|SLOW HEAT evolved from the atmosphere of my habitat. During the stillness of the summer days, the heat makes everything quiet in a simmering sort of way. Early stages of the "Heat" would often play on the outside speakers into the night world, creating a subtle link between the extremes of this "zone" and its influence upon the creative impulse. The cover artwork, melded by digital artist Andy McIntire, was inspired by Slow Heat, and in turn influenced the feel of the final mix.
The night-time desert sounds were recorded outside the Timeroom in the Dream Circle, a circular sitting area for contemplation consisting of stones and a small pond. I created this space after completing The Magnificent Void, when the urge to use my hands in a different way was needed. Moving rocks around to mould this space was a good way to return from the long hours creating the Void. Soon after completing it, a host of desert frogs moved in, along with a constant display of other activity within this small sanctuary viewable from the Timeroom window.
The soundworld was created for continious, lower volume playback. If you have more than one copy, experiment playing other Slow Heats at low volume levels in different rooms of your living space simultaneously.
Slow Heat was created for continuous playback at a lower volume.