The title track is premiering over at CLASH right now, click here to listen to the track for youself. London composer and multi-instrumentalist, Roger Goula, releases his debut album ‘Overview Effect’ on November 4th via brand new contemporary classical record label Cognitive Shift Recordings (One Little Indian / Manners McDade Music Publishing).
The post-classical electronica album’s narrative charts the psychological shift in awareness reported by astronauts and cosmonauts while viewing the Earth from orbit, in transit between the Earth and the Moon, or from the lunar surface – something that fascinated Goula.
The artist was inspired by interpreting the experience of looking at the Earth as it is in space – a tiny, fragile ball of life, ‘hanging in the void’, surrounded by a paper-thin atmosphere – something that transforms an astronaut’s perspective of the world, society, and humanity’s existence. Many astronauts report a newly discovered and profound understanding of the interconnection of all life and a renewed sense of responsibility as a conscious being to protect it. Goula set out to reimagine this cognitive shift musically – a body of work that would become his debut album ‘Overview Effect’.
“The idea of a psychological shift of how we see our home – the Earth – interested me enormously as the central theme for this project, particularly the concept of a psychological journey” said Goula.
“This focal point gave me a huge amount of inspiration from which to generate musical ideas that would develop to eventually become this album. Having internalised the idea of the overview effect, I began to sketch compositions for the album, using the concept to guide the material.”
Inspired by renaissance and baroque music (Monteverdi, Bach, Vivaldi), as well as by minimalism (Reich, Glass, Part), and looking at the language of electronic music (Aphex Twin, Autechre), Goula’s compositions perform complexity through repetition of minimal elements and emotional transporting textures. ‘Overview Effect’ explores interplay between swells of warm strings and synthesisers – melodic, haunting and eerie, the musical soundscape that Goula creates paints a vivid picture.
Listen to the title track ‘Overvoew Effect’ - a taster from the upcoming album