Here’s another piece of well-rendered arctic ambient, a 43-minute sonic endeavour created by Alessandro Tedeschi (also founder of the Italian label Glacial Movements).
According the composer, the conceptual elements highlighted in this recording are Alchemy – a view from the metaphysical point in both spiritual development and liberation – and the ice, the natural element essential for the achievement of eternity.
The six tracks making up “Alchemy of Ice” consist of minimal, slow morphing soundscapes and textural waves along various field recordings and sounds recorded in 2003 in some underground caves in Lazio, Italy, while applying lots of reverb to them all. Some lonely and rather liquid sounding piano surfaces occasionally, while a blend of smooth, hazy synths shimmer and unfold in the strong desolate-flavored but warm sound design. Listening to and absorbing the imaginary, highly emotive result is most calming and at times also a bit surreal, but never frightening or foreboding.
If one prefers a good portion of isolationist and carefully looped atmospheric music such as Irezumi, Celer, Stormloop or Brian Eno’s classic ambient works, the mesmerizing, timeless and dreamy droneswaves of “Alchemy of Ice” will prove a very nice and tasteful addition. Nice going, Alessandro!