Industrial

electronic, frantic, dense and multi layered. Detailed percussive motifs and hardware based synthesis.

jovian hailstorm

A microtonal industrial sketch. Microtonal music or microtonality is either music employing the use of microtones (intervals smaller than a semitone, also known as a "microinterval") or any music using intervals not found in the customary Western tuning of twelve equal intervals per octave. The microtuning employed here is a 21 note per octa...

A microtonal industrial sketch.

Microtonal music or microtonality is either music employing the use of microtones (intervals smaller than a semitone, also known as a "microinterval") or any music using intervals not found in the customary Western tuning of twelve equal intervals per octave.

The microtuning employed here is a 21 note per octave scale known as "Tonos-21 PIS" (Diatonic Perfect Immutable System) where the tone ratios are:

8/7, 16/13, 4/3, 32/21, 32/19, 16/9, 2/1, 32/15, 16/7, 32/13, 8/3, 64/21, 64/19, 32/9, 4/1.

This tuning was applied to the U-He Bazille modular synthesizer.

The track also features the Regrader VST plugin for obliterating echoes.

diapause

Algorithmically generated composition fed through several different modular synthesis configurations to sound like the final clash of two insect colonies. Modular synthesis provided by the Make Noise 0-Coast....

Algorithmically generated composition fed through several different modular synthesis configurations to sound like the final clash of two insect colonies.

Modular synthesis provided by the Make Noise 0-Coast.

scutterblotch

Revolving around a percussive pattern and bass riff created by the Ploytec PL2 synthesizer, this track is an exercise in early 90's computer sounds, modular synthesis and stuttering beats in an overall sci-fi feel. Part of the experiment was to have a dark, murky palette while maintaining separation between all the actors. A bit like requesting to...

Revolving around a percussive pattern and bass riff created by the Ploytec PL2 synthesizer, this track is an exercise in early 90's computer sounds, modular synthesis and stuttering beats in an overall sci-fi feel.

Part of the experiment was to have a dark, murky palette while maintaining separation between all the actors. A bit like requesting to be able to run through water.

Aural weaponry evident on this recording :

Ploytec Pi Lambda Squared (PL2) synthesizer for torn bass sounds. Make Noise 0-Coast modular for everything freaky.

Scutterblotch appears on Drosophelia's 2018 EP, "Pupa".

pulseworm

Based on a forgotten guitar riff used years ago in a poorly recorded song. By ditching the originals "drum 'n bass metal"-vibe and adopting amore sci-fi approach to the instrumentation. The composition was reimagined and extended to sound like the accompaniment to a large moloch, endlessly ploughing forwards. Aural weaponry evident on this recordi...

Based on a forgotten guitar riff used years ago in a poorly recorded song. By ditching the originals "drum 'n bass metal"-vibe and adopting amore sci-fi approach to the instrumentation. The composition was reimagined and extended to sound like the accompaniment to a large moloch, endlessly ploughing forwards.

Aural weaponry evident on this recording: Ploytec PL-2, Electro-Harmonix Super Ego combined with NI Reaktor Blocks. Recorded and produced in Bitwig Studio 2.

Pulseworm appears on Drosophelia's 2018 EP, "Pupa".

vexed

A short workout featuring the jagged, lo-fi sound of the Ploytec PL2 (Pi Lamba Squared) synthesizer almost exclusively. The PL2 is a "lo-fi" synthesizer in that it features extensive sound shaping options creating heavily aliased square waves, basically degrading a signal beyond acceptable levels of fidelity. For additional interest, a meter of 5...

A short workout featuring the jagged, lo-fi sound of the Ploytec PL2 (Pi Lamba Squared) synthesizer almost exclusively.

The PL2 is a "lo-fi" synthesizer in that it features extensive sound shaping options creating heavily aliased square waves, basically degrading a signal beyond acceptable levels of fidelity.

For additional interest, a meter of 5/8 has been employed along with an algorhitmic composition using diminished scales. This composition has been generated using my Molecular Music Generator-program which was based on an algorhitm by Duncan Lockerby.

This track also functions as the soundtrack / auditive pulse for the short film "Erasure - the right to be forgotten".

Vexed is featured on Drosophelia's "Imago" album, released September 9th, 2019.

barren

The track revolves around a 9/8 rhythm and is based around the Hungarian Minor scale, though by deriving its modes it provides a more Arabian than gypsy flavour. The lo-fi output of the Ploytec PL-2 synthesizer provides a jagged texture in the bass line that revolves around more crisp ambient sounds, derived from several recorded guitar "accidents...

