Retro

Compositions that actually can be qualified as "songs", ticking all the boxes that make them more catchy / ear friendly. Often unashamedly 70's AM radio in flavour, hence the category name. 

Bygones (ft. Daniƫlle Kuijten)

A pop-oriented track for the Type 3 Civilization-project. Whereas previous "Type 3"-tracks feature vocoded vocals in an electronic disco style, this track features an organic vocal sound, courtesy of Daniëlle Kuijten. Despite the organic leanings, the tracks sound is stil very much retro-tinged and harks back to a seventies feel, think Califo...

A pop-oriented track for the Type 3 Civilization-project. Whereas previous "Type 3"-tracks feature vocoded vocals in an electronic disco style, this track features an organic vocal sound, courtesy of Daniëlle Kuijten.

Despite the organic leanings, the tracks sound is stil very much retro-tinged and harks back to a seventies feel, think California, 16 mm film and quaaludes. As such, there's no vocal processing like pitch correction, pumping bass side chained to the kick drum, keeping everything unapologetically "1970's AM radio" in sound.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sun-Kissed Daze

Short excerpt of a summery vibe, created as a study in getting a danceable groove going in both unconventional and fluctuating time signatures (7/4 for the verse theme, 12/8 for the chorus).A wide stereo image is introduced by a phased electric piano starting off the song in a loungey manner, before the thin, clicking percussion kicks in forcing th...

Short excerpt of a summery vibe, created as a study in getting a danceable groove going in both unconventional and fluctuating time signatures (7/4 for the verse theme, 12/8 for the chorus).

A wide stereo image is introduced by a phased electric piano starting off the song in a loungey manner, before the thin, clicking percussion kicks in forcing the girls to shake their hips.

Further danceable additions come from a bass guitar played through an envelope follower for quirky vowel-like sounds added to the lower mids of the spectrum. Muddy electric lead guitars sit in between the latin-esque acoustic guitars for filling out the remainder of the field with melodic lines.

The initial recordings for this song originate from 2007 and span the first minute until the second verse starts. Five years later on, the original recordings where used to "comp" the remainder by re-assembling the original material whether in audio or MIDI form. Kind of like making music using samples. Only that you sampled yourself.

The coda concludes the piece with a final shift in the time signature by resolving to a straight 4/4 motif.

Sun-Kissed Daze is released as a single under The Type 3 Civilization-moniker.