A deep and intriguing work of musical art
Strikingly beautiful terrain adorns Quest’s graceful ambient suites that merge together to form “Quay”. Akin to a quilt, the way Quest weaves these pieces together feels outright masterful [Beachsloth.com]
The history of Quest goes back to the mid-90's when 'ambient house' was looming large and Frans de Waard got tired of playing the same noise show as Kapotte Muziek and Beequeen which focused on a more dark drone sound. It was time for something lighter, ambient and, why not, perhaps a bit more rhythmical. A drum machine was bought but never understood and was only used for a couple of pieces on the 'Questionmark' LP, released as QST in 1994. That was the premature end of QST, but as Quest the project became more ambient and less rhythmic and a bunch of releases were released on Noise Museum and Lunar in the mid to late 90s. Somewhere in the late 1990s new possibilities and techniques came about and it was decided to move away from analogue synthesizers, field recordings and four track machines. It had been a good run.
Fast forward to 2014 and another development in technology. Apps developed for the iPad make it possible to create the rhythm music dreamed off in the mid 90s but that was never realized back then; QST all of a sudden gets a restart, with lots of pieces being composed and a 12" released by Inta (early 2017). An old fan of the Quest music felt he was left behind, and asked 'so is this technology also useful for some good old ambient music as Quest?' That seemed a fair question, so in mid 2015 work started on what became 'Quay', the first new material since 1996 (not counting Bandcamp re-issues of older music in recent years),and here Frans de Waard merges the most recent iPad possibilities with the lowest of recording devices, Walkmans and 4 track machines to create some exquisite ambient music that this time around uses synthesizers, apps, hiss from cassettes and field recordings. All hiss, pops and clicks to be found in 'Quay' is intentional.
Think Cosmische music, Brian Eno, Silent Records, Biosphere or old Quest and hear it as a combination of all of that in 8 highly diverse pieces of music and you have the Quest sound of 2017.