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Boomkat Product Review:
Aeolian Mixtape is the third feature album of experimental composer and multi-instrumentalist Quinta.
"During a recent period spent living in Greece, Quinta was inspired to design and hand-build Aeolian harps – harps which resonate with the wind. The sound of the Aeolian harp is ethereal and distinctive, characterised by the rising and falling of harmonic frequencies swept into life by the wind. The sonority varies according to the strength and character of the wind and the various materials used to make each harp, including string type and length.
In the tracks 'Meltemia' and 'Aeolus', violin arpeggios and minimal piano accompany the sound of the harps as it builds in intensity. In turn, the track 'Horologion' is decisively more experimental with re-synthesised harp frequencies generating a kind of tape warmth. The album is underpinned by field recording – nearby birds, barking dogs, creaking trees or a bee flying into a harp string – keeping the music close to the Greek landscape it was written for. The result is a meditative album, flickering between drones and strings and always with the unique sound of the Aeolian harps at its heart."