Although David Carter has passed on to unknown planes, his singular aural creation will live on in his place, eternally. Leaving this mortal coil in early 2011, these recordings have been in our possession for the greater part of two years. This release comes out today with a slightly heavy heart, only in that David will never be granted the opportunity to hold the first incarnation of his work in a physical format.
These amazing, minimal-yet-lush soundscapes and compositions have an unearthly flow, bleeding into the background and raining footfalls down upon the ashen back alleys of a city lost to silence. Ranging from drifting ambience to hallucinogenic barrels of sound, the seven tracks which make up this tape (originally slated to fall under the project name "Terra Firma") truly do run the gamut of sounds available to most musicians today.
After recording this album sometime between 2008 and 2009, David up and sold all of his audio equipment to form an online magazine & a post-based mail-order dedicated to obscure and often deviant Horror DVDs and VHS tapes. Being the only known recordings he created prior to his death in March of 2011, the scattered, somehow raw and uncut quality to some portions of the tracks remains as elusive as ever, finding a true basis in the obscurity other musicians attempt to force and flaunt. Minimalistic, driving, defiant in their own way... a truly defined gem.
Finding that his work needed something 'extra', David approached Austin-based musician and producer Ryan Harris (Cazukay, Ghost Fires, Super Black Moon), asking if he would remix and rework the tracks. That, he certainly did. With the finesse and determination of some of the world's finest audio wizards, Ryan managed to take these sparse, deafening pieces and utterly transform them into the soundtrack for another dimension; floating, lush, ambient droves of percussion, synthwork, and worlds of organic effects the human mind would never dream of. By June of 2010, Ryan had perfected the remixes of David's work, and both came together to form an electronic masterpiece worthy of all of the Godfathers teaching & preaching of mechanical sounds before them.
Sadly, due to personal reasons beyond our comprehension, David's state of being began to deteriorate, and less than a year later, he slipped away in his sleep, leaving behind an untold legacy, and an unknown potential for becoming one of the most important names in modern electronic music today.
Disheartening, yes; regardless, Haute Magie is honoured and proud to head the task of bringing these recordings to light. With Ryan Harris (operating for this release under the moniker "The Witch Family"), we present to the world the only known work of David Carter, and a re-envisioning of that work so absolutely in line and touch with the original that after the first few listens, one's mind will not be able to differentiate between one artist or track and the next.
All proceeds from this release will go directly into a special, deluxe issue of this release:
double LP, 180 gram coloured vinyl records with the entire album // gatefold jacket with new artwork // full size poster with new artwork // additional CD with new remixes by various artists
A thudding drum chugs and as it churns it stops. It breaks. The drum’s thud ceases to a quiet whimsy. The whimsy catches air, just slightly off the ground. A synthesizer whisp wind tone swirls softly. If the drum were a glass, the synth is it's contents. It is the space inside... The sound is gentle and gently joined by slow attack electronic winds. [...]Passages of synth-fueled drone give way to 90's inspired dance-ambient beats and melodies. [...]While there is movement and orchestration it's all very passive, filmic music. It rides the fence between minimal contemplative electronic music and body moving dance structures. [FOXY DIGITALIS]
Big-time important release right here. We don't cover a whole lot of straight-up electronics music, outside of some power-electronics, but this is too good to pass up. [...]These songs kind of run the gamut from sparse, flat ambient tracks ("flat" is not meant in a negative way) to more psychedelic-tinged electronica with some really amazing synth-lines. The 7 tracks are raw and often minimalistic, but they are poignant and highly communicative. [...]The tape is amazing from beginning to end, and only gets better the more that you play it. Truly striking. [HAMMER SMASHED SOUND]
Carter's side begins with pulsating, distorted, percussive noise in quite a minimalist way. It sounds like a field recording of a factory at work, or a machine. [...]Joining the drum machines are gloomy synth drones fading in and out. [...]A super heavy and bass-y drum machine beat enters, completely transforming the minimalist vibe at the beginning of the song. [...]The Witch Family's first remix is stylistically completely different, as layers of synths envelope up and down sounding really echo-y. [...]The synth drones that enter are texturally a bit softer or lighter. [...]The bass beats are slightly more down tempo, taking a more casual approach but still maintains this dark and industrial aesthetic. Gentle, harmonious synth drones fade in atop the drums, submerging the original melody. [VIRTUAL RITUAL]