Now mixing: Patterns in the Storm – Vol. II

0506-iIt’s been nearly a decade since I first put out Vol. I. Burning, printing and assembling the CDs by myself, one at a time seemed like the best way to go back then. Turned out to be tedious as hell! Since then, short run productions of CDRs are much more common, making life a lot easier for independent musicians such as myself. Last year, I put out a reissue of the 1st volume, complete with the unique, psychedelic packaging: a theme I plan to develop in the future with this series.

So what makes this a series? First of all, it’s a different style of music from my own brand of twisted electronic pop. It’s completely instrumental, and driven by vaguely strategic improvisation. It’s very experimental and too aggressive in tone to be ambient, although not quite harsh enough to be considered noise. However, if there is any binding concept to the series, it would be in the overall approach toward making the music. Over my many years of using electronic devices, I’ve become fascinated with the kind of accidental rhythms they generate on their own. Playing with multiple time based factors such as sequencing, envelopes, modulation, and delay, I love to just let them merge and conflict to create complex, pulsing sounds. I manipulate the machines with human purpose: to find order in the chaos, patterns in the storm.

I’m now working with a group of sessions that I recorded over the summer that I’m particularly happy with. The synthesizers I used are the Vermona Perfourmer, the DSI Evolver, MFB Kraftwerk as well as some soft synths on the computer. I have several new plug ins to be experimenting with. At this point, it’s still anyone’s guess as to when it’s going to be done. I’m hoping soon, but we shall all see.

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