I recently needed some distraction from working on my next "serious" album No Self, so I decided to play around with the mobile synth-sequencer app Caustic. A few days later, woops! I had accidentally produced an EP's worth of somewhat wacky, fairly unhip, and entirely fun electronic music. SO I've decided to share it with you all (stream in the player above!).
It's titled polysynthetic, a word which refers to a type of language where a single complex word is formed from several smaller morphemes, so that it conveys an entire sentence's worth of meaning. Due to the way Caustic is set up as a pattern-based sequencer, I had to write many small, distinct musical patterns and then string them together in different ways to create each song. That process reminded me of the way words in polysynthetic languages are formed. All of the song titles are approximate translations of non-English words with complex, idiomatic meanings. Though most of the languages these particular words come from are not actually polysynthetic, I still felt that they had the appropriate spirit, since it takes an entire sentence to translate their meaning to English.
I also made a few cassettes pairing polysynthetic with my previous electronic foray long ago, in the future. The tapes are transparent purple, hand-painted, and limited to an edition of 3 copies. 2 sold right away though, so there's only one left at time of writing! Check 'em out (click the image to go to the store page):
That's pretty much all there is to this brief update. Now I'm back to work on No Self. Thanks, as always, for listening and supporting my work! Hope you enjoy this little electronic detour.
♥ ∞ Alex