Over the last six month’s I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with @pokk to put together this full length release for his label, SM-LL.
It’s being released on pre-order limited edition 12" clear vinyl and download as part of their Batch series, maybe @pokk can say more about what the series is all about.
This album began as a set of sound experiments as I was building pieces of my Serge system. With each new modules or panel, I spent time trying to understand its possibilities, limits, and edges. From these experiments I learned techniques for “patch programming”, using the patching of the instrument to specify what each component is meant to do in that specific context. I wanted to play with the raw electronic sound of the Serge but still make pieces that hold together as compositions and are unique from one another.
For this collection of pieces, I used patching as the sole means of sequencing and composing the music.
I started with a series of short and really sparse raw experiments just exploring the patches, recording everything I did. Then I emailed them to @pokk who provided some of the most thoughtful input and feedback on what are some really abstract sounds, including sending me links to recordings that it reminded him of. These really became reference points of developing the music, along with my usual big influences from Panasonic and that 90’s minimal scene.
I think I’ve posted this picture elsewhere, here’s the system used on these recordings:
I also used OTO Bim and Bam as the main effects, but a little bit of other stuff including Bugbrand PTDelay and COFilter.
I hope people find something in this, I really enjoyed making it and am grateful/excited to have it on SM-LL.