Label: Past Inside the Present
Format: LP, Coloured
*In process of stocking. Limited edition of 100 copies.* Welcome to Astronomer, Inc. (AI) is a non-government agency that is responsible for auditory research of deep space phonic transmissions and sound exploration. AI’s research is a mix of disciplines which encompasses earth-based instrumentation and sound devices, while capturing celestial phonic emissions. AI approved a new mission and the program was titled, ‘syntheticopia’. Classification ID for this voyage was ZD-021. The goal of this mission was to collect and study sound origins of the cosmos.The flight personnel for this mission were Zakè and Ossa. Transmission Engineer was Rafael Anton Irisarri.
Zakè and Ossa documented their earth-based sounds prior to departure. Through AI’s space link transponder, collected sounds from the deepest parts of space were sent back to accompany their previously documented work. The flight personnel never returned to their earthly home. Transmission Engineer Irisarri fine-tuned the sound data at his satellite location, Black Knoll Studios. We hope you enjoy the sounds of syntheticopia. - Zakè & Ossa
"Space is the place - at least, it's the place uppermost in the mind of midwest US label Past Inside The Present owner Zakè and his sonic partner Ossa - location given as the north pole according to his Twitter - as they embark on collaborative 10 tracks. The fact that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA to you and me - has supplied them with celestial sound emissions for the tracks is a bonus. But ultimately, the real headline factor once it's actually on your turntable is the vivid atmospheres and gorgeous textures that the pair are capable of generating. The album's closer, 'Metric Expansion', is a tremulous glory, peaking and slipping away like rays of sunlight. 'Space & Time', meanwhile, is a simple, gliding analogue delight, and 'Drifting' proves you can carve imperceptible beauty from a couple of well crafted chords." - Juno Records
Each track on “syntheticopia’ features sound recordings and radio emissions captured by various NASA spacecrafts including: Juno, Van Allen Probes, Cassini, Galileo, and Stardust.
“Soaring to the depths of our universe, gallant spacecrafts roam the cosmos, capturing the sounds of celestial wonders.“
Earth-based instrumentation includes the following devices:
Korg Minilogue XD Polyphonic Analog Synth
Moog DFAM Semi-Modular Eurorack Analog Synth
Moog Mother-32 Semi Modular Analog Synth
Poly D Polyphonic Analog Synth
Tascam DR-44WL Field Recorder
Tascam DR-40X Field Recorder
Written, recorded, and produced by zakè and Ossa
Celestial sound emissions by National Aeronautics
and Space Administration
Mixed at Kaleidoscope Tone Studio (IN/US) by zakè
Mastered at Black Knoll (NY/US) by Rafael Anton Irisarri
Design and layout by zakè
160 gram 'purple nebula' vinyl LP housed in a matte jacket.
Black and white center labels with album information.
Record placed in black, anti-static inner sleeve with a .75 gauge archival polypropylene lining.