jarguna: A Peaceful Granular Day (Digital)

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1. A Peaceful Granular Day 07:42
2. Tetha Grain 10:55
3. Too Much Light 10:06
4. Marigold Solstice 10:03
5. Spirals of Rosemary 08:55
6. Grass Vortex 07:05
7. Twilight, Grasshopper. Cat… 10:20
8. Dragonfly Wings 10:21

Inspired by the beauty and complexity of nature, this is a lusciously enveloping ambient electronic release from Italy’s jarguna.

Conceived and realized during relaxing summer holidays in the breathtaking Sardinian landscape, this 38th project from jarguna is developed mainly with granular synthesis.

Similar to nature filtered through the senses and the coding of the brain, the tracks slowly unfold in introspective nuance. jarguna says this album is “akin to looking at a digital photo on a monitor. By zooming in, the closer you get to the details the pixels reduce the clarity of the image to simple colored squares. Sometimes you can still understand what was in the whole but often it is only the mind that associates with the previous image.” 

In fact what is reality? What if not pieces of a great puzzle acquired over the course of life?

Like the cover, the music on A Peaceful Granular Day reflects a natural organic light, a landscape of warm flora and fauna. Rich, luscious ambient passages with occasional melodies are surrounded by organic textures of an ancient forest.

Jarguna elaborates:

Pleasant explorations in water, even with simple dives of a few meters, enter an interior dimension: the noises muffle and almost completely disappear since within a liquid the sound waves cannot propagate, or rather, the diffusion of a sound takes on other dynamics. The sharpest sounds are the bubbles of air generated around you creating a sound decomposition that recalls the granular synthesis. With this experience I decided to experiment with new sound timbres and textures on this album. 

The loops used are processed in order to be broken down, extrapolating parts that no longer have anything to do with the original, the sample, the sample, the sample, such as making a photocopy, then taking it and photocopying the second step again, and so on for tens or hundreds of times. What happens? The image is no longer like the original but will be grainy and distorted, losing definition, just as it also happens with cellular oxidation — that is, old age.

The sovereign of the traces remains nature even if it is also decomposed, like a construction game, a pindaric flight between minimalism and material, texture sometimes colored sometimes monochromatic, fragmented, frayed by the wind of the psyche. The observer and the observed merge into clouds of inner frames which then evert outwards and re-interiorized with new edges and depths. 

With this album I start a path I have been trying to develop for years — I decided to call it “fractal music,” but that’s another story…

The irony of the titles is the demonstration of the lightness and constant amazement of being in contact with the beauty of creation, since it is not perceiving that you are in harmony with everything, but being everything.

Release: February 12 2021

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