Larum, Into a Bright Land, 2019   Best new ambient on Bandcamp: April 2019   "Into a Bright Land is in turns crystalline and delicate, warm and lush as a thick blanket." -Peter Kirn, Create Digital Music  “...many elements appear that make evident Frank’s willingness to push his sound into unexpected places. For me, that makes Into a Bright Land all the more profound an experience." -Ari Delaney, Bandcamp  Into a Bright Land tells a story of California's natural places, through field recordings, immense synthetic textures and acousmatic sounds. The album was born from acoustic ecology studies by Puremagnetik sound designer Micah Frank; captured on the shores of Point Reyes to mountains in Big Sur and ancient forests of Yosemite. It was later assembled in the studio and augmented with algorithmic programming in Csound.  The result is a journey through landscapes possibly visited by the likes of Boards Of Canada, Susumu Yakota or GAS. It continues these musical conversations and establishes a solid foundation for the launch of the Puremagnetik label; which has plans for a packed release schedule this year.  Credits  Released March 21, 2019  Produced and recorded by Micah Frank  Field recordings from Big Sur State Park, Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park  Artwork by John Whitlock  Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12k

Larum, Into a Bright Land, 2019

Best new ambient on Bandcamp: April 2019

"Into a Bright Land is in turns crystalline and delicate, warm and lush as a thick blanket." -Peter Kirn, Create Digital Music

“...many elements appear that make evident Frank’s willingness to push his sound into unexpected places. For me, that makes Into a Bright Land all the more profound an experience." -Ari Delaney, Bandcamp

Into a Bright Land tells a story of California's natural places, through field recordings, immense synthetic textures and acousmatic sounds. The album was born from acoustic ecology studies by Puremagnetik sound designer Micah Frank; captured on the shores of Point Reyes to mountains in Big Sur and ancient forests of Yosemite. It was later assembled in the studio and augmented with algorithmic programming in Csound.

The result is a journey through landscapes possibly visited by the likes of Boards Of Canada, Susumu Yakota or GAS. It continues these musical conversations and establishes a solid foundation for the launch of the Puremagnetik label; which has plans for a packed release schedule this year.

Credits

Released March 21, 2019

Produced and recorded by Micah Frank

Field recordings from Big Sur State Park, Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park

Artwork by John Whitlock

Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12k

Reimagined, 2016  California has experienced its worst drought in 1200 years. It is not due to lack of rainfall alone but to scouring temperatures which, most climatologists agree, are an effect of rapid climate change.  I visited the region from September through October 2014, on a soundscape ecology project purposed to create a sonic profile of California parks, their biophonies and geophonies.  To my surprise, every park I visited was a ghost world. Many of the famous forests - Yosemite, Sequoia, Big Sur - were either scorched by wildfires or parched bone dry by the drought. I found no predominant biophonic activity. Throughout over 30 excursions into the wilderness, I was mostly only ever able to capture geophonic sounds - wind, small brooks, trees creaking, rain.  Just as technology and human intervention have significantly contributed to California's acoustic ecology, Reimagined is sourced solely from natural soundscapes, supported, manipulated and fortified through technology and ultimately reorganized as an artificial ghost of the original - a synthetic recomposition of nature fabricated by a human hand.

Reimagined, 2016

California has experienced its worst drought in 1200 years. It is not due to lack of rainfall alone but to scouring temperatures which, most climatologists agree, are an effect of rapid climate change.

I visited the region from September through October 2014, on a soundscape ecology project purposed to create a sonic profile of California parks, their biophonies and geophonies.

To my surprise, every park I visited was a ghost world. Many of the famous forests - Yosemite, Sequoia, Big Sur - were either scorched by wildfires or parched bone dry by the drought. I found no predominant biophonic activity. Throughout over 30 excursions into the wilderness, I was mostly only ever able to capture geophonic sounds - wind, small brooks, trees creaking, rain.

Just as technology and human intervention have significantly contributed to California's acoustic ecology, Reimagined is sourced solely from natural soundscapes, supported, manipulated and fortified through technology and ultimately reorganized as an artificial ghost of the original - a synthetic recomposition of nature fabricated by a human hand.

Tectonic, 2010  Tectonic includes 57 minutes of real-time earthquake sonifications. This compilation brings together a selection of content generated from April 15th until June 28th 2010. All sounds have been synthesized on a Symbolic Sound Kyma system with the Pacarana Sound Computation Engine.   /// Technical Details ///   Tectonic is created in realtime by earthquakes as they occur across the globe. A tightly integrated system between Max/MSP, Google Earth and Symbolic Sound's Kyma processes earthquake data that is translated into sound synthesis parameters. A USGS XML feed is parsed into numerous fields including magnitude, elevation, time of day and geographical coordinates. These data are mapped to synthetic spectrums and processed by granular, aggregate and subtractive synthesis.

Tectonic, 2010

Tectonic includes 57 minutes of real-time earthquake sonifications. This compilation brings together a selection of content generated from April 15th until June 28th 2010. All sounds have been synthesized on a Symbolic Sound Kyma system with the Pacarana Sound Computation Engine.

/// Technical Details ///

Tectonic is created in realtime by earthquakes as they occur across the globe. A tightly integrated system between Max/MSP, Google Earth and Symbolic Sound's Kyma processes earthquake data that is translated into sound synthesis parameters. A USGS XML feed is parsed into numerous fields including magnitude, elevation, time of day and geographical coordinates. These data are mapped to synthetic spectrums and processed by granular, aggregate and subtractive synthesis.