Audio Artist

Audio is generally created for live performance or scoring for visual art. While those traditional audio creation forms are wonderful there are naturally occurring limitations allowing audio sculpting to impress in its own way.
Audio sculptors are free to focus solely upon carefully sculpting audio in their studio in a natural way. Without coerced premature deadlines to meet other needs, an audio sculpture is truly done when it feels done by the sculptor. That allows an audio sculpture to be refined to a degree of sonic detail beyond (if not well beyond) the result provided by any other audio creation method, so allows the listener to be rewardingly immersed in (perhaps far) richer audio textures resulting in a deeply impressive sonic environment.
An audio sculptor is typically a composer, producer, and engineer.
An audio sculpture may be published in a basic form (perhaps ideal for background music), but then refined further for one or more later publications inviting the listener to become more focused and immersed in a deeper listening experience.
As audio sculptures often cannot be performed live, at least in the familiar way spanning music history. The ideal public environment for audio sculptures is the Internet. As audio sculptures are always available on the perpetual globally networked “stage”, unlike a performance for which you may be unable to attend, those sculptures can be accessed in their prime form at any time.
As psychedelic, especially cannabis, legality continues to increase in formal recognition, the ability to experience audio sculptures in many powerfully new entertaining forms within the comfort of your home correspondingly adds value to this audio creation method.

The Wasp Factory

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Calling All Occupants

Arzathon with; Bret Hart, Alonzo Phillips, Eric Wallack, Ken Hyder

calling all occupants

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Steampunk Undertow

Arzathon with; Bret Hart, Greg Segal, David Wortman, Jeff McLeod

steampunk undertow

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Reinvention of Soul Purpose

Arzathon with Bret Hart & Amy Denio

Reinvention of Soul Purpose

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Mother Heart’s Sorrow

Mother Heart's Sorrow

7-track album. The first track, which is called Jack in the Box, is a contrasting mix of eastern chanting and industrial sounds. The next two tracks are slower and more reflective. The strong melodies of Forest Far from Civilization blend well with the atmospheric chanting and the slow steady beat. The remainder of the album is mostly faster and has stronger grooves. The Pale Moonlight stands out as a slower and hypnotic track, with a “We want peace” soundbite. The remixes have more soundbites in them, while Barriers of Self (evolved mix) is made up of only soundbites – “silence, indifference, ghetto, genocide, discrimination, persecution.” Freedom for expression (evolved mix) has soundbites about poverty and political oppression set against a quiet background of a single sound.

Andy Bruce, Autumn 2014

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Reprise

Reprise

A collection of 7 tunes that never made it to any other album. Features Belinda Subraman on vocals and the guitar of Phil Ogison. Vocals by Arzathon can be heard on When the Spirits Sings and In the Dead of Night. Haunting industrial sounds with heavy drum/bass groove. God Saves – Not! is faster and in a heavy rock style with distorted metal guitar and lively bassline/drum riffs. Soundbites start around half way through – “God saves!” The heavy rock style is carried to the next track, Float, though less prominent, which also has soundbites by Belinda Subraman. Water, Shelter has a relaxing soundscape of guitar grooves and some effective echo effects. The final track, The Afflicted, is also the longest one and contains a bright synth with bluesy bassline. Although a collection of odd tracks, these 7 tracks still manage to blend together well, and the music is just as enjoyable as anything else by Arzathon

Andy Bruce, Autumn 2014

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Dreaming the World Into Being

dreaming the world into being

More ambient than Arzathon’s other albums,this whole album has a New Age quality with a classical influence. The titles suggest the various kingdoms in nature and the different streams of spiritual evolution. Maybe we are all part of a dream that brings the world into being. The opener is a mixture of ambient, spacey synth and violin playing the melody, with cello bassline, and a mysterious otherworldly soundbite. Next track, “The First Plain – The Stone People”, has echoey synth effects. Onto “The Second Plain – the Plant People” – a distant synth cries out. “The Third Plain – The Animal Spirit” sees the return of the cello, but as the lead instrument. “The Fourth Plain – The Ancestors” is the most forboding track. “The Fifth Plain – Level of the Highest” contains quiet, relaxing piano that has a jazz-bluesey feel. The shortest track of all is, “The Timeless Now”, which has a stronger repetitive bassline and closes the album. Enjoyable, uplifting music to relax and meditate, or to just chill out to.

