Digital Download Only Albums
Pulse Width -2022
The work of Spacemusician Paul Ellis is to imagine, through music, a world better than the one we live in now. His system of instruments harbor a realm they can actualize, a reality we cannot know until it is here. Out of a hazy shade of square waves comes Pulse Width (63'33"), appointment listening which only whets the appetite for more music of this kind. Ellis splits his story between five pieces. Never simply academic, but in turns visceral, sensual and epic, Pulse Width expertly shifts focus - reducing a composition to its skeletal shape amidst the gentle untangling of melody, only to rise in sonic overdrive just for the sake of how it sounds. An advanced sequencer mathematics builds smaller cycles into larger ones. Mellotron strings and flute call out in a fragile consistency - providing a fleeting reference against which the developing patterns stand out. The tracks come on easy, but a few moments in we realize that each has got hold of us. There is a particularly striking openness to this album, marked by spacious improvisations, and a tendency to reveal secrets and melodies at their own pace. Poetic without being overwrought, the narrative of Pulse Width expands past its maker, to edge gently out into the cosmos, in a realm where we find the magical, the otherworldly and the unexplained. If this release qualifies as experimental, then this experiment is instantly effective.
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END 28 April 2022
“Paul sculpts here a panoply of rhythms with a good and creative use of the sequencer and of electronic percussions. Paul Ellis' name has been echoing around the electronic music (EM) for his beautiful and surprising music. Listen to this!"
-Sylvain Lupari - Synths and Sequences
The Hidden Camera 2
Paul Ellis and Paul Nagle
Some projects feel so right and work so well, you can't resist diving right back in again. That's certainly been the case here, hence our joyous return with a new collection of ambient atmospherics, building on the experience of the first.
A shared love of shifting, psychedelic textures, musical collage and expansive moods has resulted in the Hidden Camera 2. We hope you enjoy this ghostly trip into the dark realms of imagination as much as we do!
It's transformative thought music. Close your eyes and it recalls the expansive space sounds of Tomita, Klaus Schulze and Synergy but on a greater level. Paul Ellis is a genius in sound design! Favorite track: 03 Shadows Drifting Through The Wall Of Sleep.
The Hidden Camera - 2021
The Hidden Camera is a collaboration that delights me, having long been an admirer of Paul Nagle's work. This album features four expansive and immersive soundscapes with a wintery vibe and some reflection on the classical electronic music period, particularly albums such as Irrlicht (Schulze) and Oedipus Tyrannus (TD). Also some 80's Jeff Grienke soundscapes and of course, Eno. Sampling and found sound mix with floating synth sound worlds. It came together quickly despite our being far apart and there was a real sense of working closely, perhaps connected by weird smoke signals, wayward neutrinos or inter-dimensional hoo-hah. ENJOY!
The Hidden Camera, which is the combined work of two talented electronic music artists, guides us through ethereal soundscapes that lead us to a deeper level of contemplation and enjoyment of nature in all its forms and complexity. The overture is as calm and deep as a still lake at night, with silver wisps of fog rising over its surface. With the arrival of the second piece, my favorite on this album, we find that while the theme may seem cold, wintry, with light and shadow dancing in hypnotic patterns over frozen landscapes, the general atmosphere is welcoming and charged with energy. The sounds are as crisp as morning air, but they also seem to take on a liquid quality, glistening like melting icicles on naked tree branches in the sunlight. Here, as in others of Paul Ellis's works, the ever-changing rhythm is inviting us to free our minds and explore outer and inner worlds, as this music is for personal space, a space that evolves constantly, expanding around us until it becomes as endless as the Universe itself. Let yourself be transported by these vast soundscapes that have been so artfully rendered, like paintings on vibrant air.
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The Interior Rhythms Paul Ellis and Daryl Groetsch - 2019
The Interior Rhythms came about by experimenting with subtracting sound from a mix. Traditionally rhythms are created by -adding- a sound, such as a snare or kick drum, superimposed over other instruments. Here, the rhythm bed was created by subtracting frequencies from the main mix with the use of a rhythmic filter. The opening and closing of the filter carving the rhythm out of the mix by use of negative space.
Paul and Daryl both share a love of hiking in the Pacific Northwest so that became part of the narrative. The goal was to create an impressionistic soundscape of a hike through a rainforest where the focus would slowly change from the exterior world of sounds and images to the interior and back again. The environment is of the natural world, of water and wind, of light and shadow, and the most subtle gradations of sonority and color.
The first 4 tracks are 20 minutes each. The 5th and 6th tracks are extended versions of two tracks crossfaded into longer immersions.
you can play one after the other and that will be an almost 80 minutes soundscape (Which is how we recommend listening to this album) Bandcamp upload limitations stopped us from getting the one long mix version.
We've tried to make The Interior Rhythms echo, shimmer and vibrate with magic, expanding outward in rippling waves. Let it create an environment for you to swim around in.
