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Merrin Karras Live at Klangsphäre, Planetarium Bochum 11-11-2016

 

Both Merrin Karras and Markus Guentner took to a unique stage in Bochum (Germany) this past weekend, alongside the likes of Max Würden, Sine Sleeper, Mario Hammer And The Lonely Robot, and Safrronkeira. The Ambient Festival, played out within a Planetarium, with listeners immersed in darkness as they stared up towards dream-like visuals across the ceiling. It was undoubtedly a very special and unique show, marking Brendan's first live show as his ASIP alter-ego Merrin Karras.

Below we have the recording of his set, featuring live renditions from the album, Apex, and one new track.

Merrin Karras' album Apex, is available to buy using the links below:

Digital @ Bandcamp
Vinyl (US) @ Bandcamp
Vinyl (Europe & Worldwide) direct from Merrin Karras' Bandcamp, or at Juno. 

Equipment used:
Macbook pro running Ableton Live
Nord Lead 2
DSI Tetra
Vermona Mono Lancet
Roland Jp-08
2 x Launchpads
1 x Launchcontrol XL

(Photo by Markus Guentner)

(Photo by Markus Guentner)

 

Merrin Karras - Liberant (Video by Jan Goldfuß)

 Jan Goldfuß returns with another superb video for Merrin Karras' track, Liberant (taken from his album Apex).  

After his video for Markus Guentner's, Theia, Jan progresses from the fluid drama of Theia, to the graphic, poly-like take on Merrin Karras' album artwork - a perfect match for the colorful, fizzing synths of Liberant.  Read his detailed approach to the video below, and check out his other videos at http://jangoldfuss.de/.

Merrin Karras Apex (ASIPV005), is available to buy in digital and vinyl formats here.

Remember to watch the video full-screen and in HD, if possible.

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Hi, my name is Jan Goldfuß. I'm a digital artist based in Berlin, Germany. I work both for commercial projects, as well as independent art centered ones.

The beginning point was the cover-image of the album, which represented an abstracted low-poly-like version of an image as Ryan told me.

My approach was to use something similar as the beginning frame and from that start a journey building up in complexity corresponding to the climaxing music. I decided to not work with editing but instead do a cut-less over six minute long evolving take while zooming out slowly, as the chosen track (Liberant) develops in a similar way.

What you see is a simple low-polygonal sphere which gets deformed by two animated noise-fields while the polygonal resolution of the sphere is increasing. Also the colors get directly influenced by these noise-fields. This is kind of what happens with digital media in general nowadays: Increasing the resolution and by that getting more and more complex. But it is all based on rather simple discreet and controllable units (be it polygons, pixels or transistors...). I like to show this in general in my works: A lot of simple stuff can produce new systems and thus overwhelming complexity. (Just like in our real world by the way...)

On the other hand we got algorithms which need only a few inputs but then can run forever, ever evolving and generating new kinds of form or information. Mostly these are used to generate something similar we already know (VFX, photo- realism).

For me it is more interesting to discover what kind of new aesthetics are hidden in these algorithms. So I often just allow them to happen as they like, merely defining the ground rules and letting them run. In an art context I like to compare this approach with the surrealistic technique of "ecriture automatique" or Pollock's "action paintings". This means for me working partly subconsciously with the medium and not dominantly against it, not forcing it into forms but letting it flow.

As in the real world I like to just watch and observe things changing and evolving (like clouds, water, plants,...) which also can happen in the digital realm in it's own way as we have seen.

For synchronizing image and sound I resigned to use beat detection, as this can tend to feel forced in my opinion. Instead I matched the animation of the noises to the rhythm of the music by hand. In this way I hope to generate a more organic feeling by so to say using the spectators brain to establish a connection between image and sound. Thus the spectator becomes an active element, reacting to and interpreting the "abstract narration" of "techno-poetics" as I like to call it". http://jangoldfuss.de/

See Jan's previous video for Markus Guentner, here
 

 
 

Merrin Karras / Apex (now available)

 

We're pleased to announce our next release from Ireland's Brendan Gregoriy under his new ambient alias, Merrin Karras

"An inspired album of vibrant, expressive compositions"
"Stockpiled soundtracks for yet-to-be-realized and conceived cinematic masterpieces"

Available now in a green double vinyl; housed in a matte gatefold sleeve; digital and a very limited run of CDr's at Bandcamp.

For non-US customers, do not fret! UK based site Juno will have stock from Monday August 1st with cheaper shipping to Europe and rest of world. You can sign up on the site to get an emil notification. 

Read more, along with existing reviews of the release, and interviews with Brendan, over on the full release page.

 

Pre-order Merrin Karras / Apex (ASIPV005)

 

Pre-order is now available for our upcoming release by Merrin Karras, available on limited edition "Balearic Sea' green double vinyl, and digital. 

Please note, for UK/EU customers, there will be plenty of copies available on release date (June 10th) at Juno.co.uk and other fine retailers. So to save on shipping, you can hold out until then - this pre-order is best for US customers (or those desperate to not miss out!)

You can stream the ever-so-epic synth build of Void below.

Full release information can be found here.