“Tranquility Base is a transporting piece that takes the listener to another space. With the lunar landings we experienced a different perspective on where we live, no less real but one that changes our understanding of the world around us. This track invokes the change of perspective that the world gained 50 years ago.
Frequencies, harmonies and rhythm can subtly change your perception of time and space. Here’s our way of putting you into orbit.”
Justin Adams: guitarist, producer and composer. Creator of wonders with Robert Plant, in whose band, the aptly named Sensational Space Shifters, he plays. Previously guitarist with bass maestro Jah Wobble, he produced two albums with Tuareg desert blues giants Tinariwen which remain world music landmarks. His recent solo album Ribbons and a soundtrack album, Burning Men, explored musical abstraction with highly atmospheric and richly textural pieces.
For more than a decade his records have been made in partnership with sound engineer and mixer Tim Oliver, who spent his formative years in Manchester working with the likes of The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and New Order. He’s now based at Real World Studios in Wiltshire, UK and works with artists as diverse as Ludovico Einaudi and Sinead O’Connor.
Together they are Geist.
“Just as we don’t always want to see a picture full of incident, detail and structure, sometimes it’s best to just see colour or texture, so we don’t always want our listening to be too busy or to take us on over familiar paths. This is the function of ambient Music: to create a musical space where we can breathe and dream.”
Their musical references and similarities would seem to be to Brian Eno, Alva Noto, Ludovico Einaudi, Jon Hopkins, Plaid, Bochum Welt and Boards of Canada.