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Outer Planets 1 : Departure

from Outer Planets by Al Swainger's Pointless Beauty

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    Our world is built arround telling you what to think, enforcing conformity and discouraging genuine self-expression while pretending the opposite. 'Be unique through being the same' is a fairly constant marketing strategy.

    My Pointless Beauty project is about providing experiences to stimulate introspection. All the things made are simply because I like them. I have a personal meditative journey in making them but I take great delight in people telling me their own stories as they interact with the things I've made. They are not the same as mine but created from their own emotional responses. That, to me, is the joy of instrumental music and abstract images. They are not definite or certain and therefore freely open to interpretation. Commercially it's far from sensible or logical to produce these things but psychologically and emotionally I feel it's invaluable and think you will too.

    "Spiritual sustenance in these somewhat dispiriting times."

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Hearts Full of Grace, Radio Interviews, Outer Planets II, A Thousand Grains, Pandora '21, Music for Unmade Film 1.01, We Too, Go Gently, and 13 more. , and , .

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A cinematic ambient journey to other worlds. Improvised live as an expanding session of overdubs, each layer responding to the last, the finished pieces build a lush and intense soundscape.

"Loved this latest evocation of Pointless Beauty. Spiritual sustenance in these somewhat dispiriting times." - Chris Leonard

"I was totally captivated by the Departure. You have a great feel for ambient music" - Jesse Molins


from Outer Planets, released November 5, 2018
Al Swainger - Bass & FX

Improvised, Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Al Swainger

Released on Other Compass Records
5th Nov 2018


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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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