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Reality Engine (DiN62)

by Dave Bessell

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NEIL FELLOWES Another really good listening album from DB, full of motion, texture, emotion and variation.

And while we're here, the liner notes are basically fab - I love quirky and they are quirky in droves. Favorite track: The Silver Thread.
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eugene51 There is always a wonderful air of menace in Dave Bessell's music, and this certainly does evoke images of his inspirations. Perfect to read "Weird Fiction" to.
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bakissirros Great Atmospheric album! Highly Recommended!
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Liam Boyle Deep, Atmospheric, Inter-dimensional, Again Dave has produced an album of unique soundscapes that transport you to another world. Incredible sound design work and stunning dark melodies. Favorite track: Raven King.
Codex 05:56
Raven King 06:38
The Tower 06:04
Neverwhere 09:23


Dave Bessell is a familiar name for followers of the DiN label for his previous solo release, “Black Horses Of the Sun” (DiN47), his two collaborations with Parallel Worlds (DiN41 & 56) and being a founder member of synth supergroup Node (DiN44 & 55).

This latest downtempo electronica solo release sees Bessell indulge his passion for literature in compositions inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges, the Brothers Grimm and Lord Dunsany. The tracks are coloured with a strong flavour of magic realism - think “Pan’s Labyrinth” or “The Science Of Sleep”. Sonically “Reality Engine” draws on a whole variety of musical influences, from classical to psybient taking in innovative analogue modular sound design and expansive evolving musical journeys along the way. Bessell often uses unusual instrumentation alongside his analogue and modular synths and here he uses the beautiful Aum guitar to stunning effect. Full of engaging atmospheric moods and distinctive melodies, the album contains a wealth of detail that repays repeated listenings.

The album also comes with downloadable links (via Bandcamp) to specially created 3D environments that can be viewed in virtual reality (or can be navigated around with a mouse if you don't have access to a VR headset). You can see an example here:

This new album showcases once again the simply unique voice of this talented electronic music composer.


released April 17, 2020

All tracks composed, played and produced by Dave Bessell.

Mixed and mastered by Dave Bessell.

The music was inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges, Brothers Grimm and Lord Dunsany. It is the musical equivalent of a collection of short stories each with a different character.


Vermona Perfourmer
Moog Sub37
Alesis Andromeda
Macbeth M5n
Various Eurorack modules
Mos Lab System 32 modular
Prophet 6
Korg Monologue
Korg Volca Bass
Boss DR55 drum machine
Bentley Rhythm Ace drum machine

Les Paul
B and G Little Sister 
Laney and Fender amps
Various pedals


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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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