Max Lilja release Morphosis

Max Lilja ex Apocalyptica release soloLast year we started the talks with Max Lilja about his upcoming album. Now, it is such a nice feeling to have such a gifted artist in your artist roster.

Lilja, known as one of the most versatile and adventurous cellist of all times, is a Finnish cellist and composer. Max Lilja is also co-founder of legendary Apocalyptica and touring member of Tarja Turunen (former Nightwish).

Morphosis is an album where all the music is written on the cello. Max found inspirations in the melodies which wrote themselves on jamming sessions. Also, he used different approaches to the instrument by using different tunings, “A possibility that is sadly and very commonly ignored” says Max.

“When I record I’m balancing in between the possibilities of the instrument added with the electronics and the challenges of doing it all on cello.” says Lilja “Some of the lines require a very classical approach and in others I need to completely reform the original cello sound. I really enjoy going deep into the sonic possibilities, tweeking the knobs of analog effect devices and finding the perfect sounds for all the parts of the arrangements.”

Lilja was touring while at the same time recording and mixing the album. Lilja thinks it made the process more intense. “Making a music album is an intense but rewarding process and especially when you do almost all yourself. Working on the vision, writing, producing, performing, recording, mixing and being involved in the mastering. In all the steps I’m working with material that is born deep inside me and is highly emotional to me. It’s very challenging to find inside me all the different roles needed in the process and respect when the producer tells me that the arrangement sucks… so many decisions to be made and all have an influence on what the listener will hear and feel.”

Morphosis is probably not the easiest music album in the world but the artist thinks that he has achieved something truly unique that the world has never heard before. In the album, the master of the electric cello utilizes a wide spectrum of analog and digital effects to build strong identities for the sounds originating from the cello. In the nine instrumental songs you can hear influences from trip hop to electronica, from rock to classical, all morphed to the amazing cinematic images through Lilja’s cello.

One more time, Fluttery Records is proud to be Max Lilja’s record label.

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Harnes Kretzer’s modern classical / ambient tunes: Petrichor

Harnes Kretzer - blogHarnes Kretzer from Germany is a young talented musician whose music travels around modern classical and ambient. Besides his piano based compositions you can hear the music boxes, field recordings, effect/pads and toy instruments.

‘Petrichor’ the greek word for -the scent raindrops arouse falling on dry ground- is a symbol for the diversity contained in Harnes Kretzer’s latest Album.

The variety of modulations he elicits from his antique piano is awesome. The origin of sounds is not reduced to the keys but expands to every single part of the instrument. The lid screeches, the pedals rattle, the felts breathe with the tide. Each acoustic element was squeezed through a magnitude of digital effects to reappear as a homogenic adventure to a never heard acoustic cosmos.

Smooth piano ballads, tiny lo-fi interludes, bewildering noise carpets await the attentive listener. In ‘Petrichor’ Harnes Kretzer combines a colorful mixture of ambient, neo-classical, noise and lo-fi musical styles. The acoustic jewels reveal their beauty by listening closely, laid back with closed eyes withdrawn from the world around.

’Petrichor’ was recorded and processed on various locations. This spatial diversity is the offspring of the emotional and acoustic intenseness attracting the listener throughout the album.

Harnes Kretzer managed to create a very good album by reducing the means to a minimum to get out the most.

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Pre-orders start for upcoming Heinali and signalsundertests albums

This May you will be hearing two great releases: Heinali – Air ; signalsundertests – nascent. Pre-orders have been started. Enjoy!

Heinali – Air

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Heinali airs his ambient mood classics. Oleg Shpudeiko (the man behind Heinali) creates a gloomy atmospheric environment with the piano, strings, ambient / glitch structures. “Air” is his 6 song album: cinematic sad music, strings moving around the central piano motifs which are minimalistic. Power of light touches, the ambience, the echo and the sense.

signalsundertests – nascent

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signalsundertests is  Richard Graham’s sonic playground, beginning life as a collaborative project with fellow artisan, John King. Since 2008, Graham has developed the signalsundertestsproject to attend to the effects of interactive music technology on music performance, resulting in a series of collaborations with a conglomeration of contrasting artists.  “Nascent” features a series of ambient guitar-based musical works.