Ashen Simian – Shambhala


Release data: Ashen Simian – Shambhala Mc/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Retroduction, 2018 Ami Hassinen’s “Shambhala” contains a collection of rather varied tracks -made with analog and digital synths as well as electric and acoustic guitar- intended to let the music take its own shape anyway it wants to. The 12 tracks sound contemporary, feature a slab of Berlin School style (“E Voice Phenomena”), experiment (“Roentgen”, “Shambhala”), techno ambient…

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Ashen Simian – Momentum


Release data: Ashen Simian – Momentum DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Retroduction, 2016 “Momentum”, released a few days before Christmas 2016, was realized using an Ipad along modern desktop synths apart from the usual Ensoniq Fizmo and Korg O1W/fd which Ami Hassinen uses a lot in his music and those of Nemesis. Compared to his previous album “New Horizons”, the character of most of the 66-minute “Momentum” is…

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Ashen Simian – Spinal Staircase


Release data: Ashen Simian – Spinal Staircase CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Retroduction, 2013 This second solo-instalment by Ami Hassinen is a very nice surprise, introducing its listeners to more rhythmic-oriented music with more sparse arrangements than heard from his band Nemesis. Presented in a modern, stylish 6-panel digi-pack, “Spinal Staircase” offers a very clear and transparent sound design where heavy bass lines and fresh, crispy rhythms pave…

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Ashen Simian – Omicron in Ostrobothnian Finsternis


Release data: Ashen Simian – Omicron in Ostrobothnian Finsternis CD-R, Retroduction, 2009 This cd is actually the first solo effort of Nemesis-member Ami Hassinen, who decided to use the pseudonym and anagram Ashen Simian for this purpose. The release compiles archival and unfinished compositions from several years, which Ami has edited, re-recorded, and mixed at the end of 2008. The music of “Omicron in Ostrobothnian…

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