Self-comment on Echolocation IX. About the Aquarius album
Its been quite a few decades since we first heard the designation
music style and, of course, the music marked with the name Brian Eno associated
with it. The term ambient can relate to music in two ways. One way is
the music part of the environment and also appear in places where it would
otherwise be typical. The other connection is when the ambient sound heard
nature is incorporated into the sound of music. Unfortunately, this connection
since been pushed to the level of kitsch by the ambient genre. Echolocation
builds on the latter connection, avoiding the typical pitfalls of this
because I by no means wanted to create background music for minimalism.
to create a complex artistic concept, where the ambient style features
that can be
used for me are integrated into the original Echolocation sound concept,
short means that the sounds of music appear in the closer and deeper layers
depths of space, and musical events are much more depicted, and as a result,
will have a three-dimensional sound experience in stereo space.
I supplemented the musical and sound concept outlined here by drawing
sounds taken from nature in the process of a story, to draw a path from
somewhere to somewhere. Compared to the usual static ambient music, which
typically sounds continuously and allows only minimal musical change,
unpredictable modulations can be heard here. Between the parts of the
silence also appears in the dynamic fabric of the sounds. With these differences,
this music does not belong to ambient background music anymore.
The album consists of three tracks. The first two are Aquarius I and II.
are about water. Not only did I visualize the sound of water, but I formed
and rhythmic fabrics from the sound of water drops. The two pieces follow
path of the water from the dripping through the thunderstorm to the roar
sea. The third piece titled of Day of Birds and Forests is also about
birds and the
forest. The special feature of the piece is that the 1.6-second-long bird
Hylocichla Guttata collected by Dr. Péter Szõke, slowed
down to 1/16 speed,
sounds four octaves lower and sounds like a song with a perfect intonation.
dedicated a separate chapter to this natural musical phenomenon in an
edition of my book, The Metaphysics of Music.) I played a musical
accompaniment to the song of a bird using electric guitars and harmonizers.
song emerged from the slowdown in the birds voice, I used a reverse
my music. I placed the guitar solo behind the guitar at fourfold speed,
feel like we were hearing a chirping electric bird song deep
inside the stereo
space. This brought about a kind of dialogue between bird and man, forming
gateway between natural and human music.
Here, too, the music tells a story, followed by a forester wandering through
the forest from morning to night, who sometimes stops and wonders at the
miracles of the forest. From the second third of the piece, we can feel
and larger outdoor spaces. As the forester occasionally hits one or another
trunks of a large tree with his stick, the sound of the blows evokes swelling
echoes stretching between mountains and valleys. These unusual sounds
have now been given a dramaturgical role here, as they have a permanent
natural presence to illustrate the space of the environment. Music performed
electric guitars, guitar-controlled synthesizers, and percussion instruments
into this ever-changing atmosphere.
In recent years, a so-called cinematic ambient style branching can also
observed, which can perhaps only be called the background of videos and
somewhat supporting the spectacle. With the Aquarius album, I tried to
beyond and surpass the original cinematic term with the fact that this
not a video or film-supporting piece of music, but in itself an internal
imaginative piece of music, while some of its parts would certainly stand
ground as soundtracks. I started this essay with reference to the ambient
just because I also use style elements that are characteristic of it,
although it is
not yet considered that style.
The album was made in accordance with today's modern age. We sent
music basics to each other online with my Estonian composer and guitarist
Robert Jürjendal. We played to overdubs in our studios and then I
did the mixing
and finishing. It was extremely exciting, and so far it has been the most
musical and studio work of my career, where all the parts that make up
pieces were made in a separate session and ended up being put together
final composition in a summary session. My colleague Balázs Major
and I live in
the same city, so making sound recordings was not a problem. This time,
creation of the sound went far beyond the extensive use of effects, as
layering and harmonization of soundtracks was already a real sound design
The background harmonies were all made of guitar tones and thus realized
another important element of the Echolocation concept, the rethinking
guitar tones. In this I found an excellent partner in the person of Robert
who thinks in similar concepts. Finally, as a simple instruction
manual, I can
suggest you listen to this music, paying attention to the effect of the
captivates you, and if possible, - like all Echolocation albums, - you
to Aquarius on a high-fidelity system, because the atmospheres embedded
spatiality give a real sense of space only on a high-fidelity system.
I believe that just as music, sound creation must become art and that
we are working on.
Vác, 25 November, 2020