November 28th, 2015 / Comments Off on UAE RECORDS “Created Nature” By: WeatherM / by Mog/
Byeongseon Mun, also known as WeatherM is a sound designer and ambient artist based in South Korea. He started his sound designing activities back in 2013 with the ambition to create his own ambient collection with sound patches he made for himself. Later that year, he eventually started composing as an artist and released ‘Deep Inside Mind’, his very first ambient movement. WeatherM enjoys listening to ambient and heavy metal music and his inspiration is derived from various forms of abstract concepts. Let it be the silent skies of night, or random things that he comes across. That said… considering the band history we are proud to bring forward one the few ambient artists from South Korea, a real gem might I add, having released 6 Singles and participated in many compilations.
‘Created Nature’ however, is the début full length that comes to us from the much respected Norwegian Recording Labels [ U.A.E ], an act that will most certainly bring WeatherM music to a wider audience and will no doubt win the alias some new fans. If we take a deeper look or shall I say a deeper listen on the artist début, the accomplishment on this new title is a lot more satisfying than anyone’s average ambient album. While it is obvious to conclude that WeatherM, for the lack of a better term… hunger for experimental music stretched over and above anyone’s expectation it is also mind blowing to see the band approaches to creating such sound, which to my understanding is next to perfection. With very little as it turns out, using synth, electronic touches, limitless imaginations and I think it’s what truly gives the sound a bolder character, dark textures and field recordings, all in the light of pushing ambient-sound to a completely new level. The musical style portrait by the band and the sound signature are massive, spaced-out connection through various channels, arcing across dimensions and stretching into infinity. To the point where the source itself is of no concern, the sound, to an incredible extent holds the power to progressively taking over the person behind it.
Very often we come to the conclusion; an artist music’s is what usually defines the artist character; I’m sure many of us have read that somewhere or in many places and I have no intention on starting a debate here. I mean… I for one, I personally agree to the statement, well… to a certain degree of course; but if that statement was indeed half-true then I think we can all agree that Byeongseon Mun personality reflects in the zone of being cheerful and complex or subtle and none defensive at the same time. ‘Created Nature’ is extremely different from the usual [Rafael Anton Irisari ], [ Ous Mal ] or [ Grouper ] for that matter and the reverberations of the electronic sounds is easily recognizable with glittering elements while patches of strong-darkness tends to surface back and forth across the entire album. Whatever new technologies he got going, synths / pads and abstract textures the sound will take you to places that you can’t even begin to imagine. That said what you can expect from the composer’s seventh official release is pure ambiance of a beautiful nature itself. My perception of music is maybe a bit old-fashioned as I like to hear a live instrument for the most part, but I have never underestimated skills composers playing music crafted by computers only as well as exploiting modern technology in the aim of having some sort of a unique signature. With WeatherM it is crystal-clear that he knows his way around electronically focused sound. His début full length contains layers upon layers of different shaped-sounds which are mold to its perfection before they were put together in a singular movement. The final result of his work is a well-organized album with an outstanding flow. WeatherM has clearly dedicated a lot of his time to figure out how every single patch, add-on and sample sound works. The Keys or the programmed Keys ( it’s really hard to tell ) but the output is smooth and clear without any distortions. Most part of the album is set at a low pace with beautiful reverb; but the best part is the organized samples and chimes that tend to sneak in and out with the attribution of a glittering layer. Certain parts of the album are intensively dark and depressive if I may say, which reminded me the likes of “A Slow Descent” or “EUS” and “Postdrone”. There is a clear parallel in the music of all three artists; it’s the nostalgic notes with a good dose of apocalyptic-drone that expels live ideas trapped inside of one’s inner universe. These are probably the strongest connections between the mentioned artists but one has to bear in mind, the nine tracks
on ‘Created Nature’ are fragments of WeatherM’s mind and understanding of the space around him woven with patience until he got the image he hears deep within. Most of the time he is calm with sparks of joy, but the album seriously unfold some heavy stuff too, especially on the final track “Watcher”.
My final judgement of this work of art by WeatherM is unfortunately in the form of an advice to anyone interested in ambient-electronic / ambient-drone music’s. Give it a spin with an utmost undivided attention; listen to the entire album for at least three times until you decide whether you like it or not. It takes time until every layer falls in place and gives endless pleasure to your hearing senses. Some might digest the music on the very first listen itself while others may need a good couple of times. Personally it took me two listens to fully indulge myself in what WeatherM has to offer. But rest assure though, once the sequences starts to make sense, ‘Created Nature’ will grow on you. No doubt about that.
Artist – WeatherM
Album – Created Nature
Release Date – 2015 [ NOV 27th ]
Genre – ambient, drone, electronic, experimental, soundscape
1.Rising Tide 03:28
2.Frozen Shore 04:24
3.Panoramic Skies 07:21
4.Underearth Hymn 06:24
5.Sink Deep Down 08:13
8.Next Day 10:43