Recorded in January 2012 by ambient duo dreamSTATE (Scott M2 & Jamie Todd) with electronic sound-artist Heiki Sillaste “The North Shore” sonically evokes the Canadian winters of their lifetimes – travels through white fields and deep woods, along frozen rivers and by the shorelines of great lakes.
The CD package is a numbered limited-edition of 250 copies in digipak with glass mastered audio CD and four signed artcards.
Heiki Sillaste was the special guest for the launch of dreamSTATE’s
"Drone Cycle 2012". At the prep sessions the weekend before the
January 10th show, they improvised in deep-winter mode as Heiki
was looking for a new piece to suit the winter theme of the fourth "Quiet Drones" compilation on his Paper+Sound label.
Reviewing the recordings, Heiki and his sonic cohort Kris Helstrom declared that there was not just a piece, but an album there. They tackled the mix of the Sunday tech session which became the epic-length "Ice Flow", while Scott mixed two pieces from the Friday night session and a wintery excerpt from the Drone Cycle concert.
"As Canadians, we know ice and snow in our core. We feel these
soundscapes evoke a deeper winter than actually occured in
Ontario 2012. We hope you enjoy the journey. Dress warmly!"
~ Scott M2
"This is a great batch of minimalist, immersive drone, and you’re going to get lost in it. It’s a fantastic headphone listen, giving the subtler details more substance. The mix of mesmerizing drone and underpinnings of uncertainty and shadow works very well. You can relax with this disc, but you’re always aware of the edges. The way each piece evolves carries the feel of the organic movement of an improvised piece, with no mis-steps to impede the flow. Let this one loop for hours."
~ John Shanahan / Hypnagogue
"There is great beauty in the fact that though evoking such a variety of winter conditions, there is never a sharp edge or crusty ridge. Permafrost is the permaculture of the Canadian mind and The North Shore captures its essence."
~ Stephen Fruitman / igloo magazine
"The North Shore is an utterly magnificent winter postcard from Ontario, Canada, a huge treasure from start to end!!! Certainly one of my most fave dronescapades of 2012, a must have!!!"
~ Richard Gürtler / Relaxed Machinery
released September 30, 2012
All music by created by Scott M2, Heiki Sillaste and Jamie Todd.
Recorded at Wright Sounds and at THE AMBiENT PiNG (Supermarket), Toronto, January 10th, 2012.
Live group photograph by DJ Mezmerize.
Typography and photography by Heiki.
Insert artcards by Scott, Heiki and Jamie.
More dreamSTATE Drone Cycle info at www.dreamstate.to/dronecycle
Iceberg-sized thanks to Kris Helstrom for mix, enthusiasm and encouragement.
We would also like to thank General Chaos Visuals and THE AMBiENT PiNG community.
Founded in 1995, the dreamSTATE duo of Scott M2 and Jamie Todd are a Canadian ambient music group best known for their
soundscape installations and trailblazing live ambient and drone music performances.
They also curate the long-running AMBiENT PiNG concert series in Toronto and are founders of the DRONE:KLUB community drone-improv group....more