The good people over at Jellyfish Recordings announced a little while back that they would be hosting a remix competition of Potatohead People’s “Love Hz.” The collective, founded by Eli Muro a.k.a. HeadSPace, is nearing their third anniversary and in celebration, are putting together their third compilation on which the winner of the competition will be featured.
So, after sifting through what we could only imagine as a multitude of entries, Astrological and Nick Wisdom decided on an entry from a little-known producer who goes by the name Maricopa. Knowing these two beatmakers, it’s no surprise why Maricopa’s remix came out on top. With its soft, swinging percussion atop a bed of lush, sparking synths, the piece emits a lush, organic feel that brings to mind the seemingly submerged sounds present on Jürgen Müller’s infamous Science of the Sea.
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Jolin Ras’ fascination with producing was born from his experimentation with sampling disparate sounds from his favorite records. At one point, Ras toyed with the idea of “Sunday $1 Sessions” wherein the Vancouver-bred artist dedicated one Sunday each month to crafting beats from sounds taken from a specific record hand-picked from dollar bins. However, it wasn’t long until his curiosity led him to graduate onto writing his own music, using instruments rather than samples to express himself.
Youthful Reflections, Ras’ first record composed entirely of original material, is a product of that curiosity. His sounds wax and wane between lush, ambient-leaning tones and spectral, head-bobbing grooves that collectively speak to, as the title suggests, that universal adolescent nostalgia we can all relate to. In his own words, “my main goal as an artist when creating music is to take the listener on a journey of my own dreams and life experiences of what I have heard or have dealt with in the past, present or future,” and we can certainly hear that intention in his work.
There’s something inherent in Ras’ production that is reminiscent of Jürgen Müller’s opus, Science of the Sea. Like Müller’s succulent underwater soundscapes, Ras’ mesmerizing, multi-layered instrumentals seem as if they were composed in another dimension. His otherworldly productions treat the listener to a cosmic rendering of his youth and it’s hard to believe that this record was made in less than four months.
Brainfeeder cohort Lapalux‘s latest production, as the title suggests, is a rework submerged in oceanic soundscapes. Stuart Howard’s “Aquatic Centre Remix” is something like a beat rendering of Jürgen Müller’s Science of the Sea, an album that Müller supposedly composed on his houseboat from found marine sound.
Howard’s re-float of “The Commission” can be found on UK producer Breton‘s forthcoming remix collection.
See previously: Jürgen Müller | Science of the Sea
Between 1981 and 1982, 30-year old oceanographer Jürgen Müller hand-crafted an album inspired by his participation on a mission to test seawater toxicity off the coast of Germany. Through his nostalgia and footage of the oceanic experience Müller, an amateur musician with virtually no experience with electronic equipment composed Science of the Sea on a studio that he built (simply from borrowed gear) on his houseboat.
It is not difficult to detect the undertones of biophilia present within Müller’s work- each song is lush with succulent underwater landscapes. In it’s entirety, Science of the Sea is woven together seamlessly into a serene, psychedelic lullaby and as the title suggests, it echoes the environment it was created in.
Originally, Müller pressed only 100 copies of his work, which he distributed among his family and friends for free. However, 30 years after it’s construction Science of the Sea made it’s way into the hands of Digitalis Recordings through music enthusiast, Jan-Arne Sohns, who had the pleasure of hearing the album through Müller’s distant relative.
Listen (and/or purchase) to the entire album over at Bandcamp here.