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- Ripeness Made
- Autumn Bells
- Voices of the Future
- Was It You?
- The Song of the Piano in the Night
- It's Used for Something
- Mostly Ambient Intro
- The Longest of Nights
- The Heartbeat of Life
- Strings of Angels
- Drifting Light
- A Rose
- The Voyager
- Echoes in the Mountains
- Song of the Starless Night
- Seeing Visions and Dreams
An introduction to the experimental ambient music of Kowalski Room.
Over the past few years, I have been exploring minimalism. My music tends to sound expansive. I've been looking at ways to use less ingredients in music and just how little I can use to still create an interesting and pleasing piece of music.
In the summer of 2017, I begin experimenting with phasing, a technique used by Steve Reich in his piece 'It's Gonna Rain'. I don't have access to two reel to reel tapes recorders so my experiments were purely digital and used a range of techniques similar but not quite the same of Steve Reich.
I start with a short clip - music, field recordings or found sounds - and loop it. It is usually something quite simple but with some interesting colours. I play a second loop of the same thing over the top but slightly out of sync. The two layers of the same sound then interact and create new atmospheres, rhythms and motifs. I find it mesmerising. It means that a short clip, sometimes only a few seconds in length, can become a very long piece of experimental ambient music.
At first, I did not reveal who was making this music. I felt my identity might come with a lot of preconceptions about what the music should be. While most of this is ambient, some is much more experimental - looping barely heard conversations, layers of a delivery truck reversing or the sound of water rolling along the side of a lake. I wanted to be free to experiment.
Now that I feel like Kowalski Room has its own identity, I am happy to reveal who is squirreling away, making this music.
I'm really proud of this project. It is the kind of music I need to create. I hope you enjoy it too. There is plenty more to come.
Released 16 October 2018.
Total running time: 2:23:18
Music written, performed and produced by Brin Coleman at MCos, Manchester.
Photography and design by Brin Coleman.
Front cover photograph: Sunrise near Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 2015