Robert Scott Thompson
As First Star Wakes, She Wanders There – Volume 1
As First Star Wakes, She Wanders There is a paean and homage to the myths and legends of East Antrim, Northern Ireland, my ancestral home. The title refers to the Grey Lady, the stunningly beautiful apparition clothed in the fragrance of bergamot, who traverses the mists of the Dark Hedges of Gracehill at twilight.
The recording, a double-CD, is presented in two parts. Volume 1 is conceived as one chapter of the work, and is more in the realm of classical ambient, while Volume 2 is more expansive, and includes pieces that move a bit farther afield. There are points of contact between the two parts though they are somewhat disparate and intended to function independently in conception.
Various modular synthesizers were used (ARP 2600, VCV, Moog, etc.); also notable is the role of now antique analog synthesizers such as the original Sequential Prophet 5 from 1981. Complementing the sound sources, layers of resonant sound processing, using various approaches to multi-band sound analysis and resynthesis, aided the development of textures.