Ainm is a downtempo and electronica-oriented one-man project launched in 2005 by Moscow composer and musician Ilya Kovalev (now living in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom). Ainm (which simply means name in Irish) follows the style that could be roughly described as historical electro, a combination of computer music techniques with strong interest to historical musical forms and aesthetics.
At the same time, Ainm prefers to stay away from both thumping dance beats and naive New Age-esque attempts to perform medieval/ethnic music in a contemporary way. Although he likes to use certain authentic elements in his music, such as alternative tuning scales, timbres of early instruments, bits and pieces of medieval music theory, he deliberately avoids any stylisations and performs only original material.
New EP “Zero Spring” of the Russian-British project is focused on the idea of rest, stasis, end of journey, which in ritual and sacramental reality can turn into new beginning. The trademark mixture of electronic and acoustic elements now makes the grade with the bulk of sounds being of natural origin, treated and processed electronically to produce a peculiar, somewhat dark and spicy, sonic palette.