient guitarist Ethan Helfrich. He creates lush billows of lofi soundscapes primarily from a digest of recorded tape loops, a myriad of effects pedals and acoustic guitar. The result is a stunning array of warm, nostalgic sound treatments and rustic hymns.
His compositions beautifully complement the warm traits of magnetic tape and you can expect new arrangements on a cassette release in the near future!
PITP is excited to announce that Isaac Helsen has been hired as our in-house content writer and will also be taking on artist promotions. You can reach out to Isaac for exclusive PITP features, album premieres, demos, and promotional inquiries at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaac Helsen is a multi-disciplinary artist from Michigan, creating music, photography, paintings, and more. He studied Audio for Visual Media at Columbia College Chicago and has lived, worked, and created in various cities nationwide.
As a composer, Isaac seeks to consistently push his own boundaries, as well as the boundaries of his listeners. A brief involvement in Chicago's experimental music scene led to a significant shift in his technique, focusing on improvisation and embracing failure, while representing themes of nostalgia, loss, and mental illness, and taking inspiration from significant locations in his life.
Isaac has created original scores for dozens of short films and advertisements. His work has been featured by online ambient music curators and in several gallery spaces.
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
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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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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
PITP is very excited to announce that Tyresta is now part of the PITP artist roster! Tyresta is the solo music project of Chicago-based social worker and musician Nick Turner. He started the project in 2016 in hopes to create music that would encourage both himself and others to breathe, slow down, and connect with the present moment. Nick utilizes various instruments including modular and semi-modular synthesizers in order to create emotive and engaging instrumental music.
PITP is very excited to announce that drone/ambient duo NUM is now part of the PITP Roster! NUM is an electronic duo formed by Maryam Sirvan and Milad Bagheri in 2010 in northern Iran. The duo is now based in Tbilisi, country of Georgia. The concentration of NUM is on experimental electroacoustic music where they can create unique atmospheres by combining processed acoustic sounds and natural sonic materials with electronics. NUM's music merges processed instruments, human voices, field recordings, and electronics to create an atmospheric, personal and colorful ambience.
Expect both physical & digital releases by NUM in MMXIX!
PITP is very excited to announce that Warmth is now part of the PITP Roster! Warmth is the recording moniker of Agustín Mena. Agus is also the founder of the amazing ambient label, ARCHIVES based out of Spain, having released a multitude of monumental ambient albums such as: Robert Farrugia, Hotel Neon, Gallery Six, & Purl to name a few.
We will have a very special announcement on 4.23.2019 regarding an upcoming release by Warmth. Be ready!