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ION – Black Noise (official video)

Posted in Digital Releases, ION Discography, Video by ION on 30/11/2015

ION – Black Noise
Taken from the album “MAΥΡΗ ΣΥΧΝΟΤΗΤΑ”
Music & video by Giannis Papaioannou
ionmusik, 2015

Purchase on Bandcamp: https://ionmusik.bandcamp.com/album/-

ION – Fjord (official video)

Posted in Digital Releases, ION Discography, Video by ION on 29/11/2015

ION – Fjord
Taken from the album “MAΥΡΗ ΣΥΧΝΟΤΗΤΑ”
Music & video by Giannis Papaioannou
Electric guitar by Tassos Nikogiannis
Stock film footage filmed in Lysefjord, Norway
ionmusik, 2015

Purchase on Bandcamp: https://ionmusik.bandcamp.com/album/-

ION – Fjord / remixed, new digital EP.

Posted in Digital Releases, ION Discography by ION on 23/11/2015

Fjord / remixed” EP is out via Bandcamp.

Following the release of “MAYΡΗ ΣΥΧΝΟΤΗΤΑ” a series of digital EP’s will be featuring guest remixes on specific tracks from ION’s latest album. First one to get released is “Fjord” with remixes from French producer Christoph Kardek, Savvas Karabinos of Acropod fame and the newly formed project of The Angel People.

[…] “ION is the solo project of Greek musician and sound artist, Giannis Papaioannou, the lead member of electronic post-punk group Mechanimal. When leaving behind the heavy industrial pop of the group, Giannis moves towards an unpredictable ambient / drone sound. On new album ΜΑΥΡΗ ΣΥΧΝΟΤΗΤΑ (roughly translated as Black Frequency or Silent Noise) ION creates lush sounds and movements lovingly constructed via layered samplers and synthesizers that create often hypnotic pieces of clinical sounding movie-scapes.
With second track Fjord, for instance, the simple beginnings build and build to make a fabulous drive-easy concoction of pulsing resonances and gentle bass tones. Giannis is careful not to lose the album in a sea of nothingness as the often misunderstood form of drone is dismissed and instead he opts for semi-ambience and synth wisps…”
Paul Scott-Bates / Louder Than War, 8.5/10

 

ΙΟΝ – ΜΑΥΡΗ ΣΥΧΝΟΤΗΤΑ (2015) / new album out today!

Posted in Digital Releases, ION Discography by ION on 07/05/2015

“MAΥΡΗ ΣΥΧΝΟΤΗΤΑ” is released today!

Balancing between atmospheric dub drones and ambient soundscapes, field recordings (on various locations all over Greece) and post-rock guitars this is first ION album in five years. Following the release of “Elfish Tapes” (2010) this album continues as an exploration in silent harmonies born in abandoned Greek landscapes. Featuring 13 compositions for electronics, tapes and guitars “MAYΡΗ ΣΥΧΝΟΤΗΤΑ” is a full length adventure into sonic isolationism that gets its Greek name from the black noise frequency, also known as “silent noise”.

Guest musicians include Tassos Nikogiannis, Ilias Katelanos, Kostas Matiatos & Spiros Faros on guitars and May Roosevelt on theremin.

The mastering of the album was done in Rethymnon, Crete by Nikos Fragomanolakis.

deepsoundsmastering.com

The album is now available for streaming or purchasing on Bandcamp
Further collectible physical releases plus iTunes / Amazon distribution will follow.
Thank you!

© & ℗ ionmusik.com 2015

 

Heliotrope

Posted in Digital Releases by ION on 20/04/2012

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Grass

Posted in Digital Releases by ION on 23/08/2011

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This is an older track from post “You & me” era. You can download it for free through SoundCloud_

Low Land Remixed

Posted in Digital Releases, The Last Days Of Spring EP by ION on 08/07/2011

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For the realization of this project I would like to deeply thank the following for their love and effort:
Freddie F., Aggeliki Vrettou, llias Katelanos, Mikael Delta, Aggelos FH, Hana, Anestie Gomez, Baby Guru & BnC & Marilu, Stargazer, Spiros Faros, M.Hulot, Yiannis Nenes, Christos Sarris, Aggeliki Lefa, Dimitris Anastassopoulos, Panagiotis Menegos, George Theofanidis, Christos Mihos, Shituationist Institute, fellow bloggers & online comrades.

Tracklist:
01. Low Land ft. FF (Mikael Delta Remix)
02. Low Land ft. FF (Stargazer Remix)
03. Low Land ft. FF (Fantastikoi Hxoi Remix)
04. Low Land ft. FF (Hana Remix)
05. Low Land ft. FF (Anestie Gomez Remix)
06. Low Land ft. BnC & Marilu (Baby Guru Version)

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Ion – Low Land Remixed by Giannis Papaioannou is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at nocamera.wordpress.com.

And then we will become a cloud

Posted in Digital Releases by ION on 21/06/2011

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In a violet car
You came with us, and said
Can we ever ride back to all places we’ve been before?

