“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
— Carl Sagan
And once again I bring you Stellardrone, the Lithuanian synth composer and musician whose Vangelis-inspired work puts him into my heavy writing rotation.
As with all of his other work, this album works both as pure background music, or as inducement to a reverie of exploring the cosmos. Virtually all of Stellardrone’s releases make explicit reference to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, and this one is no different, with the above quote turning up at the most enthralling possible moment in the opening track. The rest of the album could easily back Sagan’s exploration of the universe in his “spaceship of the imagination”.
At this point, he’s only got two albums left that I’ve not shared, so I sincerely hope he puts out some new work soon!
Download Invent the Universe free from the Internet Archive, or get it from Bandcamp and send some well-deserved money Stellardrone’s way.
Invent the Universe by Stellardrone is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
I’ve only posted one album by Stellardrone, and that was more than a year ago. This is not a comment on his quality, but rather on my dependence on mood. Stellardrone is very good, but I’m very often not in the mood for his sort of sonic wallpaper.
Well, I’m back in the mood, it would seem, and since he hasn’t released a new full album since the last one I linked, I went one back.
Stellardrone released Echoes in 2012, and it’s an interesting bridge between his older works and 2013’s Light Years. The older works tend to be less melodic, more of a drone (per his name), and that’s the part of his musical sensibility that I just don’t care for. But with this album (and more so in the more recent one) he began experimenting with build ups and releases that sound more melodic to me, and if not, certainly shift the listener’s mood more successfully than the more neutral sounds he was creating before.
You can download Echoes by Stellardrone from Bandcamp in almost any audio format you want, as well as send money his way (or for free). You can also get it from Jamendo.
Echoes by Stellardrone is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
This is one direction that ’80s synthesizer music should have gone. I have almost no patience for techno, let alone “house”, “industrial”, or (shudder) dubstep. But this? This works for me, at least as appropriate sonic wallpaper.
Light Years is the latest album put out by Stellardrone, and it’s fully worth downloading and putting into your writing playlist.
Here’s what Stellardrone has to say about himself:
Stellardrone is a pseudonym of [an] amateur composer (Edgaras, b.1987, Lithuania, Vilnius) who started creating music in 2007. Using only computer software (Reason, Ableton, Audacity) and virtual synthesizers. He is mostly interested in ambient/electronic/space music. Releasing all albums for free and promotes free sharing of digital copies. His main inspirations are Kelly Bailey (computer game composer), Aaron Marshall (emerging film composer), Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Altus, Vangelis and Aphex Twin’s selected ambient works.
All he had to say was “Vangelis”. 🙂
(You can also download the album from Jamendo, but if you go through BandCamp, you can actually throw some money Stellardrone’s way.)
Light Years by Stellardrone is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.