Trove is a new durational ambient musical collaboration between Mutantrumpeter/Composer Ben Neill and Producer/Composer Eric Calvi. Neill and Calvi have a long history of working together which began in the late 1990’s with Neill’s Triptycal and Goldbug albums, co-produced by Calvi for Verve Records. Trove originated during the Covid-19 crisis of 2020, and launched with the release of 5 pieces on November 24, 2020. The project continues as an ongoing series of 2 releases per week over the next year. The music is created in the spirit of Erik Satie’s Furniture Music, La Monte Young’s drone pieces, and Brian Eno’s early ambient works; Neill has worked extensively in the ambient genre and performs with La Monte Young, while Calvi produced the critically acclaimed Bang On A Can version of Eno’s Music for Airports.

Neill performs Trove playing only his self-designed Mutantrumpet – no synthesizers are used. The acoustic sound of the Mutantrumpet is captured and processed in real time by Neill’s custom system using the instrument’s 28 onboard electronic switches, joysticks, and knobs. Each piece is recorded as a single improvised performance with no overdubs or editing.

The compositions move through a series of chords whose pitches are based on a Fibonacci series matrix. Other aspects of the music including rhythm, melody, duration, and formal structure are based on Fibonacci sequences, which model the forces of growth and reproduction in the natural dynamical systems of plants and animals. Trove uses this fundamental structure of lifeforms to create grounding, restorative music intended as an accompaniment to everyday life activities in these difficult times.

PLAYLIST CURATOR QUOTES ABOUT TROVE

“Salubrious” Steve Smith, The New Yorker writer via social media

“A beautiful calm song that relaxes nerves and removes fatigue.”

“absolutely sublime…i felt as though i were passing through a cloud of bliss. super cerebral track. this is a gorgeous piece.”

“Lovely composition. Fits perfect for music for reading playlist.”

“Your song is like a legal drug. It was really enough to blow my head off. All the best!”

“Very nice and relaxing piece here. Solid production and lovely recording.”

“Very relaxing soundscape”

“Beautiful composition.”

“We like the calm intro and the slow and gentle unfolding of this song. This composition has a great meditative energy about it.”

“Meditative and peaceful”

“Great dark vibe and deep sound”

“atmospheric textures were wonderful”

“a lovely ambient piece – great evolving textures.”

“Nice ambience in the intro, I like the way the rhythm floats in and out. Has a very deep and wide sound and overall the production is great. There are some interesting chord changes which helps move the track along.”

“This is a gorgeous and calming piece, absolutely love it.”

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Composer/performer Ben Neill is the inventor of the Mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument, and is recognized as a musical innovator who blurs the lines between digital media and acoustic instrument performance. Twelve albums of his music are available on Universal/Verve, Astralwerks, Thirsty Ear, and others; his extensive international performance history includes major festivals, concert halls, clubs, and museums. Neill is currently an artist in residence at the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology program.

Born in the heart of Paris, Eric Calvi came to New York City in the early 1980’s to pursue a career as a musician and producer. His vast and diverse discography includes recordings by Miles Davis, Afrika BamBaataa, Cameo, Chaka Khan, Neneh Cherry, Aztec Camera, and Prefab Sprout. He has remixed tracks by Duran Duran, Information Society, Gladiator soundtrack with Lisa Gerrard & Hans Zimmer. As an artist, his Pilgrimage project, which blended early music with Trip Hop, was released on Philip Glass‘s Point Music label.