I love the way albums can really surprise you pleasantly... while I’m not a fan of sequencing loops and mechanical chill-out style beats necessarily, Atmosphere Factory delivers such a tasteful, mature and strong album, that just works almost hypnotic... For me this is another stunning example of tastefully working with ambient, spacy sounds, loops and beats, so it’s a lovely alternative for me between other ambient-, and dronestyles, congrats Gio!
Gio Makyo's latest sonic offering is inspired brilliance! I love the ever-evolving, shimmering layers of synths, pads, vocal & nature sound samples. Hypnotic & so beautiful. Makyo's adherence to oldskool purist principles of playing real synths & hardware as opposed to virtualised computer-based production makes appreciation of his talent jump to another level. He must be like a zen monk or yogi on those keyboards to produce such impeccable soundscapes!
Swirling, flowing, softly psychedelic, but the same impeccable sense of structure, movement, and thought that Makyo is known for in his more ethnic dub albums.
I believe Makyo is one of the most talented musicians of our time, and this is simply him at his best. A different direction than the majority of his work but a very welcome addition that will never grow old. Makyo albums from as long as 17 years ago are still in heavy rotation with me, so glad for another one!
The 25th release on Dakini Records introduces the spacious, sleek sounds of The Atmosphere Factory, veteran producer Gio Makyo's solo exploration into late-night stargazing ambient. Full of pulsating sequencer riffs and celestial tones, The Atmosphere Factory draws on classic '70s ambient --like Tangerine Dream, Terry Riley, and Fripp & Eno -- to break away from the straitjacket of computer-based composing and to embrace live, real-time improvisations, free-flowing and hypnotic. Mixed into two album "sides", one live and one studio, the album is designed for deep listening, perfect for meditation, moon-gazing, and mind-wandering?
A Day In The Atmosphere Factory:
Beyond the dead seas of Horus, a tower looms in the distance. Drawing closer, there's a wall: massive, endless, and windowless. A portal at its base, some 30 meters high. There is no keyhole, no screen, no touch-pad. If you are meant to enter, you will. The gate opens onto a towering hall, ceilings ten stories high and covered in scintillating, intricate mosaics of fluorescent light. Hidden behind the walls are the softly whirring mechanics of The Atmosphere Factory, maintaining the planet's life-giving atmosphere through an alchemical use of sound vibration to structure the gaseous elements into place.
The Composer sits in a small, white room atop the Factory, its walls encased in blinking consoles of hidden meaning. A soft, shimmering sound, rich with overtones and spectral harmonics wafts through the room. The slightest change in this perfect tonality indicates some disruption in the aether, a potential atmospheric breakdown which will allow the suffocating death-grip of deepest space to seep in. The Composer hears this disturbance in its earliest stages, manipulating the frequencies with a wave of his hand to maintain the equilibrium, to pump out the soundwaves that are life for his planet. I sit before him on a carpet of soft Orluk furs, and he speaks to me of Etherialism, of The All and the materialization of imaginings, and I remark how similar it is to Zen, of form and emptiness. He laughs: "and we, the ghosts in the machine?"
The Composer allows me the rare privilege of recording the monitor sounds of the Factory over the course of my visit. Side 1 of this recording captures dawn on the planet, and the steady shifts in tonality necessary to take it through its first lunar cycle. Side 2 captures a remarkable occurrence, the galactic rainfall of a meteor storm penetrating the atmosphere, and the resulting dust storms that ensued until the Composer was once again able to restore stability and harmony to the aether.
Ubud, Bali, Planet Earth, 2016.
released September 22, 2016
Written & performed by: Gio Makyo
Mastered by: Gregg Janman
Artwork by: Jason Brookes
Photo courtesy of NASA.
Side 1 recorded between 2012 - 2014 at Studio 301, Tokyo.
Side 2 recorded live, Nov. 23rd, 2013, at The Pyramid, Yamanashi.
Performed on Korg ESX & EMX Electribes, Eventide Time Factor & Space, NovaDelay, and an iPad running Sunrizer and AniMoog. No computers used; keep live music live!
Thanks to: Ayaka, Dave & Chiemi, Hataken, Greg Hunter, Gregg, Jason, Jake, Stephen....