Shrine

experimental ambient sound drift

"The hypothesis of a death instinct, the task of which is to lead organic life back into the inanimate state."

Sognefjord, Norway, 2007

My name is Hristo Gospodinov and SHRINE is my own music project, born of my interest in esoteric music and the desire to express my obscure understandings of life and everything in a nonverbal way. It was started in autumn'2003 when after several years of playing various acoustic instruments I have finally turned to sampling and computer music.

Under the heavy influence of dark ambient scene from the middle and the end of the 90s, the original idea of the project was to create some noticeable dark ambient works. However the idea got blurry in the years and has finally dissolved in the wide field of audio experiments. Today SHRINE has no genre limits. Still, I'm interested mostly in 'drifting' type of music, especially to mix nature sounds with machine sounds and other artificial things into a processed ambient environment. The sound sources vary from audio synthesis, to acoustic instruments, to field recordings, to whatever I find interesting to make sounds with, so not much of a limit here.

It's an experimental art after all, isn't it?

The Final Asylum
The Final Asylum

The Final Asylum

  • 01. Binary Creation.
  • 02. The Prophet and the Source.
  • 03. The Cellular Gardens of the New Eden.
  • 04. Unnatural Way.
  • 05. The Promised Oblivion.

Press release: A clear antiutopic image of a desolated future world. Aural exploration of the point of no return. It will take you into hollow cryogenic prisons lying down among the weedy ruins of deserted cities. Echoes of machine songs glorify the end of Mankind. The Earth is waiting for its silent end beneath the rays of dying artificial suns. Welcome to the FUTURE.

"The Final Asylum" is not only the first SHRINE album released on CD, but also the very first SHRINE record in general. It was released in April 2006 - about a month after "Harmony, Bliss, Rust", but all the tracks have been composed and recorded back in 2003 and 2004. The release date has been chosen to coincide with RAISON d'ÊTRE's live performance in Sofia in April 2006, where SHRINE did an opening set. The first 99 copies include a bonus disc containing a 12 min long remix of RAISON d'ÊTRE's track "Deep Enshrouded", but according to the host label the special edition is long sold out.

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Nihil
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Nihil

  • 01. Shadow Puppets.
  • 02. Scrinivm.
  • 03. Carnal Euphoria.
  • 04. Hellfire.
  • 05. Paradise.
  • 06. Nihil.
  • 07. Disintegration of an Ego.

Press release: A very personal and poignant work that differs significantly from other SHRINE releases, being a lot heavier in atmosphere with a lingering gloom and largely saturated with negativity. Exploring the burden of the human ego from a personal point of view, it aims to expose a different look upon Freud's "Death Drive" theory. Delve into the depths and let Shrine guide you through it's singular shadow world.

"NIHIL" is the fourth fullenght SHRINE release and a second one for Cyclic Law. The album was completed in September'2013 as a commemoration of SHRINE’s 10th year anniversary (Sep.2003 - Sep.2013) and brings together seven tracks composed between 2009 and 2013. Loosely reminiscent of Sigmund Freud's "Death Drive" theory (also known as "Death Instinct") and dealing with themes like despair, hatred, denial and death, this work turns to be the darkest and most oppressive SHRINE record up to date.
"A gift for you, who wake up in the middle of the night and know you couldn't live with yourself any longer."

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Somnia
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Somnia

  • 01. The Grand Design.
  • 02. Immersion.
  • 03. Lost Beauty.
  • 04. Somnia.
  • 05. The Iron Water.
  • 06. Dream Captured in Stone.
  • 07. Ruins.
  • 08. On the Edge of the Void.

Press release: Somnia is a complex audio metaphor that can be interpreted as an aural equivalent of a "low level" lucid dreamstate - a dream in which the dreamer is not fully aware he is dreaming but is still having the ability to control the dream. Based on processing of multiple sound sources ranging from audio synthesis, acoustic instruments and field recordings, "Somnia" explores several imaginary realities immersing you into a lucid-like experience through sound. Almost an hour long, it contains 8 thematically independent compositions representing an extended blend of ambient, acoustic music and nature sounds. Use it as a sound guide to lucid dreaming.

"SOMNIA" is the third fullenght SHRINE release and a debut one on Cyclic Law, containing eight tracks composed between 2006 and 2010. Initially being scheduled on the now defunct French ambient label SNOWBLOOD, this album underwent some major changes during the years. It was ready for releasing in 2009, with a different tracklist and a different title. The original title ("Anthems of Extinction") was denied by the label because of their strict anti dark/drone/industrial policy. After the deal with Snowblood failed in 2010, some tracks dropped out of the album, while some of the rest have been recreated, and also several new tracks have been composed. This way, changed quite a bit, "Somnia" landed on Cyclic Law's release list one year later.

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Distorted Legends, pt.1
Distorted Legends, pt.1

Distorted Legends, pt.1

  • 01. Those Endless Fields of Rust.
  • 02. The Silo Sanctuary.

Press release: Dream & Distortion. The melancholia of distorted synths combined with odd micro noises & effects. The fusion of rough and thunderous drones with hidden melodies. It evokes a strong emotional impact, like the feeling of being stuck in a confusing dream. SHRINE's philosophy shows a way to realize that what we call "reality" is to be mistrusted based upon our usual perceptions. The distortion of this reality opens up a chance to better understand its true essence and confront the things that lie behind the surface.

