Simulation welcomes the glitch in swarms. A masterful collaboration with Polish artist Tineidae, Drifting In Silence steers ambient into a stark, industrial area with this release. The massive, smooth pads intertwine with deft, vibrant percussion to evoke the likes of Vangelis, Coil, and Aphex Twin in the same thought. Drifting In Silence and Tineidae gathers up these influences and launch them forward to generate an enchanting new territory of sound.
The album centers around the concept of our world as a simulation, or—to go even deeper—than life is a simulation all the way down. It’s the intriguing subject of all sorts of science fiction, from Blade Runner to The Matrix. Just as we simulate our world through movies, video games, and virtual reality, someone or something may be doing the same to simulate our existence. In wrestling with this all too possible theory, one wonders whether life as a simulation is beautiful or terrifying, an impetus for total freedom or utter nihilism.
The album shifts to and from dense, mechanical soundscapes as heard in “Simulation, Pt. 1” and “Simulation, Pt. 2” to more open, optimistic like in “Inflaton.” Keeping with the nature of its concept, Simulation is at times eerie and at other times a rapturous, limitless space for imagination. Throughout the sonic adventure, a feeling of digital euphoria inspires the journeyman to keep moving forward and grasp an understanding of the universe.
In crafting this remarkable journey, Derrick Stembridge and Pavlo Storonskyi (the simulators of sound behind Drifting In Silence and Tineidae, respectively) flex new and old strengths, fusing each other’s signature sounds to create powerful, impactful work.
released September 23, 2022
Produced, mixed, and recorded by Derrick Stembridge and Pavlo Storonskyi at Octagon Studios and The Kids Room
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio
Art and design by Michal Karcz at Dream Carver Studio
Drifting in Silence is the name of a longstanding ambient project undertaken by multi-instrumentalist and composer Derrick
Stembridge. Stembridge chose the name as "a description of the feeling evoked by the music," intended to create the sensation of movement through regions of light and shadow. ...more