The Quiet Drones compilation series has long been a favourite of the label, showcasing mostly exclusive and unreleased ambient drone music - largely from Toronto and the surrounding regions. Past contributors have included paper+sound affiliated artists such as HEIKI, CHROMOSPHERE, DIRTY INPUTS, dreamSTATE, naw, PROCESSOR, ATONEMENT and DE HAGA plus selected deep drones from KALTE, NORTHUMBRIA, DISPLACER, URM, SEVA, MICHAEL HOLCER, JAKOB THIESEN, CELL MEMORY, CINEMASCOPE, PULSEWIDTH, BUILDING CASTLES OUT OF MATCHSTICKS, J.M. LADD, INCHOATE, NO COLOUR BLUE, THE FREQUENCY PROJECT and more.
With the Ontario and Quebec provinces in Canada experiencing their coldest recorded temperatures, the theme for Quiet Drones 9 is harsh winter cold.
"Icebreaker" is the introduction and ice breaker for both the Quiet Drones 9 album and for Molekules, the new electronic music project from sound scientists Kris Helström, Scott M2 and Heiki Sillaste. Highly prolific Toronto-based sound alchemist Karl Mohr contributes an epic symphony of frigid atmosphere with his piece “Twenty One Degrees”. No stranger to soundtracks, Karl is an acclaimed composer for IMAX documentaries. Jakob Thiesen is another ambient composer involved in the world of film and sound design. This is Jakob’s second contribution to the Quiet Drones series and was last heard on Volume 6. Montreal based James Hamilton contributes an intensely frigid piece with “Ghost Engine”. James is a veteran sound designer working in film while releasing a huge body of work over three decades. Deane Hughes and Rik MacLean of Kalte return to Quiet Drones with their loop based piece ‘The Bergschrund Equation’, a shivery piece of frosty electronics. Panic Engines is the analog synth noise/drone project of veteran Canadian sound experimenter William A. Davison. The title of the piece “The Wasteland Dreams Of Snow-Covered Corpses” perfectly captures its sharp, arctic tones. Toronto group N A V I create a densely layered, dystopic cinematic journey. An imagined film score, “Pernath” soundtracks the bleak winter months, utilizing both acoustic and electronic sound sources. Montreal based experimental musician Jim Wylde collaborates with the prolific sound engineer Eva Stone, for their piece “La Noirette”. Chilled loops are overlaid by a spoken word poem performed in French by Eva.
In addition, the tracks on QD9 have been mega mixed into one long continuous ambient mega mix, by paper+sound label chief Heiki Sillaste and Chromosphere’s
released February 16, 2018
Compiled/photos/design by Heiki Sillaste.
Mastered at Wright Sounds, Toronto
by Kris Helstrom and Heiki Sillaste.