Force of Nature is an experimental music label focused on creative music often described as IDM, Glitch, Noise, Power Electronics, Dubstep, or Dark Ambient.
Posted on June 03 2012
synnack Katrina is a ~45 minute experimental, dark ambient release by synnack which explores the time period surrounding Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent impact on those from the affected area. This release combines recordings of analog modular synthesis and Max for Live devices with field recordings compiled and calaloged between 2005 and 2011 - many of which are actually audio tracks from amateur camcorder footage taken by friends of my family during and after the storm. All recordings were combined into a single Ableton Live set, and the resulting composition was created from a single take of a studio performance in December 2011, with final mixing and mastering completed in early 2012.
Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the five deadliest in the history of the United States. Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 and made its second landfall as a Category 3 storm on the morning of Monday, August 29 in southeast Louisiana. (source)
At least 1,836 people died in the storm and the subsequent floods. $81.2 billion (2005 U.S. dollars) in damage orrured as a result of the storm and failure of the goverment to respond appropriately, making it the costliest tropical cyclone in U.S. history. These statistics alone are staggering, but perhaps only tell part of the story of what was lost in 2005. (source)
synnack Katrina is part of the Natural Disaster Series by Force of Nature which provides a creative outlet to explore the battle between humanity and nature's destructive face.
You can listen to this release in lo-fi form in its entirety on synnack.com and SoundCloud, but it is available for purchase on any digital format by paying any price ($1 minimum) on bandcamp. All proceeds from sales of this release on bandcamp will go to the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund: http://www.nomrf.org.
"If you think this tragedy is over think again. There are still families out there in corners of this country trying to figure out what they are going to do to get their lives back to some normalcy. There are so many musicians who were well known in New Orleans that are totally unknown where they are now. Imagine building your fanbase or your work base in your workplace and suddenly it all disappears."
Read more on this release on the blog: Announcing synnack Katrina
synnack Katrina as a single file exactly how it was peformed, however the individual sections are referenced using the following names and timespans.
- Violet [00:01] - [06:47]
- 7pH [06:48] - [14:19]
- Satyavrata [14:20] - [23:37]
- Anabolis [23:38] - [37:35]
- Benzo(a)pyrene [37:36] - [43:37]
Posted on December 31 2011
Force of Nature is proud to announce the final two releases in the SENDAI Japan Series are released and available for purchase via Bandcamp.
SENDAI Japan Series 3 was curated by Bauke van der Wal and contains four artists working on the crossroads between drones, ambient, minimal noise and sound art. The compilation opens with a track by Cindytalk 'E Quindi Uscimmo A Riveder Le Stelle'; A drone of hope which title translates to 'And Then We Emerged And Saw The Stars Again'. Laurent Perrier - known as Zonk't, Pylône, Cape Fear, Heal and in the past as member of the French collective NOX - donates an immensely intrusive yet consoling track entitled 'Analog Radium'. The compilation continues with Philipp Munch and Babsi Teichner who, under the moniker Mandelbrot, present their minimal ambient noise piece 'Silence Afterwards'. Final artists on this release are the [law-rah] collective (M. Pieck and B. van der Wal) with a drone piece called Sendai v2.
SENDAI Japan Series 4 was curated by Dutch modular wizard Dennis Verschoor. All tracks were generated through use of modular synthesizers, a method that implies constant rebuilding a sound with active and/or passive parts. A constant rebuilding from scratch which makes it have a dual meaning in generating help for the rebuilding of the Sendai area.First artist on this compilation is Cebec with 'Slaking Encircle'. Hailing from the U.S. his name is probably one you haven't heard before, but listening to his donation you will get that consoling feeling that it will also not be the last time. The melancholic 'Destructive Force' that Boston-based Dave Jones aka Attacksustain created is a perfect introduction to the noisiest track on the compilation: Nordvargr with 'Olgoi-Khorkhoi'. And yes, sadly this is a mere derivate of the true sound of disaster :( Final track on the release is the before-mentioned Dennis Verschoor aka Mono_Poly. His 'Tears' will leave you saddened, but feeling good for supporting the cause.
All releases in this series are provided at 320k MP3, FLAC, or any format you can think of, DRM-free with all profits from the sale if this release will go directly to Give2Asia.
Posted on July 05 2011
FoN is proud to announce the second release in a series of releases on Force of Nature designed to raise money to benefit the victims of the Earthquake/Tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th 2011.
If you think there is no longer a need, and Japan is back to normal, THINK AGAIN.
Compiled by Miguel de Sousa, founder & editor in chief of electronic music webzine Connexion Bizarre, with artwork by Gustavo Guerra, and mastered by Jeff Swearengin of Sleep Clinic, this compilation features work by a selection of international artists. The pieces presented were influenced or in some way relate to the catastrophe that hit Japan earlier this year, which continues to effect the daily lives of those who live there and which will have consequences for many generations to come.
Beginning with the disjointed lo-fi glitches & broken beats of Enzym (DE) and concluding with the hopeful moods of Utopia:Banished (DE), through the acid-influenced quirky electronics of Az-Rotator (ES) and the signature IDM of Tapage (NL) to the haunting sounds of Serial Industrie (FR) and Pandora's Black Book (US), this chilled and rather cinematic compilation aims to give something back to a country, a people and a culture who have so often proven inspirational and influential to many of us.
This part of the Sendai Compilation series comes on 320k DRM-free MP3, with further additions to the series coming soon.
- Youring27D01 by Enzym
- Sea by Az-Rotator)
- Glimpse by Tapage
- TroisiËme Palier by Serial Industrie
- Stars Dying by Pandora's Black Book
- Everything Falls Into Place by Utopia:Banished
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