The Elf Machine & Vir Unis – Tokyo Highway


Release data: The Elf Machine & Vir Unis – Tokyo Highway CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, AtmoWorks, 2004 Here’s a work that has affinity with the fractal groove releases of Steve Roach, Vir Unis and the collaborative works they did together. “Tokyo Highway” incorporates “fractal” computer-generated beats, oriental/tribal percussion and high-tech electronics without much melody. The 44-minute/six-track release offers a myriad of clean, groovy, pulse and minimal-oriented sonic…

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Vir Unis & James Johnson – Easting


Release data: Vir Unis & James Johnson – Easting CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, AtmoWorks, 2004 “Easting” is another live-in-the-moment piece of long form ambient, featuring deep atmospherics and minimal organic-flavored drift textures. It was made in the heydays when both composers were still at the helm of their label Atmoworks. The continuous 58-minute outcome is one of tranquility and dreaminess, at first addressing similar aural perspectives and…

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Vir Unis – Primary Space (Early Works Vol. 2)


Release data: Vir Unis – Primary Space (Early Works Vol. 2) CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, AtmoWorks, 2004 Following-up on “Dreamers at the Edge of Decaying Light”, this release offers a second batch of early soundscape music by John Strate-Hootman (aka Vir Unis), all made between 1992 and 2000. The 15 tracks on “Primary Space” all are pure atmospheres and drifting journeys fitting in the tranquil and slow…

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Vir Unis – Stand still like the Hummingbird


Release data: Vir Unis – Stand still like the Hummingbird CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, AtmoWorks, 2009 The fractal groove creation, sophisticate percussive elements and progressive-atmospheric ambient sound design presented on “Stand still like the Hummingbird” all deliver a new chapter of imaginative, non-melodic sound paintings by John Strate-Hootman. The minimalist music extends further on earlier sonic excursions such as “Mercury and Plastic” and integrates new sample and…

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Vir Unis – Dreamers at the Edge of Decaying Light


Release data: Vir Unis – Dreamers at the Edge of Decaying Light CD-R, Private Release, 2001 This is the first album on John Strate-Hootman’s own label In the Bubble comprising a collection of atmospheric and ethereal music made in the late ’80’s, early ’90’s and into 2001. The music on the 70+ minute release is based in a more experimental and minimalist approach, offering raw…

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Steve Roach & Vir Unis – Blood Machine


Release data: Steve Roach & Vir Unis – Blood Machine CD, Greenhouse Music, 2001 “Blood Machine” is the follow-up to “Body Electric”, and would also be the last full-length collaborative album of Steve Roach and John Strate-Hootman (aka Vir Unis). In the process of creation, the two musicians were exploring a kind of collaboration where the mutual focus is maintained through them, both having the…

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