The track revolves around a 9/8 rhythm and is based around the Hungarian Minor scale, though by deriving its modes it provides a more Arabian than gypsy flavour.

The lo-fi output of the Ploytec PL-2 synthesizer provides a jagged texture in the bass line that revolves around more crisp ambient sounds, derived from several recorded guitar "accidents" fed through multiple delay lines.

The resulting composition sketches a "brooding feel of ruin and abandonment in a desert". Disney wouldn't have any of it for Aladdin. 

point-blank

Morse code-style percussive sounds provide the rhythmic backdrop for a hyperactive arpeggio repeated on both bass guitar and bass synthesizers....

Morse code-style percussive sounds provide the rhythmic backdrop for a hyperactive arpeggio repeated on both bass guitar and bass synthesizers.

This Paradox of Mine (ft. Pelle Kuipers)

A collaboration with Pelle Kuipers for his Sketchy Songs on Saturday-project. For Sketchy Songs Pelle collaborates with a different musician each week. The style / genre can thus be completely different from a previous song. Apart from writing and recording the music, Sketchy Songs also provides a platform for video / graphical art as e...

A collaboration with Pelle Kuipers for his Sketchy Songs on Saturday-project.

For Sketchy Songs Pelle collaborates with a different musician each week. The style / genre can thus be completely different from a previous song.

Apart from writing and recording the music, Sketchy Songs also provides a platform for video / graphical art as each song will be accompanied by a video.

For This Paradox of Mine most writing duties and singing came from Pelle, with production and background layers provided by myself. The video comes courtesy of Pelle, Amber Vermue and Lisa Raisa Ferrari.

squelch (Tasty Chips Piggy demo)

This composition acts as a demo showcasing all the possibilities of a particular instrument. Apart from the percussion all sounds evident on this recording stem from a Piggy, an Arduino-driven monophonic synthesizer developed by Pieter van der Meer of Tasty Chips Electronics. Apart from occasional use of overdrive and delay, all sounds were ...

This composition acts as a demo showcasing all the possibilities of a particular instrument.

Apart from the percussion all sounds evident on this recording stem from a Piggy, an Arduino-driven monophonic synthesizer developed by Pieter van der Meer of Tasty Chips Electronics.

Apart from occasional use of overdrive and delay, all sounds were recorded dry, showcasing the sound of a Piggy as it is delivered from its output. This highlights the dynamic range of the synthesizers ADSR envelopes, FM modulation and resonant filter,

There are a total of eleven Piggy tracks, of which four are harmonizing with eachother either creating chords or multi-voice melodies.

byzantone

Having been without the sonic nor lyrical inspiration to finish the two "proper songs" that are in the in the pipeline, "Byzantone" came about after deciding to spend a day off with the assignment to "create a short groove in 7/8-time using the Byzantine (double harmonic major)-scale and its derived chords". The track is the result of imposing two...

Having been without the sonic nor lyrical inspiration to finish the two "proper songs" that are in the in the pipeline, "Byzantone" came about after deciding to spend a day off with the assignment to "create a short groove in 7/8-time using the Byzantine (double harmonic major)-scale and its derived chords".

The track is the result of imposing two requirements prior to writing the composition : it must be in an odd meter and feature a non-Western scale/mode. Apart from meeting these prerequisites, the track had to be completed in a "see how for you can get within a few available hours"-time constraint to keep spontaneity.

the sentry

A blend of metallic industrial percussion, jagged beats, a hefty dose of pulse-width modulation and ethnic instruments. The narrative of this track shouldn't be unknown to those familiar with the horror that is Geoff Crammonds "the Sentinel" : opening with an ominous drone outlining the tension one feels when desperately trying to remain discreet,...

A blend of metallic industrial percussion, jagged beats, a hefty dose of pulse-width modulation and ethnic instruments.

The narrative of this track shouldn't be unknown to those familiar with the horror that is Geoff Crammonds "the Sentinel" : opening with an ominous drone outlining the tension one feels when desperately trying to remain discreet, this suspense lasts for a few measures only until it is interrupted by an air raid siren setting the pace to ramming speed as the protagonist is found in the shadows.

The middle section outlines the inevitable clash which leads back to a more positive portrait of the initial conflict theme...

