Sibir, the seventh Gateless Gate recording, is an ambient music exploration of the wild landscapes (and seascapes) of Siberia, from the southern hills of Buryatia to the high Arctic and under the
waters of the icy sea. Much of our music is inspired by wild places, whether it's the nature of our native Canada, the steppes of Mongolia, a British meadow or the high Arctic.
I have always had a fascination with the vastness and wildness of Siberia and wanted to see if I could capture the atmosphere of some of these places. Yakutia has recorded the coldest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere and is a place of great natural beauty. The mighty Yenisei is one of the world's great rivers, while the southern area of Buryatia is one of the centres in Russia of Mongol culture. Uninhabited and isolated Wrangel Island is one of the most mysterious places in the Arctic. And the Sea of Okhotsk hugs Siberia's far eastern shore, with thousands of kilometres of almost uninhabited coastline. These pieces are meant to evoke the beauty of such places and are delivered in an ambient music style influenced by early
German kosmische music as well as later ambient musicians like Thom Brennan and Steve Roach.