Synapsis Records

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4.16.14

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Synapsis rocks next with a full ep from G. Marcell called The Coming (Future). In this four tune project G. Marcell shows off his melodic skills with many nice melody and bass line phrases. The dance energy is non stop and as the ep progresses so does the deepness. Perhaps the future is all ready here, let’s listen to the the sonic waveforms.

Barbarix///A stuttering bassline begins the ep as the beat drops, melodic notes appear that starts to vary in note length. Percussion beats as toms hit in between the quarter notes. Sounding like the name with the rough and taking no prisoners textures.

Silent Rush///Next up is a tune where the tones stay in the higher note registers. The bass line is sneaky as the note timbre begin low and tail off to higher tones. Syncopation everywhere as the beat drops after a few intro phrases. Droning notes help to fill out the tune, later a chord progression opens up with new melody notes added, causing a nice B section. Banging percussion all the way through.

Warped Mind Structure (People)///Though the beat is 4/4 the elusion of a break beat is perceived as the toms syncopate. A deep bassline kicks in to anchor the beat. Even deeper chords come in afterward to emote feelings of the past. People can you feel this? The bassline subtly becomes more complex as time floats by.

DirtyAsDistortion///Ending this 12″ with another grimey bassline is very fitting, a manic bass rides as the kick hits. Notes drone at the top, then suddenly a string melody line comes in, adding feelings to the mix. But the melody only last a moment as the bass line beats only to re-appear again. Yeah work it out.

Four jams moving in unison to bang the box!

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4.16.14

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The album Astral Traveling by Innerspace Halflife is among us with 9 tunes straight from the universal psyche, yet articulated with the tools of human perception through waveforms. Deeper and deeper the tunes take a listener on a journey of spacey pads, longing melodies, electronic bass notes, and jacking drum programming.

In terms of human understanding, the universe is infinite which makes any scenario one can think of possible. With this in mind, Astral Traveling was composed and explores the deepness of creativity as Innerspace Halflife reaches down to pull out sounds using various techniques.

The story begins with Teardrop from Nebula 1122+22. Straight from a far away point in space which can serve as the beginning or end of a journey. Deep chord pads and flurrying synths twinkle around while the bassline follows suit, sounding like aliens talking, definitely a conversation of sonic verbs, adjectives, and nouns.

After experiencing an assault of melodies, Particle Burst takes command with its chunky beats, rich chords, and many synth lines. Like when scientists found how to split atoms into particles, the bass melody line dances around sounding different with each phrase iteration. The chords here are emotive.

So it is only natural that Breaking Lights would follow as the percussion flows, hand claps serge and lead us into a electronic bass line. Swinging hi hats appear and break through the beat like lights followed by a string melody line.

Next the deep jack comes to light with the electric sounds from the ionic sphere. Ionic Transport begins with deep chords which lead to nasty rhythms that electrify speaker cones. The syncopated beat keeps jacking, later the action gets busier and a bassline appears to relieve the tension like lightning striking that increases one’s heart rate.

Starfields is next and this tune focuses on the melodies and rhythms, moving around like twinkling starts. The kick bumps as a bassline flows. After a long time on one chord the tune opens up into a progression causing great relief to the listener’s ears. Looking out at starfields, this piece sounds like stars having interstellar conversations through tones.

An intermission ensues and a poem about Galaxy Dreaming appears, like most far off galaxies the language is indercipherable to humans ears with the delaying synth lines moving around.

Meanwhile between the interstellar talk, the transmission are intercepted by planets. Magical Rings sounds as the bass synth drops, going round and round the melody as the bass chase each other while the sparse percussion moves. The celestial melody comes back and speaks more later in the tune.

From these rings dust is generated due to gravitational pulls but not just any dust but Acid Dust. Banging kick drums and multiple acid lines appear to create the groove. Melody lines materilize and swell into great soundscapes, the percussion changes nicely augmenting the acid line changes. Then the end of this cosmic adventure comes in on the micro level with Escape System.

Atoms being broken down into the finest pieces possible, even the basis of jump technology sounds off with banging kick drums and percussion that moves fast. The bassline arrives first, steadily pulsating, and the deep pads come out to sing several melodies. Balancing between bass and pads equal emotive interstellar astral traveling.

Enjoy the ride as Innerspace Halflife shows you one way of Astral Traveling through sonic tones.

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a1.Teardrop from Teardrop from Nebula 1122+22
a2.Particle Burst
b1.Breaking Lights
b2.Ionic Transport
c1.Starfields
c2.Galaxy Dreaming
d1.Acid Dust
d2.Escape System

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1.4.14

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Murph Tone Jack Session Remixes have come up, I was planning to do a remix vinyl for at least a year. And finally the opportunity came up for me to get four reinterpretations from Chicago producers Chicago Skyway, G. Marcell, Ike Release, and Steven Tang. Their contributions expand the Jack Session with deep and rhythmic tunes that will rock from warehouse to boats.

Chicago Head (Chicago Skyway Remix)///The remix 12″ begins with hihats, melodies, and a train trip that explores the jack. Bouncing melodies accompany a story about life perceptions. The subtlies of the beats showcases Skyway’s drum programming.

