Telurica is an electronica project of Valentin 'IngerAlb' Zechiu, which started in 2003. The initial idea behind it was to create dark & unusual music, by mixing ambiental keyboards with industrial sounds and noise elements.
January 2003: The debut album (finished in just one week), entitled "Anthems of Desolation" is released - a selfproduced material comprised of 9 songs trying to describe various human feelings of visceral nature.
The album was reviewed by magazines & Ezines such as: Hmm.ro, Dark Romania, Flowing Mist, Tempest, Metal Silvae, Phosphor, Shapeless, Maximum Rock, while some songs were aired by Romanian radio stations: Radio Orion, Radio Dada, Radio Terra Sat, Activ Fm.
Autumn 2003: Black Orchid Prods (Slovakia) releases the MC edition of "Anthems of Desolation".
July 2004: "The Calling of the Battlehorn" - Telurica's sophomore album - is released. In spite of being recorded shortly after the debut album (March - April 2003), the album is a proof of Telurica's rapid musical evolution: the songs are built on a symphonic base enriched by ambient keyboards, all completed with percussion and live bass guitar parts. The album is conceptual and consists of 8 songs, each being a chapter of a short story written by Valentin's wife, Roxana.
The album was reviewed by magazines & Ezines such as: Metalfan, Maximum Rock, Heavy Metal Magazine, Domina Futura and Metal Silvae, while several songs were aired by Radio Orion, BFE FM ("Face Of Freedom" radio show) and Pro FM ("Muzica grea" radio show).
"The Calling of the Battlehorn" title song was included on a compilation cd released by Dark Romania: "Dark Romania Compilation" (featuring 8 Romanian bands & 14 songs plus a multimedia section).
"Telescope" - previously unreleased Telurica song - is included on "Compendiu de muzica electronica", a cd compilation released by FIR Records that intends to introduce the Romanian Underground electronic music to the world; features 17 tracks performed by 15 artists from different areas such as IDM, Industrial, Ambient/Dark Ambient, Triphop, Breakbeat.
October 2004: Telurica signs a 2 albums deal with Trinity Records from Hong Kong. Trinity was supposed to release worldwide both "Anthems of Desolation" and "The Calling of the Battlehorn" albums in exclusive digipack format. These versions were to include extended bonus tracks as well as completely redesigned artwork for the 1st album. However, up to this day, Trinity Records failed to keep its part of the deal: total lack of communication, absurd motivations for constantly postponing the release date, etc. Needless to say this was a major setback and because of that "The Calling of the Battlehorn" was not properly & fully promoted while some other record deals were declined.
2005: The only way to get over all that was to start working on a new album and switch to self management. Therefore, between December 2004-January 2005, "Discordant Harmony", Telurica's 3rd album is recorded: 8 new urban electro songs; very rhythmic, mixing electro synth lines with tribal percussion, all wrapped in a grimey atmosphere. "Discordant Harmony" may be considered a musical equivalent of an urban meditation. The album's cover is created by Costin Chioreanu (Twilight13Media), a well known Romanian artist.
December 2006: Telurica releases "Trees Keep Growing" (EP). Recorded in 2004, it's one of the most peaceful sounding Telurica materials to date and may be considered the missing link in Telurica's musical evolution between "The Calling of the Battlehorn" and "Discordant Harmony". It also marks the transition to Internet Only releases. The song "Letter to Roxanne" is dedicated to Valentin's beloved wife, Roxana.
October 2007: Telurica offers to the public - again as an Internet only release - a new and aggressive EP: "Love Corrodes the Circuits". 4 tracks consisting of alert rhythms and industrial noises arranged in typical Telurica style.
March 2008: a new Telurica EP is recorded: "The Little Yellow Sound Machine", created both as an homage and tech demo for Korg's Kaossilator - 'the pocket synth'. It features 4 songs created 100% with the Kaossilator. Apart from a bit of reverb added on the drum tracks, some panning & volume adjusting, everything you hear comes straight from the little yellow box "as is" - no additional effects were used in order to preserve the exact sound character of the unit. "Lullaby To Sabine" is a very personal song and is dedicated to Valentin's beloved daughter, Sabina, born on June the 15th 2008.
September 2008: the song "If Only Humans Could Live Here..." is included on "Demons and Gods" compilation released by Deadknife Records.
2008 - 2013: activity is halted and the project goes on hiatus.
January 2013: Telurica is back & bearing gifts: "We Are Here", a brand new album with a spacey - trancy - electro - cyborg fueled sound, but also spiced with a retro vibe that will send you back in time to the wonderful electro of the '80s. It's mature, complex (most songs feature well over 40 distinct instrument instances), and loaded with nicely layered atmosphere. If you're familiar with Telurica's work, you will recognize its trademark sound that relies on ethnic percussion and arpeggiated synth patterns; but if this is your first, "We Are Here" is a great starting point and will keep you busy for a while due to lots of subtle background sounds that don't stand out (on purpose) during a brief listening. The album marks a decade of existence in the Underground scene which makes it quite a special release in Telurica's discography.
September 2013: "Synth Demo Sessions" is released. It's the result of a project based on a "give and take" philosohpy: today musicians have a huge array of free virtual instruments & tools at their disposal thanks to the creators of free music software. In return we can support the products we use and their creators. "Synth Demo Sessions" puts lesser known freebies in the spotlight and showcases their potential in song format examples. Further more, the tracks were created with the average music creator in mind, working on the fly. In order to preserve as much of the instruments' character as possible, only stock presets were used: no additional tweaking, no external effects - everything was kept as raw as possible. The album includes detailed info in PDF format.
September 2014: "Synth Demo Sessions 2" is released. Still based on the "give and take" philosophy and focused on freeware synths, only this time these are more full-fledged Telurica songs rather than simple audio demos: more sound layers, a darker & intense atmosphere, abbrasive basses, overdriven synth sequences, guitar-like leads, in short it's all about pushing the synths to their limits. The tracks focus both on recently released synths and old classics turned freeware, following the tradition established by the initial SDS album (only stock presets, no external effects, no automation, no sound processing whatsoever). There's also novelty bonus content: DIY skins created for a couple of the showcased plugins. As always, available for free download.