Airsculpture

The UK Based Synths Specialists: Adrian Beasley, John Christian and Peter Ruczynski
Airsculpture
Airsculpture & FSP - Okefenokee Dreams 2001

Artists: Airsculpture & Free System Projekt
P: 2001

Recorded live at Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia USA from April 20 till 24, 2001.
The musicians are:
Marcel Engels (Free System Projekt)
John Christian and Peter Ruczynski (Air Sculpture)
Dave Brewer and Bill Fox.

All tracks composed by Brewer, Christan, Engels, Fox & Ruczynski except tracks 2 and 4 by Brewer, Engels & Fox.

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Airsculpture - Attrition System

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 1996
Berlin School Live sequencing. These are recordings from sessions.

Tracks 1 & 2 recorded at the Reading Alleycat, 25th Oct. 1995.
Tracks 3 & 6 recorded at the Reading Alleycat, 14th Oct. 1995.
Tracks 4, 5, 7 & 8 recorded at the Running Frog, 2nd March 1996.

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Airsculpture - Before the Moon (2CD Version)

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 2006
LTD 300

Recorded live as part of the Ricochet Gathering at Castillo Del Mar, Vallehermoso, La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain on October 14, 2005.
Limited Edition distributed at AirSculpture's November 18, 2005 concert at The Gathering at St. Mary's Church Philadelphia, USA.

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Airsculpture - Burn

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 2008

Burn is a recording of the Hampshire Jam 2 concert, which has been demanded as a release pretty much since the last notes faded.
Burn is massively powerful, slowly building from a deep dark ambience up to a huge sequencer-driven frenzy. Sound sources ranging from real analogue modular synths and mellotron to up to the minute digital instruments. These are used to craft a soundscape that blends classic sequences with driving rhythms underpinning AirSculpture's distinctive melodic flourishes.

 

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Airsculpture - Europa

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 2001

This CD contains the entire improvised performance of AirSculpture's first Dutch concert at the 4th Alfa-Centauri festival in Huizen, March 1, 1997. Inlay states 5 parts missing the sixth. Tracks on CD recorded in different order than performed.

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Airsculpture - Fjord Transit

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 2001
The Live concert in Sweden, organized by Winfried Trenkler from Schwingungen. Berlin School Sequencermusic live at its best.

 

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Airsculpture - Graveyard Shift

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 2014
So what is the present but an outgrowth of the past? The early work of Tangerine Dream is often cited as establishing the "Berlin-School".
They explored a new territory, which left a path. Decades later we find the UK synth trio AirSculpture fully invested in musical endeavors meant to advance the ideals established during this golden age of synthesizer and sequencer Spacemusic.
Graveyard Shift (64'15"), the product of their STAR'S END live to air studio session of 19 November 2006, feels like a less urgent/more tech savy re-imagining of the TD classic Ricochet (1975).
This style speaks to us as no other form can. It is a music sensitive to its own era, as we are not listening "to" something, but listening "for" something. It expresses a mood, an atmosphere, a tone in a numberless variety of subtle shadings and differences.
Graveyard Shift includes two tracks, the more focused and compact "Argent Engine" (10'32"). This ten minute sequencer piece charges through space like a starship whooshing past solar systems, while the title track expands slowly over three sections and 50 minutes at a more deliberate pace.
Beginning in an amorphous texture this piece fills space with dense sound forms. Drifting, rolling drones and chords form a current of sound - out of which patterns of tones echo and advance so very slowly. As these electronic droplets gradually move outward and fill in the empty slots and skips the pulse of this track quickens, growing our anticipation. "Graveyard Shift" (53'41") sustains an interesting energy throughout its run, never peaking, but never running out of fuel. Chords mix with lead melody lines as synthesizers rush and then wait in service to a most interesting compositional contour - facilitated by the late-night hour of this recording session and the objective of producing a sustained listening space for all the folks out there in radioland. In the third movement the sonic content starts to melt as metallic muted ringing and modulated effects bring us to an unusual zone of timbre experiments and a darkening chill.
Music is an art that exists in point of time. Its events are abstract in nature, and pulling them all together in the imagination is difficult for the audience. Added value comes when listening to Graveyard Shift for more than the sheer pleasure, more than the potent and primitive force, of sound itself. This music has an expressive power and a meaning behind the notes - which as listeners is our purpose to feel.
Chuck van Zyl

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Airsculpture - Impossible Geometries

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 1995
Here one of the early Berlin School sequencer retro CDs. This is orientated at the TD releases of the 70s.


