In 2009 Solarstone released 'Electronic Architecture'… a knowing kick-back
the throwaway nature of today's mix CD.
It was nominated for Best Compilation Album
at the 2010 WMC International Dance Music Awards, running against releases by Deadmau5,
Paul van Dyk,
Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren. It won press plaudits (and fan acclaim)
for its imaginative concept,with Tilllate Magazine hailing it as “a magical blend
of music, artand design” and DJ Mag calling it “a genuine gem”.
As designated by its 'squared2'
tag this is not just a follow-up, nor
simply a 'Pt.II', but an evolutionary
in the EA story, Electronic Architecture² will unfold
a landscape sound-design like no
other. Using studio-born, super-
crossed with bespoke graphical
aspects, Electronic Architecture's
sky-cities will rise again.
Here on the EA² website you are able to
deconstruct EA²'s cover art and re-build your
own version of its spectacular super-structure. As the
release date gets closer, so excerpts of the music will be
premiered here and they will combine with this powerful, yet
simple-to-use tool to create an incredible, thoroughly unique
interactive experience! We will shortly be announcing
a competition in which a selection of EA² prizes
will be awarded to fans who come up with
the best personalized re-work of the
EA² art, so make sure you save
a screen shot of your EA²
From the early dystopian,
Blade Runner-esque micro-prog of Piotro's
'Mist' thru to the thoroughly utopian trance shimmer
of Aerium's 'Icedive' and Elfsong's 'Eta Carinae', the
album pans out to reveal its full musical panorama. Treating the
blending of its composite tracks more like that of a full-length musical
composition, it creates a deep and intricate mix where you'll hear echoes
of tracks long before they fully reach the laser.
Some of EA1's alumni return - Jahawi,
Majera and Alucard all help to re-anchor the
album's unique tone-set, while there's audio from
progressive hall-of-famers too – Tilt, Hybrid and Medway
among them. Solarstone's naturally is well represented too with
Orkidea's glowing recreation of last year's 'Touchstone' and the new
single 'Big Wheel' both premiering on the album.
Come April 25th
the audio/visual élan of EA's
successor will be released in full. For
electronic dance fans around the world, it will
not be a multimedia event to miss.
"Electronic Architecture² captures the essence of what we all
love about trance"-MIXMAG Trance Album of the Month April 2011
And what about the music – the Ying to the visual's Yang…?
To uncover the 100% exclusive audio it carried, the original
Electronic Architecture required a prodigious, exhaustive A&Ring
mission…EA² was no different! Seeking out music from newest,
most talented electronic dance producers out there (from far-
flung corners of the globe like China, Kenya, Japan and
Australia) took Solarstone 9 months of precision