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sub​.​terra (An Interstitial Project)

by Interstitial, Vir Unis, vidnaObmana, Saul Stokes, M. Bentley

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rikm An excellent compilation from the Foundry label, "sub.terra" brings together an impressive collection of Ambient artists interpreting and re-imagining the same piece and imbuing it with their own perspective, artistry, and style.

Not a remix album so much as a group of artists working from within a similar sound palette, "sub.terra" is a fascinating and engaging compilation that comes highly recommended...
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I consider myself very lucky to have met a number of talented and nice folks during my musical journey, including John. Initially I got to know him through email correspondence and forum postings, and then further through the exchange of musical ideas. I was attracted to the SUB.TERRA project both becuase of the original source material, and becuase of the way it approached collaboration. The PDF booklet gives a lot more information about how the project came together, including pieces from all the contributors, but suffice to say that I feel like this project pushed me in new directions, and allowed all of the collaborators to be the best version of ourselves that we could be... thanks John! - M. Bentley

From the press rleease:
The Foundry is pleased to announce the SUB.TERRA Project, a full length CD featuring remixes/recyclings of Interstitial's epic "sub.terra" piece. Contributors include vidnaObmana, Vir Unis, Saul Stokes, Michael Bentley (eM), and, of course, the inspirator Interstitial (John Koch-Northrup).

The starting point, "sub.terra", is a composition that blends ambient textures with adventuresome trumpet excursions into a truly unique hybrid sound. As John (Interstitial) tells it, "sub.terra started as an experiment to create a song with only trumpet and drums. Along the way, I dropped the drum track. Everything in the original track has my trumpet playing as it's original source. Heavily processed? Absolutely!"

The goal of this project is for the five remixers to work with material from the original track and head off in their own direction through creative use of the cut, the splice, and the loop, as well as assorted additions and subtractions. The album will open with the original sub.terra track, followed by four reworkings. To bring this project full circle Interstitial will then create a final iteration by using elements from the remixed material. Where will SUB.TERRA take us?


released January 1, 2003


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