After the release of "Wander" has been cancelled by Drone Records because it was too long to fit a 7-inch vinyl plate, four new SHRINE tracks have been composed the same year exclusively to be released on Drone Records and that is what became "Distorted Legends". The new material have been split into two parts with the idea to make two separate releases, but only the first part ended up as a "Drone" EP (at the time I've been working on it I didn't know that Drone Records are allowing only one release per artist). And just for the record, this is the final SHRINE release that has been created only with computer software. Which obviously doesn't mean anything since a music review once mentioned: "Their music has that typical sound of 1980s pre-laptop drone".

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Vapor Trail
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CYCLES

Cyclic Law's 10th Year Anniversary Label Sampler

  • 2012
  • Cyclic Law
  • 2xCD, six panel digisleeve
  • 2°35'00'', 21 tracks
  • Featured SHRINE track: CD2 01 - Vapor Trail.

Press release: To commemorate our 10th year of activity, we’ve collected new and previously unreleased material by most of Cyclic Law’s roster who’s music has been released on the label over the past 10 years. This very special label sampler features exclusive tracks by ALLSEITS, ARCANA, AUN, BEYOND SENSORY EXPERIENCE, DESIDERII MARGINIS, GUSTAF HILDEBRAND, KAMMARHEIT, KARJALAN SISSIT, NEW RISEN THRONE, NORTHAUNT & MULM, PARHELION, SHRINE, SINKE DUS, SOPHIA, SVARTSINN & PSYCHOMANTEUM, THE FLOATING WORLD, THERRADAEMON, TREHA SEKTORI, TRIANGULAR ASCENSION, VISIONS and VORTEX. This compendium stands as an homage to all artists involved throughout the years, and whom with their unique approach to atmospheric music have forged the Cyclic Law Sound. Onward to a new dawn...

A track that has been created for Cyclic Law's 10th year anniversary sampler. It's good to be a part of a big family.

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Wander
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Strange Growths / Wander

  • 2008
  • Corvus Records
  • Six panel digipak CD
  • 53'45'' (Shrine part: 24'40'')
  • 01. Little Saints.
  • 02. Standing In The Sand.
  • 03. Sacred Language.
  • 04. Strange Growths.
  • 05. There.
  • 06. Back.

Press release: "Wander" is a brilliant 25 min long piece of multilayered ambient drift. The basic concept is somewhat dualistic, even antagonistic - 2 long tracks opposing one another, representing the contrast between nature's mystical harmony (heaven) in "There" and the human industrial progress (hell) in "Back". According to that, the work can be also interpreted as an entering into a dream-state and then coming back to reality (there~back).

"Wander" was initially meant to be released on Drone Records but it turned out it is too long to fit a 7-inch vinyl plate - back then I didn't know that you can put only about 8 mins on each side, and both "There" and "Back" are above 12 minutes. Then Stefan Knappe gave me the option to shorten the tracks or to create something new exclusive for Drone Records. Of course I didn't want to shorten anything so I recorded new material which later became "Distorted Legends". As for "Wander", even being too long for an EP, it was still way too short to be released on a CD alone, so a friend from Poland (the founder of SANTA SANGRE webzine) suggested the idea of making a split release with another artist. I offered that to Jaakko of LINGUA FUNGI and soon the split was scheduled on Corvus Records' release list.

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Harmony, Bliss, Rust
Harmony, Bliss, Rust

Harmony, Bliss, Rust

  • 2006
  • Mirakel Musik
  • File, MP3, vbr
  • 40'00''
  • 01. Harmony.
  • 02. The Droning Bliss.
  • 03. Rust.

Press release: "Harmony, Bliss, Rust" is a passage from tranquility to disharmony. Three lengthy compositions will take you to uncharted desolate places with their slowly evolving sounds. The beginning is very soft and laidback and the end is harsh and distorted but this doesn't keep the album from being soothing, it works great both as usual background ambience and for active listening.

"Harmony, Bliss, Rust" is the very first SHRINE release, but it's not the first SHRINE record in general. It's been recorded in 2005, about one year after "The Final Asylum" and released digitally on the now defunct Swedish net label MIRAKEL MUSIK in March 2006 for free. The original source for download is gone since the label closed down in 2008 and the domain mirakelmusik.se got disabled in 2009, but you can still download any of their releases from archive.org, just do a google search. Also, I found a partial  copy of the original website  still available online, most probably unauthorized, but all the music was free anyway.

Download free download from Archive.org
Remixes & Compilations

Kayno Yesno Slonce - Elohim Neva Senzu (2007)

SHRINE contribution: CD2-03 - "Нестинар" (remix of Kayno Yesno Slonce)

Various - Desert Space (2007)

SHRINE contribution: CDR3-04 - "A Quiet Shiny Day of Contemplation"

Various - Noises for Japan (2011)

SHRINE contribution: 3-10 - "Tears" (live remix of an unreleased LETUM track)

Various - Saur Maas / Auditory Dark Matter (2011)

SHRINE contribution: 5-04 - "Rapture" (voices taken from "Galder" by HELHEIM)

Various - Wounds Of The Earth 6 (2014)

SHRINE contribution: 09 - "Sulphur Heart"