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Fragmented (DiN83)

by Parallel Worlds

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dbssll Parallel Worlds on good form. It starts with an oscillating drone which lulls you into a false sense of (in)security before going off in more rhythmic directions. A step forward in the sound world from this original artist.
Anne Jackson
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Anne Jackson This album is a testament to the transformative power of modular synthesizers, weaving a tapestry of sound that transcends conventional boundaries. The mood is contemplative, with each track acting as a portal to a different emotional dimension. The tempo, deliberately subdued, allows the rhythmic elements to breathe and unfold at their own unhurried pace. The beats, when they appear, are understated yet hypnotic. Favorite track: Source.
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mamonulabs Dark drone alien organ sounds, brooding undertones and synth atmospheres together with finely crafted IDM beats with sometimes a nod to vintage CR78-like percussion. "Fragmented" and "Source" are standouts but the whole album is great, evoking the sensation of being lost in a forest. Favorite track: Source.
selfoscillate
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selfoscillate Another great album by Bakis Sirros. Once again a moody, dark, deep listening experience in his signature sound. A modular synth masterclass. Highly recommended. Favorite track: Fragmented.
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1.
Dawning 04:42
2.
Moments 05:37
3.
Fragmented 05:54
4.
For A While 07:48
5.
Timeflow 06:09
6.
Twilight 05:08
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Source 04:57
8.
Failure 05:36
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Sunset 06:09

about

Greek synthesist Bakis Sirros who records under the name of Parallel Worlds has become a familiar name to followers of the DiN label. His debut release was “Obsessive Surrealism” (DiN26) back in 2007 and since then he has released two further solo albums, “Shade” (DiN32) and “Plector” (DiN76), as well as several collaborative albums with different artists including DiN label boss Ian Boddy & Node guru Dave Bessell.

This fourth sonic journey from Sirros on the DiN imprint sees him focusing in on his modular synthesiser systems, especially the Eurorack format with some able support from Buchla. These massive constructed patches live and breath like a crepuscular organism waking from its slumber. Indeed “Fragmented” is bookended by two wonderfully deep, textural tracks appropriately titled “Dawning” and “Sunset”. With the exception of the organ-like drone soundscape of “Time Flow” the remaining seven tracks encapsulate everything we have come to expect from this unique artist, namely dark, menacing bass lines overlaid with glitchy percussive patterns and beguiling, floating melody lines. It has certainly be noted before, but is worth reiterating, that there is a certain John Carpenter like soundtrack quality to the music of Sirros. Seemingly simplistic they shroud a wealth of detail and beauty that is revealed over repeated listening.

Lovers of Electronica, Dark Techno, Downtempo & IDM will find much to admire in “Fragmented” and this new album once again showcases the unique talent of this highly individual musician.

credits

released February 16, 2024

All tracks composed, arranged and produced by Bakis Sirros during 2023.

Mastered by Ian Boddy October 2023.

Thanks to: friends and family, John Sirros, Ian Boddy, Mamonu, Ingo Zobel & Dimitris Pavlidis.

Machines used:
Eurorack modular (including modules by Make Noise, Instruo, Noise Engineering, Qu-Bit, Endorphin, Doepfer, Verbos, 4ms, Intellijel, Xaoc devices, Malekko, Mutable Instruments, Synthesis Technology, Rossum, Erica synths and others)

Analogue Systems RS-Integrator modular

Buchla modular (including 200e modules, 200 and 100 series clone modules, Verbos, Kilpatrick, Eardrill and Northern Light Modular modules)

Korg Opsix and Wavestate

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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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