Experimental Edinburgh based composer Ben Chatwin, who previously released music as Talvihorros, has announced the release of a new album entitled Heat & Entropy. Due on July 29th via Ba Da Bing Records, it marks the second album release under his own name, following last year’s The Sleeper Awakes. The contrasts between organic and artificial, between acoustic and electronic influenced Heat & Entropy. Its title “refers to how introducing heat (energy) and entropy (chaos) into any given system can create life”, explains the press release, “exploring the blurring lines between man and machine”. Speaking about it, Chatwin said this:
“We live in an age where technology is everywhere and it’s becoming so integrated into our lives that we now find ourselves on the cusp of life-changing developments in artificial intelligence and implantable technologies. That’s something I tried to reflect with this album.”
Written and recorded at The Vennel Studio near his hometown of Queensferry, Heat & Entropy also draws influences from his surroundings, namely the nearby historical Forth Rail Bridge over the Firth of Forth.
“I walked under the Forth Rail Bridge everyday whilst making the record. The idea of people creating a structure or machine in an attempt to dominate a natural element certainly helped to emphasize the idea of contrast between acoustic instruments and electronics. When the tide was out I would walk miles towards Edinburgh along these beautiful secluded beaches that would emerge from the water. I found it fascinating how the landscape was so changeable and under influence from the tides, which of course is in a very strong relationship with our moon more than 200,000 miles away.”
Ahead of the album’s release, Ben Chatwin has shared the magically wonderful opening track ‘Inflexion’ Listen to it now.