Trans Northern

by Nathan Carlson

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"Trans Northern" is my second album. I was inspired by the Trans-Siberian Railway and all things Russian, and this album marks a steady progression of the music I composed for my first album Dreamstate and my first EP Starfall, and to a lesser extent Cloud Structures. After this album I'm moving off from more traditional synthesizer music and onto different sounds and styles.

The album is my first real concept album, and I'm attempting to capture what it might be like to travel across Russia on the Trans Siberian Express from Moscow in the west, to Vladivostok in the east.

Musically this one relies on sequencers a lot, and the melodies are more straight forward than my previous efforts, but the simplicity of the melodies makes the compositions work a lot more than the more complex ideas I tend to write. I also tried to achieve a stronger sense of continuity with this album and tell a story in music, something I started doing with Starfall (Cosmology I and II), and am now improving on with this one.

Part VI is, for me, the centerpiece of the album. The voice-overs were provided by Natalija Zdan, a Russian mate who teaches Russian via YouTube. It is her contribution that makes this album, and I am forever grateful.


released September 18, 2016

All music composed, recorded, mixed, produced and mastered by Nathan Carlson.

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Naughty Corner Music

Voice-overs on Part VI "I'll Be Here, Waiting" by Natalija Zdan




Nathan Carlson Dalby, Australia

My name is Nathan Carlson. I compose Trans-Dimensional Impulse Music and Geographitronica and I hail from the land of the Kangaroo. I'm attempting to create a musical time capsule of both my personal expressions and the world as I experience it. Music about nature, technology, industry, geography and history. ... more

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