DASK - Messages [Syngate Records]

A second DASK release on Syngate Records in Germany. Inspiration for this album came from watching various documentaries about the WOW signal, Frank Drake, the Drake equation and Tabby's Star. It is heavily sequenced Berlin School inspired by groups such as Cosmic Ground that tend to the dark and heavy long running sequences. It has a few ambient sections as break pieces. Tracks can be previewed on the Bandcamp release.

01. A Message
02. M13 Cluster
03. Gliese 581
04. Fermi Paradox
05. Cosmic Call One
06. Cosmic Call Two
07. Contact Made

Running Time : 70:16

 

Liner Notes

DASK - Messages (Berlin School, Cosmic Ground, Redshift)

Very Easy DIY Audio Mains Filter

This is no doubt the easiest method of making a good quality mains filter suitable for any audio visual use be it a HiFi, home studio or TV system. These also make great mains filters for computer based systems. I make and use these on all my computer and audio based systems since they are better than the basic ones you buy for a computer and compare to many dedicated HiFi ones for a fraction of the price. When you price up something like the Megaclamp from Russ Andrews at £180 going the DIY route starts to look very appealing. These cost me about £25 to make since I bought the chassis filter off eBay which is the main cost.

 

Parts Needed :-

Easy DIY Audio Mains Filter Parts
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DASK - Insecta (Extended Version)

After the release of Electron Utopia at Syngate Records I was working on experimental tracks that did not fit into the theme of that album. Most of the tracks started life as progressive ambient with one darker drone based structure which again was an experiment using old recordings slowed down. Later two longer Berlin School inspired tracks took form which are very different from the traditional long drawn out typical 'space music' style of Berlin School. They sit in the theme of the album title 'Inseca' in terms of feel, structure and pace with hits and transitions used on the Berlin School tracks hence trying to take a different approach. This became a whole to create an album/EP at 50 minutes long which I did a pre-release.

DASK - Inseca (Progressive Ambient Berlin School Tangerine Dream Klaus Schulze)

DASK - Singles

Singles Vs Albums

The album is not quite dead but with streaming being popular it seems the playlist is becoming more important. Sadly this means any artist that makes an album as a journey might not get to see it played that way as key tracks are pulled and combined into spotify playlists. In fact how many modern mainstream albums are a collective journey and not just a bunch of songs some of which are hit singles. Some of the best ambient and electronica I have heard follow a theme.

 

DASK - Stray Photons (2017)

A quirky lighter style of Berlin School. Taken from the Album SOL.

DASK - Stray Photons (Berlin School Inspired Electronic)

Serum Synthesizer Free Patches

Serum has one of the best interfaces I have used in a soft synth. It is very easy to navigate and inspiring in that it encourages experimentation with sound and patch creation esp once you get into making custom wavetables. It is also a good synth to learn if you are new to synthesis due to the inteligent GUI. I had the opportunity to use it for a while and I created some patches for it which are mostly pads with some custom imported wavetables.

Serum VST Synth Free Patches
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Sonicsmiths The Foundry Instrument (Kontakt)

For anyone interested in sound design and creation not much can better using a fully configurable synthesizer be it either hardware or software based. Software synths such as Serum, Diva and even overlooked synths like Audjoo Helix have almost infinite sound sculpting possibilities. However such tools can be difficult to learn and use for someone new to synthesis and if you want to get fast results many then turn to preset romplers like Refx Nexus or sample libraries in Kontakt which have useful patches that sound good. However you then run the risk of everyone else using the same tired old patches without any modifications.

Sonicsmiths The Foundry Synth (Kontakt)
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DASK - Electron Utopia [Syngate Records]

This album was released on Syngate records in Mechernich Germany. It is Berlin school electronica with a morphing atmospheric or cinematic ambient structure in the style of 70's and 80's Tangerine Dream were morphing intro's give way to sequencer driven patterns. The theme of the album is the electron and if you have an electronics background the track titles should make sense. Tracks can be previewed on the Bandcamp release.

01. Electron Utopia
02. Lorentz Force
03. Desert Synchrotron
04. Electron Transfer
05. Electron Transfer - Station Remix

Running Time : 57:21

Review by Musikzirkus

 

DASK - Electron Utopia (Berlin School Tangerine Dream Cinematic Atmospheric Ambient)

DASK - Abiogenesis (Atmospheric Berlin School)

I never consider myself to be a musician since my background is electronic engineering with a specialisation in sound and audio but having experimented with audio systems, synths, recording, sound creation and manipulation for several years I decided to stop throwing audio material away and complete an album. It was recorded over 6 months and mastered with minimal compression for high quality Hi-Fi or headphones in mind. A number of headphones were used in the mastering process including the original HD800 which are ultra transparent and cheap ear buds to check worst case listening via streaming.

DASK - Abiogenesis (Ambient Atmospheric Berlin School Tangerine Dream Klaus Schulze Space Music Stranger Things)

Air Music Tech Loom Synthesizer

Loom is an additive synthesizer from Air Music Tech that takes a module style approach to synthesis. The various modules can be combined in any order to generate and manipulate sound. It is a different style to most other synths that take a traditional approach and layout so this can take a little time to get used to the way sound creation and manipulation works. Once you master this it has some interesting possibilities and can make really unique sounds. I like working in this synth since this extra dimension of work flow and creation becomes easy once you learn the basics.

Loom Synth Engine
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Audjoo Helix Synthesizer

Audjoo Helix is a wave-table shaping, virtual analogue, hybrid soft synthesizer with a deep rich high sound quality that makes it suited to pads and textures with motion and depth, although it is quite capable of bass and leads etc. Some of the pads and textures possible in this synth remind me a little of other older synth engines such as Native Instruments Absynth for example but this is not a typical thin sounding old school VSTi.

Audjoo Helix VSTi Synth
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