A gem ! One of those unexpected and enchanting albums that shake up the established order and radiate an obvious magnetic presence. Ellis & Groetsch weave a twirling mosaic of liquid, pulsating, throbbing sounds and textures that give the feeling of bathing in a musical amniotic fluid. It is a whole beeping and rattling fauna that stirs under the swirls of ghostly layers and melodic snippets spinning like phosphorescent jellyfish tails. A masterpiece of poetic inventiveness.
-Minilog Cyclical Dreams
The album The Interior Rhythms offers an unforgettable journey for the mind and soul. It creates a world of dark, liquid mysteries that beckons us to dive in and discover the mirage of intricate patterns and sound architecture. The ambience in the first track unfolds dark and brooding, like an unfathomable lake in the night, waiting to be discovered. As our free fall progresses, a world of light and shadow emerges from under the waves and with the second track we are led slowly out of the night. An ethereal sun bestows its warmth, revealing a myriad of gilded mirrors, smooth structures and unexplored paths. I always smile as I listen to this track, it's so gentle and optimistic. Let yourself drift down one of those paths through this magical world, and new shapes and silhouettes will captivate you. After the second track has comforted us with its mirage of silky smooth shapes and sun-rays, the third track will plunge us into a new dimension. A hypnotic rhythm carries us into a tunnel of trees swaying in the underwater current. The atmosphere is dark again, creating the impression that something is going to happen. And it does. The rhythm in the fourth track changes, opening up new horizons to the listener. There is movement, life in this realm of underwater arabesques, sending a pleasant wave of relaxation over our entire being. This album by Paul Ellis is a masterpiece and one of my favorites. Paul Ellis's music is not just relaxing and inspiring, it has a powerful influence that contributes tremendously to the electronic genre.
Now Then - 2018
Now Then is an album that I thought I had completely lost. I had started work on the foundations of these tracks when my computer died. And though I usually do this right away I hadn't backed up the files.
So I built a new recording PC and moved on from there, thinking I would never recover that album and began recording my next one, Moth In Flames.
A few months back I was looking in a hard drive and was surprised to find a subfolder that had mixes of the pieces I thought I had lost and discovered that they were mixed well enough I could continue adding to them and finally finish it.
There was a period when I took a break from writing spacemusic, but enough time had passed that when I found these tracks I realized that finishing them would be the perfect way to shift gears back into writing electronic music.
I added a few new parts and segued all the tracks together to form one long 46-minute piece, classic style. I wanted a sound that blended precision and clear cut lines with the more impressionistic progressive and psychedelic approach to spacemusic.
Listening to Now Then, I can only rejoice that Paul Ellis has found a backup copy of this album that he thought was lost forever after his recording computer died on him. To my ears, Now Then is a little-known masterpiece that deserves a much wider exposure, a fractal and spatial symphony reminiscent of Mike Oldfield's early works, minus the string instruments. With Now Then, Paul Ellis breathes in the long classical form of Berlin School EM to the at times dark and at times luminous atmospheres of his previous impressionist, minimalist and psychedelic compositions (The Sacred Ordinary, Silent Conversations) all the while continuing his sonic explorations. As a result, Now Then is a flawless album, solid from beginning to end, with an impeccable sound aesthetic. What is more, Now Then is to Paul Ellis what Tangram is to Tangerine Dream. To me, that sums it all.
The world Paul Ellis creates is always unique in its mystery. It provides the rhythm of our lives, and the music here is part of Paul Ellis's soul, a part of the universe. If you are here, it means you belong in this universe, too, and his song is a whole, with planets and people dancing in the light of the Suns. In this reality there are also love stories, heroic or mysterious, having their own rhythm - sometimes romantic, sometimes darker, or persistent. There are long rhythmic movements, the sound of the heartbeat of the universe. We feel the universe's breath, infusing us with life. If you are here, it means you've discovered the reality of music. Music as part of the universe. The mysterious part of the place reveals itself slowly.
Fragments of the Great Blue Nowhere - 2012
Unlike most of my work which is sprawling large canvas sequencer based spacemusic, this is a collection of miniatures. Different than what people expect from me, but I think among these pieces are some of my finest melodies.
The album Fragments Of The Great Blue Nowhere contains sixteen miniature soundscapes - jewels that shine with depth, sensitivity and beauty. Each piece has its own rhythm and conveys messages full of emotions that open the doors to contemplation and imagination. This album, just like Paul Ellis's other works, provides the perfect ambience for enjoyment and creation. When you listen to this outstanding work of art, it's like you step into a dimension where everything is much more beautiful, as these soundscapes are colorful, fluid in their clarity, and uplifting. The music here is like an energizing force, mesmerizing and captivating, and you cannot remain unmoved. Let your heart beat with the flow and rhythm of this music and you will feel more in tune with yourself and the universe. Paul Ellis is exploring more song like structures, here. Still electronic and textural, but most of them are more lyrical and miniature.