1. Waking to Solace 06/11
2. I Smiled Because I Knew Death Was But A Door 18/56
3. The Lifted Veil 05/04
4. Far Journeys 08/42
5. Listening to Silence Speak 14/13
6. As Ash Rains 08/49
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The term has lost much of its meaning, being used so often in common speech and advertising hyperbole that it almost passes us by when we hear it. Yet beauty is really at the heart of Free Floating and is expressed consistently throughout this new work by Silvercord.
When something is beautiful it affects us on different levels. At the surface there is something pleasing to the senses, something that draws us in and holds us in a place of simple appreciation. These pieces do that. The subtle shifting chords and drones create a gentle echoing space that feels like a beautiful place to just be.
But more than just pleasing, beauty touches us more deeply and more profoundly. The pleasant sensations are the leaves and branches of a tree with deep roots that reach down to the deeper core of us and grow from those places of richer experience and meaning. The themes explored in this music dig deeply, posing questions of life and death that are at the center of being human.
And so I’m proud to be releasing I Smiled Because I Knew That Death Is But A Door on Free Floating and am happy to welcome Silvercord to the artist roster. This music represents another step in his maturing musical vision and expands the depth—and beauty—of the Free Floating oeuvre.
From the Artist
I started the music project Silvercord back in 1999 with the first release ‘swan on a black sea’. As I was a music major in the university, I started to become very interested in recording music. It wasn’t long before I started listening to ambient music programs on public radio (Echos, Hearts of Space) and fell in love with the new world of sound that I hadn’t had knowledge of or access to in youth.
Recording music started to become to be a very therapeutic process and it remains as such today. In fact, recording (as well as editing and mixing/mastering) is not just my passion, it’s my mainstay of living. I started “Black Swan Audio” here in Seoul and have been helping artists both from Seoul and around the word produce, mix and master their music. It is my dream job and I am deeply thankful I have the chance to do what I love to pay the bills. These days, besides running Black Swan, I am at a University in Seoul studying Korean.
The theme for the new album came from a dream I had. In the dream I found myself in a situation in which my death was imminent. The mood of the dream was no doubt dark and hostile though something special had surfaced in both my dream consciousness and my waking consciousness. As I was still dreaming and about to die in my dream, I somehow was able to perceive death merely as a change in consciousness. I awoke the next morning feeling a greater sense of peace, more free from the noisy broken tape loop that always seems to be endlessly repeating in my mind.
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