In what has turned into the most plesant of traditions, Long Distance Poison synthesist and Modular Solstice/Equinox organizer Nathan Cearley has shared recordings from his most recent seasonal synth showcase at Bushwick's Silent Barn. The most recent edition, celebrating the spring equinox, featured sets from regulars such as Mark Dwinell of Forma, Jesse DeRosa of Grasshopper (alongside Konrad Kamm), and Mister Matthews of Telecult Powers (alongside Bhob Rainey and bandmate Witchbeam) as well as less regulars like Joe Bastardo (with Mickey O'Hara and Seamus Williams of Lean) and Dave Doyen (of Roped Off).
Listening to Mark Dwinell is like taking a photo of a growing plant or a building being erected every day for a few years and then watching a timelapse video made of them. What at first appears to progress at no pace at all, suddenly becomes a dynamic process, in which the changes take a dizzying speed and everything is pulsing with dynamism. The just intonation organ experiments of the FORMA frontman take the same path. And the video for "Drive," directed by Matthew Caron, explores the psychedelic, transformative potential of slowly unfolding, tightly sequential electronic music through a lens of an autumn forest, gradually widening the perception of sound and entrancing the listener with a colorful aura while the visuals deform and gain additional layers, as if to unfold emerging hallucinations.
Golden Ratio is out now on Amish Records. Dwinell is playing a record release show on January 31 at Schoolhouse, Brooklyn.
Like all self-respecting (and ancestor-respecting) synthesizer visionaries, Forma’s Mark Dwinell browses the vast catalogue of electronic pioneers and minimalistic experimentors, employing hypnotic, repeating patterns and had a very liberal take on harmonies. “Ascend”, from Mark’s upcoming release Golden Ratio is one of the documents of his just-intonation organ era (2007-2008), which carries some heavy Terry Riley overtones. Wonderfully detuned with an extremely wavy background, ecstatic Teutonic solos are played over the track's skeleton, sprawling across the analog landscape like a rainbow through curved air, ascending into the shimmering, progressive electronic bliss.
Golden Ratio is out October 21 on Amish Records as a part of its Required Wreckers series.