 

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Airsculpture - Quark Soup

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 2001
Live sequencing at E-Live Festival and Jodrell Bank Planetarium England. The sequences blend into each other on a perfact base and it is beautiful to listen to it and enjoy.

 

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Airsculpture - Thunderhead

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 1998

Rare and awesome synth/ambient album from Airsculpture. Similar to late 70's, early 80's era Tangerine Dream with plenty of sequencers and dark, ambient soundscapes. If you enjoyed 'Rubycon', 'Encore', 'Poland' or 'Logos' by TD then this will please.

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Airsculpture - Thunderhead

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 1998

Rare and awesome synth/ambient album from Airsculpture. Similar to late 70's, early 80's era Tangerine Dream with plenty of sequencers and dark, ambient soundscapes. If you enjoyed 'Rubycon', 'Encore', 'Poland' or 'Logos' by TD then this will please.

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Airsculpture - TranceAtlantic

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 2005

AirSculpture, the synth trio from the UK, made their east-coast concert debut in Philadelphia at The Gatherings Concert Series on 17 April 2004. Recordings of this concert, and that of their Star's End live radio concert later that night, were fashioned into the double CD TranceAtlantic and released in Autumn of 2005. Made up of Adrian Beasley, John Christian and Peter Ruczynski, AirSculpture has been using concert spaces to facilitate electronic experimentation since their first live event in September of 1995.
Over the years they have found that the atmosphere of the venue, the attention of the audience and several other immeasurable factors, have a significant affect on the interaction between players and acts as a fuel for their performances. The music on TranceAtlantic is structured somewhat differently than on previous cds.

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Airsculpture - Travelling Light

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 2018

Recorded at the E-day festival, this consists of two long tracks. The almost hour long title track slowly builds up a polyrhythmic jigsaw of sequencer patterns, like a sculptor hunting for the form buried in a slab of marble. Or something. The band were given a pretty free hand as to timing so the music has time to breathe and develop. On the day, the set was even longer but a section that was a little sparse due to technical difficulties has been compressed. Despite the time warping it's all here!
The coda to this, Convoi Exceptionel (a bonus track to try to thwart the pirates. It won't work, of course) took place as the encore. With the energy still high from the main set, there's no let up and it's straight into modular-fuelled sequencer heaven again.
But just in case that sounds a bit one-dimension, don't worry. The ever shifting sequencers serve as a backdrop for some of the most intense playing seen at an airsculpture concert. Vast phasing pads, wailing leads, it's all here.

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Airsculpture - Vanishing Point Vol. 1

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 2015

Slowly evolving sequencer tracks wich result in the finest we have heard in the latest releases so far. Brilliant mix between Ambient and Belin School klaus Schulze style.

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Airsculpture - Vanishing Point Vol. 2

Artists: Airsculpture
P: 2016

Vanishing Point volume 2 is the (predictable) sequel to last year's volume one. Whereas the first disc was assembled from various live and broadcast performances, volume two focusses entirely on the Gatherings concert at St. Mary's, Hamilton Village in Philadelphia. Like the TranceAtlantic album that also featured live music from this venue (8 years earlier) it covers a wide range of electronica from delicate introspective pieces that the church environment inspires, to the band's trademark massive sequencer excursions and synthetic abstractions.
The concert is presented in full, as a double CD (glass mastered).

