Monday, November 20, 2017

Access To Arasaka / Erode / Dirk Geiger - "Reports From The Abyss" [2017]

Artist: Access To Arasaka / Erode / Dirk Geiger
Title: Reports From The Abyss
Genre: Industrial, Ambient, IDM
Country: USA
Release date: 2017

Track List:
  1. Reports From The Abyss
  2. Walking With Ghosts
  3. Reset
  4. Fallen Empires
  5. Null Moon
  6. No Place Called Home
  7. Reports From The Abyss [by Anklebiter]
  8. Walking With Ghosts by [Lights Out Asia]
  9. Reset [by Formalin]
  10. Fallen Empires [by Haujobb]
  11. Null Moon [by Displacer]
  12. No Place Called Home [by Dryft]
From Bandcamp: "A very unique collection of songs and different sub-genres that have been fused into something very Industrial, but so new and interesting". A very accurate description of this album, which contains 6 tracks recorded by Access To Arasaka & collaborators around 2012, with alternative versions of each track as a bonus. The whole thing sounds quite different from ATA's solo works, mainly because these tracks are songs rather than soundscapes. Unfortunately, Rob Lioy, the man behind the ATA moniker, is too busy with his family life now to record any new music (at least that's what I've heard), which is a pity because his albums are one of the best examples of the cyberpunk-themed music.

"As early as in the year of 2012 electronic solo artists Access To Arasaka, Erode and Dirk Geiger started reflecting about combining their powers and working like a real band. Their main objective was to write more song-orientated music instead of flowing soundscapes. After months of fruitful collaboration, they held three songs in their hands and felt very happy about the outcome. In quick succession another three promising tracks were finished.

Already during these sessions the idea of engaging other artists for alternative versions of these songs came up. Only artists that were influential and inspirational to the three actors were chosen. The good news is that all of the favored few were on board and did striking versions of said songs.

When everything was recorded and ready for mixing (mixing-session was scheduled literally for the next day!), Erode´s car was broken into and all harddrives plus backup hard drives were gone...
With nothing left and with a heavy heart the three decided to put the project to sleep. Frustrated but grateful for the experiences and the new made friends everybody went back to his business.

In 2016 Erode discovered some old backups in his studio and found fragments of Reports from the Abyss. First there were just some unorganized tracks, but step by step more and more material was brought to light. Within a few months they managed recovering all files. So Erode and Dirk Geiger plucked up courage to walk the extra mile and put everything together for a second time..." 

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