Our 19th release comes from Ashwell Woodland out of Vancouver which is the ambient project from Laine Butler. 460215 is a touching album mourning the passing of his father. Experiencing the loss gradually led to creating a musical outlet for the difficult days. Modular synthesizer was the main instrument used in the recordings, for its sheer possibility for boundless, simultaneous expressions. Ashwell Woodland’s creation of generative melodies triggered experimentation and sculpting of sonic palettes over the course of time. This was time spent grieving but also channeling the grief into a healing album through endless hours of movements in the modular’s capabilities.
“My father was the one who introduced me to the guitar. Playing on his tattered Yamaha acoustic guitar he probably purchased in the mid-70's in Northern Canada. I imagine that it provided him with much warmth and companionship in the isolated and barren town in which he resided. He taught me that music can be a tool for personal growth and to better one's mental health. Later on in his life, he returned to music to work through his suffering. This record is dedicated to my father. I hope you hear the humanity within the music and are able to transcend it. May you obtain a glimpse of the intangible.” -Ashwell Woodland