thank you, all, for the positivity! you have created such a warm welcome for this weird lil collection of clips, I’m excited for the whole batch to be released :slight_smile:

ooo doggie. a lot of the filter modulation on ‘phylum’ is the last stage of a chain of modulated modulators. typically, deerhorn’s various outputs fm’ing the ultrasound which fm’s gong/av dog, which is also being modulated by the 3-roll and 4-roll which are also receiving modulation from deerhorn. one or many of these fm’ing the deerhorn oscillators.

having a touch controller (deerhorn) at the core of the patch is really lovely. small gestures, when chained and cross-chained, have wide-yet-recoverable affect. do it a little quicker, a little gentler, side-to-side instead of up-down. these are considerations that I wasn’t able to explore as deeply when working exclusively with eurorack.

hope this helps!



If you missed out on the first run of phylum tapes, no problem! We are doing a repress of 25! they are up for pre-order right now! They will ship out on 10/11, the same day that phylum will be released on streaming services!

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Great to see this being so successful - I am really looking forward to listen to my brand new cassette tape!

…will the first edition be signed then?..

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I pressed play before I read your description and was thinking this sounds like what it feels like to fall in love. Reminds me of fennesz and pita in that whole romantic noise genre.


this is a really meaningful note, thank you lee :revolving_hearts:

to riff, I think the partners we choose are very much expressions of every phase of the stuff touched on in the first post. we sometimes find others who give us opportunities to re-play those traumas, to give us another chance at addressing them as adults. we sometimes are able to find others who have had the same experiences and want to build a life of alternatives, to build the structures we wanted/needed but never received. love is a big piece. how we love others and how we ask to be loved are extensions of those themes, for better or for worse.

I had a grand plan that fell through, because the production process is split between Chicago and California :sweat_smile:. if we ever physically cross paths, though, I’ll make it right! :slight_smile:


Cool, so I will always take it with me, where ever I go from October on…:smiley:

purchased, this is so good! i love how every track has its own variety of either noise or bitcrushing- makes it feel like there’s a gentle rain throughout the whole album. :relieved:

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Finally got around to listening to the album in full today - really beautiful stuff @dan_derks, thank you so much for sharing it with us.


thank you so much @n-So + @rbxbx and everyone for letting phylum be a part of your lives for a little bit. it means the world :revolving_hearts:

this is such a lovely sentiment :slight_smile:
those ciat-lonbarde circuits are :sparkles: magic

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Preordered this then moved house. Fingers crossed I’ll have my music listening setup tonight to finally play it!

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i feel a sense of relief knowing the thread exists
somehow i missed it

was wondering why nobody was discussing this masterpiece and did a quick search before making a post to share with others

i like this album SO much
it is a full flood of emotions and i feel wonder, curiosity, joy and kinship while listening

there are more than a few tracks i wish i had made myself

wonderful achievement dan!
thanks for years worth of entertainment (and therapy)


j, it’s all muqarnas. your work + energy changed my life, in no small way. years of inspiration, a high watermark.

these words mean so much to me, thank you for sharing them :hugs:


Received the cassette today and I’m enjoying it a lot! Thanks for making this, @dan_derks! The sun is setting after a warm autumn day and your music is the perfect soundtrack for this moment.


Mine came in on saturday and we had a nice listen to it while cleaning some moldy records. It sounds even better on cassette - or is it the rusty old tape deck that is playing it again and again? I also noticed that I tend to listen deeper to cassettes then I do when playing files on the computer.

Thank you for this recording, @dan_derks !

…oh, and my record cleaning friend said, the cover design is nice - and right she is.


@dan_derks This is amazing and I LOVE LOVE it. We had a cold spell over the weekend and the heaters were not turned on yet. I put this in my ears and covered myself with blankets and the experience was indescribable really. Like being in the womb again perhaps. Anyway, bravo for another incredible release! Will be in heavy rotation for the foreseeable future.


this has been getting really heavy play over the last couple weeks.

the use of piano with the sequencing and sampling work all add up to something really wonderful @dan_derks


just wanted to thank you all for the deep kindness – those who posted such encouraging and warm sentiments here, as well as those who have shared energy with this release through instagram. it’s remarkable and means so so much. I will carry these thoughts with me for a long while :hugs:

also, Nolan Barry made this absolutely gorgeous video to spoiled water:


Bought. Lovely music, thank you very much for sharing!

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This community, I don’t know if we can call it a community, but certainly a community of minds, it never stops giving, and then, it never stops giving back. Your work is inspirational (it’s a word I don’t use lightly), it feeds both my heart and my brain, it helps at living, it helps at thinking. Rarelly did I ever find a place that, I thought, made me a better musician along with a more considerate human. It’s exhausting at times. But the release category has become one of my favorite places here. When I listen to Phylum, I feel like what we share here finally makes sense, and it goes somewhere. That even if we struggle with making our endless talks mean something, If it’s a burden to know wether or not we have an actual impact on the “the world we want to live in”, then still, then after all, because the music came first on lines, we still have something whole, something absolute, beyond our words and attempts at written communication, and so to me, as it’s always been since I started writing my own, at last there will be music. And as I write this I’m listening to @andrew’s beautiful M p k m c and I can’t help but think I’d like to write the same things to him too so here’s to him as well, and sorry if it’s not exactly on topic.


seconded, thirded, I’ll just get in line. I was actually thinking many of these thoughts this morning, about this place and Andrew’s contributions to our scene here in Chicago. making music is a funny thing – it thrives on focus and time and energy spent as much as it thrives on sharing focus and time and energy spent with other people. Andrew and Jade’s Open Space has been nothing short of transformational for me. over the last year, it’s collected people to do both sides of the music thing and it’s really healing.

thank you for sharing these thoughts, @LLK. it really means a great deal to be able to contribute to your sense of community here :hugs: