closing date: 11 Aug 2012
CD & DVD
Marvin Ayres is proud to announce that his latest music composition Harmogram Suite is available on CD, and 5.1 surround sound DVD
"I wanted to create something orchestral, a large-scale piece which exclusively utilises acoustic classical instruments - which eventually turned out even larger than originally planned.'
You Tube Lament Dedicated to Reginald Ayres (Boy) 1926-2010 taken from the album Harmogram Suite
The Harmogram Suite is the sixth album from the British modern classical/ambient composer Marvin Ayres. This two-disc CD-and-DVD package, recorded in 5.1 surround-sound consistent with the holographic concept, is in the best tradition of his diverse back catalogue of minimalist albums incorporating special soundscapes and psycho-acoustics. Harmogram is Marvin Ayres' term to describe his hybridizing harmonics, harmony and hologram. His initial idea for the piece was that the 'delivery' of sound (i.e.: 5.1, 7.1 Surround, etc) now seems to be almost as important as the 'musical' content and instrumentation involved.
With Harmogram Suite, Marvin takes his listeners on a hugely emotional and dramatic journey in a musical piece written in six movements, over-dubbed with one hundred and forty layers, with every instrument and every part, played by Marvin, excepting the fifth movement which utilises a choir.
During the recording process, different playing techniques, recording set ups and textures were used to produce an authentic full live orchestral sound. The result is a unique, modern classical musical sound composition.
It was at a meeting towards the end of recording the album that Marvin met with Martyn Ware (Human League/Heaven 17). So enthusiastic was Martyn about the piece that he suggested to Marvin that Harmogram Suite should be mixed in 3D, with the intention of giving live performances, in combinations of players and 3D Sound System Orchestra.
The release of Harmogram Suite comes as Marvin continues work on his latest project, Sacred Spaces: an ongoing and evolving performance/recording project, which visits both secular and non-secular places in search of the 'sonic beauty' of each environment. Locations include Bretton Chapel in Yorkshire, H.M.S. Alliance, Tate, Orford Ness, Greenwich Royal Observatory and Winchester Cathedral. Assisted by sound engineer Alex Siddall, Marvin's instruments are randomly tuned to complement each environment and microphones used to pick up the full ambience of the space once excited by the cellos, violins and violas.
His initial idea progressed from an unusual way of playing cello in the 'live' recording room: aiming towards being spiritual (in a non-religious sense), to discover how the randomly tuned cello 'felt and breathed' with the player and the environment and responding to how the instrument played and resonated in the live room, with the criteria to create warm, beautiful and vibrational sound. Marvin states: 'I found that by detuning my cello and improvising, it made the experience similar to playing a totally new instrument, enabling me to play with completely fresh ideas'. More about Marvin
Marvin Ayres Catalogue
Harmogram Suite 2012
Eccentric Deliquescence 2008
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