Today we can officially announce the release of the second installment of our Earthtones compilation! It’s taken us almost a year to the day to put together but we can assure you, it’s worth it! Click play above to listen or:

VARIOUS ARTISTS | EARTHTONES VOLUME 2

“Our next release on Tessellate sees the return of our on-going compilation series Earthtones. The second installment will be a similarly gargantuan 2 hour collection of tracks that cross sections the modern Ambient music scene. Earthtones Volume 2 builds our roster of far-flung international artists further with contributors from Scandinavia, Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

The Earthtones series spans the internet-based contemporary ambient music scene, with a concept that helps us concentrate more on the geography that lies between each artist. In making worldwide communication easier, the internet has made it easy to forget the sheer size of our planet.

As with last time, each track feature a bonus image of the artists’ local surroundings as a sort of post card to you, the listener. Some are of local landscapes, others are personal places of interest to the respective artist. When you download the album, these images will show with the tracks when you listen to them on your laptop or mp3 player and as the tracks change, you’ll transport across the globe and back again. As the series grows, the sheer enormity of this world will be ever more apparent – all too often forgotten thanks to internet collaboration.

As usual, all funds raised will go back into the label so that we can put together more physical releases”
credits
Released 30 March 2014
“Earthtones is dedicated to the memory of Tim David Brice who passed in January 2014. Many of the artists involved with the Earthtones project had worked with him; may he rest in peace.”

Curated by Harry Towell
Mastered by Tobias Hellkvist (www.tobiashellkvist.com)
Cover artwork by Harry Towell
Additional photography by artists unless stated otherwise

Special thanks to: Aditya, Alex, Ben, Darren H, Darren M, Darwin, Devin, Diego, Emil, Fletcher, Grzegorz, Jonathan, Jul, Julia, Katie, Kent, Marek, Matteo, Michael, Mike, Nicola A, Nicola F, Porya, René, Rezo, Stuart, Tobias, Tony, Yann

Below is a slideshow of the bonus images supplied by the artists involved, listing their location…

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Earthtones Volume 2 cover

 

It has been some months since our last release ‘Gone For Walks’ by Felix Gebhard. We’re now into our third year of operation and as usual, behind the scenes we’re busy assembling our forthcoming catalog.

We can confirm that our next release will see the return of our compilation series Earthtones. The second installment will be a similarly gargantuan 2 hour collection of tracks that cross section the modern Ambient music scene. Earthtones Volume 2 builds our roster of far-flung international artists further with contributors from Scandinavia, Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

As with last time, each track will feature a bonus image of the local surroundings to the artist as a sort of post card to you, the listener. As the series grows, the sheer enormity of this world will be ever more apparent – all too often forgotten thanks to internet collaboration.

The compilation will be released in April but for now, we present you with the cover artwork above and a video to one of the tracks from the album by Grzegorz Bojanek and Lights Dim. The video is an excerpt from the film ‘Drive’

 

 

Today sees the second physical release on Tessellate Recordings, the sister label to the Audio Gourmet netlabel. It is by German musician/artist Felix Gebhard and is entitled ‘Gone For Walks’, an audio-visual project inspired by the artist’s walks around the Wendland area, Germany.
We recently made the album available to pre-order, which have been flying out the door so far – a huge thanks to anyone that has purchased!
The package includes a CDr containing four tracks of field recordings taken along the walks, guitar improvisation and experiments using other acoustic instruments. Also included are postcards featuring photography taken in the area, with one image/postcard per track. On the reverse of each is a map of the area with a red ‘X’ of the area in which the image was taken. You can view photos of the packaging, stream the album in full as well as order the release at the link below:

http://tessellaterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/gone-for-walks

PRESS RELEASE
In our second physical release on Tessellate Recordings, we present you with Felix Gebhard’s Gone For Walks in a limited edition run of just 100 copies. Felix Gebhard is a much travelled musician, song-writer and artist from Berlin in Germany. Since his late teens he has been playing guitar and writing music. For many years he performed as part of the now disbanded Home Of The Lame who embarked on their final tour together in 2012. Since then, Felix has been concentrating on his solo material which departs from the 3-4 minute pop songs that Home Of The Lame became renowned for, making steps towards the experimental Ambient field. Felix’s first release under his own name came out last year on our sister label Audio Gourmet, followed by a vinyl release on his own Lametunes imprint called Wise Words For Elmore Bubbles. For the latter, he embarked on a small tour playing guitar live through a series of effects pedals.

