Alister Flint – Under The Surface [SLNT033]

"For my own part, I have never had a thought which I could not set down in words with even more distinctness than that with which I conceived it. There is, however, a class of fancies of exquisite delicacy which are not thoughts, and to which as yet I have found it absolutely impossible to adapt to language. These fancies arise in the soul, alas how rarely. Only at epochs of most intense tranquillity, when the bodily and mental health are in perfection. And at those weird points of time, where the confines of the waking world blend with the world of dreams. And so I captured this fancy, where all that we see, or seem, is but a dream within a dream.

  • play_circle_outline pause_circle_outline 1. Travellers [04:29]
  • play_circle_outline pause_circle_outline 2. The Energy Within [06:38]
  • play_circle_outline pause_circle_outline 3. The Dark Experiments Of Giovanni Aldini [08:38]
  • play_circle_outline pause_circle_outline 4. Seenlandschaft [04:41]
  • play_circle_outline pause_circle_outline 5. Obscured Planets [08:09]
  • play_circle_outline pause_circle_outline 6. Expery Mental [05:08]
  • play_circle_outline pause_circle_outline 7. De Foo [07:37]
  • play_circle_outline pause_circle_outline 8. Forgotten Cathedrals [08:39]
  • play_circle_outline pause_circle_outline 9. Under The Surface [07:21]

"Alan Parson's Project", "Tales of Mystery" and "Imagination", a voice-over narration by Orson Welles.

21 Jan 2012
Bought his first "synth" in the mid-90s, a Yamaha PSR500, which was more an arranger rather than really a synthetiser, Alister stepped into the world of eletronic music after having been heavily influenced by key albums such as Tangerine Dream's Stratosfear or Rubycon , as well as having performed as a techno DJ in free parties in southern France. Late 90s, he bought his first computer equiped with a 16bit soundcard and started to track his first electronic tunes on Fast Tracker, which is more like programming rather than any real play, using all kinds of codes to iunput notes, effects and such. But most of his production at time was techno / trance oriented. Shortly after 2000, the release of a revolutionary daw, Reason, opened a much wider scope of genres and styles, and he started to produce more downtempo, chilled out, groove-based pieces. And it was also the birth of his very humble home studio, with a Yamaha P-80 piano, and a semi-pro Creamware soundcard. With the additions of congas, derbekehh, and more recently, Korg nanoSeries as portable studio, he started to produce and performe live some experimental and ambient pieces. He has done a few collaborations with musicians such as C. Vaisvil in various genres, and opened to all kinds of genres, and artforms, with an expanding interest for microtonal music.