Toronto's paper+sound label has been operating since 2009, releasing a wide range of electronic and electronic based music in it's year existence. This is the 50th release for the label, having put music out on cassette, vinyl albums, vinyl 7" and compact discs, as well as digital only downloads.
The Quiet Drones compilation series has been a long favourite of the label, showcasing mostly exclusive and unreleased ambient drone music largely from the Toronto and surrounding region. Past contributors have included paper+sound affiliated artists such as HEIKI, CHROMOSPHERE, dreamSTATE, naw, PROCESSOR, ATONEMENT and DE HAGA. With selected deep drones from KALTE, NORTHUMBRIA, DISPLACER, URM, SEVA, MICHAEL HOLCER, JAKOB THIESEN, CELL MEMORY, CINEMASCOPE and more.
Quiet Drones 8 opens with Toronto’s brilliant Dirty Inputs. Huge installations and video wonders are the name of the game in his hugely popular live extravaganzas. This epic introduction recalls Germanic textures of the 70s kind. The latest Dirty Inputs album ‘The Runcible’ is out now on tape from paper+sound.
Saskatchewan native Pulsewidth contributes a complex, powerful and relentless modular drone.
Building Castles Out of Matchsticks (a.k.a. Anne Sulikowski) has created a modulated system piece, topped with stretched granular radio swirls.
J.M. Ladd doesn't typically drone, but here, he certainly goes deep. Bowed music to bow down to.
Improvised sound by mostly visual artist Inchoate (Brett Despotovich) slowly evolves from a flurry of abstract noises to a delicate machine melody.
Pastoral, melodic beauty flows from No Colour Blue, a tape-based ambient electronic collaboration between Jess Forrest of Castle If and M. Joakim of Processor.
Deep as the Sea by musical dreamscaper Andrea Smits (a.k.a The Frequency Project) is a slowly evolving piece, revealing ever-shifting melodic textures and phrases.
Quiet Drones 8 collects new and exclusive ambient tones
from DIRTY INPUTS, PULSEWIDTH.BUILDING CASTLES OUT OF MATCHSTICKS, J.K. LADD, INCHOATE, NO COLOUR BLUE AND THE FRQUENCY PROJECT.
In addition, the tracks on QD8 have been mega mixed into one long continuous ambient mega mix, by paper+sound label chief Heiki Sillaste and Chromosphere’s Kris Helstrom.
released January 27, 2017
Compiled/photos/design by Heiki Sillaste.
Mastered at Wright Sounds, Toronto
by Kris Helstrom and Heiki Sillaste.