The Terra Nine Experience
Terra Nine, aka Michael Westcot, is the creative force behind this unique act from New Zealand, combining live electric viola with lush organic synths and funky electronic beats to produce a distinctly organic and free form sound. His music features an aural palette ranging from psychedelic ambient to chilled out trance and breaks with uplifting emotional content that moves the heart as well as the feet.
Michael is hardly your typical digital artist - his music features a unique synergy of distinctly analog bowed and plucked organic strings - often mangled into mind bending psychedelic sounds and poured in real time over a bottom end of organic beats and fat basslines.
Terra Nine’s releases over the past decade have included three albums and a number of EPs, as well as tracks on myriad compilations, all featuring his unique mixture of live organic lushness. Terra Nine’s music has also included remixes by and for numerous international artists - including dub maestro OTT, Astropilot, Suduaya, Kick Bong, Unknown Reality, Pete Ardron, Cloower Wooma, AKD and many more.
Terra Nine Discography
Current and Upcoming Releases:
Terra Nine’s latest EP, ‘Heart of the Matter’ was released on Iboga Records in January 2017 to great critical acclaim. It features 5 exceptional new tunes with psychedelic downtempo and dub / breaks flavours - providing a journey into new musical territory - glitchy, yet melodic. Further new releases for 2017 are currently in progess - a new EP on Iboga is planned, as well as a number of releases on different VA compilations, starting with the 2017 release from Hadra in France. Link to ‘Heart of the Matter’: https://www.iboga.dk/#/music/1071
Terra Nine Back Catalogue:
Over 9 years, Terra Nine has released 3 albums and numerous EPs as well as appearing on myriad compilations including the awesome VA Hadravision (2008). His 2007 release ~ Strange Craft ~ was a masterful mix of ambient electronica that met with critical acclaim worldwide. The 2009 album release, Stream of Consciousness, featured a unique mix of psychedelic dub, trance and chilled breaks fused with vocals and lyrics from NZ songwriter, Aviatrix, as well as international star guests: dub maestro OTT remixing the track No Return and Pete Ardron from Orchid Star, with a magical remix of Whisper.
2012 Album Release: Breathe (Altar)
The 2012 release of the album Breathe on Altar Records hilled psychedelic dance enchantment ~ once again featuring the magical vocals of Aviatrix, as well as awe inspiring remixes by Astropilot (Breathe) and Squazoid (Star). Also featured on this release were Terra Nine remixes of the Astropilot ethnodelic tune ‘Memories Maze’ and the AKD trance anthem ‘Alliance of Love’. Completely unique electronica and IDM - out on Altar Records Link here: https://terranine-music.bandcamp.com/album/breathe
Most recent EPs:
Love Potion (Uxmal)
The April 2014 release of the EP ‘Love Potion’ (Uxmal Records) featured a delicious mix of dub-soaked psybient and breaks with a dash of IDM - featuring the sensuous vocals of Radhika Dasi on ‘Love Potion’and ‘You are Light’ and Terra Nine’s virtuoso viola solos on Aleph and ‘Love Potion’. Link as follows: http://uxmalrecords.com/index.php/discography/digital/item/259-love-potion
Karuna Remix Project (Altar)
The Karuna remix project was released in mid-2015 - an EP featuring the extraordinary new track ‘Karuna’ composed by Terra Nine and Squazoid and remixed by luminaries such as Astropilot, Kick Bong, Suduaya, Unknown Reality (aka Braincell), Cloower Wooma and Pete Ardron (Orchid Star). Link as follows: https://altar.bandcamp.com/album/karuna-ep-24bits
Lucid Dreaming EP (Altar)
Hot on the heels of Terra Nine’s Karuna Remix EP, this new Terra Nine EP was released in late 2015 - a brand new collection of three magical tracks, forging new pathways into psybient, ambient breaks and chilled squelchy psytrance territory. Link as follows: https://altar.bandcamp.com/album/lucid-dreaming-ep
Terra Nine Live Shows
Over the past 10 years, Terra Nine has toured extensively, performing dynamic live shows at festival events worldwide. More recently, VJ Intelliki has joined Terra Nine, adding her fantastic imagery to the shows in real time. Terra Nine now performs awesome all-live audio/visual shows featuring electronic viola and keyboards through a multitude of twisted effects, with VJ Intelliki providing the perfect live visual accompaniment.
Festivals have included Rainbow Serpent (AU), Eclipse (AU), Subsonic (AU), Antaris (GER), Full Moon (GER), Samsara (HU), S.U.N. (HU), Bakony (HU), Aurora (Greece), Ambiosonic (FR), Hadra (FR), Glade (UK), Triplicity (UK), Sunrise (UK), Waveform (UK), Eden (UK), Alchemy, (UK), Bath Fringe (UK), Venus Love Experience (UK), InSpiral Lounge (UK), Al Andalus (SP), Misterika (Ukraine), Trance Adventures (Slovenia), Parihaka (NZ), Prana (NZ), Canaan Downs (NZ), AUM Psychedelic Festival (NZ) Dimension (NZ) and Resonance (NZ).
Stay tuned for a Terra Nine show near you!