With over a decade as one of the leading double bass players in a wide field of contemporary music, Hamburg based John Eckhardt works towards a broader vision of what bass always was and is yet to become. Forresta presents music for bass guitar and live-electronics.
Structured yet always changing, this music explores a secret terrain between krautrock, power ambient and dub techno. A new sound for the bass guitar committed to pulsating low end as well as to spectral soundscaping that bends space and time like a bass string…
As with his first „Xylobiont“ (produced by Evan Parker) and also his seminal mixed media release „Forests“ (a set of extensive bass string-quartets released on a wooden flash drive embedded in actual forest material), John Eckhardt's third solo release „Bass, Space & Time“ is about just that – low frequency and spectral immersion, the navigation of ever new environments, and evolutional process.
Via the magnifying glass of custom live electronics, the musical and physical potential of the bass guitar is both concentrated and taken to the haptic sonic dimensions of the sound system. All sound comes from John Eckhardt’s bass-playing that is processed in real time via pedals that allow for precise influencing of frequencies, spaces and the creation of loops. The outcome is both archaic and futuristic, and unfolds into deep, branching and often dramatic pieces that seem to lead a life of their own.
There is a universal approach behind John Eckhardt's different strings of work that even has been including photography. Always with a focus on rhythm, resonance and atmosphere, his central artistic concern can be described with the photographic term „depth of field“. Through contemplation and a deepened perception process, he unlocks ever new worlds and adventures awaiting us in our immediate surroundings – be it a piece of bass string or forest soil.
The inclusion of one hundred optional record covers, featuring John Eckhardt's close-ups of macroscopic forest spaces and fauna, serves as an invitation to the listener to engage in this activity of contemplation, discovery and amazement. All images were taken between 2015 and 2016 in the Eckhardt family forest of Staksund, Sweden. Based on the buyer's decision, they are mounted individually into a classy, hand made, embroidered and frame style box that contains two 180g, moss-green, marble-pattern vinyl records.
All music was recorded as played between 2012 and 2016 by John Eckhardt with close to no edits. Special care has been taken during mixing and mastering (by Hamburg based Gavin Weiss) to preserve massive low end as well as an unusual broadness of the musical space.
released November 8, 2016
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