Viktor Benev's second full-length solo album Aeon traces a trance state.
The multiple meanings of the word Aeon—life, being, timeless or eternity—form the foundation of a work of endless sound transmutations. The music is a linear 40-minute-long unfolding of the mystery that lies underneath the soundscapes, the underlying frequencies and their interaction with harmony, and the limitless rhythmical transformations, that keep us in a disturbing, yet peaceful state. Though the five tracks could be listened to separately, the album was conceived as a "suite" to be encountered as a whole. Just as life and the eternal struggle of becoming better with each day, the music goes through different phases to finally transcend the listener and nourish him/her through sound before disappearing into silence.
For the author, music creation is a way of being, a way to grasp the enigma that surrounds life. Another connection to the title. Transformed into sound that partly questions our perception, the music puts us in a specific state related to the time and circumstances of the creation process. Like a still life, a photograph or a painting that captures the moment, it makes a sound imprint of that particular period of time, which then becomes timeless.
Similar to Viktor's first album Motions in circuits soft-synths and acoustic instruments sample libraries correlate. As this work was done during the confinement due to the Covid-19 crisis in 2020 (the whole album was recorded in just a week), all of the work was done on a computer and all the parts were played through midi controllers and recorded in Ableton Live, leaning upon the sampling work of renowned companies including Spitfire Audio, Soniccouture, U-He, TAL Software, XLN Audio, discoDSP and Arturia. All the synthesizer sounds were designed by the author using digitalized versions of analog synthesizers, processed in various effect chains.
released October 20, 2020
Mixed, mastered, written and performed by Viktor Benev.
Artwork by Bilyana Furnadzhieva
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