Los Angeles-based music artist and composer Robot Koch is someone we've been looking up to ever since we started Stereofox.

The German-born artist recently announced the release date for the second full-length album as Foam and Sand. The project was conceived during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Koch was unable to tour behind his previous release, the symphonic album The Next Billion Years, hence be spent months in his Los Angeles studio experimenting with tape loops. "It became something that can stand alongside my other music," shares Koch.

The new Foam and Sand album is set to go live on March 17th via Nettwerk and is a further exploration into the contextual world of ambient music.

I've been listening to a lot of his Circles and every time I feel like a shapeless object floating through space and time. All original Foam and Sand tracks are following the same pattern - "Circle <number>". If I ever get to experience outer space and I could take only one track, that is going to be a Foam and Sand composition. Most probably "Circle 37" which features Priscilla Ahn's soothing and alluring vocals.

I have so much admiration for what the depth and will of Koch to explore this area of sound and push things even further. This is more than music. It really feels like feeling in the shape of sound. After writing about music for almost a decade, I still am at a loss for words when it comes to experiencing this.

Going further in exploring the benefits of expanded states of awareness, Foam and Sand will team up with the Monroe Institute to co-create an immersive sound experience. The Monroe Institute is the world's leading education center for the study of human consciousness. "Circle 37" is the first single to be released with Monroe Sound Science signals for a powerful expansive listening experience.

The embodiment of ethereal.

posted by Ivo
February 2023