For my 7th RPM Challenge album I’ve take a dystopian theme – yes, even more so than usual.
Due to various personal and domestic constraints I’ve had far less chance to prepare and work on the album this year. In fact I have had no preparation at all, so what is on there is largely a set of layered improvisations. ‘Introduction’ isn’t even layered, it’s a single take at the keyboard. For most of the tracks though, I’ve laid down an ‘idea’ track and worked with it by adding other sounds and instruments to make what, I hope, is a coherent piece of music.
The backing to ‘Restart’ was a late addition when a hard disk drive failed on me (luckily only a backup drive) making a strange a persistent rhythm I felt I just had to work with. So, despite starting this month with absolutely no plan at all I still managed to get 9 tracks totalling over 50 minutes. Oh the power of improvisation … and a 15 minutes ambient drone piece 😉
For those that care about these things here are the instruments I used on each track:
- Introduction: Yamaha Montage
- Trails of the City: Yamaha Montage, PreenFM2, builder taking my ceiling down*
- Cave Work: Octave electric violin with SY-300 guitar synth, Waldorf Blofeld
- Escape Route: MakeNoise Erbe-Verb+Mutable Systems ‘Clouds’, Electric violin, PPG softsynth
- Robot Dance: Emu Proteus, Yamaha Montage, PPG softsynth, spoons
- In my day this all was shoe shops**: Moog Sub37, DSi Tetra, Erbe-verbe, Octave Violin
- Restart: Failed hard disk, Yamaha Montage, Nord Lead A1,
- The Revolution will be short: Bastl Instruments Trinity Drum, Nord Lead A1, Emu Proteus, Electric violins
- The End: Nord Lead A1, Moog Sub37, Emu Proteus
*I told you it had been a busy time.
**Track 6 was originally going to be called “In my day all this was Tescos” which is a better, and arguably funnier, title but I didn’t want corporate lawyers on my back.
As always, it’s a pay what you want download release on bandcamp.