Scott Cole’s “Beyond Earth”
Ultima Thule Ambient Media
Beyond Earth is a recording of epic, resonant dronescapes inspired by imagined journeyings from our small blue world to the farthest reaches of interstellar space.
This recording is a significantly expanded reissue of Scott Cole’s 2017 independent release Beyond Earth: Bowed Dronescapes.
It includes sixteen minutes worth of new material in the form of three previously-unheard bonus tracks that are exclusive to Ultima Thule.
released February 13, 2018
Recording, production and mastering by Scott Cole
Concept and design by George Cruickshank
Superlative ambient and atmospheric music from across the ages and around the world.
Ultima Thule Ambient Media is an associated project of the Ultima Thule Ambient Music Show, heard on Australian public radio since 1989.
Simple song pairing my mountain dulcimer with my fretless piccolo bass.
Dedicated to a friend.
Inspired by: Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV)
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
released August 1, 2017
Scott Cole: mountain dulcimer, 1986 Yamaha Motion B-III Fretless Piccolo Bass, 1970s Electra bass w/flatwounds
My latest release on Ultima Thule Ambient Media, includes sixteen minutes worth of new material in the form of three previously-unheard bonus tracks that are exclusive to Ultima Thule.
I’m honored to have some tracks included from my album “Beyond Earth-Bowed Dronescapes” alongside the great Juta Takahashi‘s latest release “Albion”. Take a listen to Ultima Thule Ambient Music Podcast, #1992.
Ultima Thule Ambient podcast #1992
Beyond Earth-Bowed Dronescapes by Scott Cole
Scott Cole: electric mountain dulcimer; fretless piccolo bass; Ashbory bass; soundscapes
released September 7, 2017
Album Review of Beyond Earth – Bowed Dronescapes by Scott Cole
By Candice Michelle August 30, 2017
Scott Cole is a versatile composer whose prior releases have spanned ambient, acoustic and world fusion styles of music. On his latest album, titled Beyond Earth – Bowed Dronescapes, Cole creates droning atmospheric passages among six compositions utilizing NS Design Electric-Upright bass, 4-string bass, French and German grip bows, and sound processing.
The opening piece, “Bass Drone One – Earth Force”, commences with deeply oscillating tones and darkly thick textures that seemingly resonate from the earth’s very core amid swirling, overarching timbres. “Bass Drone Two – Soft Light” ensues with eerie metallic wind effects comprised of lower and mid-range tones, which seemingly evoke blackening clouds signaling an approaching storm as they move slowly across a barren landscape. “Bass Drone Three – Da Vortex” follows with a stationary hum as I’m reminded of intense summer heat and mirages in the distance. My favorite piece on the album is “Bass Drone Four – Dark Energy Drift”, which elicits a foreboding nocturnal essence. Conveying observation of the night sky, chattering textures backlight a fixed drone as slithering timbres stream intermittently overhead. “Bass Drone Five – Polyphemus” seemingly mimics that of boiling hot magma, effectively bringing-to-mind volcanic lava and rock formations. Concluding the album is perhaps the darkest piece, “Bass Drone Six – Thunderbird Flight”, which imparts an industrial and machinery-like environment with its low engine rumble.
Vividly geological, Beyond Earth – Bowed Dronescapes is an intensely grounding sonic immersion. Essentially one of the better drone albums I’ve heard, the music is intrinsically dark but not inaccessibly so, yet will likely appeal to a niche audience of listeners who enjoy minimal, ominous soundscapes! ~Candice Michelle
Listen and purchase at Bandcamphttps://scottcolemusic.bandcamp.com/releases
All, if you haven’t checked Sounds of the Dawn out yet, it’s well worth your time and attentive listening. Mostly features new age, “ambient” artists from the 1970s through the 90s. They also feature contemporary artists as well. There are so many amazing artists they feature (both well known and, more often, lesser known) and they have a super deep catalog of music to call from.