Electronic producerand musician Richard Norris (The Grid & Beyond The Wizards Sleeve) has announced that he will release a new album in the Summer on his own fledgling Group Mind imprint.
‘Abstractions Volume Two’ is the second in an on going series of experimental sounds and is released on limited edition vinyl and CD and available to download. Featuring eight ambient tracks to open the mind and soothe the soul, the new collection sees him immerse himself into a warm, reflective and contemplative set perfect for leisurely deep listening.
Norris describes the ‘Abstractions’ series: ‘I’ve been listening to ambient music for many years, but over the past few years I’ve been listening to it quite differently, mainly taking on board Pauline Oliveros’ ‘deep listening’ ideas, and also using drone music for meditation, which has had remarkable results. This music has called me at a fundamental level. Great ambient or drone can be utterly transcendent. It’s real electronic soul music.”
To coincide with the new series and label, Richard Norris is host and resident DJ at the Group Mind club night at SuperMax in London’s King Cross alongside Joe Muggs. The next night is a Group Mind x Lo Recordings event with live modular ambience on Wednesday the 19th of June.
‘Abstractions Volume Two’ includes the track ‘In A Heartbeat’ which is the soundtrack to Marcus Lyall’s audiovisual installation of the same name that currently resides in the foyer of the Uncommon workspace on London’s Liverpool Street. The work is a collaboration featuring Lyall, an artist known for his work as lighting designer for the Chemical Brothers, Norris and neuroscientist James Kilner. The music and visuals in this large-scale installation react to participant’s heartbeat and variable pulse rate, with psychedelic results. The installation will be displayed for twelve months and it’s like being trapped in the opening sequence of a 1960’s Dr Who episode.
Richard Norris is an electronic producer and musician best known for his work in The Grid with Dave Ball (Soft Cell) and more recently as Beyond The Wizards Sleeve with Erol Alkan. Norris has collaborated with many artists such as Joe Strummer, Robert Fripp, Sun Ra and many more. He has produced hundreds of remixes for the likes of Brian Eno, Yello, Tame Impala and Warpaint.
‘Abstractions Volume One’ “Boy does he deliver. So much more than mere ambient abstractions, the five pieces here convey an almost overwhelmingly impressive array of considered emotional shades, which feel as nuanced in colour as the early dawn light. A surely unmissable series”.