Over the years Felix has primarily lived in cities, such as Hamburg, Bremen, Malmo and Stockholm. Gone For Walks is a result of time spent away from the city during trips to his mother’s house in a village in Wendland. It is a rural region by the Elbe River which sits on the former East and West Germany border. The four tracks that comprise this album are the result of pictures and sounds he collected whilst on several walks in the area. The field recordings are joined by improvised layers of instrumentation including an acoustic guitar, electric baritone guitar, electric piano, organ, synthesisers, kalimba, bowed vibes, ukulele and various percussion instruments.
Felix strived to visualise the landscape and region by focusing on small sonic and visual details along the way. There was never the intention to stereotype an urbanite’s view on agriculture and country living but somehow the record finds itself being just that.

The tracks are named after the times that certain field recordings were captured and on the physical release, these are mapped and marked with an ‘X’ on the back of a postcard containing an image from the walks. Inside a sealed and stickered envelope, you’ll find a set of four postcards (one for each track) along with a copy of the limited edition CDr. There is also a digital version available which includes bonus items. 

 

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Felix Gebhard’s new album ‘Gone For Walks’ has already received some great reviews and coverage from some of our favourite sites. We thought on the eve of the release date that it would be nice to post up a few words/thoughts from some trusted mouths/minds:

FLUID RADIO
“With only his guitar for company, Gebhard leaves the city etched on the faraway skyline. The fraught tension of the city and the stress that is the rush hour commute is exchanged for a natural sanctuary. Gone For Walks takes a trip to a village in Wendland, a rural region by the Elbe River on the former East and West Germany border.”
Full review: 
http://www.fluid-radio.co.uk/2013/08/felix-gebhard/

HEADPHONE COMMUTE
Gone For Walks is the result of Felix Gebhard‘s escape from the Berlin city life into the rural region of Germany’s Elbe River, near his mother’s village house. The four pieces, titled after the particular times during which the field recordings were captured, are accompanied by layers of improvised instrumentation.The result is a perfect marriage between nature and music”
Full review: http://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2013/08/25/sound-bytes-chris-watson-jack-dangers-felix-gebhard-bruce-gilbert-and-baw/

AMBIENT BLOG
“Berlin-based guitarist Felix Gebhard has a different approach to using environmental sounds. His recordings of the Wendland surroundings (a rural region near the Elbe River on the former East and West Germany border) provide the basic atmosphere for four ‘walks’ at different times of day. Perfect sounds for late warm summer nights!”
Full review: http://www.ambientblog.net/blog/2013-08-10/variousfieldrecordings

If for some reason you’ve missed it, you can check out ‘Gone For Walks’ by clicking HERE

At last, we are now able to make the second physical release available on Tessellate Recordings, after almost a year of planning! It is a stunning hand-stamped envelope package containing ‘Gone For Walks’ by Felix Gebhard, an audio-visual project inspired by the artist’s walks around the Wendland area, Germany.
The package includes a CDr containing four tracks of field recordings taken along the walks, guitar improvisation and experiments using other acoustic instruments. Also included are postcards featuring photography taken in the area, with one image/postcard per track. On the reverse of each is a map of the area with a red ‘X’ of the area in which the image was taken. You can view photos of the packaging, stream the album in full as well as pre-order the release via the following link:

http://tessellaterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/gone-for-walks

The pre-order comes with a free and immediate download of the album and will be shipped around the 28th of August, when Gone For Walks is released officially
Some of you may have purchased our digital compilation ‘Earthtones’, released in April this year. Earthtones was put together with the goal of raising enough money in order to fund ‘Gone For Walks’ and as you can see, we have been able to reach this goal. To anyone who has purchased Earthtones, Felix and I would like to thank you – you have personally helped realise this project!

