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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Loscil is the / music project of Scott Morgan, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The name Loscil is taken from the “looping oscillator” function (loscil) in Csound. Scott Morgan is also the drummer for the Vancouver indie band Destroyer.

A self-released album titled A New Demonstration of Thermodynamic Tendencies caught the attention of experimental music label Kranky who signed Morgan on to release his first album Triple Point in 2001. Triple Point features six tracks off his first independent release as well as four new tracks.

Loscil followed up the release with Submers, an aquatic-themed album. Each track on the album is named after a submarine. The last track on the album was produced in honour of the people who died on the Russian submarine K-141 Kursk.

His 2004 album First Narrows (a reference to the official name of the Vancouver bridge also known as Lions’ Gate Bridge) marked the incorporation of improvised performances by a number of guest musicians: Nyla Raney, cello; Tim Loewen, guitar; and Jason Zumpano, rhodes piano. Consequently, the songs were more organic and looser in nature than his previous work which he performed alone. Eight of his songs were featured on the film score of the 2004 documentary ScaredSacred by award-winning documentary filmmaker Velcrow Ripper.

Stases is an album made up of background drones from his other albums. It was released for free on the website for the One record label. The theme of his fourth album, released in 2006, continues the conceptual ascent each album has taken, from the subsurface geological depths (Triple Point) and watery depths (Submers) to the surface (First Narrows) and the sky (Plume).

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  • Sorbetto13

    I said "invented ambient as it is today," all I meant was to say that a lot of ambient artists these days tend to take from his work. On another topic, I was just done with your mom last night and she was all like "if that sex had been a song, it would have been the best ambient track I've ever experienced... and yes I'm including Aphex Twin" but instead of informing her that Aphex Twin isn't ambient I told her "bitch that was way too loud and rhythmic to be anything close to ambient"

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • joklend

    Anyway the new LP is great obvs.

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • joklend

    Eno didn't even "invent" ambient anyway.

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • edubbwitthevdub

    New album is cluuuuutch

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • infecteDlamingo

    sea island is amazing

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • szuparnapol

    brilliant

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • eeevans

    i slowed down some harsh noise the other night, it sounded like greg wallace getting a hard-on for a pear tarte tatin.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Sorbetto13

    Actually if you were to slow down harsh noise it would probably still be harsh noise

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Abroxas

    Still waiting for the new album, but dammit, how nice is the split with Fieldhead.

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • xxxKillianxxx

    sea island is an ice cold killer

    1 Dec 2014 Reply
  • smwxs

    new album exceeds old on all fronts, perhaps not Plume;

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • purpled09

    sry for arguing all <333 i love the new album too its beautiful, i dont think loscil has ever made a track i do not enjoy in some way

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • citadelsz

    anything is ambient if you play it slow enough. stop arguing. new album is gorgeous. was lucky enough to see it paired with some MAXmsp perfection at krankytwenty last winter. glad to finally hear those tracks i've been searching for. best work yet!

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • jezya-l

    definitely one of the best albums of 2014 ! mesmerizing sounds

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • interhole

    all wrong. aphex twit invented the comb, but brian lamo never used it.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ThrowedYungPeeg

    when purpled09 said he's including aphex twin he was clearly just referring to aphex twin's ambient tracks, not classifying him as an ambient artist. if you're going to make inferences, infer correctly.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mestry

    Sea Island, one of 2014's best albums <3

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • purpled09

    Omg stfu

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Sorbetto13

    Except Brian Eno invented Ambient as it is today and Aphex Twin only experimented briefly in the genre. I don't know if you're willfully ignoring my arguments or you're not understanding them. Had purpled said '...and yes I'm including the ambient that Aphex Twin has done, because I can really relate to it above all other ambient.' I might have scoffed at your poor knowledge of ambient but at least you would have acknowledged that his music can't be generalized as ambient.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • purpled09

    He came out with two albums called AMBIENT works... "Genres are arbitrary and pointless, but I'm gonna go ahead an insert my head in this thread and be berating and pretentious" ... like really? You're just trolling. Aphex Twin and Loscil create similar emotions within me - that means to me that I equate the frequency and power of their music to be on the same level.

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
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