I’m very excited (and somehow nervous) to finally be able to post this! It’s my first proper album, the culmination of 5 years of work. I’ve made this a pre-order for now, because I need to finish assembling the tapes (yes a small run of tapes is coming!) and a few other things. It will be released December 4, 2020.
Here’s some download codes (let me know which ones you’ve used in the comments):
bwf4-3ev5 | wsah-cugr | pq7p-cpfl | rbwr-wrej | x76b-e2pw | hm3w-3dus | hrvq-hhal | 4xb9-5e3e | 4cvu-b3du | qsfa-h44p | bhdr-vpe2
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About the Album
Intimate Spaces is a musical exploration of non-inhabitable architectural spaces and their sounds, performed and produced using a mixture of field recording, sampling and synthesis.
It is an album about the dark, cold and claustrophobic interior of a concrete bridge, the sounds from the street heard through a 5-storey cavaedium and the dripping noise of a pool leaking into the service room below it.
The sounds of the outside become the sounds of the inside, but not before having been radically changed and shaped into something new.
Ultimately, this is an album about inhabiting the sounds of uninhabitable spaces.
Making of and track notes can be found here: kvsu.net/kurodama/intimatespaces/index.html
Thanks and Credits
Heartfelt thanks to: Elizabeth, Nicolaj, Ubumaic, Akirasrebirth, John Mitchell aka @jlmitch5 , Matthias Puech aka @mqtthiqs , Razvan Lazea-Postelnicu aka @zanscath , Émilie Gillet @pichenettes , Fabio Franz, Agriturismo il Gonzeto, Rachele Malini, Barbara Nagl, Marc Weidenbaum aka @disquiet , the local noise/experimental scene in South Tyrol, all the nice people here on the forum, who have been an inspiration and a source of interesting discussions!
Recorded and composed between 2015 and 2019 in Bolzano/Bozen, Montepulciano, Caldonazzo, Italy
I have a lot I would like to say about this album, but it’s going to be a very long post and I’m also not really done with writing all my thoughts down. I love it when artists share their process and show how their tracks were made. So I’d like to humbly contribute to this, by sharing how I made the tracks on this album: Not that there’s anything special about how I made these, but perhaps it can be start of an interesting conversation.
Let me start with the track that is currently available on the preorder, “Bridge”.
There’s a torrent close to where I grew up. It’s mostly dry in summer, but carries a lot of water when the snow melts or when it rains a lot. The torrent bed is relatively large and mostly made of sand and rocks. I loved to play there when I was a kid.
The loud “thump” sound, which vehicles produce when transitioning from the street to the bridge, became the sonic foundation of the composition, resulting in this bass drum-like pulse, which can be heard throughout the track. The sounds I recorded in the metal funnel were then used to add further percussive elements.
The same “thump” sound was also used as an impulse response inside a convolution-based reverb plugin (Liquidsonics Reverberate). This enabled me to apply the same spatial quality found beneath the bridge to synthesized sounds.
To create more pitched materials and to add harmonic elements to the composition, I used a modal resonator module (Rings from Mutable Instruments) to process the percussive sounds from the bridge and the funnel. The bass drone is just a simple patch made with Ableton Live’s Analog synth.