"Garden of Secrets is a very successful and varied disc with electronic-folk-jazz-progressive soundscapes, and thus another remarkable album from the Discus, which is highly recommended for friends of electronic sound journeys around the world." – Achim Breiling, BABYBLAUE SEITEN
An electroacoustic work by Hervé Perez taking the form of a suite of compositions which combine Hervé's software based sounds with a host of beautiful and unusual sounds from a wide range of instruments played by Hervé and collaborator Alex Hegyesi. The finished work is a great example of Hervé's precision attention to structure and sonic detail. In Hervé's words:
For the second collaboration with Alex, I decided to change the way I approached composing and arranging the work. The recordings I received were more varied, more instruments were featured. I also asked Alex to record specific things, in a given key or tempo, etc. as well as longer improvisations. I had a lot more material to play with and wanted to create music that was still following in the electroacoustic tradition but also paid respect to other genres we were both interested in: jazz, improv, prog, folk, electronic and noise…
I wanted to create the feel and sound of a live band, but of course, all done in the studio, in computer, through scalpel cutting and minute arrangements, sound design and processing etc. I also had many more tools at hand and used many more instruments. So this work turned into a large scale project of composing some kind of orchestral folk ritual.
The result is a series of pieces or instrumental songs that explore spirituality from different angles and moods. I hope I managed to create a contrast with ‘Winds of Change’, the first collaboration we did, made of longer abstract tracks.
Much attention has gone into the mixing, sound design and mastering of this complex, layered music, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it.