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And finally…Felix has put together a collection of special fine-art prints of the images from Gone For Walks, including four which are unavailable with the main album. You can take a look here and maybe even buy one! http://www.superbuy.at/felixgebhard 

PRESS RELEASE
In our second physical release on Tessellate Recordings, we present you with Felix Gebhard’s Gone For Walks in a limited edition run of just 100 copies. Felix Gebhard is a much travelled musician, song-writer and artist from Berlin in Germany. Since his late teens he has been playing guitar and writing music. For many years he performed as part of the now disbanded Home Of The Lame who embarked on their final tour together in 2012. Since then, Felix has been concentrating on his solo material which departs from the 3-4 minute pop songs that Home Of The Lame became renowned for, making steps towards the experimental Ambient field. Felix’s first release under his own name came out last year on our sister label Audio Gourmet, followed by a vinyl release on his own Lametunes imprint called Wise Words For Elmore Bubbles. For the latter, he embarked on a small tour playing guitar live through a series of effects pedals.Over the years Felix has primarily lived in cities, such as Hamburg, Bremen, Malmo and Stockholm. Gone For Walks is a result of time spent away from the city during trips to his mother’s house in a village in Wendland. It is a rural region by the Elbe River which sits on the former East and West Germany border. The four tracks that comprise this album are the result of pictures and sounds he collected whilst on several walks in the area. The field recordings are joined by improvised layers of instrumentation including an acoustic guitar, electric baritone guitar, electric piano, organ, synthesisers, kalimba, bowed vibes, ukulele and various percussion instruments.
Felix strived to visualise the landscape and region by focusing on small sonic and visual details along the way. There was never the intention to stereotype an urbanite’s view on agriculture and country living but somehow the record finds itself being just that.The tracks are named after the times that certain field recordings were captured and on the physical release, these are mapped and marked with an ‘X’ on the back of a postcard containing an image from the walks. Inside a sealed and stickered envelope, you’ll find a set of four postcards (one for each track) along with a copy of the limited edition CDr. There is also a digital version available which includes bonus items.

“We’re extremely excited to announce something we’ve been working on behind the scenes for almost a year. Gone For Walks by Felix Gebhard is our second physical release and will be up for pre-order over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can read more about the album below and take a listen to a short preview mix of the album.

We’d like to give a huge thanks to everybody who purchased our recent digital compilation ‘Earthtones’. Every one of you has contributed to funding Gone For Walks and to that, we are truly grateful!”

Gone For Walks main cover

PRESS RELEASE

In our second physical release on Tessellate Recordings, we present you with Felix Gebhard’s Gone For Walks in a limited edition run of just 100 copies. Felix Gebhard is a much travelled musician, song-writer and artist from Berlin in Germany. Since his late teens he has been playing guitar and writing music. For many years he performed as part of the now disbanded Home Of The Lame who embarked on their final tour together in 2012. Since then, Felix has been concentrating on his solo material which departs from the 3-4 minute pop songs that Home Of The Lame became renowned for, making steps towards the experimental Ambient field. Felix’s first release under his own name came out last year on our sister label Audio Gourmet, followed by a vinyl release on his own Lametunes imprint called Wise Words For Elmore Bubbles. For the latter, he embarked on a small tour playing guitar live through a series of effects pedals.

Over the years Felix has primarily lived in cities, such as Hamburg, Bremen, Malmo and Stockholm. Gone For Walks is a result of time spent away from the city during trips to his mother’s house in a village in Wendland. It is a rural region by the Elbe River which sits on the former East and West Germany border. The four tracks that comprise this album are the result of pictures and sounds he collected whilst on several walks in the area. The field recordings are joined by improvised layers of instrumentation including an acoustic guitar, electric baritone guitar, electric piano, organ, synthesisers, kalimba, bowed vibes, ukulele and various percussion instruments.
Felix strived to visualise the landscape and region by focusing on small sonic and visual details along the way. There was never the intention to stereotype an urbanite’s view on agriculture and country living but somehow the record finds itself being just that.

The tracks are named after the times that certain field recordings were captured and on the physical release, these are mapped and marked with an ‘X’ on the back of a postcard containing an image from the walks. Inside a sealed and stickered envelope, you’ll find a set of four postcards (one for each track) along with a copy of the limited edition CDr. There is also a digital version available which includes bonus items.

www.tessellate-recordings.com
www.felixgebhard.com

CREDITS:

Written and produced by Felix Gebhard
Sounds captured and photographs taken on walks in and around Langendorf, Germany 2011
Instruments played and recorded at Im Kontor, Berlin and Evergreen Terrace, Berlin between November 2011 and March 2012
Mixed and mastered at Im Kontor in June 2013
Published by Edition Lametunes/Festland Musikverlag

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Last week, Spheruleus released an album of previously unreleased works on his Bandcamp page…

“Released exclusively through the Spheruleus Bandcamp page, I present ‘Clearings’ – a collection of 12 previously unreleased works. Each piece was constructed using unused sounds on my hard-drive from the six years I have spent working with experimental music. I have seen similar things done before by other artists and I always wondered whether they found it difficult to give an album of otherwise unwanted material a coherent voice. However, once I had decided to look into doing something similar I suddenly felt liberated when gathering these misfits. Each piece reminded me of a particular time in my life; the thoughts, ideas and concepts I’d had when creating them all came flooding back.