Andy Bruce, Autumn 2013

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The Cult of Reason

Cult Of Reason

7 tracks of “audio sculptured psychedelia” This recent release has a mystical theme, and most of the tracks have French titles, some of which are quotes taken from quatrains by the French seer, Nostradamus (quatrains 1:39, 1:42, 1:57 and 1.59). Arzathon tells me that it is about cults and the reasons people join them.
The Cult of Reason is an ambient album with strong rhythms and basslines, and a Krautrock influence, which is present in most of Arzathon’s music. Funky blues guitar, tribal rhythms and oriental melodies also feature through the album. The use of soundscapes and speech samples adds to the mood of the album. Mostly laid-back and relaxed, but at times the atmosphere of this album becomes dark and threatening.
Track one begins peacefully enough with tribal rhythms, funky guitar and what sounds like a sample of a Leslie Flint recording (the celebrated direct voice medium) in Carte et Pacquet (Letter and Packet). Ms Deux Les Scintiles (Two Will Be Burnt) has an oriental musical soundscape, which is also heard in some of the other compositions. The powerful bass sounds and chanting create a tense and dramatic mood. Then the soundscape of Cherchant Les Os du Demon (Seek the Demon’s Bones) introduces something more sinister. There are sounds like demons and some discordant industrial riffs. A creepy howling becomes the backdrop for Dressant la Tete (Liftiing the Face), which has an atmosphere of fear and confusion. The constantly repeated rhythm guitar riff and droning keyboard is quite hypnotic.
The sparse sounds of Et Psullus are quieter and more relaxed, with an electronic rhythm, and there are samples of speech. The unearthly sounds of tracks 3 and 4 return in Ne Seront Estez Parques le Parler (Not Sparing in Their Speech), although this audio sculpture is as quiet as Et Psullus. Yet the bassline and drums are strongly featured, and there is some more funky guitar. The final track on the album, titled The Cult of Reason, brings a bright, anarchistic and lively ending to the album, with clear funky synth sounds and a news report sample about marijuana laws.
I enjoyed this album, which is In Arzathon’s usual atmospheric, deep and dreamy style. Maybe it is the first time that Nostradamus has been set to music. If you enjoy experimental ambient music with some mystery and a message, then this album about cults is well worth adding to your collection, and as it says on the cover “smokin’ enhances the experience” of this audio sculptured psychedelia. Music to chill out, daydream and escape to for a while.

Andy Bruce, Winter 2012

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The Dropout Symphony

The Dropout Symphony

The Dropout Symphony is a lengthy mix of 8-tracks. This CD will take the listener on an audio journey of almost one-and-a-half hours of psychedelic audio sculptured pleasure. Arzathon’s symphony of experimental, ambient music is dedicated to the dropout — not only about the dropout who has rejected conventional society, but also the bohemian, spiritual, or the artistic dropout and the dreamer in search of alternative realities.
This is a very funky album and, as usual, the compositions are quite long. There is lots of chanting, and plenty of soundbites and mystical references.The bonus CD contains three remixes of the title track, The Dropout Symphony. Timothy Leary popularised the term ‘dropout’ during the cultural revolution of the 1960s in the well-known phrase “Turn on, tune in, drop out”. It encouraged people to dropout of convention lifestyle and explore a new way of living. The audio sculptures on this album inherit much of the quality of the 1960’s alternative dropout philosophy.
The album begins with the soundbite “The war against marijuana was lost thirty years ago”. The chanting and funkiness begin. Next, Am I Alone In Thinking introduces a witchcraft soundbite. The theme of Hanging On By a Thread is Hopi indian prophecies over a backdrop of Indians chanting. Something different that stands out is a recurring house keyboard riff. More campaigning for marijuana legalisation turns up in A Vision of Eternity, where it is proclaimed that “This is a wonder plant”. There are some further mystical ramblings in Auguries of Innocence with lots of funky guitar. It seems as though someone is foretelling the future. Following this is a tune devoted to Absinthe, The Green Fairy, which has become a symbol of the dropout and bohemians of 1890’s Paris, who were poets and artists in search of artistic liberty. They drank Absinthe for the artistic inspiration it gave them. The Green Fairy is a very ambient tune with an arpeggio played on guitar as the main riff. The penultimate track has an oriental atmosphere with oriental music and singing. There are soundbites about drugs and the occult. The funky guitar and oriental music make an interesting mixture. The title track, The Dropout Symphony, is dominated by a strong industrial rhythm, which is the final and longest track of the album.

