Since 2007, Lieven Martens has been making some of the most vividly aquatic and deeply meditative music under the name of Dolphins Into The Future. His most well-known release may be 2009's ...On Sea-Faring Isolation, which was released by Not Not Fun. Everyone I have played this for has fallen in love with it almost immediately. The level of pure calm and letting go that this record creates is sincerely gentle, somnambulant, and deep. Its sonar lullabies are kind of like the sonic equivalent of Luc Besson's The Big Blue. Other excellent points of entry include: The Music of Belief, Ke Mirning Pu'uwai, and Voyage Shopibo Coast, Pacific City.
In addition to Dolphins Into The Future and various other pseudonymns, Lieven has performed and collaborated with Orphan Fairytale, Wietskie Van Gils, James Ferraro, Spencer Clarke, Ducktails, and Ada Van Hoorebeke. Lieven has also curated several labels including Dreamtime Taped Sounds, Bread And Animals, Imvated, Dutch Beer, Cauliflower Dreams, and most recently, Cetacean Nation Communications. His latest releases, Ke Ala Ke Kua and Two Romantic Landscapes are available now. Past releases can be found at Tomentosa and Volcanic Tongue.
I was thrilled to receive such a beautifully written list of favorites and poetic descriptions from Lieven. Find out for yourself.
SOME FAVORITES FROM LIEVEN MARTENS
The Landscape Paintings by Caspar David Friedrich
The quintessential lesson in learning to construct a landscape, with both mystique and depth. With originality, and creativity. Beyond the Polaroid.
Philip K Dick’s Final Valis Trilogy (including the fourth volume of …Albemuth)
A magnificent turn in his pretty intense bibliography. Going beyond all things usual, to grasp the real truth. With the only truth being a message of hope.Werner Herzog Interviews
A master in using emotions to construct landscapes. And using landscapes to construct emotions. And using sound to construct landscapes. And… A truly liberated modern poet.Annea Lockwood’s Sound Map Releases, Chris Watson‘s Radioplays
For the obvious reasons.Being At Big Island Hawaii & Ilha Do Pico
Putting the pieces together with or without Aguardente. Using the landscape to ponder on what we’ve learned.
The pressure of three atmospheres on your head is a more liberating feeling than any induced, faked schizophrenia.Theosophy Viewpoints On History, Islands, The Sky, Folk
The many atmospheres of knowledge and heat. Out there in many volumes of book.The Micronesian / Melanesian / Polynesian Island Music Collections on Folkways, Nonesuch, Lyrichord, Music City, & Ocora
Master Musicians inspired by nature. Inspiring nature, Koinos Kosmos.Steiner’s Ideas On Colours, Van Hoorebeke’s Batiks
Because we want to be convinced of the color blue, and the color green, and the color red. The waters and the plants. The earth.
Steven Halpern’s Electric Piano Sound, “The Creator Has A Masterplan” by Pharoah Sanders, “Tezeta” by Mulatu Astatke, “Leapday Night” by Behrman, Organic Music Society, etc.
Since there’s a place for the experiment and a place for the beauty. In our Idios Kosmos.The Constructed Sound Records of Joe Jones, Bill Fontana, Robert Ashley, Henning Christiansen, Floris Vanhoof, etc.
Because there’s no such thing as a full day of work. And when the moon prompting the many dreams, we need a landscape to wander.A Mixtape With Songs by Prefab Sprout, China Crisis, Microdisney, Etienne Daho, Rick Ocasek, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Ocean, etc.
Because our happy glass of daylight's red wine needs a background volume.