(ENDE156) Hyperex Machina - Divine Flow With Cold Joy
Hyperex Machina's "Divine Flow With Cold Joy" is one of my favourite ambient tracks of all time. Without a doubt. When I first discovered it online in 2002, I was blown away by those pads and the epic film score melancholy of it's melody. When ENDE Records first started and the Senza Misura compilations were being put together I asked him to let me re-release that track as I had to have it on our ambient compilation. He agreed.
So when Steve Hyper recently told me he had an entire album built around that track including an extended version I jumped at the chance to release it.
So here is "Divine Flow With Cold Joy" the album! Opening with a 36 minute extended version of the ambient epic. Drowning in lush, swirling pads and analogue modulation. Broken into 4 parts "Overture", "The Realms Of Sin", "Absolution" and "Poetry".
The rest of the album is not so much dark ambient as melancholic. Beautiful electronic melodies and emotive compositions and a more musical approach than forboding dark drones and disturbing soundscapes. At times reminiscent of actual sci-fi film scores and prog synth masterpieces of the 70s and 80s.
For all of Steve Munslow's noisy, chaotic and confrontational projects Hyperdriver and Hypergrinder. Hyperex Machina is proof that after all the analogue distortion and machine abuse. He can actually compose some truly warm and masterful electronic music.
Be warned it's not all lilting ambience though. "The Pulse Quickens" launches into some late 80s techno rhythms about halfway through the track. And most of the other tracks also have some syncopated beats.
I'll leave the rest of the description to the artist himself...
"Divine Flow With Cold Joy was a staple of my early live HyperEx Machina performances and I committed it to CD on the If Shakespeare had the Bomb album. It seemed such a good track that I found himself adding another three parts to it and the result was the expanded suite at the start. They are as follows:
i Overture (00:00)
ii The Realm Of Sins (09:12)
iii Absolution (18:00)
iv Poetry (28:56)
Add 4 more tracks, including the anthemic The Pulse Quickens and you have an album.
I really cannot remember which came first, the track or the Divine Flow With Cold Joy poem..."
A kiss of life springs from black lips,
And in their sweet touch, a look.
A glance of purest delight,
Which turns in an instant to misery,
And soon enjoys the human form.
An awed silence;
A great yearning toward the pain we devised.
Never doubt the first instinctive thought,
Above all that is forever.
We are not fit to be eternal,
Nor sprung from heavenly loins,
For absolution is the enemy,
And love is the human truth.
The realm of sins and our vindictive needs,
Are not the human spirit, but born of greed.
We must look to our futures,
And the glorious songs must ring out;
For if there is no good,
Then our lives are merely divine flow with cold joy.
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