If you’re looking for an album to showcase a balmy Monday morning, look no further than the LA-based composer’s new album. Robot Koch. The new album The next billion years is a remix set of Moss and Sand (Robot’s ambient side project) – and it takes the album down a new path, exploring a love of analog synths and ambient electronics.
It’s a release that’s meant to relay Robot’s own concerns about climate change and human existence, as the artist states in the press release, “Saving humanity from total disaster is a matter of collective decision.”
When not creating soul-transcending ambient music, Koch spends his time writing soundtracks and producing for major artists around the world. He won several awards for his last live show, Sphere, and has won numerous composer awards over the years. Listening to the new album, you can see why, as there’s exquisite attention to detail throughout that shows an artist with a pure obsession for his craft.
Tracks such as “Glow” keep the musicality front and center, with organic piano sounds providing the driving elements of the track, while “Post String Theory” uses thick analog bass synths to drive the track forward. The album seems to oscillate between mixed emotions, beginning with an uplifting cadence on “Liquid” and “Stars as Eyes”, before slowly evolving into wistful sadness on “Glow”.
Every part is blended to perfection, as a high-end audio engineering company and speaker manufacturer, L-Acoustics were involved in the mixing process throughout. Robot Koch is known for his work in electronic music as well as soundtracks and production by other artists (see “Bones” by Finnegan Tui, a recent production from Robot’s studio). But with Foam and Sand, we see the artist exploring his true passion, heartfelt ambient electronics with a depth of emotion rarely shown in his other forms.
It’s a project that feels much more personal in its approach and a process that comes more naturally, to the intensely talented artist. Speaking about the inspiration for the Foam and Sand project, he says that “Part of the problem we have today is that people feel separated from nature and from each other. I think we need to see ourselves as part of nature, part of life, working as one unified model, not separate, but integrated,”
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