Discover "Argonautica" by AEON
This release initially written and composed in 2000 is said to be based and inspired by the cultural heritage of the fabulous Greek mythoi, notably the classic tragedy of the Argonauts. This album does not contain a corpus of mythical narratives and oral paraphrased compositions but its purpose is focused on a dense, voluntary crytpical and complex soundscaping universe. The content reaches the listener into an impossible-frenetic creative world made of ambiguous contexts, reflective mental postures and extremely dense sonic situations. Can we think about music as a cathartic process? maybe it is the case in this long time lost Aeon’s effort. While ago I had the privilege to access to a mysterious old video tape related to this musical concept Argonautica, a kind of experimental found footage film made of manipulated textures and figurative abstraction…the soundtrack was built on continuous droned out buzzing atmosphere that does not seem to be restituted on this official Argonautica release.
Recently re-worked and improved, the refined sound materials offered are rather in the continuity to the first Aeon, revealing hyper-propulsive post-structural soundtracky ambiences unconsciously associated with the work of Cranioclast, Zoviet France, Aube, Genesis P-Orridge. It also admits a certain interest for a heavier-screamier version of Autechre because of the almost industrial bliss. The rumbling then massive electro section is balanced by a thoughtful and harmonized acoustic process. Slowly evolving textures and a solid burgeoning magma of klang-like electronics. We can notice an almost ritualized interaction / collision between a-directional fractal micro molecular sounds, driven bass lines and an atonal instrumentation. A difficult musical aesthetism, nothing is obvious in Argonautica. For this reason it is necessary to give several listening experiences to perceive the clear innovative ideas which rise from these darkly experimental and sharp techno-ish ambient pieces. A complex and sonically bruitistic musical odyssey that will ravish the most demanding listeners.
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