Ryan Teague — Block Boundaries•♦• Each piece from the composer feels remarkably assured, matching classical flourishes to minimal electronics.
•♦• “I always need to visualize my music before I get in front of an instrument... Once I have a sense of what I want conceptually, I decide on the instrumentation that will best convey the idea and this tends to guide the overall process.” Ryan Teague
•♦• 'Block Boundaries' is the new album from composer Ryan Teague. The album, demonstrates a sonic and thematic shift towards a more focused and energised sound. Where previous material was often pastoral, 'Block Boundaries' moves boldly towards a more urban sound, all the time retaining Teague's recognisable minimalist themes. Inspired by the theme of Psychogeography, the record fuses acoustic instrumentation with electronic and processed material, taking the listener on a hallucinogenic Ballardian journey through the thrumming urban activity of New York, Amsterdam and London.
Location: Bristol (UK)
Genre: MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
Album release: November 2014
Record Label: Village Green
01 Site and Situation 4:32
02 Block Boundaries 5:13
03 Last Known Position 4:25
04 Diversion 1 2:13
05 Scale and Ratio 4:59
06 Liminal Space 4:01
07 Diversion 2 2:16
08 Remote Outliers 4:16
09 Animated Landscape 5:13
10 End of the Line 3:36
•♦• Ryan Teague is a composer, producer and multi–instrumentalist based in Bristol. •♦• His music combines acoustic instrumentation and arrangements with electronic and processed material, the results of which incorporate Minimalism, Ambient and Electroacoustic music. With a string of releases under his belt for labels such as Village Green, Sonic Pieces and Type Records.Working with an array of instruments and sound sources, Teague blurs the line between organic and processed sound resulting in a unique range of soundscapes which now define his signature sound. His style of recording combines structured composition with improvised spontaneity making for highly original contemporary works. As well as writing and producing albums Ryan also produces music and sound design for various Film & Television productions. Most recently Ryan has extensively studied Javanese Gamelan music, including a 9–month study period spent in Central Java, Indonesia. Ryan's wide ranging influences and mastery of multiple disciplines are real markers of his eclectic body of work.
•♦• "‘Block Boundaries’ is the new album from minimalist composer Ryan Teague building on his previous releases for Type, Sonic Pieces and current label Village Green. Inspired by the theme of Psychogeography, the record fuses acoustic instrumentation with electronic and processed material, taking the listener on a hallucinogenic Ballardian journey through from the thrumming urban activity of New York, Amsterdam and London. Brooding opener "Site & Situation" sets the tone with hypnotic guitar and mallet chimes, emotive cello swells and surging bass synth, 'Last Known Position' comes on like a lost Tangerine Dream jam session, spiraling arpeggios and oscillating pulses, while 'Liminal Space' introduces driving percussion around mesmeric synth pulses and a shimmering piano progression. Closer 'End Of The Line ' brings the journey to an end in an introspective mood — a wavering synth figure cut against wistful drone washes that fade into the distance. 'Block Boundaries' is a masterful achievement of melody, form and texture that rewards more with every captivated listen and will assuredly secure Ryan Teague's place alongside his acclaimed contemporaries such as Nils Frahm, Jon Hopkins, Emeralds and Hauschka."
ROBIN MURRAY / NEWS / 02 · 12 · 2014
INTERVIEW, DECEMBER 15, 2014, PHOTO BY REBECCA CLEAL
30 SECONDS INTERVIEW: RYAN TEAGUE, posted December 24, 2014 /
RECORD LABEL: http://villagegreenrecording.co.uk/artists/ryan-teague
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