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about

I had been laid off for a 2nd time and instead of immersing myself in MMORPGs, I chose to try something different in fruity loops.

I hit record and didn't plan 1 thing. Well, ok, I planned for 1 thing and that was to be spontaneous, but you get the idea. Every digital nob I tweaked, every sound envelope that was delayed and smoothed was recorded. All effects added were spontaneous and all sounds were ad-hoc.

The sonic result reminds me of a Cicada that would buzz a very "electric" sound and slowly increase the volume of the sound to be slightly unbearable then the sound would fade and repeat.

See this video for comparison: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mah26og11ms

Listening to all 4 parts (originally 1 song) is like walking through a dark warehouse, with the buzz of florescent lights passing overhead. Suddenly a strange invention half Cicada and half digital is pulsing in the corner connected to wires and appears to be dormant until you hear it's sound.

The dead end tracks are lovely for holloween music, and holloween just so happens to be my bday.

After Hiromi, was literally written after watching Hiromi (www.hiromimusic.com) play at Scullers in Cambridge, MA. I remember looking at her as people were flocking to purchase her CD after a phenom show with her trio.

The album in general repeats the theme of walking up to something then walking away. The distance from the subject creating echoes that blend sounds of the subject and it's background until the distant noise is silenced.

Sola Sonitus (only noise) is literally noise from a 3 way oscillator through a parametric EQ using a bandpass that was pretty much drawn in. You'll hear pops and bops when the frequency changes were drastic.

The albums overall tone is much more dark than I'm accustomed to hearing, but the sadness and pain of the lay off was released from me when this was completed.

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released May 27, 2007

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Ruben Hudson, Massachusetts

Got into folk in college after seeing Leo Kottke, Christopher Williams, and Ellis Paul live. Got into the Drum&Bass genre thanks to WERS late late night show where DJ Food proved that even the rhythms of toothbrushing can enhance a song.

After college I listened more to Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Loess, Riton, and Beanfield for more inspiration. Mainly use Fruity loops for electronic songs.
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