Isophene

IsopheneUsing ’80s synths, piano, guitar, field recordings and an intricate mix of programmed and live drums, Isophene’s cinematic downtempo music is as lush as it is melodic. Drawing from a similarly vibrant musical palette as Boards of Canada, Helios and Tycho, Isophene immerses the listener in sun-drenched waves of emotive sound. On debut album Reverbatory, Isophene draws inspiration from the natural beauty of his mountainside studio to craft tracks that are as timeless as the landscapes they were born from.

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Reverbatory


October 2018

Using ’80s synths, piano, guitar, field recordings and an intricate mix of programmed and live drums, Isophene’s cinematic downtempo music is as lush as it is melodic. Drawing from a similarly vibrant musical palette as Boards of Canada, Helios and Tycho, Isophene immerses the listener in sun-drenched waves of emotive sound. From the languid melancholia of first single ‘Dandelion Drive’ to the widescreen twilight drive of ‘Echo Point’, Reverbatory plays out like a lucid dream.

Biography

Isophene is the moniker of Melbourne producer Brad Buenen, who creates music from his home studio in the Dandenong Ranges, set amongst towering Mountain Ash rainforests. Tellingly, Buenen’s introduction to music was experiencing Pachelbel’s ‘Canon’ on headphones at age six – and his music-making since betrays the influence of that masterpiece’s graceful overlapping melodies. During high school he learned classical guitar from Don Neander, then played with punk/new wave band Jonsen Engine while at uni.

Buenen’s interest in electronic music was sparked by the purchase of an Akai S2000 sampler in the late ’90s, followed by exploration of the music of India, Nepal and Turkey while travelling. After returning to Australia he worked with classically trained vocalist Annika Lindberg in the duo Mataqi, before embarking on his own solo music as Isophene, inspired by seeing Four Tet live in Melbourne, along with the music of Patrick O’Hearn, King of Woolworths and Hammock. Debut album Reverbatory was lovingly crafted over the course of nearly six years, assisted by producer Tim Johnston (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Dandy Warhols, The Drones) and mastered by Taylor Deupree.

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    Licensing

    Isophene’s music is  available for licensing (master & sync cleared) through Hidden Shoal. Please contact us with some basic details about your project and the track(s) you wish to use and we’ll be sure to get back to you straight away.

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