Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Apeiron - Stardust demo '97


It's time for something a bit different. Apeiron is an ambient project from Dreamlord. First Apeiron demo is titled A Separate Reality and was self-released as a tape in '95. In the same year Apeiron released a split cassette with Golden Dawn which I'd love to own someday even though I know it will cost me a lot of money, but I think it's worth it. After that, Apeiron released Stardust demo tape in '97, and there's also another release listed on Discogs, a CD titled Music For Astral Projection which was released this year by label Hollow Myths.

I ripped Stardust from my own original copy. It was officially distributed by Chanteloup Creations (which is also mentioned on the cover scan I provided).
I'm kind of glad it wasn't a true Chanteloup release - if it were, it would sound much worse than it sounds because it would be a dub of 10th generation probably. It actually surprises me how easy it was to rip this, I expected challenges like very loud hissing sound and a lot of noise, different volume through various parts of the tape, music dubbed on very low volume and even much worse things - but I'm happy because the sound of this tape is very good and clean, so much better than Chanteloup Creations dubs I have to work with which sometimes drive me crazy.

I first listened to Apeiron a couple of years ago when brother Velkaarn posted and reviewed Apeiron material on his blog, and I fell in love with it. I haven't listened to that much dungeon synth or ambient, so I don't possess much knowledge about the genres - but I do love to occasionally listen to some dungeon synth (especially from the 90's) and would say it's my favorite genre after black metal, along with doom metal.
For me Apeiron is different from all other dungeon synth music I've heard, it is so much more trippy. I mean, this is not dungeon synth at all really, it's cosmic/astral ambient.

I believe it's useful to describe Apeiron and provide more info by just writing what is written on cover, so here:
Apeiron is not supposed to be music in the ordinary meaning of the word or emphasis is not placed on melodies and harmonies but on sounds, their development and variation.
This demo was performed by Dreamlord (also known from Golden Dawn) on a PC. The sounds were generated by a synthesizing software, a soundcard with wavetable, numerous samples, alienated guitars and voices.
Dreamlord advises to listen to Apeiron alone and in a state of contemplative inner silence.

I've listened to Apeiron and especially Stardust demo a lot and it is just very strange. I fell asleep several times listening to this because it is probably the most relaxing music I've ever heard, and each time I'd have the weirdest dreams and would wake up feeling so relieved, relaxed and extremely calm... The music on this demo is kind of like some drug, at least for me.

When it comes to really describing music, I can't really put it better than Velkaarn has when he reviewed it (here and here), so I'd suggest you to read that. All that I'd like to add is that both songs on this demo are perfect, but the second one is my favorite. It's just so amazingly progressive and hypnotizing!

That's it for now, I hope you'll enjoy it.
P.S. Sorry for the crappy logo at the bottom, but it's the best I managed to find.

                      Download my tape rip (mp3@CBR320kbps + pics and scans) @ yadi.sk

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