November 12, 2007
First, I'd like to thank those who've contacted me about The Grand Expanse. Please spread the word to anyone you think might enjoy it as well.
:: What the Future Holds
I'd like to let you know that I will be playing live on StillStream sometime in November or December. Obviously a date hasn't been set yet, but please check back often to find the date and time when I'll be playing. It'll be a very interesting experience, since this will be the first time I've ever done a live performance. But I'll be working hard to promise that it'll be worth listening to.
Now I'd like to bring you up-to-date on what I've got planned for the next year in terms of direction of music.
I've felt that I'm dangerously close to future releases being old hat, in that I'm not trying anything new. I know that some people would still enjoy my music if I kept going the same route. But I've felt the need to expand my horizons and try new things, and there's a few ways I want to go. In saying that, I'm not talking about extreme genre changes. You will still hear that "Altus" sound, but in a different light.
Ananta (aka Martin Dot), the person behind the Rain Netlabel, recently asked me to produce an album to release on his netlabel. Those familiar with Rain releases knows that their style is very much drone ambient. I've had requests from listeners to make a drone release, so it just seems like the perfect time to try my hand at drones. However in saying that, he mentioned later that he wants to expand his release repertoire of different styles of ambient. I'm still planning on a drone release though.
After that, I have two releases planned that will break the mold and hopefully breathe new life into my works:
Macro - a study in loop will be a fun, experimental album similar in style to Palancar's Précis (many short ambient pieces). My inspiration is also pulled from Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume 2, which is such a timeless, haunting release.
The Third Option will be something similar to Gridlock's sound. The easiest way to describe what I plan is take a usual Altus release, speed it up a bit and add sparse glitchy beats.
The last project I have in mind is so completely different, I may not release under the name "Altus". Listen to the last track of The Grand Expanse (Towards the Galactic Centre), and that'll give you an obvious clue to what I'm looking into doing. However, I'm aiming for something much less minimalist. I still don't know exactly what's planned for it yet but if you enjoyed that track, I imagine you'll enjoy this upcoming release as well.
Like I said, I'm aiming for new directions while not changing my sound completely. Those of you who feel like you may not enjoy these upcoming releases, don't fret. I'll never give up my ambient/new-agey roots. I've had many requests for Winter Embrace III, and I plan on releasing many volumes of Excursions to be released on the Earth Mantra netlabel.
There are many trips to take... I hope you enjoy taking them as much as I enjoy making them.
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