Background and production Edit
During the Fall of 2015, as Iñaki changed his stage name to Akiba Jonze, he struggled to decide what his debut album would be. He had already worked on quite a few tracks for Akash, but felt it would be too complicated for a first album. He then worked on an unfinished project dubbed "Worlds", which would contain re-recorded versions of old tracks, as well as new ones ("Realm of Rain" being one of them). He also recorded a couple of music pieces, "Suite nº1 for Mouth: Allegory of Time" and "Caprice nº28: Submarine Microcosmos" and dubbed the project "Chronostasis" (Greek for "Time Stop"), but it was left on hold until the release of Indigo. Akiba then recorded the last music piece, "Litany C-432: Hidden Sant Climent", as well as "Tameiki (Sigh)" and "Easy Paradise". The album was released on September 1st 2016 via Mothermantra Records.
Chronostasis is an experimental music album. The core of the album is made of three music pieces ("Suite nº1 for Mouth: Allegory of Time", "Caprice nº28: Submarine Microcosmos" and "Litany C-432: Hidden Sant Climent"). There are also two separate tracks that work as an intro and an outro: "Tameiki (Sigh)" and "Easy Paradise". The main feature of Chronostasis is the idea of extending time, taking short sounds and extending them to their maximum so as to make them appear neverending, a feature that was heavily used in "Suite nº1 for Mouth".
Chronostasis is very similar to Iñaki's Laptop Daydreaming Trilogy albums through the use of non-instrument instruments, yet differs from them in the lack of a noise filter to transform the sounds into electronic signals, opting for a cleaner sound instead. The other main difference is the use of instruments: a celesta for "Suite nº1 for Mouth" a glockenspiel for "Caprice nº28" and tubular bells for "Litany C-432".
The album also heavily features sung and spoken vocals, often heavily modified. "Litany C-432" makes use of prayers from the Catholic Rosary, whispered during one of its movements. The music piece itself references the Romanesque Church of Sant Climent de Pal in the Principality of Andorra.
Track listing Edit
- Tameiki (Sigh)
- Suite nº1 for Mouth: Allegory of Time
- Caprice nº28: Submarine Microcosmos
- Litany C-432: Hidden Sant Climent
- Easy Paradise