Experimental electronic musician / AV artist Halina Rice enters the new year with a sublime, mood-melding track ‘Terrain’, juxtaposing ambient soundscapes alongside driving polyrhythmic beats. Due to land on 22nd January 2021, it follows on from acclaimed single ‘Spheres’ released in 2020, ‘Terrain’ forms part of Halina’s New Worlds project, a series of tracks, each with their own visual identity and world.
Halina explains: “In writing this track I felt infused with a sense of energy and optimism and of trying to convey how creative drive can assert itself from nothing.”
Halina once again teams up with visual artist and interaction designer, Jan Petyrek, supported by X-tech Creative Studios, to create a virtual live stream of ‘Terrain’ which will be premiered on 22nd January. For this track Petyrek created a double-sided virtual terrain that flips and rotates in space over which Rice floats like a presiding spirit. Moving on from previous projects X-tech supported the creation of two real time renditions of Rice moving together like a reflection.
She goes on to add: “There was something in Jan’s creative that had the same strange, evocative and perhaps even forlorn quality as the SPHERES artwork and which resonates with me as an artist.”
‘Terrain’ and ‘Spheres’ are on-going instalments of a new self-released project showcasing a series of tracks focusing on creating unique worlds. Each one comprises both music and the creation of a virtual environment in which Rice can perform live as a digital projection. It is envisioned by her not as the creation of an EP or album but rather as a series – like Concrete Lates, Rice works with an international team of visual and technical artists to create an original way to perform live in a virtual world built in gaming technology Unity 3D.
TheLondon-based artist is renowned for her vivid and eclectic style, using multiple effects and sampling to create original and experimental sounds. Uniting elements of ambient, electronic, percussive and bass music, her sound ranges from evocative and melancholic soundscapes to beat- driven, punchy tracks. Rice’s first album REDUX was released via independent label Blurred Recordings in 2017 to positive press reviews and radio play, described by FM Magazine as “a credible and exciting avant-electronic pearl” and in Clash magazine as a “world of fragmentary beauty”. Lead track ‘DRIVE’ was remixed by electronic pioneer Richard Norris. Crossing boundaries between music and art her live performance brings visuals and music together to create an immersive audience experience utilising live projections and abstract graphics.
‘Terrain’ is released Friday 22nd January 2021
Cover artwork and animations by Freny Antony AKA @procedural.disarray