Aural Films welcomes the return of artist Tim Kays with a new album titled "Of Rime and Reason." A long-form work inspired by something that is near and dear to us at Aural Films, the weather. In this release, Tim draws on his meteorological expertise to conjure evocative sounds-capes based on the concept know as "Rime."
Rime is an ice formation, similar to hoarfrost as it is a result of a wintertime fog in this neck o’ the woods. During the overnight hours, a fog slowly descends as the temperatures slowly fall. Usually between 3 and 5 a.m., the surface temperatures will drop to 32 degrees on exposed, non-insulated surfaces. When that atmospheric quantity is attained, the microscopic droplets of water vapor of the fog slowly pass over these surfaces, leaving behind equally microscopic ice crystals. These ice formations slowly accumulate until after sunrise, when the surface temperatures again climb over the freezing mark and the fog ascends. When that happens, ice accumulation ceases, and once the sun warms the air enough, the ice formations shatter and slowly fall earthward, resembling snow in their descent.
‘Of Rime and Reason’ documents the slow fall of the temperatures as the fog builds, with the crescendo ¾ of the way through representing the moment when the surface temperature attains the all-important 32 degree mark…and the magic of rime formation then commences.
The cover photograph is a ‘treated’ view of rime as it began to form on an evergreen tree in my front yard. Each ‘crystal’ is made up of hundreds of water vapor droplets, and totals around 1/8 to 3/16” in length. You can tell which way the fog was drifting over the foliage by the direction of the ice accumulations.
Aural Films is an online record label (netlabel) that releases high-quality soundtrack albums for movies that do not exist. The label publishes a wide range of music styles ranging from ambient to experimental to popular to soundtrack musics. Often on the same albums. You can find our complete catalog of releases online at auralfilms.bandcamp.com