Andrei Barbu (Atouck) @ #jesuisciprian
☛ Andrei Barbu aka Atouck is an electronic music producer and selector based in Bucharest, Romania. He’s also the curator of the Soundsphere project, which functions as a netlabel as well as an international platform connecting artists worldwide since 2012. With 33 releases and counting, the imprint brings forward downtempo, trip-hop, ambient and experimental music while organising events from time to time, with the latest Ambientwaves series reaching its sixth edition.
Atouck‘s intense activity in the scene spans for more than ten years now, time in which he explored various genres and styles, going from hip-hop to modern electronica. His passion for music and art determined him to activate as a multidisciplinary artist, combining the production process with mixing, graphic design, mixed-media and creative writing. In the last few years, he mainly focused on assembling a team to help him manage Soundsphere in order to become a beacon for electronic music in Eastern Europe and to promote niche sounds to the people. After a lot of hard work, the results surpassed the expectations as over 100 contributing artists from all the continents joined in and dispatched amazing compositions. With all the music being available for free under Creative Commons the project continues to grow while making a statement about the broken nature of the modern industry which dominates the trends as well as the artists’ creative potential.
He’s also the author of several EPs, the latest being released earlier this year in collaboration with contemporary writer Iulia Militaru. Titled “Atlas”, the album is designed with abstract soundscapes, field-recordings and alternative literary discourse sequences while also including a distinct live performance which has already been put into play in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine.
In 2020 Atouck releases a full ambient LP titled Ambientwaves Session
▶ ️Ambientwaves Session ▶ ️ proposes an intense and subjective / objective exploration of the “inner” as well as the “outer” space through sound, frequencies and musical arrangements meant to induce states of relaxation, meditative in a context where the surrounding information causes states anxiety and / or panic. The visual elements are complementary to the sound and contribute to the creation of an immersive atmosphere.
01.Andrei Barbu – Tune In (intro)
02.Andrei Barbu – The Ocean (movement I)
03.Andrei Barbu – The Ocean (movement II)
04.Andrei Barbu – The Ocean (movement III)
05.Andrei Barbu – The Forest (movement I)
06.Andrei Barbu – The Forest (movement II)
07.Andrei Barbu – The Forest (movement III)
08.Andrei Barbu – The Mountain
09.Andrei Barbu – The Sky (movement I)
10.Andrei Barbu – The Sky (movement II)