Thinking Through Myths – Ortus Planetae

4.6/10

Gyorgy Henyei Neto is a Brazilian-born Hungarian living in Aberdeen in the UK. He creates instrumental music as Thinking Through Myths, and has recently put out Ortus Planetae (latin for Sunrise Planet), an album that combines electronic beats with ambient soundscapes. Looks interesting: let’s see what this sounds like.

“Singularity” starts with wind chimes that ring into an echo-laden, ambient guitar part. After another fly-by from the wind chimes, we hear a more intricate pattern played on the guitar. To me, this short audio clip could have progressed into something much greater than its current state. It’s like the beginning of an idea waiting to bloom. Although that may have been the point of the track, it’s too bad the author didn’t push the concept further.

“Eclosion” is next, and kicks off with sounds from a beach which blend into a distorted audio texture that uses interesting production techniques (i.e. panning) to create a swirling effect from left to right. An electronic drum launches the song, accompanied by arpeggiated guitar chords and a bass playing a very simple part. In reminds me of the intro to a NIN song, and that’s pretty much where it stays. Although there are interesting uses of effects, I found the song to be static. It reminded me of the background music heard on a menu screen from a DVD. “FraQtal” follows with a slow, ambient jam that sounds like it was recorded in a room covered in tile. Here, the song seems to wander more than the previous track, yet I found the music to lack structure. There are different parts and sections, but there isn’t very much flow between them.

“Steps of Migration” begins with a synth that morphs into a reverb-drenched piano part that is well crafted, bringing forth ethereal textures thanks to an octave-up effect used within the reverb. Sadly, this lovely part is punctuated by randomly placed cymbal hits that sound artificial, and bring nothing to the song. “Rupture” starts with all kinds of audio textures, leading to a sloppily played jam that could have benefited from a tuned guitar and louder drums. Although there are some interesting ideas to be found here, this song also lacks structure. “Serendipity” is another jam that seems lost within itself. I may be missing the point of this record, but I think author Gyorgy Henyei Neto was going for something like Quiet Noise. I’ve listened to the last two tracks and don’t have much more to write.

Ortus Planetae is a conceptual album that I think could benefit from stronger song writing, better audio textures (especially with the drums), and better production overall. You may tell me that since it’s a bedroom recording, I should cut the guy some slack. All I can say, is check this out.

Written by Dave Tone
*edited by Kate Erickson

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Lucky enough to be born into a musical family, Dave took piano lessons until he turned eleven and picked up a guitar. Having played in a bunch of musical projects in and around Gatineau, he moved to Montreal to pursue a life in music. He enjoys busking in the Montreal subway, singing songs by Sam Roberts, QotSA, Beck, Mutemath, Kasabian, Big Sugar and les Colocs, among others. His band, Diamond Tree, has released an EP, and plays in and around Montreal. Dave has traveled to British Columbia, France, the United States, Cuba, Kenya, Mozambique, and South Africa. His favorite sport is Air Hockey and yes, he'll have another beer, thank you.

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