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The Files of Endless Correspondences
Broken Strings
Toledo Lights Passt
Blues for Marc
I'd Prefer Not To
Hermes Traffic Control
there are points of brilliance burning steadily like low stars

Artist : DAVID KRISTIAN                                                Title : The Mariana Trench
Please file under David Kristian

Label : ORAL
Catalogue # : ORAL CD05
Barcode : 7 7707891209 1
Release date : March 15, 2005

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.




  • A new release on ORAL, the label directed by Eric Mattson, curator for MUTEK festival amongst other events.


  • 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.








The Mariana Trench


Part 1   Pacifica
Part 2  14 Islands
Part 3   Sounding Weight
Part 4   The Abyssal Plain
Part 5   Bathymetry
Part 6   Deep Inside the Mariana Trench
Part 7   Multibeam Echosounders


Fabriqué au  Québec – Made in Canada

(c) David Kristian
(p) ORAL 2005

Mastering : John Sellekaers
Photography and design : Eric Mattson



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Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 01:34:00 -0700 (PDT)

In case you forgot: the Mariana Trench is located in the Pacific Ocean, near Japan and it's the deepest location on Earth, created by plate tectonics (i.e. the crashing of earth plates against each-other). It's also the title of a new work by David Kristian, the Canadian musician who always takes me by surprise. Many of his works play around with rhythm, but on this new CD, rhythm is entirely absent. Kristian recorded two lengthy improvisations during a snow storm, using a toy synthesizer and classic guitar effects, which were later on edited and processed further until the seven parts of this CD came together. A deep listening experience, but with a somewhat more raw touch than a standard ambient work, and that's what I like about it. The rawness of the material, the sheer minimalist approach, the subtle variations. It is work to listen to in a darkened room, or at night with the curtains open, so you can watch some stars. The seven parts form a unity and this is a particular strong album. Maybe it will not appeal to Kristian's rhythm posse, but it surely appealed to me. (FdW)



Van de Canadese David Kristian zijn al vele cd’s verschenen, die zich altijd in de elektronische hoek bevinden; van IDM tot techno. In afwachting van zijn 9 cd’s tellende Music From The Mermaid Room-collectie vol “dansbaar restmateriaal” is er weer een nieuwe cd The Mariana Trench verschenen. Hierop is een meer onbekende kant van Kristian eens belicht, namelijk die van de duistere soundscapes. Dat duistere is niet zo vreemd als je bedenkt dat hij geïnspireerd is door de “Mariana Trench”, gelegen bij de 14 Mariana eilanden, dat het diepste punt op aarde in de zee is (zo’n 11 kilometer diep). De 7 nummers zijn gemaakt van 2 lange, improvisatorische loops die hij heeft opgenomen tijdens een sneeuwstorm. Met een speelgoedsynthesizer en gitaarpedalen heeft hij de loops tot duistere, zeer lanzaam veranderende klanklandschappen omgetoverd. De tot de verbeelding sprekende muziek gaat enorm diep, waardoor er maar één albumtitel mogelijk is. Het zit ergens in de hoek van Biosphere, Deathprod en Thomas Köner en is werkelijk adembenemend mooi. Hypnotiserend monumentaal werk!
Jan Willem Broek | 20 april 2005 om 21:59