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Built Upon a Fearful Void

by William Ryan Fritch

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'Built Upon a Fearful Void' was an album seemingly fated to never be completed. For the last 8 years the album had been recorded and either lost or discarded three times; a leak that water logged and ruined most of the half dozen tape reels the original album was recorded on, a destroyed and unrecoverable hard drive in 2018 that held the near completed mixes and finally in 2021 voluntarily letting go of what remained of the salvaged material to rerecord the album entirely using only faint flickers of the old tapes and cassettes that held the remnants of the old songs.

It is a two part record—meditating on lost epochs, feeble mythologies, and the many deep gulfs in human knowledge and perception. Each volume taking the listener through their own unique multi-textured explorations of the union and disunion of sonorities for pipe organ, reed instruments, voice, viola da gamba, prepared piano, pedal steel, viola d’amore and banjo.

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released November 19, 2021

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Originally released on Lost Tribe Sound. See Catalog: losttribesound.bandcamp.com
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BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR / BEST ARTIST OF THE YEAR: 2021 Readers Poll - "I don't know whether this one is concerned with facing existential dread or embracing universal faith, but I do know it's a deep and consistently satisfying album, at once somber and inspiring." - (Duncan Edwards) BRAINWASHED

"The whole album is basically a world-building opus in a vein that is all Fritch's own: the sweeping grandeur of the best soundtrack composers colliding with a talented sound designer and a producer with a real knack for subtly smeared and psychotropic textures. Finding all of those facets properly balanced on the same album is rare enough, but encountering them all in the same person feels like stumbling upon a goddamn unicorn in the wild." (Anthony D'Amico) BRAINWASHED

BEST OF 2021 - "Mythological orchestral ambient made of liturgical choirs, dragging strings and textures eroded by time" - INDIE ROCK MAG

BEST AMBIENT OF 2021 - POST AMBIENT LUX

FAVORITE AMBIENT ALBUM OF 2021 - LOW LIGHT MIXES

TOP 40 ALBUMS OF 2021 - "One of our greatest living composers has another collection to break your heart and warm your soul with its lovingly constructed rustic orchestral beauty." - (Trinket Trance) IRREGULAR DREAMS

"There is a dark, aquatic, slightly claustrophobic element to the music, but it wraps your ears up pleasantly and manages to maintain your attention with all those instruments blending together elegantly." - (Rudy Carrera) MUSIC YOU NEED TO HEAR

"Built on a frightening void, his evolutionary and existential path seems to have reached a balance between the experimentalist euphoria and the harmonic calmness of classicism." - (Maria Balsamo) IMPATTO SONORO

"Fritch stays away from the near-perfect widescreen cinematic production that is common in modern classical music, using “a mixture of audio fidelities, by using Hi-Fi 24 track decks and old Soviet magnetic wire recorders”. The result is very intimate and spontaneous sounding." - AMBIENT BLOG

"Overwhelming and penetrating music, Fritch shows once again that he is one of the most unique contemporary composers." - (translated from Dutch) (Jan Willem Broek) DE SUBJECTIVISTEN

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Total run time: 1 hour 38 minutes

Recorded in April and May 2021 in Petaluma, California at The Barn, St John’s episcopal church, and The Masonry Hall

All music written and recorded by William Ryan Fritch
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Cover artwork by Christopher "Ilth" Erickson
CD Layout and design by R. Keane
© Lost Tribe Sound LLC / William Ryan Fritch
℗ Settled Scores LLC (ASCAP)

The Shallow Well (Video Credits):
Imagery used under CC-Attribution-NC license.
Original footage used with permission from Just Greg: vimeo.com/userjustgreg
Additional footage from UAHiRise (NASA)

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William Ryan Fritch California

William Ryan Fritch is a composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer currently based in Oakland, California. His compositions are characterized by his unique range as a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer, allowing him to realize large ensemble arrangements found in folk, Indie-rock, electronica,
Hip-hop, World and orchestral music as a solo endeavor.
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