Introducing Diary: unleashing unfinished melodies and memories
Dedicated to the art of preserving unfinished and unreleased works from the studio, Diary embarks on a sonic journey where fragments of memories come alive, the machines breathe, dream, love, and drag listeners along the captivating path of artistic creation.
Unleashing the unfinished: a gateway to the creative process
Diary is more than just a sub label; it is a project that peels back the layers of the creative process, offering a unique perspective into the minds of musicians and their artistic endeavors. This subdivision aims to celebrate the raw beauty of unfinished works, showcasing the moments where inspiration strikes, melodies are born, and emotions run wild.
Breathing life into unreleased creations
In the world of Diary, forgotten melodies find their voice, and dormant compositions see the light of day. This remarkable endeavor cherishes the magic that happens in the studio, where musicians embark on a journey of musical exploration and experimentation. From the earliest recordings to the latest studio sessions, every fragment is woven together into a rich tapestry of musical ingenuity.
Embracing memories and emotions
Diary delves into the very essence of human expression, capturing emotions that often lay hidden within unfinished works. Listeners will find themselves transported through a sonic landscape that resonates with the universal human experience - memories of love, joy, heartache, and everything in between. These unreleased gems embody the authenticity and vulnerability of artistic expression in its purest form.
Release #2 by Aldrin.
Aldrin is the moniker of Oslo based musician Øystein Dale Svendsen.His interest for manipulating sound started as he picked up a guitar for the first time in his youth, focusing on textures, eternal pads and happy accidents between sounds.After two decades of experience performing with ensembles such as Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson and Ben Leiper, band schedules have slowed and new life experiences led him to focus more on his own creative output.In
2021 he released his first collection of sounds in "parentes" on Folded Note Records.
After The release of my first album (parentes, Folded Note Records, August 2021), I have been struggling to find a larger theme, technique or sound to build a new full length release around.
Building loops and small pockets of compositions is, however, something I do as soon as I am able to sit down alone for a quiet moment in my closet turned studio space.
This is a small collection of these loops, tests and unfinished compositions that have lived on hard drives, iPhones and Raspberry PIs for the past few years. Things that have never materialized or felt like it was part of something structured enough to validate any existence outside of my own headphones.
It feels good to share while at the same time it is horrifying to open up my process like this, I guess I’m afraid that the transparency will expose all my shortages as an artist. But here I am, taking the plunge.
Sometimes a piece of equipment sparks a series of ideas. Sometimes it is a chord shape. Sometimes it’s something completely different. Sometimes the idea evolves further. Sometimes it doesn’t. I’ll try my best to give a short outline, to the best of my recollection, of what is going on in these tracks.
When I started writing longer explanations of ideas behind the tracks and why they never moved beyond their current phase of completion, I quickly decided to strip it down to key equipment used and here and there also simple notes about context. This is due to a varying degree of memory attached to the different tracks.
All tracks are dated on the date of recording, e.g. trackname_YYMMDD. All tracks are stereo recordings, no post processing or overdubs, just some slight editing to make longer recordings shorter.
More about the release on the companion site
released November 3, 2023
Mastering by Alex at quiet details studio
Cover image by Øystein Dale Svendsen
Graphic & web design by Emmanuel Hourquet