The best of ambient, downtempo and chillout. Enjoy.
When I listen to Solar Fields, the first thing that comes to my mind is that THIS IS LIFE. Solar Fields’ music is liberating and unthinkably inspiring. His music does what it does best with progressive ambient, slowly lifting you from your current state through a smooth but elevating crescendo…eventually making you want to explode and fall in love with creation.
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Solar Fields is the electronic music project of Magnus Birgersson, a music composer and graphic designer from Sweden. He built a unique sound universe by exploring the wide possibilities of ambient, atmospheric, deep, ecstatic, industrial yet organic, cultivating contrasts and subtlety with brio. Before starting Solar Fields in 2001, Magnus has been involved in many projects since a teenager, playing drums, percussion, piano, keyboards, for various bands.
As a “high tech” sound designer (sampling, sequencing, morphing, programming) and multi-instrumentalist (sitar, veena, guitars), Magnus collaborated with several art galleries and museums. His latest sound installation at Trabekel (Sandviken, Spring 2004) met a great success: in synchronization to the work of pictorial artist Antonio Sognasoldi, he presented four pieces which could be played simultaneously and evolve depending on the position of the visitor in the gallery.
Magnus Birgersson signed with Ultimae Records and released in 2001 his debut album, Reflective Frequencies. In November 2005, the two albums Leaving Home and Extended were released, the latter being a limited edition. These albums are receiving excellent comments from the media, opening new horizons for Magnus and his true visionary work.
Next Solar Fields’ album was Earthshine, issued in 2007. It was followed in 20 January 2009 byMovements. This album contains his most popular track, “Sol”.
For much of 2008, Magnus has been working on the soundtrack for the Electronic Arts video game Mirror’s Edge, which was issued on 19 May 2009. In 26 July 2010 a new album entitled Altered - Second Movements was released. In the same year, it saw the light the album Origin # 01.
Clear Your Mind
Ott is a genius. No doubt. His music is a masterful Psychill compilation that will unburden you immediately. Queen of all Everything, in particular, is one of the best songs by Ott; why? because everything in life at every point is blooming, and that process of blooming is what his music delivers.
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Ott is a record producer who has worked with many famous artists including Sinéad O’Connor, The Orb, Jamesand Brian Eno. He currently works with Simon Posfordediting Shpongle and Hallucinogen albums. In 2003 he released his own original album, Blumenkraft, on Twisted records as well as Hallucinogen in Dub in 2002, an album containing dub-remixes of Hallucinogen’s tracks. In the year 2008 he released the new Ott album called Skylon.Blumenkraft is as well as Hallucinogen in Dub a psychedelic dub-journey through Ott’s unique sets of styles.You won’t find many other producers out there that can so professionally combine the dub-roots of reggae with the mystical tales of the psychedelic scene.
Ott is a prominent psychedelic musician, who spends much of his time in his house, living mostly as a reclusive musical genius.
We are actually living in paradise but we will not be aware of it until we destroy it. This is exactly what Carbon Based Lifeforms seek to convey through their music. If there is a way to combine technology and nature with music, they have found it. When you listen to it, you will feel like you are in the center of one whole, connected and breathing being- The Earth; and subsequently realize how every living form in nature is connected to an unspeakable, inexplicable force that brings us all together.
Carbon Based Lifeforms (CBL) are Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad (né Ringström), both born in 1976 and based in Göteborg in south-western Sweden. They met at the age of 15 and are still, amazingly, working happily together, almost 20 years later. CBL itself was formed in 1996, as an offshoot from other projects, but soon became their focal point, culminating in their first release on ‘mp3.com’ in 1998.
It is hard to categorise CBL’s music but the best description might be that of a groundbreaking mixture of acid, techno and house music. The term ‘acid/ambient’ has also been coined; perhaps a respectful nod to the great pioneer Brian Eno?
CBL signed with the celebrated Lyon-based Ultimae Records in 2002 and have since released two full-length albums (‘Hydroponic Garden’ in 2003, and ‘World of Sleepers’ in 2006). Both albums have been extraordinarily well received by connoisseurs within the ambient scene.
Additionally they have actively participated in successful collaborations with several artists, including Magnus Birgersson of Solar Fields in a project to compose the music for the Swedish dancer Olof Persson’s ‘Fusion’ performance in 1999.
Johannes often creates the building blocks of sounds and harmonies and could tweak sounds forever, whereas Daniel develops the rhythms and sculpts the ideas into tracks. It remains unclear which of them derives the greatest pleasure from manipulating the distinctive, squelching sounds of the Roland TB-303.
Through this synergy of ideas, their aim is to combine earth and space in their music. Daniel and Johannes use the combination of nature and technology as the main inspiration for their work. They like to represent both the positive and negative effects that this collaboration can lead to, including the negative impact that incorrect technology can have on the environment. The genius of CBL’s music is that it suits any occasion.
Their creativity occasionally spills over into what become ‘new’ projects. The results can be enjoyed by listening to releases from Thermostatic and Digidroid, as well as Daniel’s own SYNC24, which is the result of sudden impulses of inspiration, giving room for his personal reflections.
The music often seems to reflect the natural landscape of its land of inception; indeed if you listen to ‘Photosynthesis’ on the ‘World of Sleepers’ album then you find yourself feeling genuine concern for the forests. Given the source of the quotation in the song, perhaps this is the point. If so, it’s a damned good one and epitomizes the aim of the group in pricking the conscience when it comes to something as critical as the environment.
Take a Flight into the Unknown.
Let your troubles float away, get a hot cup of tea overlooking the ocean and open your arms wide to hug the whole damn world.