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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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  • 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

    Yesterday 7:21pm 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 11:37pm Reply
  • jezya-l

    definitely one of the best albums of 2014 ! mesmerizing sounds

    24 Nov 11:28am Reply
  • interhole

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

    23 Nov 12:06pm 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 9:14am Reply
  • mestry

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

    23 Nov 6:18am Reply
  • purpled09

    Omg stfu

    23 Nov 4:59am 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 4:01am 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 4:20pm Reply
  • scomatsho

    And Brian Eno can't be an ambient artist either by your rules, because he has made music such as Passengers and albums like Another Green World which isn't ambient.

    22 Nov 3:18pm Reply
  • scomatsho

    IDM wasn't even a term when SAWII came out dude. And that album is ambient. If you're going to be that much of a purist then you could also argue some SoTL is not ambient because it's too classical. There is no issue naming Aphex Twin as an ambient artist based on SAWII alone, sorry.

    22 Nov 3:16pm Reply
  • Sorbetto13

    Because Aphex Twin's specialty is not ambient and it's therefore not appropriate to compare the quality of his ambient music to others because he doesn't really do ambient. Imagine I was comparing hard rock bands and I was like ' Whole Lotta Love is probably the best hard rock track I've ever experienced...and yes I'm including The Beatles.' The Beatles have one hard rock track (Helter Skelter) and it is definitely good, but they're definitely not a hard rock band. The ambient tracks on Selected Ambient Works II are there, but the artistic context and the roots of the album are IDM. And even though I think genres are stupid, my OCD compelled me to correct the error because if you are to use them, you might as well use them correctly.

    22 Nov 12:05pm Reply
  • scomatsho

    Aphex Twin is ambient and lots of other things. He has created some amazing ambient music all the same and deserves to be compared with other artists in this genre based on those tracks. So an artist only has merit if they are exclusive to a genre? If genres are pointless why did you bring the issue up?

    21 Nov 10:54am Reply
  • Sorbetto13

    And Green Day have a few acoustic songs, that doesn't make them a folk band. Genres are arbitrary and pointless, but Aphex Twin is mostly IDM, Glitch, Minimal Techno or Acid House. My point is he's not ambient the way Brian Eno, Stars on the Lid and William Basinski are.

    20 Nov 11:35am Reply
  • scomatsho

    mmmm. I think Aphex Twin has done his fair share of pure ambient tracks, person below

    19 Nov 5:26pm Reply
  • gabystarlight

    New album is gorgeous ♥

    19 Nov 12:49am Reply
  • Ephemere_music

    Holding Pattern is like walking in the snow at 6 am on a deserted field.

    18 Nov 8:10pm Reply
  • Ambiented

    Wow, Sea Island! Can't stop listening. That is probably the greatest (or one of them) ambient album of last years.

    17 Nov 11:33pm Reply
  • interhole

    sea island, another fine release by mr. loscil

    17 Nov 11:04pm Reply
  • xxxKillianxxx

    bleeding ink reminds me of subheim :))

    17 Nov 9:22am Reply
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