A Strange Constellation of Events

by Remanence

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Richard Gürtler Even if huge dose of variety is delivered here, the overall feel of this album is very homogenous, it requires a very careful listening, but then this work is highly rewarding and strongly recommended to all fans of mysteriously adventurous environmental atmospherics!!! "A Strange Constellation Of Events" is a true gem and I really hope one day Brian and John will re-join their forces for another one, because they have shown a lot of talent and potential, I will keep my eyes and ears ready...
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"Slowly the night blooms, unfurling flowers of darkness, covering the trellised sky, becoming a bouquet of blackness" - Frank Marshall Davis

"A strange Constellation of Events" assembles a long series of musical experiments which began soon after the release of "Apparitions." Searching for new musical ground, the duo (Brian McWilliams and John Phipps) began exploring alternate modes of composition, never settling on the same method twice. As a starting point, they wanted to explore the subtleties of communication, from the man-made to the terrestrial. But, what began to emerge seemed to paint a larger picture - an audio portrait describing the deep veil of night and the arc between dusk and dawn.

Here, on their fourth release, Remanence explores the in-between time with the sound of insects and frogs, the pulse of fireflies - the night time lighting up in a dazzling array of stars. Its music about the nocturnal (and for the nocturnal), both peaceful and ominous. There are stories of communication, moments of deep reflection... The music unfolds then slowly drifts away in hushed, muted silence.

"Strange Constellation" is night music - deep, layered and textured - coaxed from a long line of soundscapes and musical experiments and blended with a careful selection of night-time field recordings. Like all our releases, it ships with beautifully printed artwork in unique packaging and includes a velum insert, insect photos, and detailed liner notes.


released October 25, 2005

Front cover photo by John Chumack. Please visit www.GalacticImages.com for more information.

John Phipps: keyboards, guitar, rattles, percussion, field recordings, sample manipulation and objects

Brian McWilliams: keyboards, rainstick, rattles, percussion, drum loops, feedback, metal plates, field recordings, sample manipulation and vocal tones

Carolyn Koebel: bowed gong, cymbols and ocean harp on "A Reply Beyond Oblivion"

Michelle McWilliams: recorder on "Lamkhyer"

Mastered by Brian McWilliams at The Sound Observatory, 2004-2005.


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Remanence Portland, Oregon

Remanence is the collaboration between Brian McWilliams and John Phipps. Both found common interest in the creative possibilities of recordings as tangible physical objects and believe that process and presentation add another dimension to the experience of the music contained within. Musically, their style is rooted in the instrumental, experimental ambient genres. ... more

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