Empires of Silence

by Levente

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The album was inspired by, and sets out to convey, the atmosphere of some quite unique gems of Medieval and Renaissance architecture.

The abbey of Sant'Antimo, near Montalcino in Tuscany, is renowned for its unsurpassed beauty - dating back to the Carolingian era, the building is one of the most sublime examples of Romanesque architecture, set in a typically spellbinding Tuscan landscape.

The huge ruins of the Cistercian monastery and abbey of San Galgano, in the visually stunning Orcia Valley in Tuscany, constitute a rather unique and atmospheric landmark in any season.

Waverley abbey is the oldest Cistercian abbey in England, dating back to the early 12th century. Its enigmatic-looking ruins are set in splendid natural surroundings, hiding between the hills of Hampshire.

Santa Croce in Florence is the largest Franciscan basilica in the world. Its main cloister, which dates back to the 15th century, is a wonderfully tranquil example of Renaissance simplicity and purity.

The abandoned Capuchin convent hiding in the forest outside the Portuguese town of Sintra was established in the 16th century. It is now a World Heritage Site, known as the Capuchos convent, and it immerses the visitor in its truly unique and enigmatic, but also humbling, ambience.

The orange tree cloister in Seville, near the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, is a wonderfully tranquil oasis that dates back to Moorish times. The track combines Eastern and Western music elements for the depiction of such confluence of styles and cultures.

The monastery of San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo is a mesmerising example of Isabelline Gothic architecture, which was founded in 15th century. It is like a solidified Messiaen organ composition... hence the idea and the textures of the track, too.

The Carmelite convent in Lisbon, known as the Carmo convent, was largely destroyed by the 1755 earthquakes. Its majestic ruins now host an archaeological museum.


All tracks composed, performed and engineered by Levente.

Sound design, music, cover art and photos: Copyright 2017 by Levente. All rights reserved.

Equipment: Korg M3 XPanded synthesizer workstation, Korg RADIAS expansion, Korg N5, Yamaha FS1R formant synthesizer, Roland JV-1010 with vocal expansion.

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releases June 1, 2017

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Levente England, UK

Transylvanian-born synth artist, based in the United Kingdom... keeping it Gothic, one might say...
Works that combine the feel of medieval music, ethnic elements and electronic soundscapes have been formerly released via PeopleSound and Vitaminic.
One composition was featured on a compilation released by Earthtone / Sonic Images records founded by Chris Franke, ex-Tangerine Dream.
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