Поток

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Поток - The Flow.

Organic, evolving, and while often dark and seemingly malevolent there is beauty to be found between the shadows.

For this series, I used the Polivoks—a Soviet-era Russian Analog Monosynth. I am a child of the Cold War, and having been born on the side of the 'good' guys, I've always had a fascination bordering on obsession with all things from the USSR. Needless to say, the Polivoks is probably my most favorite analog mono, hands down.

Track titles are in Russian, as a kind of homage to this great Soviet Monsterpiece which sounds even more incredible now that it's in tune again (I forgot what a pain that is to do).

The recording signal chain is as follows:
Track 1 = PV -> Particle -> Météore -> MT50.
Tracks 2 & 3 = PV -> Phonic Taxidermist -> Particle -> Météore -> MT50.
Tracks 4 & 5 = PV -> Trinity -> Particle -> Météore -> MT50.

All tracks use the same effects chain:
Strymon Timeline -> Eventide Space.

Tape loops made from 1980s era used tapes bought from Yahoo Auction Japan.

English track titles:
1 Nightfall
2 A Nice Photo
3 The Bells
4 Bluebird
5 War Drums

Extra Info:

Special and sincere thanks to Egor for checking my Russian track names, and for listening to the album and suggesting a title. Much appreciated, my friend!

The cover photo is something I found on a blog that I cropped & tweaked. It's a monument in Serbia called Kosmaj (Google away, please). I've loved this monument since I first found it online maybe more than ten years ago. Something about it just captivates me, and somehow reminds me of the TV short series of The Martian Chronicles that aired back in 1980, when I was young and impressionable. But still, I thought the image looked familiar somehow. Turns out the same exact photo is in a book I bought not so long ago by Jan Kempenaers called Spomenik-The Monuments of Former Yugoslavia (Amazon is your friend here). I love architecture, and have a particular soft spot for Brutalist stuff and especially the crazy, futuristic and often bizarre monuments found across the former constituents of the USSR. I'd love to one day be able to see the Kosmaj monument in person, but until then, I hope Mr Kempenaers won't mind my using his photo.

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released January 29, 2017

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Chandlerism Kyoto, Japan

Moving forwards by looking backwards.

All recordings made on a Yamaha MT50 four-track recorder, using previously owned cassette tapes painstakingly transformed by hand into Chandler tape loops.

Members:

Jasper, Polivoks, Xpander, Nova II X, Lambda, EX90R, Météore, Space, Xtomp, Phonic Taxidermist, Trinity & T2.

None of this would've been possible if not for discovering AMULETSMUSIC.
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