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Loscil

Born in Canada, Scott Morgan apparently appropriated his Loscil alter ego from the operation code within the sound synthesis system Csound. Although he admits he rarely actually uses Csound to create his compelling minimalist recordings, he asserts that looping and oscillating are the basics of his music-making process. Loscil’s debut, Triple Point, was named after the scientific term for the temperature where a material can exist with its solid, liquid, and gas phases all in equilibrium. Based on a collection of demos entitled A New Demonstration of Thermodynamic Tendencies, the album takes the titles of its minimalist dub/techno/ambient-inspired tracks from the language of thermodynamics, the science that investigates the conversion of heat into mechanical force or energy and vice-versa. However, Morgan has confessed that track titles such as "Hydrogen," "Enthalpy," and "Discrete Entrophy" were lifted from a book bought in a second-hand store and "presented as a sort of false document on thermodynamics" rather than having an explicit correlation with the music.

Morgan studied music at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, facilitating the musician’s exposure to 20th century experimental composers like John Cage and Stockhausen (while, incongruously, Morgan simultaneously played drums for a series of indie bands). Drawing stated influence from contemporary post-techno musicians such as Oval and Wolfgang Voigt’s Gas, as well as early electronic music pioneers such as Brian Eno and Raymond Scott, Triple Point’s fluctuating tones and pulses are explicitly intended to drift between the intuitive and the intellectual. Perhaps echoing descriptions of Loscil's music as deep and oceanic, the follow-up, Submers, looked to underwater craft for its emotional and thematic coherence. Each of the track titles was named after a submarine, such as "Argonaut I," "Nautilus," and "Le Plongeur." The release closed with a touching requiem for the crew of ill-fated Russian nuclear vessel Kursk. For 2004’s First Narrows, which was inspired in part by the first gap in the entrance to the Burrard Inlet, Morgan collaborated with other musicians, an approach he repeated for 2006’s Plume. Released in 2010, Endless Falls was another step forward, featuring vocals courtesy of his Destroyer bandmate Dan Bejar on its final track. 2012's Sketches from New Brighton took its name an oceanside park in Vancouver that was considered to be the city's birthplace. The following year, Morgan collaborated with pianist Kelly Wyse on Intervalo, a reworking of several Sketches from New Brighton tracks and lesser-known pieces. Along with a split EP with Fieldhead, Loscil also released Sea Island in 2014, which reunited Morgan with Wyse and drew inspiration from the isle that is home to Vancouver's international airport. Under the moniker of Loscil Sound Design, Morgan creates interactive music and sound design for websites, CD-Rs, film and video projects, and "ambient environments." ~ John Bush
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lagillator
I need more of this. A hunting I will go...
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range_001
Tolerable, repetitive but intriguingly awesome!
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The magic of Loscil is the effect it has on the sub-consciou s part of the mind. Stimulating creativity, focus and a dream like state of relaxation.
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The magic of Loscil is the effect it has on the sub-consciou s part of the mind. Stimulating creativity, focus and a dream like state of relaxation.
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Lol @fuguendigo
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Music like this is perfect to have sex too!
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JESUS is the reason.
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Always nice to add a nice atmosphere to the room.
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Great for getting my restaurant ready in the morning for service,just love creating to this
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I perform complex, tedious, repetitive computer network infrastructu r e related work while listening, and I find that I can stay focused for hours on end, yet the time passes in only minutes.
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We upgrade a Cloud infrastructu r e for a customers while listing to Loscil because it helps us focus and make no serious errors.
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rickmaluchni k
Is that it?
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I paint my watercolor illustration s while listening to this type of music in my studio.
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Great for drowning.
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Good to do taxes to ...concentra t i o n .
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eerie,cold, vacant compositions . . . . i n other words terrific! thank u mr.morgan. just discovered you this past summer.
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Always amazing Loscil
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Spiffy stuff, this.
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Other Worldly in it's sound and feeling He is Great!
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Trippy, mellow, ambient sounds. Good for kung-fu meditations. :)
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r.thomason
good poker music
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submers is the best !
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I have lost interest in music. It is horrible.
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love to listen to this while studying!! Sounds awesome.
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= )
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Love Loscil.. . such a different genre of music... relaxing... almost like xanax...
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I first found this music from an iphone game, oddly enough. Sickbay is one of my favorite tracks by Loscil
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217924248
love the drifting sense of mysterious equipment running in the background
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Music of this age, with all its gloominess and with all its melody...
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The best!
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I LIKE TURTLES!!!
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pacman231
Phenomenal music. Eerie, yet pleasant. If I were going to write and record music, this is the kind I would like to produce. I hope there is a lot more like this!
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tonygale777
Excellent Scott. More! Thanks.
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Perfect music for what I do at work.
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michaepf
Definitely love my Loscil.
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I like this very much. There is no better music for the studio at the moment. Thanks Loscil.
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paranoidnebu l a
Loscil is a must for anyone who writes, reads, paints, or meditates to music. Put another way: Scott Morgan will make you a better person.
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is it my imagination or is this very 80's? It does give a nostalgic feel, well executed.
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elmaestrocub a n o
Buy foreign or die!
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devonsdaddy
good stuff...
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slyz33s
pretty strong //j
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Great electronic music! Dreamy and melodic with interesting rhythms!

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