Moderna Records announces the release of Ed Carlsens debut album The Journey Tapes. On his first record Carlsen crafts an original take on the modern classical genre that eloquently demonstrates his versatility as a composer pianist and arranger. Oscillating between cinematic instrumentals and gripping electronics The Journey Tapes large sound palette features Carlsen on the piano with a stellar cast of supporting musicians : Julie Krog (vocals) Mattia Melis (bass) Bryony James (cello) and Sophie Ryan (violin). Inspired by the landscapes of Ravnholm Skov in Denmark the six integral tracks were written in the summer of 2015. The concept is deeply personal in nature marking important stages of an individuals growth from childhood to maturity passing through darker moments of insecurity. The concept moves from Close to Far white to black (with grey in between) child to adult or Caged to Free. In an attempt to preserve an organic structure as the core of the albums soundworld Carlsen sampled and processed a series of reallife sounds to complement the acoustic instruments. Environmental sounds such as rain and footsteps are used to ground the music in a familiar ambience while rhythmic sounds (exploding fireworks a spoon hitting a coffee cup a shell falling on a metal lid chairs being moved around and cutlery etc) are used to create the drumkit used in the tracks Loose and Cage . The Journey Tapes was recorded/mixed in over a number of sessions in London (UK) and mastered by Francesco Donadello at Calyx Studios Berlin (AWVFTS Dustin OHalloran Efterklang Peter Broderick Federico Albanese Johann Johannsson Michael Price etc).