Entropic Advance’s endless collapse is the Sound of Civilization’s Slow Decay Into a Mysterious Future

If ever there was a title to the current season of human civilization, endless collapse is it and this collaborative album between Denver-based experimental electronic/ambient artist bios+a+ic and Seattle-based avant-garde soundscaper noisepoetnobody (under the name Entropic Advance) is a musical analogue to what seems like a pervasive feeling that just when we think we’ve hit a new low as a species we keep showing ourselves that we haven’t seen anything yet. There are no grand political statements or observations on this album, just that mood of seeming to be caught up in the flow of society’s static as institutions, norms, formerly generally agreed to beliefs about what constitutes truth and a reliable path to knowledge and so much of what makes up the world as we know it erodes into insolidity and an ambient white noise of what can only be described as not just future urban decay but the kind of prolonged collapse Edward Gibbon described in his colossal 1976-1789 masterpiece The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire but this time a global, interconnected civilization, the collapse of which will spare no one in the end. Humanity will probably survive but the successors to the Roman Empire never had nuclear technology, advanced biological weapons and so many of the other fun stuff awaiting us if and when global hegemon’s fragment and pass into history with a massive power vacuum filled by groups and leaders we can’t yet imagine.

This album seems to have been based on contemplating the dark future that even the most cynical and dystopian cyberpunk never really considered and how realistic it is for a collapse to not feel like one until it’s well under way. The sheets of processed white noise, the organic yet fragmented rhythms and distorted drones of the title track and “behind the projected” is reminiscent of a dark negative image of Tangerine Dream’s “Thru Metamorphic Rocks” from Force Majeure Those familiar might even flash back to the stark, gray, deeply haunting imagery of Andrei Tarkovksy’s 1979 film Stalker and it’s air of mystery and yearning for dream fulfillment in the face of existential peril. The titles of the songs tell a tale of a similar voyage of waking up one day (“sunrise”) and becoming aware that you’re living in apocalyptic times except it’s not as dramatic or as sudden as science fiction and mythology has lead you to believe (‘endless collapse”) and you try to figure out a way to preserve your sanity while reconciling yourself with the tragic reality and envisioning what it might be like to exist on the other side of this time (“a bridge between worlds” and “from the ashes”) only to hit upon the oddly comforting idea that we all go through these shorter cycles in life as part of bigger trends and often only get a brief period of respite that we should treasure (“catch a breath”). Despite these heady themes it is a soothing listen and one that also perfectly embodies the melancholic yet faintly hopeful mood of the world today. Who knows where we’ll end up in the next year or ten but this album is also a reminder that being paralyzed by those concerns isn’t going to derail the worst possibilities and that creative work can be a cathartic way to break that psychological freeze.

Listen to endless collapse on Bandcamp and also, if you’re so inclined, give a listen to noisepoetnobody’s excellent 2021 album Insanity Mirror on Bandcamp as well. Connect with Entropic Advance at the links below for more information and to stay appraised of Wesley Davis’ various creatie endeavors.

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Hanna Ojala Evokes Melancholic Transmissions From a Distant World on “A Smoky Memory Of You”

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Hanna Ojala, photo courtesy the artist

Hanna Ojala sounds like she’s singing to us from an alternate reality on “A Smoky Memory Of You.” The phasing synth drone is like the rippling of a field that allows communications between dimensions, a quantum transmitter of sound and ideas, the vocals dopplering through space and time. Perhaps Ojala in this song is like the first person to use a new form of transportation to visit remote spots in the multiverse and has had to jury rig a way to send messages back but because of the heretofore impossible gap between locations she’s been stranded and missing her beloved with a poignant ache and the transmission we’re getting is meant for that person and the desolated tones of her voice not intended for our ears as the message isn’t all love and yearning. The synth drones are reminiscent of late 70s Tangerine Dream circa the Sorcerer soundtrack when the band was at its enigmatic and melancholic peak. Watch the video for “A Smoky Memory Of You” below.

Neuland Charts the Path of Humanity’s Brighter Future Path on “Longing in Motion,” the Single From its Self-Titled Debut

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Neuland, photo courtesy the artists

“Longing in Motion,” the debut single from Neuland’s self-titled double LP due out October 25, is like the musical analogue of that moment when the human race takes the first trip through a functioning worm hole to a remote part of the universe dense with stars. The luminous elegance of that moment and the unprecedented emotional impact of the certain knowledge and direct experience of the realization of a peak of human imagination and intellect but of worlds beyond what we will have been able to see with our own eyes until that first contact. Maybe we will not have matured enough as a species to not have agendas of profit and exploitation of resources and the development of a weaponized use of that technology leading up to that time. But the sheer sense of wonder is something no one will be able to deny and in that moment there is hope. It is the same sense astronauts who have been to the moon and back have described and even a yearning to experience again but on a galactic and intergalactic and perhaps even interdimensional scale. The music hints at a knowledge of a new kind of liberation from former limitations and a hint that we can be more than the current ideologies and belief systems have limited our thinking and consciousness. The accompanying music video beautifully illustrates this sense of expanded view that the song expresses in sound.

The duo responsible for this music are no strangers to transcendent and mind-altering compositions. Peter Baumann was a keyboardist of pioneering synth and art rock band Tangerine Dream during the critical years 1971-1977 including working on the landmark 1974 release Phaedra and the soundtrack to the 1977 film Sorcerer. Paul Haslinger later played keyboards and guitar in Tangerine Dream from 1986-1990 and worked on the soundtracks to Near Dark and Three O’Clock High and the albums Canyon Dreams and Melrose, among other releases. With this collaboration broached three decades ago, the self-titled debut is not beholden to past accomplishments, having been impacted by groundbreaking modern masters of synth composition, rather it looks to soundtracking humankind’s inevitable brighter future. Listen to and watch the video for “Longing in Motion” on YouTube and follow Neuland at the links below.

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