Arzathon’s albums are only available as downloads nowadays, what was the bonus Cd is now available as a free download on his Rodent Tapes (backstage) page hosted by the Internet Archives.

Free Bonus Cd

The first sculpture on the Bonus CD is a remix of The Dropout Symphony called the Sunset Mix. The sound is more powerful with increased percussion and some industrial style guitar. The introduction of a sitar gives it a taste of India and the mystical, which is a contrast to the industrial and rock drumming. The industrial influence continues in Auguries of Innocence — On the Good Earth, which has a bright, funky drum rhythm. The next remix of The Dropout Symphony contains lots of chanting (Chant Voxmix). The remix of The Easy Thing has more rhythm and chanting than the original. Finally, the sitar returns in the Bare Bones Mix of The Dropout Symphony, rounding off the Bonus CD with some additional creepy drumming.
Another great album from Arzathon in his usual chilled-out, trippy style of mellow grooves, blended with soundscapes, audio bites, and mystery. The Dropout Symphony’s ambient relaxing music will help you to escape from the mundane world. The perfect album for those who want to turn on, tune in and drop out …

Andy Bruce, Winter 2012

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Empire of Sensibility

empire of sensibility

Eight tracks of dream soundscapes that will guide you on a journey into your own personal dreamscape. Not the blissful dreams of New Age music, but these are slightly disturbing, though relaxing dreamscapes. With titles to conjure up the dreams, each track blends into the next, providing a continuous audio experience. “The World Behind the Wind” sets the stage for what is to follow, with a dream soundscapes featuring hypnotic industrial engine-like sounds, radio sounds and soundbites, void of instrumental music. The soundscapes are reminiscent of aircraft and radio communication. “Habitat of the Blue Bloom” contains particularly hypnotic soundbites. A suitable album to aid visualisation for meditation or just to play in the background to create a peaceful, yet alternative atmosphere.

Andy Bruce, Autumn 2013

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

Arzathon with; Bret Hart, Jeff McLeod, Phil Ogison, Belinda Subramen, Greg Segal

Home Is Where The Heart Is (cover)

(This cover was taken by my daughter and edited by her and a friend)

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Behind The Scene

Arzathon with Franco Falsini

Behind The Scene

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All Small Sins

Arzathon with; Phil Ogison, Bret Hart, Phil Hargreaves, Jeff McLeod, Tom Nunn

All Small Sins

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State of Affairs

Arzathon with; Phil Ogison, Bret Hart, Greg Segal, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Jeff McLeod

State of Affairs

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Reality Maps

Arzathon with; Bret Hart, Greg Segal, Ernesto Diaz-Infante

reality maps

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Any Spare Change

Arzathon

Any Spare Change

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Heartbeats in the Ocean of Stress

Arzathon

Heartbeats In The Ocean Of Stress

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Past the Scope of any Sun

Arzathon

Past The Scope Of Any Sun

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Tested to Perfection

Arzathon with; Bret Hart

Tested to perfection

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Within the Space Given

Arzathon with; Bret Hart, David Wortman

Within The Space Given

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There Will Always Be Another John

There Will Always Be Another John

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Taking the Abstract

Arzathon with; Bret Hart, Eric Wallack, David Wortman, Tragic Bunny, Gentlemaniac,  Don Campau

Taking The Abstract

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Elements of Earth

Arzathon with; Bret Hart, Tom Nunn, Belinda Subramen, Phil Ogison

Elements of Earth

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Jonestown (Seven Acts of Fate)

Arzathon with Phil Ogison)

jonestown

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Boundaries of Decadence

Arzathon

Boundaries of Decadence

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Planet of Experimentation

Arzathon

Planet Of Experimentation

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Minority Manipulation

Arzathon with; Raith Grantham

Minority Manipulation

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