Much of the work of ambient soundscaper Jonathan Ewald, who operates under the moniker litmus0001, is so subtle and atmospheric that I’d be hard pushed at the moment to find anything better to write to. Especially as the novel I’m currently working on could be described as dystopian, and litmus0001 is often described as ‘dark ambient’. The novel is set in a desolate place, so the gently pulsating effects of the recordings set the mood perfectly. They almost put me in the setting of the book, if that doesn’t sound too pretentious.
Information on Mr Ewald is hard to come by, except that his current location appears to be Madison, Wisconsin, and he uses a wide variety of instruments, effects and loops. Hopefully it’s fair to say that he is as much a production and mastering specialist as he is a musician.
A major plus if you’re interested in checking him out is that he releases his work for free. And often we’re talking long tracks here, people. To give you a taste, the bio on his Facebook page (which also gives links to where you can download) reads as follows:
“Experimental improvisational drone Berlin school pulsedrone ambient. Trip-music for another generation. Unsettling and edgy in a relaxed chilled-out kinda way. Known to help insomniacs get to sleep. Synchronizes your beta-waves.” There isn’t much I can add to that.
Standout tracks: Quiet Blackest Night; Coordinated Universal Time; Living the Second-Past of the Future Space-Power
Yes, you read that correctly…