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Senescent Vivarium

by Mount Maxwell

Entropics 07:07


Two works composed in 2018 for 'Senescent Vivarium,' a short experimental film by Canadian filmmaker Kyath Battie. Bordering on the fantastic, the film depicts the life cycles of plants and insects in an artificially created biosphere over the course of one year. A prolific independent filmmaker, Battie shot the project on 16mm black & white film and hand-processed the results, lending the final work a distinctly organic quality perfectly suited to Mount Maxwell's accompanying score. Working with a single synthesizer (the Arp Odyssey), the musician composed two separate works for the project. The main score, 'Senescent Vivarium,' is a sprawling piece of kosmiche ambient in the style of 1970's synth gurus Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream - a drifting combination of warm tones and flickering arpeggios strongly reminiscent of the artist's 'Blue Highways' releases. The second work, 'Entropics,' is a stranger and more fascinating beast, having more in common with the early tape works of Musique concrète outsiders like Tod Dockstader and Eliane Radigue, and intended as a kind of nocturnal alternative to the main score.


released February 4, 2022

Senescent Vivarium is a 'name-your-price' digital release. All music composed and performed by Mount Maxwell at Hotham Sound Mobile Recording Studios, 2018.


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