DESTABILIZATION (2000)

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TRACKLISTING

01 Long Awaited Evening - 3:31
02 DestabiliZation - 4:04
03 Nocturne - 5:51
04 Falling Asleep - 2:18
05 Circles & Lines - 6:36
06 Gradual Nightmare - 2:19
07 Through a Nebula - 3:20
08 Four Hours Left - 1:45
09 Jovian - 6:04
10 Eye Thirty - 4:00
11 Nightmares - 3:00
12 Burning - 2:47
13 Cumulus - 3:35

TOTAL TIME: 50 MINUTES

SUMMARY

While it may not be the most relaxing ambient album in the LH catalog, it most certainly is the first, chronologically. The most experimental of Les's ambient releases, Destabilization is sure to terrify even the most experienced listeners.

Recorded in Dallas, Texas at Highland Meadows from 1999-2000.

LH - Guitar, Mellotron, Samples

Music, Concept and Artwork by LH

Production by Thee Hef

© 2000-2019 Les Heifner

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Album NOtes

Many young aspiring guitar players in modern times have used effects pedals of a singular and plural nature to get the sounds they’re looking for. In 1999 and 2000, I was using a computer with a modest sound card to attempt to get the sounds I wanted. Perhaps a forerunner to modern digital setups of today, I was using the free software that came with the sound card to make the guitar sound the way I wanted to. The record starts with Long Awaited Evening, a track surrounding an improvisation on guitar. That's when the ride gets a little freaky. The title track, DestabiliZation comes next, and gently rolls over the pleasant nature of the first track, eventually landing in a soundscape plateau.

The whole record continues in an out-of-sync manner that renders it as a whole, fully synchronized as a complete record. DestabiliZation, in one sense, was my being able to communicate in ways I’d never been able to communicate, musically. All of these tracks were improvised using software and a cheap guitar. There are some exceptions such as Jovian, which I remember to have been improvised on a cheap four-track in a room full of cigarette smoke. How times change. The track Nightmares isn't exactly classic ambient music per se. What happened with that track was that I walked in the room angry, picked up the guitar, hit record and played.

Perhaps this is less of a full-on ambient album than it is a 20-year-old fiddling with a guitar and a computer, but of all my music it fits with the ambient stuff more. It certainly isn't music for the masses. But I cam't find anything remotely like this record since 2000. The track Cumulus may or may not have been featured as part of the soundtrack a Sierra Club film. I have no verification of this, nor do I have an issue with it. This album, along with others at the time were released on a certain website that started with "mp3" and ended with ".com" back in the day. CD's were made to order. The dotcom bust eventually killed that outfit. So this album remained out of print until now.

-LH
January 2019

Special Thanks to Nathan, Tara and Jon Bodine.

RANDOM TRACKS

Have a random listen to some working tracks, interspursed with already released tracks. This Playlist changes from time to time.