Olle Andersson – an experimental electronics creator from Goteborg in Sweden – releases his material in the name of Sophomore.
The sounds daub flecks of sparkle as they land across the room as Sophomore creates music which always contains an unintended twist and for the very nature of the creative process, gives the loops of sound a warming context into which the listener can curl up and permit the combinations of pastel and iridescent electronics to wash across the ears.
The sloth like progressions are given plenty of room to envelope the audience in their folding silk, yet the slow-motion development doesn’t find the brain wanting to chase along the numbers, rather entices the synapses to decelerate to match the unfurling gossamer.
If you are hurrying to put together a collection of material from an impromptu house party, Sophomore, is not to be added by error. However, if are you looking to take material for the after-party pre-dawn accompaniment, this you should gather by the bushel to add an intoxicating palette of sound to the developing light, which reflects of the breaking sunrise, in which ever of the vagaries of light it may occur.
There are underlying contexts of intended travel as Sophomore records and plays all material live, resulting in each iteration being slightly different from the other despite it being computer generated, which gives a refreshing change to the normalcy of the style.
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In Vivid is the ambient-electronics vehicle for Benjamin Snook from Lawrence, Kansas in the USA.
There is an easy flow to the sounds that filter across the room as the subdued electronics fill the spaces with layer upon layer of reflectivity. In Vivid utilises vocoders to give the scant voices a spectral figurative, which suits well with the elemental nature of the sounds, which in itself is a surprise as all the soundscapes are electronically created.
It is through the softer tonality of analogue synthetics that In Vivid is able to produce music which has you leaning back as though inside a floating chamber in to which the striking postulations can and do add moments of jarring of panic, affording the material a sense of impending disquiet.
It has taken me some little while to get round to writing this article as Benjamin and I have been exchanging emails of different conversation – me asking for a social media page or website for In Vivid and he continually replying it is his work alone as a solo performer. Those who have exchanged conversations with me know that once I have replied to something I delete it and somehow we ended up with a disparate thread as my question remained unanswered as far as I was concerned, but had been replied to else where – somehow this minds of the music, which weaves incongruous ideas into a warming melt of sound.
My apologies to both you and Benjamin that this has taken so long – but now is the time to draught large quaffs of the ambient-electronica that is In Vivid.
There is no social media page or In Vivid website.