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IV. Compass

by Ombilicum

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South 05:08
North 04:22
East 04:28
West 06:20


Of course this is a personal view. I started with East in my very usual way of composing which makes the track quite close to my work on OMBILICUM I. and II. The chinese violin samples goes just fine here, mixed with celtic singing which, strangely enough, might sound chinese too. North came second. i must say i was thinking about Europe and the image i got to mind wasn't exactly joyful. That's why i tried to oppose chaos and regret in this track, with a hectic 1st part, closer to Industrial techno than to ambient. The orchestral 2nd part is some piece of my XIXth century romantic puzzle springing back. West is almost a cover of VANGELIS's Blade runner main theme. It's almost done only with treated guitars improvised on a soundscape bed. last but not least - and therefore 1st of the tracklist - South was a real pleasure to compose with a work on delays and reverbs for the background, and the use of world samples in some sort of political spirit here : the derbuka is from Tunisia, the violin (esraj) from Egypt and the singing from Iran.

After South, I've been going on with a 5th track called "Middle Earth". A 7-minute-track that fed itself of this Compass episode. I'll put it on later, waiting to see if it breeds something else or if it just stands on its own.


released March 6, 2011

music by bruz /
cover train photograph by Lorin Violege (lorrinviolege.hautetfort.com )


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ombilicum Lyon, France

There was an old piano at my parents’. I would sit there for hours, playing it while blasting heavenly pad chords on my casio synth with the other hand. I used to record these and then listen, thinking “waow, those five seconds there are beautiful”. The tracks were usually 20 minutes long! I did it again 30 years later and there it is. ... more

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