Pleased to announce my new release, Pulse Code, free/pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp.
Lately I’ve been creating albums by intentionally setting up my sessions to flow from one into the next as a continuous mix. I’ve felt like this transforms the idea of ambient as music describing a place, into a journey instead. But with this one, I thought: what if I keep a rhythm at a constant tempo throughout the entire work? What would that feel like?
The answer is, apparently, really tense. Or maybe that was just due to how I’ve been feeling the past few weeks, coping with some unwanted changes and events in my life. At any rate, what I get from listening to this is a strong sense of anticipation, and of being inexorably swept along without having control.
Working with (mostly simple) rhythm in this way was remarkably similar to working with drones. Depending on the track, my timing source was either Microfreak’s sequencer, an LFO in Bitwig Studio (feeding ramp waves and/or synced triggers out to the modular), or the metronome in Teletype.