Absinthe

by Justin Ashworth

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Absinthe is an experiment in ambient, minimalist, ritual music.
Using serial and generative composition techniques, it aims to take a variety of complex musical ingredients, and distill them into a delicately balanced and nuanced work, that reveals the depth of its flavour over time.

I originally composed Absinthe in 2008, when I was working full-time as a bar tender and had developed a not-so-small obsession with the mystique of the green fairy. I hoped to create a sound piece that was simultaneously, and appropriately intoxicating and mysterious.

The percussion and Rhodes parts in this recording were performed in one hour long take back in 2008. The synthesizer parts were reworked and recorded more recently (April/May 2020), taking advantage of new modular synth gear that could better complete the original vision.

I hope you enjoy getting lost in this.

credits

released April 2, 2021

Composed/produced by Justin Ashworth.

Performed by:
Nat Grant: vibraphone, glockenspiel, alien disc.
Adam Rudegeair: fender rhodes
Justin Ashworth: synthesizers, electronics, ice.

Percussion and Rhodes recorded by Louis Tsokas at TRS Studios in 2008.

Album artwork by Julia Kaddatz.

Thank you:
Nat, Adam, Alice Palermo, Simon Mavin, Chris Tope, Dave Whitehead, Kim Fuhrmann and all the old Polly family.


This album was made on the stolen land of the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. I pay my respects to the traditional owners of this land and to their elders past and present. I acknowledge the genocide, I acknowledge that sovereignty was never seeded, and I acknowledge the need for a treaty now!

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Justin Ashworth Melbourne, Australia

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improviser exploring temporal, durational, and minimalist concepts, noise, drone and ambient music, immersive environments, and generative composition. Solo works for modular synthesiser, electronics, and processed field recordings. ... more

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