This EP is a sequel of sorts to All the Stars Burning Bright. I used many of the same techniques for composing these three pieces, and I like to think that it adds both a postscript and even a kind of summary to the earlier album. Outward was also the 2nd of three EP releases, the others being Ben Swire's Equilibrium and Egocentric's The Sky Within the Ground. - Michael Bentley
From the press release:
Outward, second in the FOUNDRY EP SERIES, is the first eM solo release since 2001's All the Stars Burning Bright. In many ways Outward begins where All the Stars Burning Bright leaves off, providing a restatement of, or more precisely, an alternative take on the same conceptual arc. Michael Bentley, who records under the name eM, explains.
"There are certainly parallels between All the Stars Burning Bright and Outward, but with this suite I made different choices in terms of compositional approach and sound palette. The first section (From the Earth) is anchored in Earth sounds (animals, insects, earthquakes) though it includes a reiteration of one of the themes from All the Stars Burning Bright as well as man-made radio signals. The middle section (Across the Milky Way) is centered around highly processed non-terrestrial sounds (satellite telemetry, etc.) and a numerically derived melodic sequence. The last section (Beyond the Magellanic Clouds) utilizes hypnotic and percussive repetition to imply the infinity that lies beyond what we have explored. And while I used exterior references for the titling (a nod to years of interest in such things), for me Outward expresses something rather interior, the movement from within the individual towards interaction and understanding the immensity of the outside world."
Outward is an intriguing addition to eM's body of work, presenting an engrossing soundscape that draws on ideas from ambient, experimental and modern academic music.
"Going even where Eno has not gone before, these foreboding pieces work as odes to spatial vacuums, rife with the same latent forces that govern a cosmos of desolate largesse." Darren Bergstein, e|i Magazine
"The second in a new EP series by Foundry is a 3-track atmospheric gem by label director eM (M. Bentley). This exploratory disc has so much compact conceptualism housed in its short 21 minute format." TJ Norris, Igloo Magazine
released April 1, 2002
Composed and recorded by eM/Michael Bentley. Mastered by Myles Boisen at the Headless Buddha Mastering Lab.