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Kaspar Bjørke follows fellow Dane, Sofie Birch’s lead to furnish Longform Editions with a panoramic piece of ambient techno
‘The Beast. The Tree. The Man.’ sprawls over 23’ with strings and pads describing drifting clouds, urged from below by a thrumming subbass pulse that echoes Bjørke’s more typical house and techno productions.
“I made this piece during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic during lockdown. I spend a lot of time in the countryside of Denmark with my family—right by the ocean, in the summerhouse, and this is where I recorded the music. It is actually the only piece of music I worked on during that time and somehow stands as a personal diary of those months in isolation. I tried to let the composition evolve in a natural flow, from airy soundscapes and field recordings, mixed with classical elements, which then around half way turn into a repetitive, hypnotic structure that draws on techno patterns and influences. The title ‘The Beast. The Tree. The Man.’ comes from a famous quote by the native Indian chief Seattle (1786–1866), who was speaking about the symbiotic relationship between nature, man and wildlife…something to think about during the climate crisis, “All things share the same breath—the beast, the tree, the man. The air shares its spirit with all the life it supports”.
I use deep listening and in particular ambient music in my daily life as a way to calm down, as a de-stress tool and to contemplate or spark creativity…even while running. I have no doubt that ambient music has a healing effect on the mind and can really help in dealing with anxiety, which I also have done in the past.”