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BEN LUKAS BOYSEN
Cata No: ERATP084CD
Cata No: ERATP084LP
|In celebration of their latest signing, Erased Tapes are set
to re-issue Ben Lukas Boysen’s compelling debut album
‘Gravity’, alongside new album ‘Spells’ on 10th June 2016.
‘Gravity’ was the first album Ben recorded under his own name,
merging programmed piano pieces with live instruments,
combining the controllable technical world and the often
unpredictable aspects of live improvisation.
From ‘Only In The Dark’ to the two movements of ‘Nocturne’, it’s
a serious, solemn listen. And yet, with pieces like ‘To The Hills’ and
‘Eos’, ‘Gravity’ is an exploration of heights, cliffs and vertigoes.
With piano lines and choir-like drones, this record suits its title in
all its meanings, as the magnetic force takes us deeper towards
the core. Marking a new beginning, this debut reveals a touching,
and more melodic side to Ben’s body of work, which he previously
only hinted at as HECQ.
Friend and fellow Erased Tapes artist Nils Frahm mixed and
mastered the album. 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, additional synthesisers played by Nils, 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, ‘Gravity’ as well as its
successor ‘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 ever-developing conversation that
on occasion flirts with the grandeur of compressed rock drums.
As HECQ Ben has 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. Only In The Dark
2. Nocturne 1
3. To The Hills
4. You?ll Miss Us One Day
7. Nocturne 2
8. The Behenian Gospel
Press:?Gravity strips away the cloaked mysteries of electronic music
production to expose the tender side of this musician?s mind.?
? Headphone Commute
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