The music of “Permafrost” (music for hibernation) was initially set in motion by a nine-hour sleep concert Stephen Parsick contributed music to in 2009, produced with the idea of allowing the listener to create your own “sleep concert” at home.
During the process of refining and carving the core elements for the soundscapes, Parsick applied a digital multi-track recorder, a variety of analogue and digital synthesisers, sampling systems, processors, his usual loop devices. He even “played” ice by running a range of drones and sounds through the ice of a solidly frozen lake while close-miking the outcome, which he would later use for processing and creating sounds.
Well, the music of “Permafrost” is all about dense, slow morphing and flowing textural plains with organic elements demanding focussed listening.
There are actually two versions available of this impressive work of (what Stephen refers to as) dark glacial ambient music: there’s the full three-hour score (a download-only which can be bought through MusicZeit), while a slightly abridged edition of the album is available as cd-r on demand (in the usual all-black livery) from Stephen directly.
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