Akusmi is the new project moniker of French-born, London based composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Pascal Bideau who has signed to the new Tonal Union imprint. He has released a new album called Fleeting Future which is out now. Check the full streaming below and read our chat with the artist.
According to the press release, Many of the themes, motifs and melodies on Fleeting Future seed from the ‘Slendro’ scale, one of the essential tuning systems used in Gamelan. However it is not musical scales, but scales as in the size or extent of things that most fascinates Bideau, specifically he explains; “the compelling way things dramatically change when you shift from any given scale to another.”
The album connects directly to nature and the wider world in its evocation of perceptive shifts and transitions from microscopic to macro scale, as evidenced by the opening title track ‘Fleeting Future’, on which a simple dotted saxophone line morphs and billows into synths, brass and strings, indicating the musical voyage that lies ahead. Like the start of a journey or adventure it is full of anticipation, its arborescent growth conveying the optimism of the unknown and of limitless possibility.