HYDRAH RELEASES THE CINEMATIC TRACK “OMINOUS” AVAILABLE NOW
OFF OF THE SIREN EP DUE OUT MAY 26
MELDING HER CLASSICAL, ELECTRONIC AND SCIENCE BACKGROUNDS
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Los Angeles artist Hydrah (Katie Kramarczuk), is in a category all her own. Her latest musical offering, “Ominous” showcases her mastery of two powerful genres: electronica and classical. The piece explores the underlying emotional juxtaposition between heavy electronic elements against soft piano and strings, that Hydrah describes as “a dichotomic tug of war between two elements, reaching a fluid balance, taking listeners through a cinematic sound journey. The track was written as an introduction to the EP as well as the introduction to my live set,” says Hydrah. “It has dark elements; the beat, the bass, the key, but the strings were meant to represent hope, inspiration and beauty, a theme I find recurring in all of the EP tracks.”
“OMINOUS” (soundcloud) : https://soundcloud.com/hydrahbeats/ominousofficial
Hydrah first touched a piano at just seven years old, by twelve she was performing compositions by Chopin and Sibelius, and at thirteen began playing cello, playing in the orchestra all throughout high school, all while refining and building her vocal performance and showmanship with solos in choirs, and roles in musicals.
In college her studies took a different turn and she majored biology receiving a Bachelors of Science, but music was always in her peripheral, and saw her to playing with a an Indonesian Gamelan orchestra to fronting and touring with a punk band, to which she attributes her energy and ability to interact with the audience. When Hydrah discovered Ableton Live, she dove in head first into to training herself on the software platform. She began to experiment with incorporating her classical roots, by creating interactions between strings, piano and Serum and Sylenth produced basslines. She recorded violin, piano, cello and vocals with a condenser microphone and laid this organic sound atop heavy techno inspired beats and melodies produced with Ableton, Native Instruments and Serum.
Pursuing a degree in biology took her into the field working as a conservation biologist on the beaches of Western Samoa and jungles of Costa Rica. She developed deep love and appreciation for nature working with animals in a rehabilitation center, endangered animals fighting tooth and nail to save their species – and then there were the sounds that she fell in love with. The dramatic calling of Macaws set against cicadas beginning to sing as the sun dissolves in a magenta sky. The sound of falling snowflakes lightly tapping giant coniferous trees on the side of a snow suffocated mountain. Parrot fish feasting on brilliant heads of coral as small blue chromis fish blanket you in a cape of electric light.
Listeners will hear these sounds throughout the Siren EP due out on May 26th. “Save You” features oceanic samples from the striped eel and Atlantic Dolphin, from samples collected using a hydrophone from coral reefs, one healthy the other critically endangered.”The future does look ominous when you are a scientist working in the field of conservation in current times,” says Hydrah. “This is dark, but something bad and beyond what we as a race have experienced yet will certainly happen if we continue down this path of destruction and disregard for other living beings.” This is Hydrah’s form of protest music, she is subliminally occupying the listener’s ears and brain waves with sounds from our planet, sending a subtle yet powerful message that this world is one worth saving.