Silent World


Silent World


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About Silent World


1   The Communication System between Civilizations of the Universe

2   Empty Galaxies

3   The Birth of the Solar System

4   Water from Another Planet

5   Kettőscsillag

6   Nap

7   Silent World

8   Az Univerzum Széle Felé

Silent World is the deep space inspired, ambient electronic exploration from Transylvania-based soundscape artist Csillagköd (the Hungarian word for “nebula”).  Remote dissonance, amorphous sound textures, and other-worldly melodies create an atmosphere of contemplative tranquility on this astro-sonic journey that expands on the great traditions of true space music, resulting in a deep and  profound listening experience.  From the mysteries of the unfathomable void, to the sublime tranquility of celestial wonders, Silent World is a deep introspection into the realm of dark and light, death and rebirth, creation and destruction; a timeless, boundless, hypnotic voyage through the universe.


Deep and mysterious ambient
Transylvanian-born Oliver Dombi is Csillagkod (Hungarian for “Nebula”), and this is his debut full-length release of deep and evocative space/ambient music. The opener, “The Communication System Between Civilizations Of The Universe” is a fairly static collage of cloudy, layered drones and darkened rumblings, like a less-focused Lustmord, almost, Being a longtime fan of classic “industrial” sounds, I have no problem with that, but luckily Dombi moves along from there on “Silent World”.
“Empty Galaxies” lightens up a bit, moving outwards into the celestial heavens. Dombi really hits his stride with the evocative space music of “The Birth Of The Solar System”, which brings a melodic slant to his drifty and cinematic universe. “Water From Another Planet” is a sublime and beautiful journey, with swells of dramatic strings and tender plinkings, while “Kettoscsillag” is 4 minutes of reverberated chimes and dark undercurrents.
“Silent World” is a surprisingly mature and subtle debut, packed with mystery, emotion, wonder, and majesty. Csillagkod is an artist to watch, and this is a wonderful album.
- Todd Zachritz, Goatsden

Csillagköd is the Hungarian word for Nebula, and is also the pseudonym of Transylvanian soundscape artist Olivér Dombi on this, his first full-length album (that follows three EP length releases), inspired by his lifelong fascination with space and astronomy. Following the opener “The Communication System Between Civilizations of the Universe,” which hints at some kind of fusion between floating space music and electronica, the remainder of the album settles into a more floating ambient sound with washes of colorful melody and shimmering percussive sounds underlying the soft cloudy surface. “Kettöscsillag” brims with gong-like percussion (surely synthesized) reminiscent of slow-motion Indonesian gamelan and Tibetan bells, with beautiful pastel washing over dark cosmic clouds. Most of the cuts are in the four-to-six minute range, and just about the time the listener begins to get completely immersed in it, the piece fades to its end; this is a case where longer extended pieces might offer more time to envelop the listener. We almost get there on the seven-plus minute title track, which truly lives up to its name – a deep and dark journey through a labyrinth of subdued introspective episodes, filled with plenty of empty spaces, finding an eventuality in silence as all sounds fade to blackness. One might suspect the album is over, but after about a minute the final cut “Az Univerzum Széle Felé” comes sparkling over the horizon like the first light from a distant star. If one is looking for a free-floating and hypnotic journey through the vastness of space, Silent World delivers the goods.

- Peter Thelen, Exposé

Csillagköd, Hungarian for Nebula, is an ambient-space project started by Olivér Dombi in 2011 with the aim to transfer his profound interest in the philosophical side of time, space and the cosmos into soundscape music.

On "Silent World", we hear slow morphing and broadening drone-based textures roaming through darkening spheres on the first two pieces. Thereafter, the textural music shifts to a soft soaring and rather gentle cosmic drift through amorphous environs, letting in glimpses of light.

On the beautiful "Nap", the cosmic sound opens up briefly to symphonic shape, sinking back inward as the sedate title track announces itself. The last few minutes of this are very quiet though, featuring a kind of distant rumble. The final track winds things down once more in a lighter fashion while it fades away into the distance.

Although the overall sound design of "Silent World" is a bit awkward to my ears at times, the outcome explores rather deep and shady ambient territory, demanding a couple of extra spins and focused listening to grab its real core and impact.
I feel Csillagköd is name ambient listeners should keep an ear on.

