by Spheruleus



After a productive 2010 I decided to start 2011 with a project which I intended to work on very slowly. I had no idea at the time that this would end up being four years. The initial recordings took the shape of warm textured loops that I couldn't ignore but yet couldn't quite harness or sculpt them into a full body of work. I would pick the pieces up every now and then, adding fragments of detail into the soundscapes before putting them down again for a week or so in frustration.

Passages of textured vinyl recordings were sampled and looped over and over, having been captured using a warped 1950s Bush record deck. Radio static experiments joined the works as well as samples of violin, cello and brass. All the while I felt I had something special which I needed to develop further - themes and ideas were developing and then falling apart. Eventually, this process became the eventual theme itself - the difficult to describe phenomena that is an artist's inspiration; what urges us to record and create.

With this in mind, I stopped wrestling with my struggles to add meaning to this work but allowed this to become the meaning itself. Recording sessions and development became more irregular as I encouraged myself to forget my ideas, discard them, disguise them and allow them to slip away. I challenged myself to see how long I could draw out the production process and today I have decided to call time on this, sharing this work with the world at last.

Along the way so much has changed physically: moving house three times, changing jobs five times, working on three different laptops as well as numerous instruments and equipment breaking. The title, the artwork and the label to eventually release it have all changed back and forth.
Chronota is perhaps best described as an album that embraces change and has allowed changes and chance influences to shape it.


released January 13, 2015

All sounds recorded and composed by Harry Towell between January 2011 and December 2014

Cover artwork by Harry Towell



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Spheruleus Lincolnshire, UK

Spheruleus is Lincolnshire, UK based artist Harry Towell. His work has been released on labels such as Under The Spire, Hibernate, Home Normal and Time Released Sound. The Spheruleus sound is produced using acoustic instruments, manipulated into timeworn, rustic and melancholy compositions.

He also runs the Audio Gourmet netlabel and Tessellate Recordings.
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