“Cutting Up The Sun” reviewed at A Closer Listen.

Great review of “Cutting Up The Sun” from A Closer Listen.  Check it out:


“I first heard the music of Elian (Michael Duane Ferrell) in 2010 with the release of Whispers, Then Silence, an album that hid its appeal beneath folds of sonic cloth.  He’s grown much more accessible since then, while sacrificing none of his experimental leanings.  Hearing the preview piece “Gamma”, one may think he’s gone electronic/club, but this is deceiving; it’s the furthest he’s gone in that direction, but not the focal point.

“Totality” is so sparse that one might mistake it for a hearing test.  Buzzes and pings wander around the sound field, looking for homes to call their own.  This exploration of tones plays strange tricks on the ear, especially when a particular tone is excised from one speaker, producing a momentary feeling of deafness.  The piece works in context, yet it’s an unorthodox opening track, screening out the merely curious.  The title track (twice as long as the rest) continues down this path, extending the duration of the tones while continuing to grant them personal space.

If these low frequency oscillations are meant to reflect the sun’s resonances, the middle pieces operate as solar flares.  By now, the listener has been set up for the louder, thicker, more abrasive tones; in fact, one is eager to hear them.  “Red” and “Invisible Light” are especially potent.  When listening, one is reminded of Chris Week’s A Haunting Sun/A Deconstructed Sun, another electronic work that sought to translate solar frequencies into drone.  “Red”s journey into the heart of light also brings to mind the sound design (but not the score) of Danny Boyle’s film Sunshine.  It’s a brilliant piece, pun intended.

The unintended irony is the journey that Ferrell himself is making, casting off shadows on his way to a brighter sound.  “Gamma” sits right at the heart of the album, pulsating with techno abandon.  Can this be the same Elian we’ve come to know over the years?  It is indeed.  If the ensuing tracks devolve again from smooth to sharp, it’s too late.  Not even the industrial “Transition Region” can erase the memories of the shiny core, as a storm cannot erase the memories of the sun.”  (Richard Allen)


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Cutting Up The Sun reviewed at Vital Weekly

Cutting Up The Sun received a very favorable review by Frans De Waard over at Vital Weekly.  Check it out:



“ELIAN – CUTTING UP THE SUN (CDR by The Long Story Recording Company)
Michael Duane Ferrell is Elian and as such he has been recording music since eight years; we reviewed some of his previous work. Back then I called it ‘ambient industrial’ and that’s perhaps something I still stand by. Actually we might even say more industrial than ambient perhaps, as much of what he does is with considerable force; it’s forceful but it’s never really noise based, as in harsh noise. It has that fine sense of atmospherically music through lengthy sustaining fields of sound but it comes with mechanizations of machines. I am not sure but I don’t think Elian uses any field recordings but it’s mostly, or perhaps even exclusively, in the electronic domain. Hard to say if he uses a bunch of analogue synthesizers or perhaps any sort of digital ones, but Elian produces some excellent music, both in terms of composition as well as the sound quality of his music. It works really well on the dynamic level, with lots of great low-end bass sound and sharp, intense sounds in the higher regions. But then, just as well, things can also be quiet and introvert, such as in ‘Corona’, but that seems to be a rarity here. Most of these pieces have a more collage like aspect, of various elements stuck together and make angular, abstract, strange and sometimes scary music. This is the kind of noise that I like very much: it’s well thought out, it moves along very dynamic ranges – high, mid and low – and has some very intense music. Excellent release. (FdW)”

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Cutting Up The Sun up for pre-order at Bandcamp

My newest solo record ‘Cutting Up The Sun‘ is up for pre-order over at Bandcamp:


It releases May 1st with The Long Story Recording Company


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“Cutting Up The Sun” reviewed by Textura


Cutting Up The Sun” received a very positive review from Textura.

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“Harrowgate” and “Cutting Up The Sun” featured at Firetower Dispatch.

Harrowgate” and “Cutting Up The Sun” were both featured over at Firetower Dispatch.

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Cutting Up The Sun track over at Soundcloud

I have a new solo album being released May 1st on a new record label called The Long Story Recording Company.  The album is called “Cutting Up The Sun” and was mastered by James Plotkin.  The album layout was designed by Phil Gardelis with a cover photo by Peter Nejedly.

The track ‘Gamma’ from the album is up on SoundCloud.  You can stream it here:


Here is The Long Story Recording Company’s Bandcamp page:


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Harrowgate mentions

Harrowgate has been mentioned in an article over at Drowned In Sound.  You can find it here:


Track 5 from Harrowgate was also in the playlist for the March 2nd AGB radio show over at the fantastic blog Anti-Gravity Bunny.  You can stream it here:


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