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.
An absolutely brilliant ambient music show featuring artists from “across the ages and around the world”. I’ve listened to this show for years and have discovered so many great artists. Please check out this amazing show and podcast.
Ultima Thule Ambient Radio
Excerpt from their website: “Ultima Thule is the longest running programme of its type in Australia, and is firmly established as one of the country’s foremost alternative music programmes, enthralling audiences with a unique, entrancing melange of ambient and atmospheric music from around the world and across the ages – all drawn from a private library comprising some 6000 recordings.”
Bass Drone SIX – Thunderbird Flight
The last and deepest track on “Beyond Earth – Bowed Dronescapes” by Scott Cole
www.scottcolemusic.com, my latest album, exploring deep spaces through the use of bowed bass drones.
Scott Cole: NS Design Electric-Upright bass, 4-string electric bass, French and German grip bows; sound processing.
released June 16, 2017
All music created by Scott Cole using Studio One DAW w/Focusrite interface; NS Design Electric-Upright bass, 4-string electric bass, French and German grip bows; sound processing.
Mastering and artwork: Matthew Coffman
People of Earth, please visit my official Scott Cole Music page at scottcolemusic.com.
Short bio: Scott Cole is an experienced band leader, sideman and session artist who performs primarily in the new age, world, progressive and jazz fusion genres. Since picking up the bass for the first time in 1988 – and building his first mountain dulcimer in 1991, he has been involved in numerous projects, bands, and recordings. He has served as bassist and multi-instrumentalist for North River, Searchlight Ensemble, 5ss, PUNT, and as a sideman for countless artists in the Ohio and North Carolina areas. Currently he is working in collaboration with Matthew Coffman under the project name Cole & Coffman, to create a progressive blend of modern instrumental music in the new age and world music styles. Scott has a day job but is available for session and live work as needed. He is primarily I’m interested in working as a side/backing musician on upright/electric bass and/or mountain dulcimer with a singer/songwriter, duo or small band for their live project or recording work. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-NS Design Electric-upright Bass w/German and French bows
-Fretted and fretless electric basses (six and four-strings)
-Electric and acoustic mountain dulcimers
-Peavey and Fender and Roland Amplification