Night

dark, organic. The sound of sleep deprivation and paranoia set to music.

numen

Numen appears on the "Imago" album by Drosophelia, released on September 9th 2019....

Numen appears on the "Imago" album by Drosophelia, released on September 9th 2019.

undercurrent

Aural weaponry evident on recording: a lot of microphonic recordings really: acoustic guitar, multi layered vocals / glossolalia mumbling. The distorted delay comes courtesy of the custom made Regrader plugin, which is available for free on both macOS and Windows here Undercurrent appears as the opening track on Drosophelia's Imago album, releas...

Aural weaponry evident on recording:

a lot of microphonic recordings really: acoustic guitar, multi layered vocals / glossolalia mumbling. The distorted delay comes courtesy of the custom made Regrader plugin, which is available for free on both macOS and Windows here

Undercurrent appears as the opening track on Drosophelia's Imago album, released on September 9th, 2019.

equinox

Track written in 7/8 time signature using the Prometheus Neopolitan-scale in E. Recorded and sequenced in Bitwig Studio 2. Equinox appears on Drosophelia's "Imago" album, released on September 9th, 2019....

Track written in 7/8 time signature using the Prometheus Neopolitan-scale in E.

Recorded and sequenced in Bitwig Studio 2.

Equinox appears on Drosophelia's "Imago" album, released on September 9th, 2019.

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.

knock.turn

A portrait depicting the nighttime, or more precisely its potential for both serenity and intense paranoia. Instruments of interest evident on this recording: The main pad-like motif as well as the muted trumpet-like screeched come courtesy of a processed Piggy synthesizer (by Tasty Chips Electronics), which has a very tweakable envelope section....

A portrait depicting the nighttime, or more precisely its potential for both serenity and intense paranoia.

Instruments of interest evident on this recording:

The main pad-like motif as well as the muted trumpet-like screeched come courtesy of a processed Piggy synthesizer (by Tasty Chips Electronics), which has a very tweakable envelope section.

Most of the rhythmic and melodic motif come from the Piggy, with a few guitar overdubs and an electronic percussion during the middle climax.

intermission #2 - complaint

The results of using a mathematical algorithm for composition, using the time signature of 9/8 and the Middle Eastern Nikriz scale (in A) as the conditions.The algorhitm determines which notes are selected, their duration and their offset relative to eachother. These motifs then weave in and out of sync with eachother, occassionally overlapping, a...

The results of using a mathematical algorithm for composition, using the time signature of 9/8 and the Middle Eastern Nikriz scale (in A) as the conditions.

The algorhitm determines which notes are selected, their duration and their offset relative to eachother.

These motifs then weave in and out of sync with eachother, occassionally overlapping, at other times syncopating angularly.

The motifs were spread over bass, piano and vocal sounds for a wider palette.

Those interested in working with the algorithm (by Duncan Lockerby) can try the open source generator written by yours truly : Molecular Music Generator.

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.

browbeat

An ever-repeating vocal breaks the repetition of its mantra-like motif by subtly dancing around the pushing electric guitar- and percussive-motifs playing in an odd (and shifting) meter. Soundtrack to a retribution....

An ever-repeating vocal breaks the repetition of its mantra-like motif by subtly dancing around the pushing electric guitar- and percussive-motifs playing in an odd (and shifting) meter.

Soundtrack to a retribution.

contorted

Probably the result of what the nutcracker's suite would sound like if it was written by Lewis Carroll. Largest part of the recording consists of toy instruments (1.5 octave piano, flute and assorted wooden trinkets for percussive effect) doused in a bath of goth, deep saw bass and dubby rhythms. Original recordings stem from 2009....

Probably the result of what the nutcracker's suite would sound like if it was written by Lewis Carroll. Largest part of the recording consists of toy instruments (1.5 octave piano, flute and assorted wooden trinkets for percussive effect) doused in a bath of goth, deep saw bass and dubby rhythms.

Original recordings stem from 2009.

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.

bird of ill omen

Driven by a cavernous ambiance, you could describe the feel of the piece, at the very best, as "moody". The percussive opening repeats its motif endlessly, but with a time signature of 10/8 and its focus on fives, the accents appear to be floating more than they really are (to a western ear). Vocoded drones float in and out of the rhythm alon...

Driven by a cavernous ambiance, you could describe the feel of the piece, at the very best, as "moody". The percussive opening repeats its motif endlessly, but with a time signature of 10/8 and its focus on fives, the accents appear to be floating more than they really are (to a western ear).

Vocoded drones float in and out of the rhythm along with bell-like sounds and percussive water sounds to give the impression of an endless, floating ride in the darkness, to be perturbed by a heavy ride in the middle, courtesy of that-which-cannot-be-named.

scarabeus

"...after entering the dark tunnel of the pyramid, the archeologist was met with..."Bell-like harmonics play a minimal, understated theme aided by a large decaying reverb filling out the field. Tension slowly builds with the introduction of new instruments playing mostly staccato parts in a call-and-answer approach until the pieces climax is reache...

"...after entering the dark tunnel of the pyramid, the archeologist was met with..."

Bell-like harmonics play a minimal, understated theme aided by a large decaying reverb filling out the field. Tension slowly builds with the introduction of new instruments playing mostly staccato parts in a call-and-answer approach until the pieces climax is reached, after which the tension is suddenly released.

Scarabeus  appears on Drosophelia's "Imago" album, released on September 9th, 2019.

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.