An Empty Canvas

by wixel

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Hello,
This is the sixth edition - June - of my awesome and/or stupid 2009 project. For those unaware of the project: It’s a challenge in which I force myself to record and release a record within each month of the year 2009.

Trying to start out with an empty canvas is what many artists claim to do, and that's exactly what I tried to do too. Starting out with bare skeletons of beats and deep sine waves, I quickly returned to my old ways of adding foggy soundscapes and lots crackling/hissing sounds. Apparently it is not easy to be completely new and fresh. Old songs sleep in your grown bones. So, this all results in a very different wixel record while still sounding the same as ever. I know that is a cliché thing to say, but you'll see what I mean once you dig in to these tunes. Taking cues from the incredible Burial, Gas, Martyn & The Field but also from Arvo Pärts choral music this record explores the electronical side of desolate melancholia. I don't know if this would classify as dubstep, but it has twostep beats, chestshaking bass and a whole lot of reverb and crackly hiss. Whatever it is, play it loud when you're alone!

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released June 30, 2009

Written/Recorded by Wim Maesschalck, June 2009. Except Bacterial which was an old song. (Bending those rules again).
Thanks to Burial / Gas / Pärt for the inspiration. I'm nothing without others.

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wixel Belgium

Wixel is the musical outfit of Wim Maesschalck. Founder of the slaapwel records label, which only releases music dedicated to fall asleep to. The music of wixel has often been described as melancholic winter music - a warm and organic mix of acoustic instruments and gentle electronic treatments with a lot of care for detail. ... more

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