...but was the actual outcome indeed positive ?

foulmouth

After originating as an exercise in rippling classical guitar arpeggios, the final result is far removed from the original mellow vibe. Keeping the dark harmonic minor tonality, but ditching the acoustic guitar of the demo, the compositions arpeggiated melodies have been synthesized by an Atari 2600, limiting the polyphony to only two channels.Bein...

After originating as an exercise in rippling classical guitar arpeggios, the final result is far removed from the original mellow vibe. Keeping the dark harmonic minor tonality, but ditching the acoustic guitar of the demo, the compositions arpeggiated melodies have been synthesized by an Atari 2600, limiting the polyphony to only two channels.

Being an outtake for an Atari-related project where the track didn't fit the context, a different approach was taken where the Atari sounds act as part of a larger palette.

Added to the lo-fi paranoia are the glitchy beats, both holding back and pushing the rhythm by shifting their accents in the otherwise conventional 4/4 meter. Droning guitars rumble over the square wave assault.

The Atari 2600 parts have been programmed using Paul Slocum's sequencer kit and excellent programming guide.

heliopolis

Arrives at your ears in three parts: An eastern-tinged opening, in which low flute-esque sounds pair up with percussive glass sounds and wooden hits. This slowly leads into the drumbreak section where filtered slap bass coupled with effected guitars and washes of synthesizer pick up the pace frenetically. This part moves steadily towards its end w...

Arrives at your ears in three parts:

An eastern-tinged opening, in which low flute-esque sounds pair up with percussive glass sounds and wooden hits. This slowly leads into the drumbreak section where filtered slap bass coupled with effected guitars and washes of synthesizer pick up the pace frenetically. This part moves steadily towards its end where it breaks down into a piece that is best described as "stoner dub", where off-beat hits complement the percussive sounds of the piece's opening, accompanied by abstract noises for a downbeat outro.

ganymede

Kindly remixed by Mike Senior for the December 2011 issue of Sound on Sound magazine. Multi-part composition: starts off with a wall reminiscent of being inside a ballistic object breaking through the clouds while being met with chants during it's descent ( it happens, you know ).The main part ( "ascension" ) features low string-esque pads paintin...

Kindly remixed by Mike Senior for the December 2011 issue of Sound on Sound magazine.

Multi-part composition: starts off with a wall reminiscent of being inside a ballistic object breaking through the clouds while being met with chants during it's descent ( it happens, you know ).

The main part ( "ascension" ) features low string-esque pads painting a moody melody, paired with "spaceship engine" sounds propelling the cosmonauts forward into a crunchy guitar chord crash ( playing Rachmaninov-style inversions of minor chords ) predicting catastrophe. After a repetition of these parts it descends into a demented dance that sounds like a drooling monster tongue tripping over itself.


Aural weaponry of interest that is evident on this recording: a velocity-layer sampled toy piano which was bought off eBay ( the piano that is, the sampling still had to be undertaken ), that appears in the second occurance of the main theme, along with a SH-101 synthesizer which, after having it on loan for months, ends up being used just to go 'bip-bip-bip'...

Ganymede appears on Drosophelia's 2018 EP, "Pupa".

the gospel of the hoof

..."preached at the altar of decay", of course. This can be described as pastiche for those of an industrial metal-bent. Guitars are down-tuned to B for a typical grinding flavour. Further sonic manglings are catered for by the Elektron SID station and bass guitar thumping. A quick burst of energy-type-of-tune....

..."preached at the altar of decay", of course. This can be described as pastiche for those of an industrial metal-bent. Guitars are down-tuned to B for a typical grinding flavour.

Further sonic manglings are catered for by the Elektron SID station and bass guitar thumping. A quick burst of energy-type-of-tune.

fisher price deathmachine pt. II

One of the louder tracks on display. Loud drum snares and distorted guitars make for a very violent mix, led by a chugging groove backed by industrial washes which is probably reminiscent of what would happen if there were a transitional album between Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals, if that was written by KMFDM. Abstract breathing sou...

One of the louder tracks on display. Loud drum snares and distorted guitars make for a very violent mix, led by a chugging groove backed by industrial washes which is probably reminiscent of what would happen if there were a transitional album between Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals, if that was written by KMFDM.

Abstract breathing sounds set a industrial atmosphere over the rigid four-to-the-floor kick and hi-hat patterns.

For additional interest, syncopated snares sounds and open hi-hats float around the main percussive rhythms just before the distorted sounds give way a cleaner epilogue.