Oscillation I (waag_CDr002)

by Symatic Star & String Theories

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thomas mathie
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thomas mathie I am so proud to release this album on my wee netlabel ... it ticks all the boxes! I shouldn't single a track out but if I have to, it is Compressionism. It is simply stunning! But then the whole album is really rather special. Favorite track: Compressionism (Symatic Star & Stephen Briggs).
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Drew Miller This album is everything that I love about ambient music. The symphonic reverberation of strings, meshes so perfectly with simple digital nuances. It's perfect for any time of day, or night. It will take you to a far off land and you'll want to stay there. Favorite track: Compressionism (Symatic Star & Stephen Briggs).


Collaboration of the kind shown here from Symatic Star and his collective, String Theories, on their first album - "Oscillation I" - is a truly beautiful thing indeed.

Working with waag alumni Stephen Briggs and Cousin Silas, as well as Chris Archibald, Steve Bobs, Disturbed Earth, Dan Minoza, and Darage Bang; under the collective name of String Theories … Simon Walsh aka Symatic Star has created something exquisite: music that is both deeply engaging and expressive ... music that is memorable, not for individual contributions but for the whole togetherness of the pieces presented. Elements of post-rock and "world" sounds combine with expressive improvisation forming atmospheres, the whole interwoven by Walsh's masterful ambience.

String theories is a musical collective where each member contributes to the overall sound using only stringed instruments such as guitar (all), fretless bass and bass VI (Symatic Star) and even the mandolin (Darage Bang); crafting this sound with a range of pedals and software, as appropriate.

This is not a sum-of-the-parts endeavour but a series of genuine collaborations where the seams do not show, where continuity and flow, as values, are both expertly and consistently expressed.

Oscillation I was directed by Simon Walsh with the members of String Theories each contributing to one track. Oscillation II will see the role of director pass to another member with Symatic Star only playing on one track and the responsibility for aural cohesion passed to one of his collaborators.

My kudos to Simon & to the String Theories collective for what has become the second physical product that weareallghosts has put out, a release I am proud to back.

Thomas Mathie


released August 21, 2015

Music by Simon Walsh aka Symatic Star in collaboration with each member of String Theories as indicated on the individual tracks.
Mastering by Tim Jones
Design by Simon Walsh with visual art by Sheleah Nahshon
Logistics by Thomas Mathie for weareallghosts.co.uk with physical packaging by Brin Coleman for scramsons.co.uk




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