Cool Maritime: Sharing Waves - Full Album Now Streaming


so excited to share these new sounds with you all!
much love and thanks to monome and whimsical for the ever inspiring creative instruments :slight_smile:

*music excerpted from the LP Sharing Waves out World Wide June1
*video shot + directed + scored by Sean Hellfritsch/Cool Maritime


Sean Hellfritsch returns to Leaving Records with his second outing for the label as Cool Maritime. Sean is an active mixed-media visual artist, filmmaker, and modern modular electronic composer living and working in North East Los Angeles with his wife Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

Sharing Waves is all-expansive environments, and fully-realized worlds to explore and get lost in. A persistent sense of adventure and excitement is practically baked into the songs, many of them having been recorded in inspiring and remote outdoor locations using a nomadic studio including a “lunchbox” modular system. The narrative flair of this instrumental music comes naturally to Hellfritsch, who is also an accomplished filmmaker. What you hear is musical ideas captured in moments of awe, happiness and inspiration. Although the sounds are largely electronic, the feeling is organic, with lush arrangements that breathe and breaststroke their way gracefully through the open air. Illustrative song titles like “Forest Bathing” and “Secret Caves” evoke inviting landscapes of reflection and resonance. Pristine and glassy droplets of sound pitter over damp and mossy beds of emotional chords and feelings, as escape turns inwards.

In an interesting contrast to the nature-heavy motif, a number of the tracks on Sharing Waves were the result of a commission to create pieces for a large outdoor plaza in downtown Los Angeles. This dichotomy of nature versus development makes for an interesting fold in these fully realized compositions. As for the album’s title, Hellfritsch, who is an inveterate surfer, explains: “Sometimes surfing can be a competitive environment with crowded breaks and not enough waves to go around. The ‘right of way’ rule is that the first person to catch the wave closest to where it’s breaking gets it. It’s a known rule and everyone expects you to respect it – but the exception to that rule is that friends love to share waves. It’s a joyful experience to be riding this big undulating ripple of water with a pal alongside you. Such a unique moment of fun and connection and excitement that always sticks with me.”

Be it in a beautiful natural environment like those of the albums’ creation or shut away indoors, Hellfritsch says he’d love for people to experiment with different ways of listening. “My favorite way to listen is laying on the floor in a dark space with some nice speakers. The tape deck in my 1987 Toyota van while driving very slowly along a windy, foggy coastal road would be runner up.” This idyllic image of a reliable old ride propelling through an endlessly unfolding seaboard perfectly captures the magic and mystery waiting to be found on Sharing Waves. Hellfritsch says, “the biggest thing i learned on this album was to trust my intuition when making music and not spend too much time second guessing myself. Just go for it and have fun!” Tune in with an open mind, and dare to share a wave.

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absolutely gorgeous video, so excited for June!


Forest bathing is the best.


Beautiful music and video. Makes me want to leave the city for good.


echoing the beautiful song/beautiful video sentiments, very inspiring work. really great record packaging too. can’t wait to hear the whole thing!


@shellfritsch did you record the whole record with just the OP-1 tape? I love my OP-1 and seeing this makes me love it even more. The tape is so powerful.


Lovely! Can’t wait to check it out


This is fantastic Sean… refreshing, beautiful… thank you and pre-ordered.


lovely video. looking forward to hearing the whole album.

edit - I can’t stop listening to Sharing Waves. fantastic work.


Oh my goodness, what an absolutely beautiful track that is (Climbing Up)! Somehow links “Tea Time Travel” and “Some Sort of Wave Portal” in a really nice way. Best elements from both. Also super nice video. Can’t wait to hear the whole thing : - )


Almost all of the compositions began with recordings made to the op-1 tape that were then taken through other processes and finally assembled and polished on the computer. It’s been very valuable in capturing off the cuff creative moments.

Thanks everyone for all the kind words. Looking forward to sharing the other tracks soon :slight_smile:


You just got points. :wink: Sounds incredible so far! Can’t wait to give it a proper listen!

ps. are you going to Moogfest with Kaitlyn?


Sounds wonderful. Very much looking forward to all of this


Sounds Awesome! And the visuals are amazing. What a location :heart_eyes:
I wish we had forests like that in Australia.


Came for the music, stayed for the beanie. Absolutely wonderful stuff, looking forward to June 1st.


Yes, we will be there for the whole thing!


Very inspiring setup and great sounds too. Can you please post pictures of your portable kit?

Thanks for sharing!


i like to mix it up for different adventures… that video is the best documentation i have of it in that config.


Great video and great track!

Is that a Peli case that’s been converted into a little lunchbox rig?

I managed to grab an old Peli case before it was thrown away. Keep meaning to make a little synth lunchbox with it :briefcase::musical_keyboard:


it’s an LBZ-54 by pulplogic