Time: September 2013
Media: Digital Download
Info: Uniform is a "remix album" and a follow up to my
debut album Form. Form was about the deconstruction of
sound while Uniform is about the reconstruction of it.
The songs were put together mostly by constructing field
recordings, randomly recorded piano parts, and so on to
create source material and then combined afterword to
Artist site: http://ariarostami.com/releases/
PDF Press Release: Download
01. Midori 02. Tokyo 03. Cleare (Ollie Bown Remix) 04. White 05. Streetlights As Fairgrounds (Saine Remix) 06. Memorium: The Choir 07. Triagnol 08. Cleare (Shawn Dickerson Remix)
REVIEWS | Uniform
Last but not least, we figured we ought to pay homage to the city's vibrant underground IDM and experimental
electronica scene. Aria Rostami is a recent signee to the audiomoves netlabel (an imprint of the venerable Sheffield,
UK-based Audiobulb). His recent release, Uniform, is an ambient sound collage comprised of cleverly manipulated
field recordings, heavily reverbed upright piano, and glitchy rhythms that brings to mind the work of Christian
Fennesz, John Duncan, and Brian Eno. Tracks like "Tokyo" and "Midori" show Rostami experimenting with the kind
of soundscape design that evokes a rain-drenched afternoon in the city..
This second release signed by San Francisco based sonic designer Aria Rostami titled Uniform has been
introduced both as a remix album (although this release contains just three proper remixes) and as a follow up to
his lovely debut album Form I spoke about some months ago just because while the latter was based on
deconstruction of sound, the former concerns the reconstruction of it, but this approach centered on a totally
different way of processing sound (or emotions...) could let think about something new coming from the same
source for inspiration, the gentle and sometimes foggy slopes of Rostami's city. In spite of the importance of some
compositional aspects, what really matters in my modest opinion is not a comparison between Form and Uniform,
but the preservation of Rostami's intimate enchantment, which has kept his wholeness even though some matter
has been processed according to different standards: psychedelic melodious breezes blow on field recordings,
delayed piano touches, percussive tingles, stifled metallic sounds, so that all tracks sound like evoking a veiled
feeling of opacified purity. It's clear Rostami's past experiences related to the production of scores for films in
many moments of Uniform, even in those ones where he seems to fill sound machines' wires with laudanum
("Memorium: The Choir", "Triagnol" - what a lovely cameo! -, "White"), whereas in other moments his
agglomerative sound (re)processing reminds some sonic artifacts by Arovane, Boards Of Canada or Bauri
It's astonishing the way the three remixers kept remarkably high the psychedelic level and the daydreaming
emanations, being my favorite ones the treatment Shawn Dickerson reserved for "Cleare": the mentioned remix
let drip silicium and sugar from broken pipes carrying fuel for dreams, letting resurface some past listenings of
mine such as some stuff by Norken Lee Norris, and the highly cinematic version of "Streetlights As Fairgrounds"
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