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Broken Harbour - The Geometry Of Shadows album

Broken Harbour - The Geometry Of Shadows album
  • Performer Broken Harbour
  • Title The Geometry Of Shadows
  • Date of release 2012
  • Country Canada
  • Style Drone, Ambient
  • Other formats VOC ASF AAC AU MP1 MP3 XM
  • Genre Electronic
  • Size MP3 1391 mb
  • Size FLAC 1510 mb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 727

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Recorded December 2011 - August 2012 at Studio 304, Edmonton, Canada. Other Versions (2 of 2) View All. Cat.

Broken Harbour - Superluminal Superluminal Broken Harbour. The Geometry of Shadows.

The Geometry of Shadows is Broken Harbour at it’s best, a stunning work of dark and great beauty that really needs to be heard for oneself. I recommend it thoroughly, and I commend Blake Gibson for his skill and artistry. Definitely one of the best releases I’ve heard in a long time. Jeffrey Ericson Allen – Hypnos Forum. Canadian composer Blake Gibson, aka Broken Harbour, has quite obviously been in an intensive musical growth phase over these past couple of years. Originally, the music for the concept-album The Geometry of Shadows was composed under the title Ansible (which is now the last track on this album) in 2009, but was shelved when Blake Gibson (aka Broken Harbour) decided to take a break from music. Last year though he released his second album Gramophone Transmissions, that gave him the vibe to dust off the material after all and rework it over a nine-month period for this release.

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Superluminal 14:35
The Geometry Of Shadows 11:44
Between The Darkness And The Light 12:00
Luminosity 10:59
Ansible 11:06


Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
rM_0031 Broken Harbour The Geometry Of Shadows ‎(CDr, Album, Ltd) Relaxed Machinery rM_0031 Canada 2012
rM_0031 Broken Harbour The Geometry Of Shadows ‎(5xFile, FLAC, Album) Relaxed Machinery rM_0031 Canada 2012
rM_0031 Broken Harbour The Geometry Of Shadows ‎(5xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Relaxed Machinery rM_0031 Canada 2012

Talk about Broken Harbour - The Geometry Of Shadows

Are you in a mood of travelling between the stars today? Did you ever think about transferring information between galaxies or even star systems? Is there a possibility to break a speed of light barrier? Even if science cannot supply a specific answer for those challenges, one person has a certain solution already today. His name is Blake Gibson and those themes became a concept behind the third album of his one man project Broken Harbour. I have been following the development of this project for a few years, generating my reports through Brutal Resonance. After his highly acclaimed record 'Gramophone Transmissions' where Blake presented all his shining talent to create wide soundscapes, I was sure that he is able to generate very unusual ideas and exploit them thoroughly with his sound experiments. With the very first tunes of 'The Geometry of Shadows' I feel a strong change in a musical style. The most significant thing is that the music became much more minimalistic and totally synthetic. The first track "Superluminal" starts with a quiet background hum that runs for around six minutes keeping me in a constant expectation of something to happen, but the changes arrive only by the seventh minute with gentle synthetic loops of an airy space melody. This melody slowly increases its level up to the end of the track creating a hypnotic wave of sound. I cannot help myself and continue to compare this album to the previous with the second composition 'The Geometry of Shadows'. What I truly loved with Broken Harbor in the past was the effect of an old vinyl record that had been widely used on "Gramophone Transmissions". Today this effect presents only in the second track with a light cracking over constant drones of the same floating melody. Few other effects join the stage somewhere in the middle of the track run like a gloomy bass pulsation, small ticks and clicks and few others. They add a little bit of diversity into a monotonous loop that slowly fades away. Three following tracks remind me strongly of the early Steve Roach works. The same synthetic minimalistic looping drones; most of the time they play with the sound level and tension and not with specific effects. "Between the Darkness and Light" is generated around the layer of a clear celestial melody floating somewhere between the clouds and the same effect is transferred through "Luminosity" and "Ansible". The music keeps being hypnotic and meditative all the time, but I still feel a lack of depth in it, things stay a little bit too plain and straight forward to me, unable to break some emotional barrier between a sense of one more good album and an amazing creation. To be honest, I was slightly disappointed by this record. Maybe I expected too much after a very successful 'Gramophone Transmissions' and needed to disconnect from my personal expectations. I have to mention that the move to the field of minimalistic and drone manipulations throws the artist into the well that is already full of great and even phenomenal composers and sets the certain level of expectations. Steve Roach, Mathias Grassow, Erik Wollo, Celler, Robert Rich and many others exploit the genre for more than thirty years already with dozens of good albums and it is extremely hard to compete with their quality and quantity. Though, 'The Geometry of Shadows' is still not bad at all and provides the listener with an hour of fluent spiritual experience between light and darkness, I feel that Blake is capable of bringing a much stronger material in the future. I truly hope to hear from him soon with another portion of ambient explorations.
Broken Harbour "The Geometry Of Shadows" CDrCanadian drone sculptor Blake Gibson known as Broken Harbour, based in Edmonton, strikes once again!!! After successful, self-released "Gramophone Transmissions" album he returns with his third full length work, entitled "The Geometry Of Shadows". This time released during November 2012 under the wings of Relaxed Machinery. The first impression is again very strong, just like with "Gramophone Transmissions" (thanks to the stunning cover images by Polish photo wizard Michal Karcz). For "The Geometry Of Shadows" digipak packaging Blake has teamed with another highly applauded visual designer, Kati Astraeir from Tucson, Arizona. There is no way to go wrong with having giants like these two on your side!!! Okay, let's explore now the interactions with the sonic part. "The Geometry Of Shadows" is comprised of 5 longer pieces, all clocking between 11 and 14 and half minutes. As mentioned by its protagonist, the original material for the album was recorded in late 2009, but later, during 2012, was completely reworked to nowadays shape. The album unveils sharply with abysmally freezing and static drones of "Superluminal", wrapped by icy wind, slowly expanding and diving to the most shadowy realms. A truly mind-bending, mammoth drone odyssey!!! The title composition, "The Geometry Of Shadows", moves towards more minimal, less massive structure with circling mechanical noises and eerie breaths, assorted distant rumbles and dissonances, all hazed by pervaded glitches. "Between The Darkness And The Light" returns immediately into heavier drone territories, sounding the deep, surrounded by high-pitched tinkles, squeaks, swirls and noises. Another mind-blowing sonic adventure, which during the second half gently cascades into circling and immense celestial and cinematic panoramas. Not only a precisely fitting track title, but also a pure sonic bliss by Broken Harbour!!! And it's just amazing how it works together with Kati Astraeir's cover image!!! But the magic continues with "Luminosity". I remember surveying this track for the first time while uploading some of my pictures taken in Krásnohorská Cave and it left me immediately breathless!!! No matter if entitled "Luminosity", Broken Harbour's drone virtuosity was stunningly interplaying with these graciously monumental sceneries and quickly transported me back to these fascinating underground domains. Again flavored here and there by high-pitched infusions. Must be the "Luminosity" that bridges the past and present. What a journey!!! This is Broken Harbour at the top of his craft, at his most intense and colossal!!! The closing composition, "Ansible", merges deep low drones with hummed cybernetic fragments, expanding, flowing and ebbing. It provides a very strong finale of this spectacular listening experience. Even if drone based, still richly illuminating, but always powerfully complex and deeply immersing. Broken Harbour is undoubtedly another enormously vital addition to already impressive Canadian ambient scene, mostly represented by artists from Toronto, London and Vancouver areas. Great stuff, you can be really proud of it, Blake!!! And keep on droning!!! I would like to mention also Peter James and Steve Brand from Relaxed Machinery gang, who are credited for mastering and design. Last but not least, I really hope more artists from Relaxed Machinery roster will consider this way in the future, when it goes to packaging choices. Digipak, CD wallet or standard jewel case packaging looks more challenging!!! Richard Gürtler (Dec 26, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)