offthesky – Dwelling Spells
February 19, 2009, 9:17 am
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Being a big fan of offthesky I was deeply shocked to realise that this ep has been out since September 2008 and some how had managed to slip under my radar. Having listened to it all last night I have to say that this is a very special releases from Jason and may even go as far as saying the best I have heard from him so far….

Offthesky is Jason Corder from Kentucky, USA. You have probably already heard of him as he is one of the most talented and prolific composers on the entire netaudio scene.
He has been releasing music via some of the most interesting labels and netlabels around, always refining his own personal voice in the world of diverse electronic music.
As he personally reports on his website, the creative process behind his work is very particular:

“Each album concept surrounds the use of chaos theory and weather patterns to drive the movement, texture, timbres, tone, and dynamic of each recorded instrument (actually, temperature records and collated barometric pressure pattern data as well as fractal mathematics have been mined and interpolated to drive reaktor (vst) or max/msp dsp lfo/parameters).
The methods for creating an album are usually as evolved and random as the sky patterns they are inspired from.
Yet an axiom of offthesky is to keep each album conceptually based upon a theme.”

Dwelling Spells doesn’t break these rules; composed around a specific concept, it evolves from the idea of an old lonely abandoned house that is full of growing things and subtle new organic life, as depicted on the cover which was taken by italian photographer Fulvio Romiti.
The music is evocative yet nostalgic of something past (a place, a room, an atmosphere…) which doesn’t exist any more, yet has become more poetic and fascinating than the untouched state.


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