Wednesday 20 March 2013 at 8:00pm
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The serene ambient compositions of Loscil come courtesy of Vancouver-based musician Scott Morgan. Taking his moniker from the “looping oscillator” function in the computer music language Csound, Morgan uses custom made Max for Live devices and the occasional live instrument to build robust, droning soundscapes. Morgan cites influences including krautrock pioneers Cluster, minimalist composer Gavin Bryars, and a wealth of film music composers.
Loscil's origins come from Morgan's combined influence and involvement with Vancouver's indie rock scene in the 90's, having played in several bands as a guitarist and drummer, and also from his academic studies at Simon Fraser University where he learned computer music, film sound and new music composition studying with influential electroacoustics pioneer Barry Truax.
Loscil’s self-released album, A New Demonstration of Thermodynamic Tendencies, caught the ear of the Chicago independent label Kranky, who in turn signed Morgan’s project and released Triple Point in October of 2001. Since then, Morgan has gone on to release 5 additional full length albums with Kranky including the latest Sketches from New Brighton released in September of 2012. In light of Loscil’s exclusive track “Umbra” on Ghostly’s 2006 compilation Idol Tryouts 2, Ghostly partnered with Morgan in 2009 for the EP Strathcona Variations. Morgan has periodically partnered with other labels for special projects including 2012's City Hospital book report on Dublin's WistRec and 2011's Coast/Range/Arc on Italy's Glacial Movements.
In addition to his Loscil duties, Morgan has played drums for acclaimed Vancouver indie-rock band Destroyer and has composed several scores for major and indie games and films.
+ Pye Corner Audio- the Head Technician's crackly slow-motion electronica manages to be emotionally charged whilst maintaining its distance.
The new Sleep Games album on Ghost Box is "wonderful eerie sounds... replete with an austere yet comfortingly nostalgic outlook that no-one until now has quite done this way. " - Norman Records.