Quiet Drones 4 is the latest installment in the continuing compilation series of experimental ambient drone music. This edition focuses on the theme of winter cold. The four pieces on Quiet Drones 4, all attempt to create a detached and frigid environment for the listener. The four extended pieces stretch the boundaries of deep listening music, with the average length of each track hovering over the eight minute mark. This is icy music that over time, reveals multiple hidden layers of textures and tones. Quiet Drones 4 presents otherworldly and frozen sounds coaxed from unidentified sources.
Compiled by Heiki Sillaste who has collected exclusive beatless tracks from ATONEMENT, CHROMOSPHERE, dreamSTATE vs. HEIKI and KALTE.
ATONEMENT is the recording project of Heiki Sillaste (Digital Poodle, Kinder Atom) and David S. Faris (Parade), exploring the further reaches of electronic sound and improvised music. Formed in the late ’90s, Atonement is an outlet for uninhibited collaborations, utilizing a variety of electronic gear, primarily analogue synthesizers, drum machines, and an assortment of effects units and guitar pedals, largely steering clear of computers and sequencers. Winter Isolation was recorded partially outdoors, under harsh, Canadian winter cold conditions. The debut Atonement Age of Atonement e.p. has just been released of paper+sound.
CHROMOSPHERE contribute an exclusive new track to Quiet Drones 4 with the sparse Thunder and Snow. Delicate string-like tones fade in and out of the listening spectrum. Chromosphere’s most recent full-length album Spectral Omissions explores much of the similar territory in creating emotive, ambient soundscapes.
When spring arrived, search parties were able to recover sufficient artifacts from the lost dreamSTATE and HEIKI drone expedition of January 2012 to piece together this sonic map of the first leg of their journey to the ice floes. Scientists in the field expect to discover further evidence in the near future and to finally determine their fate. So far, the remains of Scott M2, Jamie Todd and Heiki Sillaste have never been recovered. Archival recordings will soon be released in a strictly limited 250 copy digipack cd format.
Deane Hughes and Rik MacLean of KALTE produce dark and atmospheric soundscapes created almost entirely from natural sound sources that have been digitally altered and re-assembled, resulting in a rich combination of organic and electronic elements. Their track “Offworld” is an experiment in environmental reproduction, a piece that captures the cold feeling of arctic winds and sub-zero temperatures.
The album also includes a bonus seamless 30 minute super ambient mix by Heiki, which further processes and meshes all of the pieces into one continuous drone.
Listen to Quiet Drones 4
1 Atonement_Winter Isolation
2 Chromosphere_Thunder & Snow
3 dreamSTATE vs. Heiki_Lost Expedition