No Metro [Trilogy]

DISCLAIMER

there’s no way to describe this ep without first acknowledging a fact: i cant really make great dance music…and have no authentic ties to rave culture or the kind of parties that have given birth to techno, house & a million other styles

my musical diet has gradually been dominated by artists who embody these styles and i feel drawn to the spirit and substance of their approach to production

the works of two artists helped me “admit” that i truly love electronic music and synthesis: portable sunsets + gabriel reyes-whittaker [gifted & blessed / abstract eye / the reflektor / poly / the steoples]

other notable peers and predecessors i’ve enjoyed learning from include…
steve spacek
terrence dixon
actress
drexciya
rucyl
mike boo [gunkhole / secret sidewalk]
afrikan sciences
funkineven
kyle hall
suzi analogue
jay daniel [audire]
ahnnu
dâm funk

during the past year i’ve spent quite a bit of time absorbing and appreciating “lessons” from 3 NY producers in particular: the nativist, acemo, moma ready

ace befriended me on soundcloud yrs ago and i’ve always loved his genuine style and enthusiasm for music [seriously, check black pop if you havent already]

imagine my surprise when he and moma ready lined up a show in my hometown this past week!

i knew i’d miss it but chose to commemorate the occasion with an ep release anyway

they rep NY and their music heroes on every track so i thought it would be fitting to shift focus to my own production roots and the inspiring artists who led me deep into making music the way i do

PS

this is what i hinted at with the last track on cctrx 4

https://ifizu.bandcamp.com/track/pegao

the title is a joke
half about the crappy local transport within the city
half about my aversion to metronomes within a daw

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can’t wait to hear on good big speakers!

my excitement was just building and building and building as I read the album description and I must say (as a huge fan of suzi, acemo, actress, YOU et al) that this DELIVERS.

Thank you so much for making and sharing this.

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thank you

as always i hope at least one track resonates with you…
when you’ve had time to digest i’d love to hear which were your favorite[s]


  • kst
  • calder
  • gelik
  • azucena
  • udc
  • mporã
  • pigin
  • wool
  • kitfo
  • odomi

0 voters

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Wonderful guy, my wife and I got to meet him and stay at his house in a historic district in Detroit a few years ago when I played at a show during Movement. His two hour live set at that show was my favorite (other artists included Octave One, Doc Martin, and Speedy J …), covering the range from tribal ambient through banging techno. It was quite an education watching him work dual Roland 707s.

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wow…would be amazing to see live
i got into his work after learning that actress looked up to him

listening to him gave me confidence to dwell on more subtle moments and shifts in a loop or sequenced rhythm

also…detroit is such an underrated treasure

you can meet the most talented/influential artists in the most mundane places (will never forget when i shared a meal with the electrifying mojo and at the time didn’t know who he was)

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wool is legendary already, j. how it moves through phases, rhythm and swing coalescing in and out of what you assume would happen next. it creates a sense of immediate memory, which is overwritten with each bar. i’m blown away.

any depth of background you can give to this one would be :pray:

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the fruit of my longstanding friendship with nik bugaev…
looped an excerpted part (the meandering synth w/ long fading envelope) from one of his freestyle sessions and arranged around it

the other two layers (drums, keyboard bass) were fun to make

drums were pulled from a long recording with now-defunct web tool html909 and i had tons of fun creating the rhythm from scratch

i hate keyboard synths but this is one of the few times when i took a partially completed song and sat with a traditional synth (crumar performer) to finish the song

the melodic line is a mess but i tried to mimic the the emotion in niks melody and shift focal points and accents in the beat by how i played

when i first made it i was disappointed with the results
since then it has grown on me

i’m most proud of the cymbals and drum programming which were all done live in my browser (except the pitch shift) including the parameter changes and muting . drums were dubbed to cassette for extra texture before mixing with the other elements of the song

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thanks to everyone who supported this project, shared their favourite tracks and gave other valuable feedback

i’ve spent the last few weeks crafting something i consider a sequel to no metro

(some of yall have already seen/heard snippets via instagram but for those who dont use social media i’m linking here…)

there’s many more tunes ready and can’t wait for yall to hear em!

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Nice work. wool took me back to memories of playing Autechre’s excellent Garbage EP on repeat (listen to PIOBmx).

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played some of my latest music for my partner and based on her reaction have chosen to release this 15 min EP with her 3 favorite tracks

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solid curation method

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enjoying this a lot. played it through a couple times today. I really appreciate the emphasis on rhythm and texture in your music

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that means a lot
thank you

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‘Wool’ is just texturally stunning to me

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editing and recording the third in the series (is this a trilogy?)

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Hey yall, proud to share the latest release

~17mins of computer generated rhythms and digital synth cycles

please share your thoughts, questions, observations w/ me…i’m happy to discuss details (as always)

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