In an old cassette
We discovered noise
Was a gift from you to a lonely land of ice.

So, with an old cassette
In a violet car
We followed traces of your distant signs.

With your old cassette
And a violet car
We reached the sky, we learned how to fly.

With your old cassette
And a violet car
We reached the sky, we learned how to fly high.

And then, we will become a cloud,
And then, you said, we’ll disappear!

A song originally scheduled for forthcoming album Elfish Tapes II

Personnel on this recording:

Ion: Vocals, electronics
Heather Haley: Vocals
Ilias Katelanos: Acoustic guitars
George Theofanidis: Electric guitars
Tassos Nikogiannis: Electric guitar
Beatrize: Artwork

The last days of spring EP

Posted in Digital Releases, The Last Days Of Spring EP by ION on 06/06/2011

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For English version scroll further down_

Μήνυμα προς τον ακροατή:

Τα τρία κοµµάτια που αποτελούν το The Last Days of Spring EP ηχογραφήθηκαν κατά τη διάρκεια της άνοιξης του 2011. Αφορµή για αυτήν την κυκλοφορία στάθηκε ουσιαστικά η εσωτερική κατάσταση της πόλης στην οποία ζω, όπου τον τελευταίο καιρό µια διαρκής ανησυχία είχε παγώσει τα πρόσωπα των ανθρώπων. Αν κάποτε υπήρχε εδώ ένας ενθουσιασµός για την αναζήτηση της χαράς, έµοιαζε τώρα να σβήνει σε µια γρήγορη αποσύνθεση µιας µηχανικής ζωής. 

Ταυτόχρονα, ρόλο έπαιξαν και κάποιες συναντήσεις µε φίλους καλλιτέχνες ή συνεργάτες µουσικούς σε διάφορα µικρά και πιο «κλειστά» στούντιο αυτής της πόλης, παράνοµα εργοστάσια λαθραίων ονείρων, εκεί που ζουν και δουλεύουν άνθρωποι για έναν έρωτα ο οποίος δεν γνωρίζει τι σηµαίνει χρόνος και για µια επανάσταση που δεν τελειώνει ποτέ. Με έναν από αυτούς γνωριζόµαστε ήδη από τις αρχές των 90’s, πριν ακόµα το Λος Άντζελες και η Νέα Υόρκη τον κρατήσουν µακριά από την Αθήνα για αρκετά χρόνια. Οι δρόµοι µας ξαναέσµιξαν όταν πριν από έξι χρόνια η φωτογραφία και η δηµοσιογραφία µάς έφεραν και πάλι κοντά. Όταν ζήτησα από τον Freddie F. να δουλέψουµε µαζί σε κάτι μουσικό, δέχτηκε µε χαρά, κι έτσι συνεργάστηκε στο Low Land, και, απ’ ό,τι φαίνεται, ήταν µια συνεργασία που στο µέλλον θα γεννήσει και άλλα θορυβώδη όνειρα.

Εξίσου σημαντικές υπήρξαν και αυτές οι εξωτερικές ηχογραφήσεις, οι οποίες έγιναν κατά τη διάρκεια της πρώτης ειρηνικής συγκέντρωσης των Αγανακτισµένων στο Σύνταγµα, στις 25 του περασµένου Μαΐου, ηχητικά δείγµατα που µετά βρήκαν το δρόµο τους µέσα από ένα RE-201 Space-Echo και συµπεριλήφθηκαν στα δύο τελευταία κοµµάτια του EP.

Message to the listener:

The three tracks included in The Last Days Of Spring EP were recorded during the spring of 2011. The essential reason for these recordings was the internal situation of the city where I live, where a constant concern seemed frozen on people’s faces. Where any excitement ever existed in search of happiness, seemed now to be fast disintegrating into a panting decay of a mechanical life.
 
At the same time, some gatherings with fellow artists and comrades musicians played some role. Meetings in a small and more “closed” studio city, factories of clandestine dreams, where people live and work for a love that knows nothing about time and a revolution that never ends. One of them I knew since the beginning of the 90’s, even before Los Angeles and New York kept him away from Athens for several years. Our paths met again, when six years ago, photography and journalism brought us back together. When I asked Freddie F. to collaborate with me, he accepted gladly, so he worked on the spoken delirium of Low Land, and from there it appeared to make a collaboration that in the future will breed more clandestine dreams.
 
Equally important were these field recordings, which I made at Syntagma Square during the first peaceful assembly on May 25th. Digital audio files that found their way through an RE-201 Space-Echo machine and finally placed in the last two tracks of this EP.
 

ION – The Last Days of Spring EP

01. Theme For An Occupied City
02. Low Land (ft. Freddie F.)
03. At The Bottom Of It All

Giannis Papaioannou: Words, computers, tapes and analogue machines
Freddie F.: Voice and voice fx
Aggeliki Vrettou: Cover artwork
Ilias Katelanos: Mastering

You can find the lyrics of Low Land here

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Ion – The Last Days Of Spring EP by Giannis Papaioannou is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at nocamera.wordpress.com.