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«As promised, we're back with another excellent work from Entia Non - aka James McDougall from Australia - called 'Lilt' (check out the previous one released last year). Like the previous one, expect to listen to lots of juicy field recordings from australian whereabouts artfully mixed with soothing ambient tones and drones of rare beauty, and also organic backgrounds to complete. For this release, James went to capture new sounds to some well known 'sand islands' located on the eastern coast of his enormous country, namely 'Stradbroke Island'.

'Oxide Pearl' and 'Littoral Glades' are my favorites and the ones that best capture Entia Non's essence of 'australian ambient/field recordings' work. Warm and dense backgrounds, moist and organic f.r. full with birds singing and water flowing and daily familiar voices and sounds. There's not many more to be said to fairly describe what you'll hear (or are listening to right now through our flash player), so if you please, head straight to the download link.

This is another keeper, folks. We hope you enjoy it to the fullest!» - Pedro Leitão

Downloads:

01 • Oxide Pearl .............................................................................. pt us
  [8'12'' • 13,5Mb • VBR]
02 • Perfunctory Jousting .............................................................. pt us
  [2'13'' • 3,51Mb • VBR]
03 • Littoral Glades ........................................................................ pt us
  [10'42'' • 17,4Mb • VBR]
04 • Back Then ............................................................................... pt us
[4'03'' • 6,52Mb • VBR]
05 • A Laymans Reductio ............................................................... pt us
  [11'59'' • 20,6Mb • VBR]
  • artwork ................................................................................... pt  
  [PDF-Zip • 7,25Mb]    
  • all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
  [Zip • 68,5Mb]    

Reviews:

«Thanks for sharing. my favs are Oxide Pearl, Perfunctory Jousting, Littoral Glades, Laymans Reductio. (fixed some (for me) disturbing noises though, e.g. in Littoral Glades starting at 8:00).»
- fly2bfree [Archive.org] / March 23, 2011

«Entia Non es el pseudónimo del australiano James McDougall, cuyo trabajo se basa fundamentalmente en los conceptos de música electroacústica y acusmática. Entia Non es un proyecto relativamente reciente, cuyas primeras referencias fueron publicadas el año pasado por la excelente discográfica U-Cover. Después vino el más que notable 'Distal', primer trabajo para el impecable netlabel Test Tube, y gracias a los cuales he tenido acceso a este interesante músico. 'Lilt' es el segundo trabajo para el sello portugués y su sonido se mantiene cercano a las características de sus anterior álbumes. Partiendo de una base cuya materia prima son las grabaciones de campo, McDougall esculpe las cinco piezas que forman 'Lilt' desde una óptica ambient, utilizando en el proceso cintas y vinilos viejos, obteniendo composiciones que oscilan entre el ambient aislacionista y la fonografía más desnuda. De esta forma comienza "Oxide Pearl", combinando un paisaje ambiental -bastante minimalista por momentos- con todo tipo de grabaciones de campo de su natal Australia (incluso lo que parece una serpiente de cascabel) y ruido de objetos. El sonido es sostenido y tenue, pero posee cierta tensión y esporádicas y repentinas irrupciones de cuerda que van acumulándose, dotando al conjunto de un componente cinemático bastante interesante, y conformando una de los momentos más notables del disco. Otra de las partes más destacables es "Littoral Glades", donde confluyen ligeros drones ambient con grabaciones de oleaje, aves marítimas, ruidos cotidianos y voces apenas distinguibles. El binomio formado por la electrónica ambiental y los sonidos grabados se polariza a un lado y a otro a lo largo de la pista pero sin perder en ningún momento un equilibrio efectivo y muy placentero.
Sensación parecida es la resultante mientras suena "A Laymans Reductio", pieza final de trece minutos que se balancea entre el ambient amplio y luminoso y -sobre todo- la fonografía más austera. Arropada por el incesante ruido ambiente de la lluvia y otras grabaciones, además de notas tocadas aquí y allá y la textura granulosa como tenue trasfondo.

'Lilt' es un disco solvente que navega entre dos aguas, plácidas ambas, aunque no siempre fáciles de manejar sin que conduzcan al aburrimiento o la auto-complacencia (lamentablemente frecuente en el ambient). McDougall demuestra que maneja perfectamente las grabaciones de campo y que sabe emplearlas con talento combinándolas con otros registros electrónicos más etéreos. El resultado es más que positivo y debería satisfacer a los que disfruten del trabajo de gente como Biosphere o Chris Watson.»
- Engrudo Cerebral / October 21, 2008

«"Ambient music is a musical genre in which sound is more important than notes. It is generally identifiable as being broadly atmospheric and environmental in nature." Wikipedia

Lilt is the second release of James McDougall AKA Entia Non on Portuguese netlabel testtube. This is a project he finished almost a year ago, and it's rather interesting to hear what he was doing back then.
Compared to his newest material Lilt remains very close to the ambient music tradition of people like Brian Eno and some Geir Jenssen material, although James McDougall strongly sympathizes with elements of avant garde and electro acoustic music, which gives a special edge to his work.
Lilt also has a strong cinematographic character which is very obvious and explicit in some parts. I think of Lilt as a soundtrack of a movie where landscapes and scenarios are the main protagonists while the people only seem to have a background role.
The release is composed by 5 pieces, all of them very integrated and very well built. Back Then (piece number four) is a personal favorite. It's a very textured piece with small sounds quietly struggling on the back. There is a subtle pad all across the piece that wraps around all the grainy and implicit elements that play together through the piece.
As a very hot summer is approaching in the north of the globe, I advise to play Lilt and lay down in a comfy spot while whatever movie Lilt could be the soundtrack for, plays in your own imagination.»
- David Vélez [EARLabs] / June 12, 2008

«Also Entia Non's Lilt keeps loading and playing when I start my browser (the joy of persisting tabs across application launches), and I've finally gotten around to downloading the whole thing tonight, as every day I hear a little more of it. Every day, I wonder why it isn't on my iPod and with me always.»
- Mark Teppo / June 02, 2008

«Lilt sounds more like incidental music from a film than it does anything else, complete with the sound effects.  a very stripped down and ambient feel, very reminiscent of blade runner. thumbs up!»
- Tha Sauce / May 12, 2008

«Impresionante el ultimo lanzamiento en test tube, web que como su propio nombre indica, funciona al modo de “tubo de ensayo” para nuevas formas de expresión musical.
Se trata del segundo trabajo de Entia non (James Mcdougall) en este mismo label (anterior: tube099).
Ambient de calidad que surge de combinar bellísimos tonos, calidos fondos, fragmentos acústicos, pianos… con elementos de grabaciones reales de sonidos de la naturaleza (agua, cantos de pájaros, etc.) obtenidos en “stradbroke island” al este de Australia, de donde es natural el artista. Todo magistralmente tratado, estructurado y ejecutado. Fusión perfecta de naturaleza y tecnología a través del sonido, muy recomendable.»
- millerindub [Netlabels & News] / May 12, 2008

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