I spent a few months editing this material and assigning it an identity based on the ‘sparks’ that had originally inspired me to make it. Most of the titles are cryptic but themes that flit in and out of ‘Clearings’ include: the sea and enormity of the ocean, a longing for a simple rural lifestyle, rainy days indoors, vast woodland areas, crumbling buildings, commuting, striving for and finding stability and even my half-baked idea of making an album about Christmas trees stood in fields, waiting for the big day!

You can expect to hear everything from lo-fi drones, passages of acoustic instruments, field recordings, vinyl and radio static drenched texture, jittery looping harmonics, percussion made from household noises, tape hiss experiments and subtle use of newer beat-driven techniques.
The finished article draws together all of these different techniques I have experimented with over the last six years and it is hoped that somehow in this variation, there lies a strength and togetherness.

I would like to dedicated the opening track ‘For Diego’ to Juan Diego B (1974-2012)”

credits

released 16 May 2013
Written and produced by Harry Towell
Photography by Peter Nejedly”

Below is a gallery of the bonus images included with the Earthtones compilation. Each image was taken in the artist’s local area, to accompany their respective tracks…

You can stream/buy Earthtones by clicking ‘buy’ on the player below

Earthtones Reviews

May 21, 2013

There have been a few reviews of the Earthtones compilation go up on the web since we released it last month. Below is a link to the sites with a brief ‘blurb’ of their reviews. Click on the link to read them in full

FLUID RADIO
http://www.fluid-radio.co.uk/2013/03/various-artists-earthtones/

“Earthtones carries an appropriate tagline: ‘We are from everywhere’. It is truly an international record, but it doesn’t shout it out. Earthtones is the quiet, thin layer sitting above the clouds and above the stratosphere, a heart-felt dedication to our beautiful planet Earth”
-James Catchpole, Fluid Radio

A CLOSER LISTEN
http://acloserlisten.com/2013/04/21/va-earthtones/

“For anyone even remotely interested in ambient music, this is a must-hear; and to anyone interested in keeping the scene going, this is a must-buy.”
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Richard Allen, A Closer Listen

AMBIENT BLOG
http://www.ambientblog.net/blog/2013-04-15/various-artists-earthtones

“Tessellate Recordings has made an impressive start with these first two releases, and it’s definitely worth spending a few bucks to help fund their future releases. Especially when these bucks also get you a compilation album like this!”
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Peter Van Cooten, Ambient Blog

Vlna, ???

At last, after months of organising, we can announce the release of the Earthtones compilation! Click play below to stream and buy to get your own copy. The money from your purchase will go towards our next physical release on Tessellate Recordings

VARIOUS ARTISTS – EARTHTONES
“The second release on Tessellate is our first attempt at a compilation album and an ambitious one at that, clocking in at 2 hours long. Earthtones spans the internet-based contemporary ambient music scene, with a concept that helps us concentrate more on the geography that lies between each artist. In making worldwide communication easier, the internet has made it easy to forget the sheer size of our planet. 
Not only has each artist supplied an unreleased track for Earthtones; they have also provided an image of their local surroundings to accompany it to help further drive home the theme. Some are of local landscapes, others are personal places of interest to the respective artist. When you download the album, these images will show with the tracks when you listen to them on your laptop or mp3 player and as the tracks change, you’ll transport across the globe and back again, acting as a sort of postcard from the artist to you, the listener.
The loose plans for Earthtones were laid out when Tessellate Recordings began operation early last year. It was only following my unexpected redundancy in the summer that I was forced to take a serious look at the label after I was unable to finance it. After toying with the idea of folding the label, I have put together a plan which involves three stunning physical releases in the future. These will all start from the money made from Earthtones –everybody who purchases will be helping us to fund the next CD release!
credits
released 01 April 2013
Curated by Harry Towell
Mastered by Byron Christodoulou:  byron.feltcollective.com
Cover artwork by Vlna
Additional photography by artists, unless stated
 Bonus artwork by Stephen Spera
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