Atsuhiko

Could globetrotting music producer Atsuhiko be ahead of the curve when it comes to reinventing the ‘concept album’ with his three-part ‘sci-fi’ opus?

The artist describes the track Alone  - as a  dark sci-fi journey based on drone ambience. This is no blockbuster sci-fi but maybe something Tarkovski might have used for one of his dystopian classics. Shrill beeps build and die away, you feel transported through space and all the while there’s a hypnotic riff playing in the background. Around half way through we hear a voice repeatedly saying ‘goodbye’ then a feeling of calm and beauty is described by the music. There’s a symphonic structure to this piece which will appeal to those who enjoy being taken on a sound journey. The track ends with that voice intoning ‘goodbye’ as what? The person it belongs to has slipped from his moorings and is now floating in outer space maybe?

The Final Marker continues this terrific score for a film that has yet to be made. The sound literally breathes as, according to Atsuhiko,  “...our last 'Nemesis5' probe leaves the outer limits of our known universe, searching for humanity's last hope, an M class planet that will support the last few survivors of our race.”

Part three is Jettisoned,  which ratchets up the tension as our intrepid space travellers enter part three of their sci-fi trip and an ominous robotic thump is followed by urgent beeps.

There’s a lot to really get into in these tracks with the sound becoming more nuanced and transfixing if you listen to them on headphones. This is excellent stuff. Film-makers out there take note. Atsuhiko’s your guy if you’re looking for an uber-cool original soundtrack.

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