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Dystopia (DiN56)

by Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell

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rikm Where so many other albums try to evoke the ideas of movement and space, Parallel Worlds and Dave Bessell succeed in creating whole environments, intricately detailed, fully formed, complete.

Brilliant stuff.
Binnie Gray
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Binnie Gray Those of you thinking that this would be the son of Morphogenic would be sadly mistaken - This cd heads in a totally different direction with only Filament sounding a bit like it. Forget all the pretentious guff by Sylvain Lupari - this album rocks - nearly all the tracks are fantastic except Devoid which is a little too short - so impressed that I am going to rush out and buy an Aum guitar Favorite track: Forest Of Stars.
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eugene51 Another brilliant collaboration from two masters of EM
Robert Wallace
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Robert Wallace You just can't go wrong when you get two masters like this together. I love everything that's going on here, and there is a lot!. Every track is simply superb and although Devoid should have been at least another 10 minutes longer I still love it. Favorite track: Devoid.
Cipher 06:38
Filament 09:48
Underclouds 06:54
Mutagen 05:35
Devoid 03:48
Mycelium 10:00


The names of both Parallel Worlds and Dave Bessell should be very familiar by now to followers of the DiN ambient electronica label. Bakis Sirros (aka Parallel Worlds) has two solo albums, Obsessive Surrealism (DiN26), Shade (DiN32) as well as collaborations with DiN label boss Ian Boddy on Exit Strategy (DiN37) and most recently World Adapter (DiN48) with Self Oscillate (Ingo Zobel). Bessell on the other hand has a single solo album Black Horses Of The Sun (DiN47) as well as his contributions to the two synth supergroup Node releases (Node 2 (DiN44) & Node Live (DiN55)). Of course the duo have already collaborated before on their 2012 album, “Morphogenic” (DiN41) and “Dystopia” sees these two musicians continue their sonic dialogue.

Track titles such as “Cipher”, “Mutagen” and “Devoid” as well as the album title leaves one in no doubt that you are entering a dark and foreboding sound world. Indeed Bessell quotes the infamous novel “Neuromancer” by William Gibson as a major influence. Bakis Sirros as ever weaves his intricate modular rhythms that seem to squirm and writhe underneath vast slabs of analogue chords that rise and fall like cities. Indeed the album is very dynamic with complex, almost classical arrangements that constantly shift under ones feet. Amongst this Bessell introduces some fleeting guitar work as well as his adventurous analogue physical modelling sound design. Seeming to inhabit a netherworld between dark electronica and progressive synth these two musicians have once again created an album that just doesn’t sound like anyone else out there. Join them for a unique sonic adventure.


released September 21, 2018

All tracks composed, arranged and produced by Dave Bessell & Bakis Sirros between November 2015 and November 2017.

Bakis Sirros: ARP-2600, Doepfer A-100, Concussor, Eurorack modular (with Make Noise, Intellijel, Mutable Instruments, Waldorf, Cyndustries, Tiptop audio modules), Serge, Buchla, Blacet/Metalbox/CGS modulars, Oberheim Xpander, OB-Mx, Waldorf Microwave 1, Microwave XT, Roland System-100, Nord Modular, Yamaha FS1R, Emu EMAX II, and other sound modifiers, tape echo & software.

Dave Bessell: Macbeth M5n, Minimoog, Moog Sub37, Alesis A6, Vermona Perfourmer, MosLab System 32, Gibson Les Paul, Laney and Fender amps & Aum guitar.

Bakis wishes to thank: friends and family, John Sirros, Ian Boddy, Mamonu, Marko Ettlich, Ingo Zobel, Alio Die, Dimitris Pavlidis (synthesizer.gr).

Dave wishes to thank: friends and family, Gareth Whittock at Aum Guitars, Mathew Emmett.

Cover photo by Mathew Emmett http://mathewemmett.com

Mastered by db

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The DiN ambient label was set up by Ian Boddy in 1999 to release ambient electronica that bridged the gap between the analogue sound of the early 70's synth pioneers and the digital soundscapes of the more experimental modern exponents of electronic music. ... more

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