Haven’t been active on here for a while - it hasn’t been a great year - but I have a new album out on Lontano Series titled The Whole World’s a Window and I Can’t See a Thing that I wanted to share with all of you.
Here are a bunch of download codes, which you could redeem here: https://rohsrecords.bandcamp.com/yum
Track by track breakdown:
The album is almost equally inspired by the workflow I developed for my first experience playing live last year and a mix I made for the show I used to have on Ma3azef radio. A lot of it is based in looping, resampling, granulating, and then layering the resampled parts over the original. A lot of distortion. Keeping everything at the edge of breaking.
The Whole World’s a Window
Pretty much lays out the workflow. It starts with a repeating pad sequence that is going through a very straightforward delay and eq effect chain. There is a generative aspect to it where a lot of the EQ parameters are controlled by LFO’s. This track is continuously resampled in another audio track with a Spectral Resonator set at fully wet and being played by a MIDI track. There is also a very muffled kick drum underneath everything that I bring in at points.
This is one is almost all 0-Coast processed by various Argeïphontes Lyre modules. I ran a bunch of 0-Coast sequences that I liked through these filters and processors, then fed the output back into them, and so on. From there it was pretty much all about cutting and layering the various elements in Live.
Started off as a piece I wrote fo an art exhibition years ago that I remixed and blended with elements of the preceding track. They just felt right together.
Tacks Pierce Young Feet
The only guitar-centric piece on the album, hence the kinda post-rock title, and a product of some experiments I made for one of the disquiet junto projects. I recorded very short guitar phrases, sent them out to two walkmen with 5-second loops, messed around with pitch and speed, then recorded them back (you can see a pattern evolving). Pretty straightforward stuff, but sounds good.
Decay in Grace
Made entirely using a recording I made at Notre Dame. Cut up bits or organ, bit of the choir, and then put them in a bunch of simpler and sampler instruments and proceeded to add copious amount of distortion and automation on the various filters, delays, sends.
The oldest song on the album, made using the Lyra 8 and 0-Coast. Did some extra processing using the Morphagene and QPAS, and the whole build up towards the end of the track is Live’s Saturator in waveshape mode being automated and getting increasingly nasty.
I Can’t See a Thing
This is almost all generative and is probably my favourite track on the album. Started with a simple wavetable chord progression that then kept being changed using the Max for Live Mutator. I recorded the MIDI out and then looped that and ran the audio through four parallel effects chains that are automated, cross faded with a variety of LFO’s. I then recorded the audio, listened back to all the different iterations, and chose my favourite one.
Hope you enjoy it, and gold star to whoever guesses the inspiration behind the album title