Loscil

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he serene ambient compositions of Loscil come courtesy of Vancouver-based musician Scott Morgan. Taking his moniker from the “looping oscillator” function in the computer music language Csound, Morgan uses custom made Max/MSP sequencers and the occasional live instrument to build robust, droning soundscapes. Morgan cites influences including krautrock pioneers Cluster, minimalist composer Gavin Bryars, and a wealth of film music composers.

Loscil’s self-released album, A New Demonstration of Thermodynamic Tendencies, caught the ear of the Chicago independent label Kranky, who in turn

signed Morgan’s project and released Triple Point in October of 2001. Morgan’s second official Loscil album, Submers, followed the next year, and his third, Plume, arrived in 2006. In light of Loscil’s exclusive track “Umbra” on Ghostly’s 2006 compilation Idol Tryouts 2, Ghostly partnered with Morgan in 2009 for the EP Strathcona Variations.

In addition to his Loscil duties, Morgan occasionally plays drums for acclaimed Vancouver indie-rock band Destroyer, and works full time as a Sound Director in the Video Game Industry.

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