This is a collection of pieces that did not make it onto the deepspace albums for whatever reason. Most of them however, did fit onto into an Artic theme. So I grouped them together, and have created an online only EP called "Subantarctic Sessions"
Listen to it here: http://www.last.fm/music/Deepspace/Subantarctic+Sessions+%28EP%29
These tracks had the same amount of love and care lavished upon them as the regular Deepspace albums, so please have a listen.
Arctic Sun and Weather Experiment
This piece links together with Subantarctic Phenomena and Voyaging Iceberg. It has a cold desolate feel. I was inspired to do this after thinking about Vaughan William's Sinfonia Antarctica. Musically, it shares nothing. But I wanted once again, to capture that deserted blissed out feeling of standing on an ice-shelf, maybe journeying through the ice towards a distant cloud covered formation.
This is a darker piece- the opposite of the piece before. The midnight sun has set, and everything is grey and windy. I saw an episode of Planet Earth, in which a big group of male penguins were clustered together, protecting their young from these horrendous antartic winds. That really inspired me to do this i think, looking back.
I was very fond of this song, but because it was written during the Slow Moving Lifeforms sessions, it did not fit. It has a strange sequenced part after the middle. :)
You may not there is a piece called Crysanthenum Ocean on Barometric Sun. This piece is different altogether and came first. It's very ethereal sounding and so did also not fit on SMLF1 in a way that was fitting. It has a middle section that still makes me feel very emotional- it's like a little embryo travelling through space or something.
This used some sounds from the SMLF1 palette, but didn't fit as it was too "night-time" for the album, which I wanted to be full of sun. This piece sounds, to me, like a quiet street, maybe near a harbour, very late at night. Streetlights are buzzing quietly away, and everything is still and quiet. I have to say I've always had a preoccupation with representing this setting. Something about it attracts me. It fits better with the Artic theme, I would say.
This might have fit on Barometric Sea, had it not also been written during the SMLF sessions. It is very glacial, and reminds me of a quiet sea.
You may recognise this as very similar to Crysanthenum Ocean from Barometric Sun. It's the same piece. Minus the Bass part and minus the melodies. This is the first incarnation of the song, and it existed as a finished piece for about 4 months before I decided to add some extra parts to it. I envisaged an serene underwater scene full of colourful fish darting about happily for this one. God, I'm so very, very dark....Maybe this is the hidden underwater scenes below the ice.
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