"How do things come alive? How does meaning develop?" These are the questions that German composer, electronics producer and classically trained pianist Johannes Motschmann asked himself in his 2019 album Lifestream. He chose the natural cycle of life from birth to death as his narrative arc. With his unique compositional style, which is in love with detail, Motschmann managed to set these themes to music in a unique way and bring them to life. One year later, the German musician now invites friends to continue his work, and Lifestream through a remix EP to add more sound facets.
With the remix Alpha Waves the British musician and sound artist Tom Adams delivers the prelude to this exciting new release series by Motschmann. "I especially like the fact that Tom has worked a lot with his voice. Polyphonic layers create new melody arcs and layers in the piece, which makes Tom adopt my track in a very individual way", Motschmann enthuses about the cooperation with Adams. Adams' breathy voice creates an intimate sound world at the beginning, which is then broken up by acid sounds, changing the mood of the track.
While the original piece possessed a heavenly and cosmic sublimity, Adams interprets the theme with a wink of the eye and a groovy bass line: "Alpha Waves stood out from the record for me because it focused more on atmosphere and texture than on rhythm and harmony. I wanted to do something that would capture the atmosphere of the original piece, but also take it in a new direction," says Tom Adams about his reinterpretation.
Tom Adams is internationally recognized for his atmospheric soundscapes and his unique falsetto singing. He has released 5 albums and a number of EPs, remixes and singles. In reworking the piece by Johannes Motschmann, Adams combines his knowledge of electronic instruments and synthesizers with his soulful voice, creating a piece that is half animated and playful and half flooded with darkness.