“The Harmogram Suite” is the sixth album from the British modem classical – ambient composer Marvin
Harmogram is Marvin Ayres’ term to describe his hybridizing harmonies, harmony and hologram.
His initial idea for the piece was that the ‘delivery’ of sound now seems to be almost as important as the ‘musical’ content and instrumentation involved.
With Harmogram Suite, Marvin takes his listeners on a hugely emotional and dramatic joumey in amusical piece written in six movements, over-dubbed with one hundred and forty layers, with everyinstrument and every part, played by Marvin, excepting the fifth movement which utilises a choir.
During the recording process, different playing techniques, recording set ups and textures were used toproduce an authentic fulllive orchestral sound. The result is a unique, modem classical musical soundcomposition. It was at a meeting towards the end of recording the album Harmogram Suite that Marvin met with Martyn Ware (Human League/Heaven 17).
So enthusiastic was Martyn about the piece that he suggested to Marvin that the album should be mixed in 3D, with the intention of giving live performances, in combinations of players and 3D Sound System Orchestra.
This peace of music will not be for everyone. but it has a certain progressive melt wih the ambient sounds he uses.
The five movements of the disc, called “Movement One”, “Movement two,” “three Movement”, “Movement oven” and “Movement five” developing variations on the violin and cello, deploying soundscapes at different levels.
Environments sometimes generate a deep sadness. There are also gothic elements in his music.
The album offers six tracks on both CD and DVD, the DVD does not contain anything that the music can be heard on the CD. This is probably good for those who love to have a choice.
You can also stream both discs on both a CD and a DVD player in order to make it even more that quadraphonic sound level.The DVD does contain three bonus videos.
Ron “the doorway” Vermulst