“The first trio including “Variable Mira,” “No Gravity Landing,” and “Banyan Walk,” draws from the ambient tradition. These tracks create an atmosphere gives a sense of timelessness and serenity. In contrast, the second part which includes “Levitating Chords,” “Lost Dimension,” and “Neon Plant,” takes a turn letting the listener experience a state of ecstasy. “
29.09.2023 || Electronic, Ambient, Drone, Kosmiche Musik
51beats presents VARIABLE MIRA, a new electronic collection by Plasman, 6 neocosmic tracks designed to travel through time, polyrhythm and sound layering.
Recorded with a 4-track on magnetic tape, VARIABLE MIRA collects six electronic compositions created by Plasman by using analog synths and modular systems.
Composed between 2021 – 2022 and presented by the Italian label 51beats, the six tracks share the taste for the simultaneous use of rhythmic layers and sound stratification. The superimposed alternations of arpeggios, phases and counter-phases, beats and dilations generate sound-flows that drive the ear – and the imagination – to a place without dimensions, a singular fracture of Time: from which era do the notes come from? What time are we in? And how much time has passed?
Divided into two main blocks, the tracks follow a narration characterized by two different styles: the first group of compositions – Variable Mira; No Gravity Landing; Banyan Walk – recalls the ambient tradition, while the second narrative block – Levitating Chords; Lost Dimension; Neon Plant – becomes openly cosmic, to stimulate the genesis of a sense of ecstasy and trance in the listener.
VARIABLE MIRA is a collection of sounds born out of the pleasure for creation; it relies on the comfort of familiar sound environments and sound tastes; the only thing that matters is the relationship between man and machine.
The six extemporaneous executions of VARIABLE MIRA are impossible to be replicated: the imperfection, and the uniqueness – but also the complete absence of digital controls and the rejection of the almost infinite possibilities of a DAW – bring these tracks very close to the intimate idea of Nature.
Partially inspired by the neocosmic atmospheres of Jonathan Fitoussi and DSR Lines, VARIABLE MIRA is above all a sound tale about ambivalences: the music is synthetic but its structures recalls Natural behaviors – i.e.: repetition, cycle, patterns; the tracks are characterized by solids and voids, a carved tunnel of present/absent sounds that are misaligned in time, elements that pulsate like classes of stars – the variables Mira. Each piece of music is unique, unrepeatable like an element of Nature, ambiguous like the landscape photographed by Cristina di Tommaso that stands out on the cover: will it really be a natural, terrestrial place or is it perhaps an artificial, alien construction?
VARIABLE MIRA recalls pioneering works, precise ideas already heard, written and historicized; it is the destination of a desired journey that seeks the serenity of an expected sensation or an already known and, for this reason, desired effect.
Mastering: Michele Vitale
Cover photo: Cristina di Tommaso
2021 is very succesfull so far @51Beats. We’re thrilled to tirelessly look for new music and new friends to get on board with us.
We started in February with Andy Morello&Duscio: “Electricults”. According to ElectronicGroove, their debut-album “…is the balanced ensemble of intricate structures and killer rhythms for a magnificent dance on Orion.” Within “Electricults”, Andy&Duscio fruitfully interact by merging modular synthesizers and drum machines, with an eye open to the most intelligent dancefloor.
In March, we welcomed Joao Ceser with his Fiumi.brz, an imaginary daily walk around his secret places in Brianza. According to XLR8R (Los Angeles), “….the four tracks feature stunning modular synth lines and subtle wandering percussion from Ceser’s analog-focused collection“, with “Seveso” indicated as an “Euphoric Synth” track…., and “Adda” being incuded in the Best Music selection of March 2021.
April marked the come-back of Plasman with his “Circles and Circles”, also available as an exclusive musicassette. Again picked-up by XLR8R (Los Angeles), the album has been identified as “…an imaginary journey through the universe and a contemplation of the distant stars and planets, and this results in an extremely psychedelic release”, with “Underwater Still Life” being inserted in their Best Music selection of April 2021 as “a slice of mesmerizing electro from Milan”.
…and the latest is from our beloved Tracya with his “Mirroman” , where He “…energetically emphasizes the contrast between synthesizers and static pads, keeping exploring his trademark ambient-techno soundscapes by merging with a four-on-the-floor kick drum“, ….according to Deep House Sweden….. cheers 🙂
Next to come in 2021: Joao Ceser, Acid Castello, and many more….
“…we’re delighted to have heard some exceptional releases from artists we perhaps wouldn’t have otherwise come across. Of particular note are Plasman’s Circles and Circles, a slice of mesmerizing electro from Milan“ [XLR8R, Los Angeles]