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"Freiheit" by Simon Slator

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A week ago, the fate of this piece was unknown.

In late April 2014, I was made aware of a piece of software called "Paulstretch", and really liked what it did with one of my older pieces called "Piano in the Rain" - the resulting Paulstretched version was released on Webbed Hand Records later that month.

When making Ambient music, I like my pieces to have a beginning, a middle and an end - there's always some kind of progression; so around the same time, I hit upon the idea of developing a piece of music in miniature, letting Paulstretch expand it into something longform, and let serendipity do the rest.

Although it's been revised several times, what you have here is my first attempt. Compared to my recent longform releases, "Freiheit" covers more ground harmonically, but the progressions are slow and fuzzy. It's drifting rather than making defined steps; however I found it quite nice just to sit and chill to.

And so I decided to give it a low-key release after all. The title, the German word for "freedom", I thought best described the way the piece transitions from the rather ghostly nothingness into an array of lush, warm harmonics. It mirrors the internal battles I'd had going on in my head at the time.

It's available as a free/pay-if-you-want-to download from my bandcamp site: http://simonslator.bandcamp.com/album/freiheit

For all my other releases on various netlabels, you can visit my website at: www.simonslator.co.uk

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