The reunion of two of our favourite musicians was sure to strike a chord with us and it didn’t fail to impress. As Studio OST, White Material affiliates Galcher Lustwerk and Alvin Aronson have managed to combine each of their singular scopes in one, summoning faded memories and porcelain-fragile ambiences shining with a ghostly glow.
From the Eventide / Ascension EP
They didn’t turn in a tracklist for the set that they called a “soundtrack mix,” but the hour-and-45-minute excursion soars through the clouds of ambient music’s most gossamer realms—making room for one of Underworld’s most spectral songs as well. It’s blissful, buoyant, and peaceful introduction to what the Studio OST project’s all about if you’re only familiar with the pair’s solo efforts.
Studio OST produces instrumental electronica that is industrial not in sound, but in spirit — music for the proverbial Man at Work. This is proletariat-friendly escapism, made to soundtrack the fantasies that take place both during and after a day of low-quality drudgery. It is at once miraculous and metropolitan, breezy and motorized, soft and synthetic.
While [Jeff] Mills sought to critique the ways in which urban centers have been designed and created for us, Galcher and Alvin are using techno, under the influence of science fiction, to consider the possibilities of what a city might become. With atmospheric synthesizers and puttering drum patterns, they evoke a changing urban environment.