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Synth-composer duo Felsmann + Tiley have shared ‘December’, the 4th cut off their upcoming debut album, ‘Tempora’, which will be released on December 6, via Rare Ware Co. ‘Tempora’ is self-composed and produced by Felsmann + Tiley in its entirety. Rare Ware Co. is the pair’s own imprint, a label designed to promote artists who use the synthesizer as their instrument of choice.
Made up of German-born composers Patrick Tiley and Dominik Felsmann, Felsmann + Tiley share a passion for film scores, contemporary piano compositions and innovative electronic music. However, the two critique that, “film scores often do not stand up on their own when removed from their visual experience, classical music sticks to its centuries old instrumentation and electronic music is largely dominated by kick drums and percussions”. With their Felsmann + Tileyproject, the duo are attempting to break this mould, using only synthesizers to experiment with the creation of an infinite range of sounds, new ways of modulating and expressing music and live performance opportunities that have never before been realised.
Taking influence from innovative genre-blending contemporary electronic musicians such as Nils Frahm, Deadmau5, Stephan Bodzin, Olafur Arnalds and Stranger Things soundtrack composers Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, Felsmann + Tiley are also inspired by the classical symphonic music genre and its sound design, dubbing their unique and immersive sound similar to composers Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow (Ex Machina, Annihilation) and Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water) for their ability to contrast between digital and analogue structures and texture.
On their new debut release, Felsmann + Tiley explain, “Synths offer an infinite range of sounds, new ways of modulating and expressing music and live performance opportunities that have not yet been fully harnessed. By stripping away any percussive elements, we are forced to make the musical core work on its own. The ‘Stranger Things’ soundtrack has obviously done a lot to open people’s minds to this genre, and artists have done it successfully before with particular songs – Bicep’s ‘Drift’, Stephan Bodzin’s ‘The Power of Ten – Synthapellas’ and so on – but nobody has exclusively committed to synth-only releases until now. We’re all in on this”.
Release Date: December 6th, 2018