Floating Points - Reflections - Mojave Desert
Floating Points began as the solo project of Sam Shepherd before it became clear the immersive, intricate nature of his music demanded expansion. Following his critically acclaimed debutåÊElaeniaåÊthis is exactly what happened and Floating Points live became a band of incredibly talented musicians with Sam at the helm. Now, Floating Points release a new short film and soundtrack, featuring entirely new and unheard compositions -åÊReflections - Mojave DesertåÊvia Pluto. The film, in collaboration with director Anna Diaz Ortu̱o, finds the ensemble in a thrilling sonic exploration of environment under an endless desert sky. The first in a planned series of environmental recordings by Floating Points to be filmed and recorded at different locations around the world; the recording was made last year, as Floating Points travelled to the Mojave to rehearse in between US touring. Immediately struck by the distinct sonic tapestry created by the rock formations and valleys, Sam and the band set up a recording operation and filmed this new work at the base of the natural sculptures they encountered. The music ofåÊReflections - Mojave DesertåÊmirrors the landscape: soaring and vast, dynamic and intimate, centred around two longer works and shorter pieces that create a singular and seamless experience.åÊReflections - Mojave DesertåÊbegins with chords played on a Rhodes Chroma and recorded with a surround sound microphone. Throughout the filming, microphones were placed throughout the landscape to capture the natural sonic textures of the desert: the undulating sound of wind, a bird call, the rustling of bushes and more created a backdrop on which much of the record rests. The music softly shifts from the Fender Rhodes introduction toåÊSilurian Blue, an expansive full band piece that balances refined restraint with explosiveness. In one scene,åÊKites, Sam Shepherd walks through a valley with a super directional microphone, swinging it back and forth as a synthesiser loop gets faster to showcase the natural reverb and shifting phase of sound waves.åÊKelso DunesåÊsignals the film‰۪s final act: the sky grows dark, lasers flash, the band and rocks gleaming in the pitch black around them.
LP - LP and DVD Set.