recorded in concert at the gatherings
Philadelphia, USA
Novermber 2011

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Ideation - Adrift
Artist: Ideation
P: 2008
Ltd 300
This release from 2009 offers 58 minutes of sprightly electronic tuneage.
Ideation is Paul Nagle and Pete Ruczynski (from Airsculpture), with Phil Smillie (on guitar on two tracks). Sinuous tunes are crafted by a diverse array of electronics with e-perc lending appropriate oomph. The electronics are extremely diverse. Texturals, keyboards, and inventive effects all contribute to the music. Instead of functioning as backdrops, the tonalities often take up vital positions amid the more substantial elements. The keyboards establish strong riffs that are then cycled to scamper through the busy mix while effects glitter all over the place. Additional riffs are introduced to the mix, resulting in a steadfast stream of bewitching aspects. The gestalt forms melodies of attractive complexity. The melodies are busy, but maintain a gentle attitude despite the hyperactivity displayed by their individual sonic components. This contrast of spry elements generating pacific tuneage is quite enthralling. While some e-perc is employed, the majority of rhythms are produced by the swift application of electronic sounds, creating tempos of a non-impact nature. These artificial rhythms enliven the music with constant animation. While some vocal effects are featured here and there, there’s no lyrical content. The voices serve as clever punctuations. The compositions are pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable. Serpentine melodies flourish with a congenial buoyancy seasoned by hordes of engaging embellishments. There’s a subtle psychedelic character to this music.

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John Christian - Glis Glis

Artists: John Christian
P: 2021

John Christian is one of the three founding members of UK's Airsculpture. One of the finest EM trio's in this day and age of Electronic Music. With Airsculpture they made awesome great music and gave many live performances in the last 25 years (the formed in 1995!)
As a solo artist, John's music inevitably has a lot in common with his work with AirSculpture but presents more composed, structured soundscapes. Many tracks have layers of sequences that mesh in a complex fashion that is hard to achieve within the improvised band framework.
John about the music.For a long time, I've been exploring electronic music, learning through trial and error. My biggest conclusion in this time is that the defining principle of EM is timbre. If the sounds used aren't amongst the most important elements of a piece, then it's not electronic music, it's music that just happens to be created with electronic instruments.
Gils Gils is very much in line with this philosophy. I began setting up sounds on my Eurorack modular recording as I went. Over time I added more voices, refined what I had, and practiced playing them - recording all the time. Superficially it's just a simple sequencer album - the origional idea was to have no keyboard parts just abstract sounds and rhythms - but the timbral focus is key, with sound parameters continually changing by manual tweaks and modulation.
The three tracks are taken from five of the best takes from these recordings. After living with them for a while I decided they needed some keyboard parts as well, so for two of the tracks I spent some time recording overdubs. The interplay between the mechanical pulse of the sequencer and the imperfect human element is another of my touchstones and it adds an element of life to them. The title track is unadulterated, leaving its interesting quantised pitch sweeps in the foreground.
As well as developing the music I was working on a video setup with the intention of being able to livestream. This hasn't yet worked out well enough to use live but there is a video recording of the first section of Russel's teapot - just the sequencer parts.

 

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John Christian - Sol Invictus

Artists: John Christian
P: 2015

Berlin School sequences made by the musician from Airsculpture. Moody Atmosphere and some melodic parts inside. Nice second release by John.

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John Christian - Susbarbatus

Artists: John Christian
P: 2009

Susbarbatus was released on 31 October 2009 at Hampshire Jam 8 where John was performing as part of AirSculpture.

Susbarbatus is John's first solo album, or second if you count the home-made CDR "Bohunt Sabotage".
The original intention was to follow up Bohunt quickly with an album based around cleaned up versions of that material. This didn't quite go to plan! Three years later, half the tracks on Susbarbatus are related to this material but in significantly polished form. The remainder is brand new music.
Stylistically the album inevitably has some similarity to John's work with AirSculpture. The backbone of the album is a set of sequencer driven tracks, mixing moody atmospherics with expressive melodic lines. It is much more structured, though, with more in the way of well defined melodies.
It should appeal to the established AirSculpture fans and maybe to others who find the AS style too free form.
Two tracks diverge from this pattern: "Brane Storm" is deep-space ambient, and "Antiquark" is a gentle sequencer track that perhaps invokes Steve Reich rather than the Berlin school.

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Softbase (Airsculpture) - Of its Time

Artists: Softbase
P: 2020
This album is a departure from the usual Berlin School style and aims to explore different territories with a more ambient vibe. Most of this album was conceived and created during the covid-19 lock-down period in the U.K.

Softbase is a solo project from Peter Ruczynski. As one of the three artists in the band Airsculpture, Peter is no stranger to the more esoteric and ambient side of EM. Enjoy this solo ramble into different sonic worlds.

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