For the first time in 20 years, Daryl Groetsch is releasing music under his first name

It’s no surprise that Daryl Groetsch has released six new albums so far this year. As a Pulse Emitter, the Portland-based musician has released dozens of releases since 2003, ranging from dark, subterranean drones to warm, mellow New Age music that wouldn’t be out of place in the soundtrack of a documentary about the space.

But for this new batch of releases, he’s put all that aside.

Home Again, Beige World, Solitude, Ease, Scenes from a Planetand live in the clouds represent his first music under his birth name since 2002. The six self-released albums are live on a separate Bandcamp page, away from the clutter of the rest of his catalog – and he releases them two at a time, Back at home and beige world being the first pair to fall together.

Most new releases include four tracks that average about 10 minutes each (the outlier is Facilitatewhich devotes half of its running time to a 20-minute piece).

“The first two turned out to be four tracks per album, and while I was working on the second two,” Groetsch says, “I kind of had it in my mind that it was like an aesthetic that I had created for that.”

The sound is quiet even by Groetsch standards: no drums, nothing resembling a melody, just deep synth drones that convey both powerful longing and a deep sense of peace. And while the bright blues and pinks of Pulse Emitter’s New Age releases jostle against the darker covers of more ominous records on the project’s Bandcamp page, these six albums are bound together by their cover art: abstract aerial shots of clouds. ​and distant mountains, tinted to match the mood of the discs and stamped with Groetsch’s name in the lower left corner.

“I didn’t want to just pile it on top of the Pulse Emitter catalog, which is already a little too big,” says Groetsch. “I was a little too prolific, so I needed a clean slate.”

Daryl Groetsch was born in Missouri in 1975. His mother was a folk guitarist who taught her son her skills, but his most formative experience as a musically curious youngster was hearing the radio show Hearts of Space. Broadcast from the Bay Area since 1973, space hearts focuses on ambient, New Age and electronic music under the overall banner of “space music”.

“I just remember one time when I was in the garage at night when my dad was working on a car or something, and the music was on,” Groetsch says. “The garage was this cluttered place, dimly lit by electric lights, and something about hearing this music in a nighttime setting just carried me away.”

Groetsch played in jazz and rock bands throughout high school, but when he enrolled in Missouri State University’s composition program, he discovered both the synthesizer and the mind-blowing possibilities it opened up. musicians like Aphex Twin, The Orb and The Future Sound of London. towards electronic music in the 90s (around the same time he also began to actively listen to Hearts of Space).

Groetsch’s first albums under his own name date from this period, and they are hard to find. “I wouldn’t really look for it,” Groetsch says. While his music from this era isn’t bad, it seems to adore the artists he discovered in college, as opposed to the distinctive sound and vision he established when he launched Pulse Emitter in 2003. , five years after moving to Portland.

As an impulse emitter, he explored noise music, which he describes as a “tribal ambient vapor wave”, and melodic synth music. But space hearts still lingered in the back of his head.

“I kind of always wanted to do this kind of pure ambient spatial music, which I enjoyed and struggled to do,” Groetsch says. “Which seems counter-intuitive. It should be the kind of music that’s easy to make. But with Pulse Emitter, I was not able to make it simple.

Why is Groetsch finally able to make this music? He doesn’t have a clear answer, although recording on an iPad rather than in the studio may have something to do with it.

“I’m not sitting in the studio trying to be serious,” he says. “I do it on the couch or in the car. This aspect contributes to being able to really relax while I’m doing it, which isn’t always the case when you’re making electronic music.

Groetsch is taking a break from recording for the summer (to better give listeners a chance to catch up on the cumulative four hours of music he’s released this year). But that’s not the end of his space music dreams: “I plan on doing it for the rest of my life, to be honest.”

SEE : Daryl Groetsch performs with Golden Feelings and The OO-Ray at Turn! Round! Turn!, 8 NE Killingsworth St., 503-284-6019, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. 21+.