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Matt Borghi - December Impressions hss23

2008. We here at Hypnos have long enjoyed Matt Borghi's subtle atmospheric ambient music, and believed it deserved more attention. Many of Matt's CDs are out of print, and we've agreed to re-issue a series of our favorite recordings on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint. Following our release of Huronic Minor a few months back, here we announce the second part of our Borghi reissue series, December Impressions.

Matt says:

December Impressions was conceived, and recorded during the spring of 2001. This is a dark, cold, and steely recording that borders more on tone poem than full LP release. The tracks are named as sequences, representing parts of the same whole, and a cohesive linear listen rather than a variety of separate tracks of the same mood. With this release there was an attempt to represent the cold Michigan winters, or at least the sound of the Michigan landscape during the dark winter m onths. While this recording is truly ambient, and contemplative in nature it's also quite gritty and cold. This doesn't have the warm, lush synth pad chordings that many ambient recordings are known for. Comparisons for this recording are difficult becuase there's not a whole lot out there that sounds like it, but comparisons to Robert Rich, VidnaObmana, Alio Die, and Zoviet France might be appropriate.

*Additional Composer's Note - December Impressions came to be in a weird compositional period. This recording used, as it's source, a handful of pieces composed a few months earlier when I was working on Elegy for Time. Once I developed these guitar pieces I then dabbled with composing for frequencies alone. I focused on using low-end frequencies between 100 and 500hz, and I focused on high-end frequencies from 1Khz - 12Khz. This recording truly embodied the conceptual process of painting with frequencies. I organized the frequencies wholly on how they worked with regard to creating a steely, icy mood of a Michigan December landscape, even though, this work was actually being composed in the early spring. December Impressions eventually turned into a stark, and cold kind of ambient soundtrack. I like the direction that this recording took, but after it's completion I had satisfied my experiments with 'frequency painting'.


Track listing:
1. Part I
MP3
2. Part II
3. Part III
4. Part IV
5. Part V
MP3
6. Part VI
7. Part VII
8. Part VIII
9. Part IX
10. Part X
11. Part XI MP3