''oceans in space'', a project of a man called ''ben weber'' from ''minneapolis'', minnesota, u.s.. as a project, ''oceans in space'' is best described as ''the deconstruction of stringed instruments by electronic means''. ''oceans'' started as a bass player, creating music in the ''experimental metal'' & fusion genres before discovering the ''chapman stick'', the instrument that would define his existence & shape up the ''oceans in space'' sound. most of his releases involve the ''chapman stick'', played in an extremely non-traditional way over fractured synths & glitched-out beats of ben's own design. he records constantly, taking the stick + electronics formula into genres like ''black metal'', ''grindcore'', ''8-bit electronic'', ''trap'', ''slam'', ''glam'' & even ''pop''.
most of his music has been released by ''scumcom'' netlabel like this masterclass we're presenting to you here - ''femalien predation on mars'', probably one of the 5 most interesting ''i.d.m. / braindance / freestyle fusions / freestyle electronic'' albums of the year.
here's what ''ben'' told us about it:
''this album was inspired by my discovery that mars is inhabited. i learned of this via the research of three chrononauts: andrew basiago, bernard mendez & brett stillings. definitely look them up. i’ve done countless hours of research & this was my way to interpret & reflect what i’ve learned via sound. life on mars does exist, & this album is my way of telling the world.
most of this was created on the ipad with turnado, glitch breaks, tonestack & others. these apps were used to create the synth & drum sounds, over which i used my 8 string n.s. stick to create the guitar, bass & additional synth sounds. those are the main elements. there are some additional hidden things, but it's probably best not to discuss them.''
01. ''femalien predation on mars'' (2015)
* note: ''roots.stop'' would like to thank ''ryan harrison warnberg'' (a.k.a. ''scum'') of
''scumcom'' netlabel for intercession between us & ''ben weber''
(a.k.a. ''oceans in space'').
links to this artist: