SoundQuest Fest 2010 Featured Artist: Brian Parnham|
July 31, 2010
Greetings SoundQuest Friends,
I want to start by saying many thanks for your inspiring feedback on Sigh of Ages! I am grateful for your feedback and resonations on this release. Ticket sales are going strong for the October event, and I see even now from the list of attendees we'll have a great gathering of kindred spirits... during Tucson's cool time of the year!
Over the next few months as we head towards October 23rd's SoundQuest Fest, we will be featuring the work of the artists appearing at the Fest. We start with Brian Parnham. The timing is right, as Brian just released a great new CD, The Broken Silence. This one is immersed in his unique highly-nuanced tribal-textural ambience. Beside his adventures with sound, Brian makes his own agave didgeridoos that not only sound great but stand alone as works of art; Steve often plays these in his concerts.
Brian and Steve are currently completing a new collaboration that has been in the works for awhile. We're really excited about this one. At this point, it sounds as if Suspended Memories emerged with a new release: very organic, tribal and filled with new sounds and ancient-future echoes. This will be coming late 2010.
At steveroach.com, we are now featuring Brian's accomplished solo recordings, offered separately or in specially-priced combo packs.
The Broken Silence
Ambient-electronic artist Brian Parnham has created a series of highly nuanced, beautifully recorded evocative tribal-ambient releases over the years, including Mantle on our own steveroach.com label. After 10 years, his first official solo release has been re-released in a new way. Originally composed and recorded between December 1999 and April 2000, the original source and pre-master files were revisited, enhanced and remixed. A few brushstrokes were added and a melted down album mix "Forged From Silence" was created in March 2010. The result is a release that feels like it's from the near future, steeped in a heat-altered landscape that effectively pulls you in deeper with each listen. An auspcious release that stands the test of time, and a vital piece of tribal-ambient magic.
The Broken Silence displays an important artistic developmental phase for Brian Parnham. First released as a limited edition, the original album contained three distinct tracks that explored hazy, swirling trance grooves, extended free-form, flowing textures and tribal percussive rhythms expressing surreal desert vistas and the long roads that lead you to and from these places of allure. Highly recommended.
Instrumentation: digital synthesizers, processing, sequencing, samples, loops, didgeridoo, chatter stik, clay pot, voices, whispers, ocarinas, various percussion, shortwave and trace elements.
This outstanding release plays like a surreal subterranean walkabout within the folds of Utah's alluring slot canyons. Steve Roach commissioned long-time friend and accomplished electronic artist Brian Parnham to drop into the deep end of his sound carving skills. The result presents an adroit sound artist coming into full form within this shadowed sonic wonderland drawn from the Earth's inner realms.
Between Here & There
From the expansive atmospherics and rich textures to drones, didgeridoos and ethno-ambient inspired grooves, Brian Parnham creates a deep listening space to immerse the self and remove the awareness from the chaotic lifestyle that has become America.
Utilizing a variety of synthesizers, didgeridoos, percussion, programming and processing, Brian Parnham is an emerging contributor from the next generation of electronic composers, following in the footsteps of the pioneers of ambient electronic soundscapes.
"Brian Parnham first made contact with me when he was in his early 20's, around the time of my releases Origins and Artifacts. His affinity to the shamanic-desert spirit aspects of my music especially resonated with his own deep calling to create his finely crafted, evocative Southwest-inspired pieces — not to mention the fine Agave digeridoos he creates which I use in concert and on recordings.
"Brian shaped the pieces over the course of a few years, with some final tweaks in the Timeroom where I added some dusty harmonica in just the right places. Aficionados of the expansive, tribal-ambient sonic terrain will feel right at home between here and there." — Steve Roach, May 1st 2005.
SoundQuest Fest 2010
An International Gathering of Sonic Innovators and Ambient Architects
October 23, 2010 — Tucson, Arizona
Amazing ticket price for this once-in-a-lifetime event!
Steve Roach (USA), Electronic-Ambient Pioneer
Erik Wøllo (Norway), Cinematic Guitar Soundscapes
Byron Metcalf (USA), Shamanic Trance Percussion
Mark Seelig (Germany), East Indian Devotional Music
Loren Nerell (USA), Indonesian Soundscapes