Solarstone has got us foaming at the mouth with details on his second instalment of his groundbreaking compilation series Electronic Architecture². Art meats trance in a way and he's got an awesome preview for you to look at and a competition to design the cover...
Two years ago this month Solarstone released the compilation album 'Electronic Architecture'. It was nominated for Best Comp at the 2010 IDMAs and won press plaudits for its imaginative concept, hailed by Tilllate as "a magical blend of music, art and design" and by DJ Mag as an "a genuine gem". Now the follow-up to this boundary breaking compilation adventure is near. As designated by its 'squared²' tag, it’s not a 'Pt.II', but an evolutionary next stage. EA²' is ready to unfurl a landmark sound-design. Using super-immersive mixing techniques crossed with bespoke graphic aspects, on the 25th of April, its geometric/isometric futuristic sky cities will rise again! Explore on...
EA's Portal: Where YOU Become The Electronic Architect!
Housing the Art aspect of Electronic Architecture²'s multi-media release is its incredible portal. There - in another first for Solarstone - you're able to deconstruct EA²'s cover art and re-build your own vision of its spectacular towering super-structures.
As the release date approaches clips of the music will be premiered there and will provide the soundtrack to this powerful, flexible, yet easy-use tool. You can enjoy an immersive interactive graphical, musical experience, unlike anything you've seen/heard before! Point your mouse to www.electronicarchitecture.co.uk here … and become the Electronic Architect!
One Great Album... One Incredible Competition!
To tie in with the album's release, we've got an incredible competition (with a fantastic prize!) for you to enter. We want you to design your own version of its front cover using the web-based Electronic Architect tool @ www.electronicarchitecture.co.uk during the run up to release.
Once you're happy with your creation, hi-res screenshot it and send it to EAcompetition@solarstone.co.uk. The comp is open until the 5th of May so you've got plenty of time to get your entry in. The winner will get a framed, one-of-a-kind A2 reproduction of your design alongside the original's artwork + a sackload of other 'EA²' goodies!
Electronic Architecture2's Trailer Online…
To uncover the 100% exclusive audio it carried, the original Electronic Architecture required a prodigious, exhaustive A&Ring mission… EA2 was no different! Seeking out music from newest, most talented electronic dance producers out there (from far-flung corners of the globe like China, Kenya, Japan and Australia) took Solarstone 9 months of precision dot…connecting.
From the early dystopian, Blade Runner-esque micro-prog of Piotro’s ‘Mist’ thru to the thoroughly utopian trance shimmer of Aerium’s ‘Icedive’ and Elfsong’s ‘Eta Carinae’, the album pans out to reveal its full musical panorama. Treating the blending of its composite tracks more like that of a full-length musical composition, it creates a deep and intricate mix where you’ll hear echoes of tracks long before they fully reach the laser.
Some of EA1’s alumni return - Jahawi, Majera and DJ Orion all help to re-anchor the album’s unique tone-set, while there’s audio from progressive hall-of-famers too – Tilt, Hybrid and Medway among them. Solarstone’s naturally is well represented too with Orkidea’s glowing recreation of last year’s ‘Touchstone’ and the new single ‘Big Wheel’ both premiering on the album.
01 - Aeron Aether & Embliss A New Dawn (Reconstruction) 02 - Janeiro & Sovt Dreams Of The Sea 03 - Mike St Jules Vespera (Reconstruction) 04 - Jahawi From Nairobi to London 05 - Solarstone Touchstone (Orkidea Remix) 06 - Medway Resurrection (Proff Remix) 07 - Baltic Sound Searchers Lane 08 - Ozo Effy White Wind 09 - Peter Liu City Of Dreams 10 - Majera Escapade 11 - Tilt I Dream (Nick Rowland Remix) 12 - Almar Wasted Time 13 - Active Limbic System Vanity 14 - DJ Orion & J.Shore Architect's Dream
RELEASE DATE: April 25th
WIN A SIGNED COPY OF SOLARSTONE'S NEW MASTERPIECE
The album might not be out until the end of April but we’ve managed to twist the arm of our goods friends over at Stark PR to give away two signed copies of Solarstone’s sensational new album. It’s not everyday that a mix compilation gets the excitement levels to boiling point but the shear delicate and fine craftsmanship that Solarstone has put into the second helping of Electronic Architecture has us foaming at the mouth. So, if you fancy getting your hands on a copy of the album signed by its creator Rich Mowatt, that’s Solarstone if you didn’t know, then just answer this question:
:: What was the name of Solarstone's last artist album?
We don’t think you should have any trouble with that one as I'm sure its sitting right in your CD collection. The usual i:Vibes rules apply so when you have your answer send it in to email@example.com with your full name and address. The deadline for all entries is the 25th April. Good luck!