The Mariana Trench

by David Kristian



The Mariana Trench is located in the Pacific Ocean, just east of the 14 Mariana Islands near Japan.
It is the deepest part of the Earth's oceans, and the deepest location of the Earth itself.
It was created by ocean-to-ocean subduction, a phenomena in which a plate topped by oceanic crust is forced below another plate topped by oceanic crust.

The Mariana Trench CD was put together from two very long loop improvisations recorded during snow storms. The equipment used was relatively simple; a toy synthesizer and many classic guitar pedals operated with great care (the calm of the snow storms made that possible). The results were then mixed and processed through more sophisticated effects in order to give the listener the impression that the whole recording had taken place thousands of fathoms deep.

Let there be no interruption in your descent, as you experience David Kristian's deep and challenging Mariana Trench. Markers have been provided for you to use as reference points in the event that you start getting the bends during the album's 68 minute running time.
Headphones and any other audio diving gears are highly recommended.


released December 16, 2013

(c) David Kristian
(p) ORAL 2005

Mastering : John Sellekaers
Photography and design : Eric Mattson

• Part of The Mariana Trench was originally premiered in Montreal at Transistors and Other Circuits event, April 2004.

• Carefully mastered by John Sellekaers, METARC (Ant-Zen, Klanggalerie, Noise Museum, Quatermass, Sub Rosa).

• DAVID KRISTIAN once exclaimed :
• “The Mariana Trench” is my best ever release.

• DAVID KRISTIAN has recorded in the past under various monikers that include David Kristian, Francesco Clemente, Gentle Bakemono and more recently Malamutant.



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