It is my pleasure to announce a new album from our very own @DuellingAnts, available now on cassette and streaming via Folded Note Records.
I’ll let Hans take it from here and fill you in on all the technical and conceptual details, but I will just say that as someone who spends a good deal of time making my way around the streets of NYC, Here’s a Little Forest has provided a very nice respite opposite my regularly scheduled chaos.
thank you @srogers91 that’s a nice space to fill !
i’m glad this album is finally out.
my process was very patchy. throughout large parts of 2022 i wasn’t particularly excited about my own work, and, consequently, half has actually existed in many versions, as i kept changing it back and forth.
at one point, instead of focusing on full arrangements and compositions, i started recording and saving separate stems from my jamming sessions to a folder on my computer. it could be experimentation with a single sound source into wrms on norns, or a simple guitar sequence. as i embraced this method, my folder quickly grew in size.
so many times i’ve been trembling with excitement over a dense texture or simple loop segment, for it to be destroyed by trying to add layers to it and build something around it when i perhaps wasn’t ready for it.
this method is cool because it let’s me focus on what inspires me in the moment, and search for combinations of parts at a later stage. like a collage.
some of the saved stems were used on the album, a lot, however, just sit there waiting for a new life. so i decided it would be nice to share them for others to use as they like. i could have curated the folder slightly, but [here they are] feel free to use them (stems-pool from half - Google Drive)
yes, good catch ! i’ve used forester on some of these tracks