MATRIXSYNTH: Codex by David Bessell

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Codex by David Bessell

Published on Apr 9, 2020 David Bessell

New from supporting member, David Bessel.

"Codex, track One from the new release 'Reality Engine' on DiN records. Download and CD here"

Top image by Nigel Mullaney, bottom by Neil Fellowes

Dave Bessell Reality Engine DiN62

Release date 17th April 2020

Limited to 500 copies Digipak CD

Bar Code 5028423200628

Dave Bessell is a familiar name for followers of the DiN label for his previous solo release, “Black Horses Of the Sun” (DiN47), his two collaborations with Parallel Worlds (DiN41 & 56) and being a founder member of synth supergroup Node (DiN44 & 55).

This latest downtempo electronica solo release sees Bessell indulge his passion for literature in compositions inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges, the Brothers Grimm and Lord Dunsany. The tracks are coloured with a strong flavour of magic realism - think “Pan’s Labyrinth” or “The Science Of Sleep”. Sonically “Reality Engine” draws on a whole variety of musical influences, from classical to psybient taking in innovative analogue modular sound design and expansive evolving musical journeys along the way. Bessell often uses unusual instrumentation alongside his analogue and modular synths and here he uses the beautiful Aum guitar to stunning effect. Full of engaging atmospheric moods and distinctive melodies, the album contains a wealth of detail that repays repeated listenings.

The album also comes with downloadable links (via Bandcamp) to specially created 3D environments that can be viewed in virtual reality (or can be navigated around with a mouse if you don't have access to a VR headset). You can see an example here:

This new album showcases once again the simply unique voice of this talented electronic music composer.

1 Codex : 5.57
2 The Silver Thread : 7:16
3 Ghost Of Lost Cities : 7:10
4 Sleeping Air Awakes : 5:01
5 A Man Is A Small Thing And The Night Is Large And Full Of Wonders : 6:44
6 Raven King : 6:38
7 The Fountains Are Singing : 5:09
8 The Tower : 6:05
9 Neverwhere : 9:25

Total Time: 59:41

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