Fraser | Leamy | Johnstone

Panthalassa was the super ocean that surrounded the super continent Pangaea during the Palaeozoic-Mesozoic era.

Panthalassa, the album, is an abstract and impressionist work in which conceptual ideas are explored through the luminous ngā taonga pūoro playing of Al Fraser, the evocative atmospheric soundscapes of Neil Johnstone, and the virtuosic drones and textures created by guitar player Sam Leamy.

The album explores a unique sound world through the use of hydro-phonic recordings of migrating marine animals from Cook Strait/Raukawa. These recordings, made and supplied by NIWA, present a very rich and diverse sonic environment, which may change in the future due to the diminishing of native marine species.

Throughout the album, notions relating to the nature and experience of time, communication, and nonlinear representations of time informs the atmosphere, character, and thematic intent of this work. We can’t say whether marine creatures experience time as we do, but this project is an attempt to reflect the strangeness (to humans) of whale, dolphin and seal consciousness, as well as the singular nature and textural qualities of a unique sonic environment. Panthalassa is a response to the on-going erosion and potential loss of this environment.

Produced by Sam Leamy, Neil Johnstone and Al Fraser
Recorded by Al Fraser at The Chicken Coop
Mixed and mastered by Steve Garden
Artwork by Neil Johnstone
Design by UnkleFranc
Printing by Studio Q

Al Fraser (nga taonga puoro)
Sam Leamy (guitar, effects)
Neil Johnstone (soundscapes, synthesisers, sample manipulation, synthstrom deluge)

guest musicians
Phil Boniface (double bass)
Erika Grant (ocean harp)
Ariana Tikao (vocals)
Jake Church (guitar)
Pete Deane (guitar)

All tracks composed by Al Fraser, Sam Leamy & Neil Johnstone © 2019

Released: 30 June 2019
Catalogue: RAT-D090