Tender B (G. Marcell Tender Touch Remix)///The A side ends with classic G. Marcell percussion and drowning pads. Meanwhile the chords move in the background as a secondary broken kick pattern comes forth. The tune slowly builds and breaks as the kick drum pulsates.

Technicals (Ike Release Remix)///The B side begins with squelchy bass lines and some Murph Tone percussion sounds. Re-triggered percussion move around as the bass line continues to to tap the frequency spectrum to emotive rawness.

Tender B (Steven Tang Remix)///Ending the 12″ is a deep house jam that has the chord sound changed with a new bassline and string melody. Nice and deep is this tune.

Subtleties in music inspired the jack session album as the remixes follow this same ethos.  This is the conclusion of the  Murph Tone Jack Session.

Murph Tone Jack Session I

Murph Tone Jack Session II

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10.31.13

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Murph Tone Jack Session II is on deck as it took a moment to come but the last 4 tunes in the album get released. The first part of the project can be heard here:

https://synapsisrecords.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/synapsis007/

These last 4 tunes presenting in this 12″ are the more emotive pieces to the Murph Tone Jack Session. One acid and three deep tracks that can be used as dj tools or enjoyed as full compositions. Sounds are below:

a1.Jbonanza///Moving from the beginning, the closed hi hats picks up steam as the claps strike. The bubblegum sounding acid line drops to lead you along. Toms drop as the acid line slows to add the vortex of sonic motion.

a2.Chicago Head///A kick drum and ambiance begin a story about how society treats people backed by some moving percussion that leads into a elongated bass line and space chords.

b1.Tender B///A droning chord begins with spacey and wet waveforms that continue to evolve while percussion sparsely sounds to keep the track moving. Deep house.

b2.Gestation///Ends this project with a driving bass line, bouncing percussion, and longing chords that continually switch focus throughout time – integrated with soul, machines, and effects. The chords move around and speak more emotively as a swell of feeling ends the vinyl.

Glad that this album could come to light, I wanted to put this on a double vinyl but at last in two parts in any case. Look for the Murph Tone Jack Session Remixes coming in the winter of 2013 on 12″ with Chicago Skyway, G. Marcell, Ike Release and Steven Tang.

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Synapsis Records Radio

9.20.13

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Synapsis Records Radio is born via Mixcloud to feature mixtapes from artist of Synapsis Records. Everyone on Synapsis has skills on the decks or the live PA. Spreading the music that we love, the label embarks on listening adventures from the roster that includes guests from the past, present, and future.

http://www.mixcloud.com/synapsisrecordsradio/

Hakim Murphy

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7.11.13

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008 materializes from Spirit of the Black 808 with a “12 called Guerilla Shit. SB808 manifests three rough, rugged, and raw tunes in which the waveforms are stopping eardrums and woofers meanwhile experimenting but still staying true to the Chicago ethos. So we at Synapsis continue to push the underground music; hence guerilla shit!

King Kong///Percussion rings out while tom drums began as the focal point of the tune. The attention torch is passed when a detuned bass melody begins to ring out notes. Periodically vocals come and go for most of the journey while some bass staccato sounds augment the piece. This tune begins the EP with an eerie feeling as the melody line continues to articulate long and slightly dissonant notes.

Guerilla Shit///Raw percussion begins as toms bang and synth lines pulsate. Chords come in early to join the flurry momentarily. Vocals ring out as a brother tries to catch your attention. Jack mode grabs the soul as the track continues to groove. “Man, you just got hit with some Guerilla Shit!”

4dabrothasthatainthere///To finish off the EP we have the most experimental tune holding down the B side. Slowed down acid lines begin while a voice gives a shout out to the fallen brothers. Emotive chords sound as the percussion moves and moves. After each phrase new sounds and rhythms proceed to fill out the beat while a subbass plays in the lowest note registers. Meanwhile the acid line is steadily tweaking to provide a journey.

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4.4.13

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Yeah, Synapsis Records is back with another project from myself called Murph Tone Jack Session. Specifically made for those afterhour, loft/warehouse party moments where the new music is exposed. Banging raw cuts that are sure to rock the spot with tight drums and crazy synth work. I made this as an eight track album, but I decided to split into two 12″s so I can drop this onto society. Welcome to my vision of what the underground stands for through my Chicago perspective, here are the sound samples:

Smack Sessions///I begin this journey with dirty percussion and syncopated rhythms in which a bass note is featured. This tune takes you on an escapade of syncopated feels with lots of call and response.

Technicals///A wild synth line begins as shimmering procession sounds in the background. The focus continually changes between the drums and the synth rhythms, this tune will definitely take you on a nice ride.

Flavor Aide///Compress kicks begin as a droning melody line sounds and is quickly followed by a neo acid line. It is quite easy to get lost in the mix in this one as the elements change ever so slightly; establishing mad flavor.

Unit Movement///To end this 12″, comes an slightly playful improvised bass line that leads us to some deep chords and a melody line. Meanwhile percussion jumps around in the background as another synth sound stabs your ear. Yes all elements are cohesive enough to move as a unit.

Look for Murph Tone Jack Session II in the summer of 2013.

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