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Archaic Signal

CD $15.00
Archaic Signal
2020 Geophonic Records (CD)

Transmissions from the void, the mantra of birds, ancient glyphs still holding a charge, billions of shimmering white dwarfs... On Archaic Signal, Aperus channels an album of primitive symbolism, universal consciousness, and avant-garde ambient decked out in a beautifully adorned ecopak including five cards of double-sided images resonating with arcane meaning.

The music envelops you, possesses you, and transports you mentally to another dimension, where time has no meaning (and all time has meaning), as if seeing the past through the lens of the future. Each song projects its own aura relying on analog electronics, field recordings, shortwave radio, and experimental methods to create clouds of texture, low rumblings, and shimmering atmospheres. The end result flows from one track to another in a spectacular field of sound, full of layers and character. Without a doubt, "Archaic Signal" will enchant lovers of the ambient, electronic genre and entice anyone who treasures adding the finest musical artifacts to their collection.

About the Artist

Aperus is an ambient, electronic musician and photographer living in the high desert of northern New Mexico. In addition to his own recordings, he is also known for his work with the highly regarded ambient / electronic duo Remanence.

With each recording, Aperus explores new themes and possibilities, combining analog atmospheres, field recordings, electronic experimentalism and photographic artifacts to create a unique audiovisual experience for the listener. Sounds and images are set up as a feedback loop with photography influencing the music, and music feeding back into the artwork. Approaching his craft with a beginner's mind, each project functions as an experiment where accident and chance are welcomed as valued collaborators. This approach has repeatedly opened new creative doorways and earned him praise with press and listeners.

Project Background

Work on 'Archaic Signal' began in 2018 with explorations into shortwave radio, field recordings and deliberate manipulation of audio tape to color the sound. The title "Archaic Signal" appeared as a mirage while visiting the La Cienaguilla petroglyph site in northern New Mexico -- the images felt like viable signals still holding a charge. This feeling occurred again while listening to birdsong outside of my studio, as if the signal was ancient and current at the same time. Finally, dialing through shortwave radio, I gathered fragments of news reports, number stations, personal messages, and cosmic noise from around the world. Here is my attempt to record and process all of that and deliver it as an audio/visual document.

Using audio language, 'Archaic Signal' is my attempt to respond to unlikely transmissions -- both ancient and new -- and create a gritty, transportive album that explores a wide range of shimmering sounds and analog artifacts over the course of nine compositions. The album moves from noisier explorations on the opening tracks 'New Antenna' and 'Archaic Signal', into deeper metaphysical territory on 'Canopy of Stars' and 'Birdsong as Mantra', then drifts into calmer tones on closing tracks 'Archaeodreaming' and 'Afterglow'. In short, I hope you'll find the recording rich with subtle textures, low rumblings and warm, evocative atmospheres.

1. New Antenna 5:51 
2. Archaic Signal 7:58 
3. Phase Shift 2:32 
4. Newspaper Rock 6:09 
5. Canopy of Stars 8:45 
6. Birdsong as Mantra 16:52 
7. Silver Birds 3:24 
8. Archaeodreaming 4:52 
9. Afterglow 6:42 

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