by IRIS Sound System

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When the last vestiges of daylight fades and the sun slowly sinks below the horizon, twilight arrives. Venus climbs above the trees, and the stars slowly emerge.

Music floats through the breeze... Vespers, evensongs, evening prayers. Perhaps a Hindu sunset raga, (sandhi-prakash), Puriya Kalyan, or the Muslim Maghrib call to prayer.

This album was written across 2 decades, 2 continents, and multiple houses, using guitars, analog synths, software synths, a variety of different techniques and tools.

1, 2) Vespers was written in 2012, although its DNA is much older. It samples a spontaneous, ambient guitar jam captured on handheld recorder. During a visit to London, I used my laptop, VST virtual synths, and a copy of Ableton Live to create it.

3) A Temporary Circus is an edit of a song also written on computer. This time, in Oakland, most likely in 2014. It reminds me of Higher Intelligence Agency and the IDM of the early 90's.

4) Gently on the Shores - this is entirely guitar, inspired, perhaps, by Faydeaudeau by System 7.

5) Psilo was written partly in 1998 in Emeryville, partly in Oakland in 2014. Mostly Prophet 600 and Arp Odyssey. "Adaptation means you figure out how to thrive in this world."

6) Breathing in Poetry is a personal favorite. It was largely composed in 1998 in Emeryville using a Prophet 600, an Arp Odyssey, and a Roland System 100.

7) Before Dawn - circa 2014, guitar, samples of the Apollo mission, and DJ Sprinkles, addressing the relationship between music and the people with whom you share the experience.

Thank you to Kristina Ross, Quentin Rogers, Curtis Draves, Raz Kennedy, Josh Workman, and my family for their support and encouragement.

Iris is the cosmic messenger, linking humanity and the gods.


released March 24, 2016

© 2016 Phil Lockwood

Album Cover by Kristina Ross



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IRIS Sound System Oakland, California

Iris is an umbrella project for electronic works written and recorded by Oakland-based recording artist, Phil Lockwood.

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