Hi – Hope you’re well? All is well here.

I would like to wish you and yours a happy new year – may all your wildest dreams come true in 2018! However, I’ve already broken my New Year’s resolutions.

There is a new download album available for listening on the web store. If you head HERE you are able to listen to the release before you purchase it. The artist is a long-standing acquaintance who records under the name DR – the release is called “Musique Concrète.”

Obviously, it is a musique concrète album – but it is based on a field recording of DR’s native Saxony. To be specific, it a recording captured on Neue Straße, Braunschweig. DR (aka Dominic Razlaff), was born in 1982 and he is predominantly an ambient musician. He has had an interest in making music since 2007. In 2009 he bought his first synthesizer (Novation Xio), that changed the game.

Nowadays, DR was more interested in sound design and it has moved more and more towards experimental ambient music. Currently, he produces most of his tracks with classic subtractive synthesis and records it on a Fostex X-15, later it is edited with some granular synthesis tools and then field recordings are added. DR loves to use synthesizers, field recordings, tape loops & granular synthesis to create melancholic, immersive soundscapes.

However, there are a few teething issues with the release: the CDs are here but they are not yet showing up in the shop, I have been told they are being taken care of by “My People Who Do That For Me.” If you are desperate for a CD then, by all means, get in contact at [email protected] and we can sort something out for you – if you review music then I could send the Press Pack your way?

The release is available now as a WAV/MP3 download – it is a good body of work and it has been aired on The Parish News.

In the next newsletter (if I remember to do so) I will tell you about the visual artist who I will be working on the album covers for future releases. I have seen some of the prototypes and they are awesome! A proper digital artist working alongside Focused Silence – who would have thought it, huh!

Meanwhile, stay warm.

Andy

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