- Bert Strolenberg,

Csillagköd (Oliver Dombi) is the last find of the American label Spotted Peccary. This artist from Transylvania, Romania, is into deep, dark and hollow ambient music, favoring synth lines which overlap into slow aerosonic patterns clouded rather often of metallic drones. Initially issued at the beginning of 2013, “Silent World” is a first album painted by these nuances with sibylline approaches which are tinted of radiance and decorated with carillons of which the prismic singings and dialects transcend this feeling of total darkness that glides throughout this quiet attractive album, if we are into ambient shapes, where nothing is more contrasting than the reflections of the silence.
"The Communication System between the Civilizations of the Universe" (what a title!) break ranks with a total immersion in the core of opacity. Here, there are no melodies, even the absent ones! An ectoplasmic shape rises out of nowhere to shiver in the abyssal wells of a black hole where seems to be form a big ball of sound magma. The ambiences are black and sieved of long dying drones of which the outlines irradiate a bewitching sonic show. We can hear the cracklings expiring some glaucous groans and doors of metal resounding. The creakings of the hinges are switching into big bells of which the ringings get lost in the somber impulses of a slow movement which feeds of its implosions. It's dark, deeply ambient but fascinating. And if the first listening kisses the indifference, the subsequent listening reveals a fascinating soundscape spice up of delicious hyaline shades. And there is darker, more ambient with the very linear and without appeal "Empty Galaxies", where the apostles of the transparency have difficulty to make mumbling their distant spectral harmonies. Subtly, we attend to an attractive fight between the obscurity and the luminosity. A fight which finally irradiates all the charms of “Silent World”. And it's even more tangible with "The Birth of the Solar System" and its harmonious carillons which are letting the main melody be lulled by a lineage of black breaths. This is a track, just as "Kettoscsillag", which distances itself easily and hooks the hearing more straightforwardly by the opalescent approach of their carillons. A little as "Water from another Planet" where prisms are metamorphosing into crystalline rocks in order to shape a delicate melody of which the charms of glass are dancing weakly in some drones peppered by the slow implosions of a lazy and finely musical bass line, a bit like in the sound universe of Patrick O'Hearn. This is a nice ambient track we have here and quietly we are getting into the luminous part of Csillagköd's first album. The sibylline singings are legion here. You have to be attentive because often they are humming in the shadows of the synth waves which spread those vampiric veils of blackness. On "Nap", they radiate weakly before losing their luster in the chant of the carillons and their effects of prismic cascade. Contrary to the title-track where the same carillons are soaked of black. Our ears are filled by huge rumblings whose slow impulses make us imagine the noises of the reactors of a big space shuttle. The delicate arpeggios, painted of darkness, are just sparkling enough in this dark soundscape to shine with an almost absent melody which makes a good contrast with these enormous and intense hummings. "Az Univerzum Széle Felé" concludes “Silent World” with a superb ambient melody molded in the core of these carillons which made themselves so discreet since the first breezes of "The Birth of the Solar System". Delicate, the arpeggios fall like snowflakes and spread their crystal arabesques on a bed of tin where attractive finches are the witnesses of this duality, this intestinal fight between the brightness and the darkness of which the main winner is this listener who is always amazed by the charms of “Silent World”. Without reinventing the genre, even if he brings a subtle melodic touch with these prisms which sparkle here and there in sweet melodic pattern, Csillagköd reveals us a good insight of a form of music which justly needs more brightness from times to times. But you have to listen to hear the glow!

- Sylvain Lupari, Synth&Sequences

Deep ambient space music.
Csillagköd's sound is subtle: wafting sonic filaments; delicate low-light drones; welling textures. There are melodic touches amid the ambience - piano or chimes - minimal, repeating themes that twinkle faintly. Yet melodic material acts mostly as embellishment of the smooth, shifting clouds of tone that form the nucleus of the music, an evolving zone of focus rather than a dominant element. The album is beatless and free of percussive material, with only occasional rhythmic passages created by understated cycling patterns. There are passages of dramatic galactic grandeur where the nature of the drones becomes more soaring and lustrous, Nap being an example. Promotional material points out "remote dissonance, amorphous sound textures, and other-worldly melodies" which "create an atmosphere of contemplative tranquillity on this astro-sonic journey that expands on the great traditions of true space music."

Silent World is a lush, evocative digipack presentation. Fiery skies over reflective waters flare in bright yellow and orange hues against a positively tenebrous expanse. The striking cover image extends in panoramic fashion onto the rear cover where track titles and running times can be found. The disc is concealed in one of the card pockets and so does not distract from the artwork. When the sleeve is opened out, the inner section feels dark and gloomy as if shadows are gathering, light slipping away. Here are very brief credits hanging in the darkness.

Csillagköd is the ambient project of Transylvanian soundscape artist Olivér Dombi. Dombi has been producing music is a range of genres since 2001. Silent World is his debut with the Spotted Peccary label as Csillagköd although there some EPs also available via the artist's website. The English pronunciation of the name is Chillougkeiad, meaning Nebula. There are eight tracks on this release that range from the two minute thirty six second track The Birth of the Solar System through to the eight minute ten second opener The Communication System Between Civilizations of the Universe.

- Paul Jury, Morpheus Music Reviews

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