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Soft Power

by Aether Chroma

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Rachael Brandenburg This track is unbelievable! It feels so deep and powerful to me, like moving big gears inside of me in a big profound way. It feels emotional but grounded. I feel this song intellectually but it is also super physical for me. It really moves me. Favorite track: Automata.
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Singularity 03:44
Luminesce 06:25
Travail 04:55
Prevail 03:39
Solace 05:11
Labyrinth 03:24
Automata 04:23
Astral 06:32
Mettle 06:36
Kingdom 03:42
Adrenaline 04:19
Interstellar 08:43


Soft Power is the second studio album by electronica project Aether Chroma. Building upon the varied influences of 2011’s Supernalia by traversing aspects of electropop, ambient, and industrial genres, Soft Power explores new territory while continuing a commitment to layered synth textures, melodic sequencing, rhythm programming and hand-crafted sound design.

The album expresses a variety of moods and styles: some tracks conjure bucolic dreamscapes and pensive soundscapes while others are rhythmically infused with cybernetic adrenaline and energized retrofuturism. There are portions that expand cinematically while others invite focused introspection. Equally comfortable invoking crystalline vistas and neon pulsations, celestial stargates and metropolis skylines, Soft Power offers a dynamic and multi-faceted aesthetic experience.

Aether Chroma is an electronic-music project by Derek Hoffend.
Other artworks of sound-sculpture and interactive installation can be viewed at www.derekhoffend.com.


released February 14, 2015

All sounds, songs, programming, and mixing by Derek Hoffend.

Mastered by Matthew Azevedo at M-Works in Cambridge, MA


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Aether Chroma Buffalo, New York

Aether Chroma is the electronic music project of Boston-based media artist Derek Hoffend, combining a range of influences such as industrial / EBM, IDM, glitch, electro and synth-pop, drone, experimental noise, and ambient genres.
Recent songs are derived from live sets that vary between beat-driven electronica and immersive soundscape journeys, centered on the use of Eurorack modular components.
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