Deep atmospherics, shimmering warm synthesizers, and shape-shifting pulses illuminate a journey into an unknown and yet somehow familiar sound-world. Exploring a different region of the sonic landscape, Hoshal’s meditations on this place of mystery lead the listener into an environment of undiscovered spaces and lost time.
Conceived as a virtual walking tour into a strange deserted landscape, the overall idea of Abandoned City is centered on the silence between the notes. The compositions tend towards minimal in nature, even being limited to only one or two voices in some cases and relying more on motivic development to provide complexity. The sounds and colors for each piece were “built” specifically for the track utilizing a variety of techniques. Recorded sounds from the city were morphed into drone beds and atmospheric spaces or combined with additive or subtractive synthesis. The idea was to create a sonic palette that was unique to the project, but still held a familiarity and accessibility. The sole exception to this being a classic timbre from a Roland JD-800 that weaves it’s way into one of the pieces after some minor tweaking….
Abandoned City begins in mystery and unknown. But the dark atmospheric drones, deconstructed bowed guitars and mangled environmental sounds eventually give way to luminous analog textures as the mist and darkness in the city clear away. Light and energy begin to return as layered tone rows create intersecting lines and culminate in a spiraling mandala sequence that seems to hint at new hope.
The question remains. Is this landscape that unknown and alien, or is it because we haven’t looked around our own world hard enough?
released September 16, 2016
ABANDONED CITY -- WILLIAM HOSHAL
Produced by William Hoshal
William Hoshal: Synthesizers, Sound Design, Electric Guitars
All compositions copyright 2016 William Hoshal (ASCAP)
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