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BEN LUKAS BOYSEN

SPELLS

ERASED TAPES


Format: CD
Cata No: ERATP085CD
Barcode: 4050486111703
Format: LP
Cata No: ERATP085LP
Barcode: 4050486111697
Format: LP (COLOURED)
Cata No: ERATP085LE
Barcode: 4050486111994
Erased Tapes are set to release ‘Spells’, the new album by their
latest signing: Berlin-based composer, producer and sound
designer Ben Lukas Boysen, on 10th June 2016.
‘Spells’ merges programmed piano pieces with live instruments,
combining the controllable technical world and the often unpredictable
aspects of live improvisation. In some ways it continues where his
underground debut ‘Gravity’ left off, though a lot of weight is lifted,
making room for a lighter and more energetic listen. Friend and fellow
Erased Tapes artist Nils Frahm mixed and mastered both albums. Ben
is not a master pianist like his dear friend, but his sound collages are
so meticulously designed that after hearing the result an impressed
Nils declared: “from now on, if anyone asks – this is a real piano”.
His intricate, humanised programming – enhanced by drummer Achim
Färber, cellist Anton Peisakhov and harpist Lara Somogyi, and a
considerate selection of echoes, delays and compressors – has been
used to create a hybrid sound that intends to deceive, question and
challenge existing listening habits. Utilising the contrast between
reduction and decoration, ‘Spells’ can be seen as a quest to find out
how much or how little composition is required to constitute a song.
Why the ear can and should be deceived about the authenticity of
instruments. What significance these instruments have within this
process, and why the personal perception of balance and sound
exclude ultimate truths.
Linking the two albums are the four movements of ‘Nocturne’, an everdeveloping
conversation that on occasion flirts with the grandeur of
compressed rock drums. The first single, ‘Golden Times 1’, received a
world premiere by BBC 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs, proclaiming it
as "incredible." An alternative version of ‘Sleepers Beat Theme’ –
composed for the soundtrack to a short film about the Trans-Siberian
Express – opened Jon Hopkins’ Late Night Tales album from 2015,
who noted “I thought it was such a calming and sensitive piece that
sounded to me like the beginning of something...the warmth and depth
of the sound entrances me every time”.
Though ‘Spells’ and ‘Gravity’ are his first albums recorded under his
own name, as acclaimed electronic producer HECQ he’s released nine
albums since 2003, exploring everything from ambient to breakcore.
He has simultaneously established himself as a trusted composer and
sound designer, working for a wide array of clients including Amnesty
International and Marvel Comics; composing for feature films, games,
art installations and convention opening titles.
After embracing this demanding line of work, in 2010 Ben felt the need
to explore his roots and early education, which inspired these albums
under his own name. Born in 1981 as the third child of opera singer
Deirdre Boysen and actor Claus Boysen, his classical music training on
piano and guitar began when he was seven years old; the works of
Bruckner, Wagner and Bach laid an important foundation.
Rediscovering this music shared with his parents – united with the
sounds of Autechre, Cristian Vogel and Jiri.Ceiver to Pink Floyd and
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – brought back an understanding of why
he wanted to write music in the first place.

Tracks:

1. The Veil
2. Nocturne 3
3. Sleepers Beat Theme
4. Golden Times 1
5. Nocturne 4
6. Keep Watch
7. Golden Times 2
8. Selene

Press:

"Golden Times 1 is an exercise in patience. Its pieces ebb and flow
between the fore and the edge in a single, assiduous undulation that
explores the flux of both time and texture." ? Earmilk
"A slowly unfurling gift reminiscent of enjoying the pretty simplicity
of watching a flower bloom in slow motion." ? Stereogum

 

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