this is not a collection of leftovers. this is basically a collection of sounds in their practical form of loops.
during the last two years I collected a pretty decent amount of recordings, be those field recordings or snippets from german tv thrillers, or simply me playing on an instrument. I always try to record something that I think might be useful for a precise composition or a specific way of manipulation, and sometimes I succeed in this task.
either I get what I wanted or not, the creation of loops is the inevitable mid-stage of this process. sometimes, while trying to enrich the sound, add something to this first raw layer, simply nothing goes right, nothing fits.
now, listening back to those manipulations I realize that some of them could live on their own. or maybe, this is what they were trying to telling me from the very first moment I created them.
so "Sketches from Afar" is a collection of drones and loops in their most elemental, essential form, evoking a feeling or a state of the mind, an ephemeral and transient flutter that could have last a second or an hour, if not an entire day.
"The volume settings folder is an adventurous and devotional drone ambient project formed by the multi-instrumentalist and sound arranger Möbelstück Beckmann. I discovered his music incidentally on a blog (an extract from his recent EP ‘Heidelberg’). Those long sustained droning chords, reverb-like motives, mystical lysergic electronic spookiness and krautrockin’ progged-out inflections absolutely enthralled my capacity of listening. I was definitely curious to hear more, then I discovered his Bandcamp page which offers very special and uniquely packaged limited CD editions. Beckmann’s personal artistic touch is at every step of the process. He distributes himself his releases and makes great offers considering the impressively high quality of his work. Sketches from Afar is his last opus to date.
This hauntingly minimal droning post-rockin’ effort is in the direct musical path followed by his previous releases but here the mathy instrumental ambiences are less orchestrated to let the place to incredibly evocative and amazing blurry dream-like guitars and fluid-like sound patterns. The ambiences alternate soothing and slowly evolving sound sculptures with more erratic cinematic sonic pictures. Sketches from Afar is strongly introspective and spiritually melancholic dronescaping release which admits some lovely dreaming arrangements. An almost metaphysical atmospheric music linked to a religious sense of immortality. The sinuous and emotionally charged guitar sound ambiences can slightly remind the work of Troum (at their more detached-suspenseful moments), Tim Hecker, Aidan Baker and Eluvium. Among the most powerful, generous and emotionally compelling ambient-drone releases of the year. Exceptional."
released 21 June 2013
Music and cover by M. Beckmann.
All sketch-sources recorded between 2011-2013. Album composed between May and June 2013, north-east Italy.