With shipment completed of the Summer 2015 Batch to all reaches of the Earth, we're thrilled to announce a handful of news items which are helping us usher in the second half of the year with a seriously heavy wave of darkness.
To begin, a new audio/visual experience that we have been eagerly working on behind the scenes for most of Summer is set for official release on August 24th, 2015, with a group we have desired to work with since our inception. Although only recently formed under the banner officially, sacred music duo ARIADNE have been performing together for years, always in differing forms, but always captivating and surreal to behold.
Tsalal, which is Hebrew for the concept "to grow or become dark," is the title of the brand new 6 track album (and first physical release ever) from ARIADNE. It is a full-frequency, multi-sensory audio/visual experience totaling almost an hour of subsonic tones, glitched out rhythms, synthesized melodies, and extravagant choral passages with hints of Gregorian chants & hymnal somberness. Contained on an absolutely tiny 4GB microSD card housed inside an equally miniscule clear plastic case, Tsalal is tangibly minimal yet digitally immersive, featuring the complete audio compositions as ultra high quality lossless WAV files, as well as matching HD videos of synchronized digital environment renders created by ARIADNE as visual stimuli to further enhance the intricate nature of Tsalal's brooding aesthetic.
ARIADNE just started their 2015 Summer Tour on August 12th in Chicago and will be traveling throughout the Midwest and East Coast for the next few weeks. If you get the chance to catch them in your city, we encourage you to attend! Their set utilizes video projections quite effectively, and starting on the 16th of August at Black Mass XXXIII, you'll be able to purchase Tsalal before its official release on Monday, August 24th. Follow them on FACEBOOK to stay up to date with their tour schedule.
Speaking of Black Mass, after nearly a year away, we've returned with Black Mass XXXIII, scheduled for Sunday, August 16th, 2015 at the Artifex Guild, our venue/space (now run as a private collective!) in Bloomington, Indiana. We're pumped to bring ARIADNE back to the city we first met in, and also performing will be AA founder DANTE AUGUSTUS SCARLATTI as well as local electro-acoustic ensemble GOODHANDS TEAM.