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Outer Planets II

by Al Swainger's Pointless Beauty

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Steve Lawson
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Steve Lawson Beautiful ambient music, excellent use of field recordings. Interesting enough to listen to for its own sake, but mellow enough for it to soundtrack any other activity too :) Favorite track: The River, Becoming.


My second fully ambient release is a special commission for artist Naomi Hart. Initiated as a sonic assistant to her own creative process for the work 'Shell' it also developed a life of its own as sequel to my original 'Outer Planets' album released in 2018.

For my own part, based on some outline concepts from Naomi but without knowing what she would eventually create, I worked on making an album that could both be specific to her needs and also stand alone as work in its own right. An aural narrative imagining a river gradually becoming more industrialised and polluted as it moves towards the ocean for 'The River, Becoming'. The 'Ocean, Returning' moving in reverse, but concluding elsewhere, starting from a polluted environment that is gradually cleansed. I wanted to convey a sense of symbiotic process that doesn't impose a specific interpretation of how the conclusion is reached. Do we burn ourselves out and nature reclaims itself or does our society shift and align with nature through choice?

It's always a joy to collaborate and this has been a intriguingly unusual way to do it. The above is just my journey in creating this music though. Naomi Hart, for whom the work was created, has entirely her own narrative and creation to convey. Connected but separate, here is what she has to say about the work she is making :

"‘Shell’ is a testament to nature, to science and scientists (especially forgotten ones), to the slow accretion of knowledge that has built our understanding of the world and to the fragility of life and our ecosystem, which we need to nurture and to care for.

I’ll be making the working live in situ in the old Carphone Warehouse off Exeter High Street, opposite River Island (appropriately) on 10th and 11th April, assisted by the music of Al Swainger, who composed two pieces especially for this as part of his Pointless Beauty project.

‘Shell’ will remain until 31st May."

Click here for more : naomi-hart.com/work/shell/


released May 7, 2021

Al Swainger - Bass, FX, Sound Design, Mixing, Mastering & Artwork


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Al Swainger Bristol, UK

Cinematic Fusion for the Emotionally Curious


Rich and eclectic atmospheres to help you daydream and stimulate your emotions.

Pointless Beauty is the contemporary project of bassist, digital artist, composer, producer Al Swainger.

Blending a wide range of influences improvised music, this is a very personal take on what jazz or progressive music could be.
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