Phosphenes (DiN65)

by Dave Bessell & Parallel Worlds

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mamonulabs deep, unsettling but also melodic.
snaky idm rythms vs majestic synthlines.

Favorite track: Darkest Colour.
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selfoscillate Great work, very cinematic. There is so much to discover in these detailed and powerful compositions. This could easily be a soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi or fantasy movie. Favorite track: Dream Creator.
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rikm Rich and elegant modular synth work abounds on "Phosphenes", creating a layered and textured soundscape that is fully engaging and immersive for the listener.

An impressive collection of tracks that fully demonstrate the talents of both Dave Bessell and Parallel Worlds, and an excellent example of the lovingly curated electronic music of the DiN label...
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Empire 06:26
Mindgames 07:00
Inner Beacon 05:20


The names of Dave Bessell & Parallel Worlds should be familiar to aficionados of the DiN label with various solo & collaborative albums under their belts. “Phosphenes” see these two well respected musicians team up for their third collaborative release on DiN.

Following on from Morphogenic (DiN41, 2012) & Dystopia (DiN56, 2018) this new album builds on their previous work creating an imaginary Synthwave soundtrack. Bakis Sirros the mastermind behind Parallel Worlds provides the skittering rhythmic backdrop to the tracks over which he and Bessell overlay ominous bass lines, twisting melodies and creative sound design that recall a shadow of 1980s John Carpenter film scores. Bessell also adds his unique guitar style that he so effectively uses in his other well known side project with the synth quartet Node. Both musicians make extensive use of modular synth systems but in very different ways that perfectly blend together in these eight atmospheric tracks.

The duo of Bessell and Sirros really do have a unique sound that is unlike anything else released in the world of electronic music and “Phosphenes” presents another chance to enter their darkly twisted sonic world.


released January 15, 2021

All tracks composed, arranged and produced by Bakis Sirros & Dave Bessell between November 2019 & July 2020.

Mastered by db.

Dave Bessell: 
Macbeth M5n, Minimoog, Vermona Perfourmer, Alesis Andromeda, Moog Sub 37,
Korg Monologue, Boss DR 55 drum machine, Deepmind 12 & various Eurorack.
Gibson Les Paul & Laney amps.

Bakis Sirros:
Eurorack modular synthesizer (Doepfer, Rossum, Strymon, Erica, Endorphin),
Serge modular, Waldorf Microwave, Novation Peak, Roland System-8, Korg Prologue,
Odyssey, Pro-1, Model D, MS-101 & Software.

Thanks to: friends and family, John Sirros, Ian Boddy, Mamonu, Ingo Zobel, Alio Die, Dimitris Pavlidis ( & musical influences too many to mention.

Parallel Worlds:

Dave Bessell:


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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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