This track was designed to be hollow, cold, electric and windy. I was trying to sonically illustrate a bald, dark hill in a twilight with a mild winter storm overhead and occasional surprise splashes of warmth and life in the dead of Autumn. It ends on a repetitively, awkwardly happy note as the wind dies down and replaces the nothingness with a slight melody and perhaps some hope.
This is probably the most "ambient" track on the album and I meant to give it a more synthetic feel with the washes and analog plucking mechanisms. The repetitions and dull throb of rhythm I tried to design for a more hypnotic effect. The phasing of the synth washes is off and unfortunately I was not able to fix that in post-production, but it still seems to work ok. :)
About the album: Espers is a wildly ambitious, slightly experimental and thoroughly, deliberately arranged and manipulated chill-out album with lots of New Age, Ambient, Progressive and apparently Darkwave sounds and structures in them. Each track is designed to be a completely different experience than the one before and after it; where the soundscapes create sparse melodies and evolve the track instead of it moving until finally culminating to a 10 minute piano solo, performed by Michael Huang of www.nobuouematsu.com
, as a stark contrast to the album before it. This album and all the many sounds and motifs and designs were inspired by Peter Gabriel, Motoi Sakuraba, Yasunori Mitsuda, Uematsu, Hiroki Kikuta, Berlin School electronic music, Steve Hackett, Enya, David Arkenstone, NIN, Moby and a lot more. It was released in September 2011 by Lightfall/Aardvark Records.
For more information and album credits, see www.meteoxavier.com
. Enjoy the album!