illumine [alm 66]

by nigel samways

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english sound artist nigel samways is quite a newcomer in the ambient/experimental/field recordings/drone/whatever world with just a handful of digital releases (on camomille or experimedia) and cd-r discs (on his own ephere imprint, october man or hibernate). based upon treated field recordings and acoustic instruments, his short tracks are like snapshots with a strong cinematic feeling...

Vital Weekly 729
Samways is the most recent newcomer on the scene and he has had already releases on Ephere, October Man and Hibernate. Unlike so many in the Taalem series he chooses to play four shorter pieces (instead of one or two long ones), which are built from field recordings and acoustic instruments, both of them heavily processed. The instruments are not to be recognized at all, unless of course its the voice material. His treatments aren't always very original I'd say, a bit of the obvious vocoder plug ins. Also the first two parts of 'Illumine' are too short to get a opinion, which is not always the best thing for a piece of drone music. Sometimes it just needs time to develop. The third and the fourth part of it are longer and better, but aren't the best compositions. I heard him do better than these. (Frans de Waard)


released April 18, 2010

photography & artwork: delphine ancelle-b.
recorded and mixed by nigel samways @ hollingdean depot



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