An adventurous romp though new age enlightenment and extra-terrestrial soundscapes.
Here’s a pretty 90s sounding ambient song that I could see in an old top down RPG in some exotic land. I composed the track in Rosegarden and used the Qsynth/Fluidsynth soundfont player for sounds. The soundfont is of a Kawai K1 Synthesizer. Dedicated to Fornax Void.
Steve Roach has always been a huge inspiration to me. His music is timeless, spiritual, hypnotic, and engrossing. This album especially is one of his best I’ve heard in a while. Though all are good, there’s a certain magic to this release that really resonates with me. I got it on CD and it sounds amazing. The CD came packed with such care, and inside there were several postcards with info and a very cool one of Steve in 2016 and on the reverse in 1983. There’s such clarity and depth when listening on headphones. I greatly admire this man’s dedication to his art and consistency over so many years. This is essential Steve Roach.
While searching for some Kawai K1 soundfonts (since I no longer own my K1) I stumbled across this super-cool album on Archive.org of spacey synth jams made entirely with K1 sounds. I still haven’t located a free K1 soundfont, but this album gives me something fun to listen to in the meantime.
If you’re not familiar with Fornax Void, you really should be. This Swiss artist masterfully combines vivid 90s computer imagery with skillfully crafted ambient work to create visually stunning and soothing contemplative sound that is equal parts pleasing and strange.
If you’re interested in his work, definitely check out his page fornaxvoid.com as well as my podcast interview with him from last year.
Speaking of my podcast, I know I’ve made many promises to get back to it throughout 2016, but still have not. This will change in 2017, really this time. 🙂