FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TITLE: BUILT FROM MEMORIES
ARTIST: AUTOMATED ACOUSTICS
SOUNDS LIKE: “TOM WAITS VS. APHEX TWIN, REMIXED BY HANS ZIMMER”
RELEASE DATE: 26TH FEBRUARY 2021
LABEL: ALTERNATIVE BLUEPRINT RECORDS
GENRES: TRAILER, ELECTRONIC, ORCHESTRAL, AMBIENT, EXPERIMENTAL
FORMAT: 9 TRACK DIGITAL MINI-ALBUM
DISTRIBUTION: THE ORCHARD
SYNC: PUSHER MUSIC (TRAILERS) / THE ORCHARD / RINSE THE SYNC + SFM
Epic soundtrack music remixed and repurposed
Automated Acoustics is an alias of leftfield music maker Lawrence Gill who is a composer for movie trailers (including landing some music/Sound Design in the trailers for Alien:Covenant, Antlers & Logan), and professional mastering engineer.
Lawrence makes music to soothe his soul – a sonic venting, if you like.
Automated Acoustics overall sound could be described as sounding a bit like if Tom Waits collaborated with Aphex Twin, before being remixed by Hans Zimmer.
“Built From Memories” is his first release in 10 years.
It’s an exotic brew, featuring huge found-sounds colliding with a beautiful live micro-orchestra of real cello, violin and double-bass, alongside esoteric live instruments such as the Snake Flute, Auto-Harp and Suling.
You’ll hear recordings from an illegal Scrapyard Recording session (paid for with a case of beer to switch the security cameras off). Savage analogue synths. Vocal tones from people on the edge. Sweeping orchestral melodies and epic drums. Each track is a mini soundtrack for an adventure in your head.
The title “Built From Memories” reflects that every track Automated Acoustics has ever made is somehow blended with a snapshot of life recorded from around the world – a memory. The process is its own reward and serves as a sort of musical diary to make sense of life and bring light to the dark.
He is one of those irredeemable artists who must create. Even if nobody ever hears his music again, he would still make it to get the internal feelings out. Recording is better than antidepressants.
This is four tracks composed originally for movie trailers, remixed making 9 varied tracks on this release. Elements of classical, jungle, techno, ambient and world music shine through.
Lawrence has built up a substantial catalogue of unreleased material over the last 10 years and “Built From Memories” is just the start.
Keep an ear out for:
- His teeth being drilled at the dentist
- Big drums recorded in a church
- Many manipulations of metal from Scrapyard Recordings
- Home made water celeste instrument
- Empty oil tank recorded from within
- Piano put through a guitar rig
- Layered gong bath
- Egyptian Snake Flute
- Vocals from a girl asked to imagine she was about to be put to death
Remixed from memories:
Due to the multi-mood, three-act structure of the original trailer pieces, they naturally lend themselves to remixing.
Automated Acoustics has flipped the original four tracks into an ambient mix, a dirty warehouse techno mix, a jungle glitch remix, and two stripped-back versions of the mental originals.
With both classical music and raving entrenched in his blood, this genre-defying release is a natural hybrid of all his favourite sounds.
The trailer tracks + remixes format is something we will continue for future Automated Acoustics releases.
More on the found sound aspect:
Since college days Lawrence has been a menace with a portable recorder, gathering guerilla recordings of people, places, objects, situations. The recording quality has improved, but the ballsy determination for collecting sounds has not been watered down.
The scrapyard recording session flaunted many health and safety guidelines, & the cameras were switched off while the operator smashed cars together at his bidding, and he went round the place hitting anything in his path. Want weighty drums? How about a 1.5 tonne “dong” swinging into a huge metal bin that’s big enough to dispose of cars.
He’s sampled insane street preachers in L.A., tree frogs in the Carribean, building work inside the Sagrada Familia Barcelona, the London Underground grinding away, and he carried a drumkit one-drum-at-a-time into an abandoned train tunnel age 17 to record subterranean beats.
The found sounds are sometimes hidden in the track as subliminal emotional triggers The dentist drilling his teeth is found lurking at the end of a riser in the track “Battle Of The Gods”, for example. Sometimes he uses recordings instead of waveforms to drive synthesizers, or diffuses them in effects.
Built From Memories also features the vocal talents of his mother Rosalind Gill, an old opera singer on “Barebow Rebellion”. On “Battle Of The Gods” you’ll hear Bristolian singer Tamsyn Fallows alongside double-bass and violin from London based Ben Green, and Barcelona based James Adams performing the Snake Flute, Suling and Darbuka.
Previous Press and Radio HIGHLIGHTS:
Automated Acoustics previous album release “Love To The Dedicated Listener” from 2007 received favourable press quotes including:
“Stands up to line by line attention at musical level…It’s music to listen to, to dedicate some time to…It’s complex, irrational, moody & funky. I like it.” – Whisperin’ & Hollerin’ Magazine review (web
“His debut showcases a weird but often wonderful vision” – DJ Magazine review (print)“
“Something completely new & organically fresh – Automated Acoustics – a one man band whose love & relentless dream state productions will make you gush in their shimmering splendour.” – Clash Magazine – Feature (print)
“Gill himself plays all the instruments & performs all vocals in this accomplished piece of music… This is Gill’s sound… An enormously impressive debut” – Bearded Magazine review (print)
Automated Acoustics also received radio support from Resonance FM, Late Junction & The Selector.
ISRC CODE DETAILS
|Battle Of The Gods (Exotic Mix)||GBHAF2100004|
|Barebow Rebellion (Warehouse Mix)||GBHAF2100006|
|Ghosting Again (Jungle Glitch Mix)||GBHAF2100007|
|Barebow Rebellion (Ambient Mix)||GBHAF2100008|
|Swept Away (Stripped Mix)||GBHAF2100009|
|Battle Of The Gods (No Exotics Mix)||GBHAF2100005|