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1.16.18

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Number 018 is a collaboration between Christopher Rau & Hakim Murphy. During the many times that they have met, the topic of politics always came up in conversation. With all the problems in the world, the title of the 12” was formed: Geopolitical Problems Yet to be Solved. This four track EP symbolizes the differences of the world culture’s with its diverse track selection. Liquid synths, bouncing percussion, and variety of feels really describe this project. The problems of the world will never be solved but this is their take on what the problems sound like.

Sad Rain///The sounds of liquid arp lines begin the project, quickly joined by the percussion and gaining steam as the lines continue to evolve. More and more melodies join the synth storm, and slowly a new section makes it way to the front as the percussion drops out. The morphing arp lines continue to modulate until another section of arp lines makes its way to the front. This tune sounds utterly like the forever changing nature of a storm.

The Old Purple One///A heavy kick drum begins the tune in a banging fashion that is quickly joined with percussion. Surprisingly the whole feel of the tune changes into a deep moment in time. Two melodies are rocking with a broken beat style kick drum. The chord progression is longing and dreamy. Meanwhile the percussion is echoing with much reverb. The tune moves in and out of consciousness as the the elements play with each other. This one is for the green tree heads.

Ja Logo///Bouncing rhythms begin the B side with toms that move up and down. The percussion comes in slowly, establishing itself as the heart of the tune. Changes in feels and moods as the tom drum line takes over the focus of the tune. Then later the first acid line joins in the mix and more percussion fills up the arrangement. After an more obvious acid line enters changing the complexion of the tune. The tune rocks until the end with the elements coming and going in a playful manner.

Single Cell Organism///909 percussion begins as the record ends. The tune grooves up and down as it flows forward in motion. The synthed out hits fit nicely around the pumping bass line. All of this is intro for the nitrogen like arp line that serves as the main them of the song. This line modulates grabbing the attention of the ear, letting one to get lost in a daze. With all the elements present, the tune creates an electric feeling that will rock dance floors.

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Synapsis-017

12.6.17

Dream Scoring - Cinematic Panoramas

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Another collaboration is on deck as 017 from Hakim Murphy and HEAR. Dream Scoring is up with a three track 12” titled Cinematic Panoramas. These tunes create different feels; two that are more straight up dance tunes and one with a flipped out disco vibe. This is the second 12”, following up the psychedelic Image of a Myth on Naissance Music as they continue with their moments of time scoring theme.

Discreet Floor///The project begins with a running drum loop with gradually added percussion and suddenly a synth line appears. The modulating line goes up and down, meanwhile a second drum percussion sound joins the fray. The interplay of the elements continue the momentum that kicked off from the start. The tunes continues to keep the groove while subtle changes to the percussion and more obvious synth modulations. The energy of this tune is non-stop like running a race.

Popeyes Spinach///A tripped out baseline, melody, and arpeggiation begins this tune. Reverb is drowning the chords in the background as the percussion moves back in forth. Disco from outer space describes the sound, there are many different things happening in this piece causing sensory overload. The effects keep going as the melody and kick holds it all together. This tune should be used when you or the crowd is on that level of deepness.

Milky Brain///The b side features a 10 minute tune that bumps. The clap and toms delay as the percussion builds up. Really two tracks in one as a synth line repeats and the percussion is the main focus of the tune. Then a true melody line comes in to rock as a baseline pumps in the low frequency register. There is playful interaction between the percussion and the synth lines. Later a vocoder drops in stating “The box will be jacked”, adding to continuous motion that is a relentless onslaught of waveforms that is 10 minutes long.

Synapsis-016

10.14.16

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I am catalogue number 016 on Synapsis Records. Four tunes called 4D Mind Sculpting comprise this 12” that fill up the frequency spectrum with its acid lines, chord progressions, and arpeggiation lines. Four dimensions do not exist in our reality but if one could imagine the extra dimensional sense, then these four compositions are what I imagine.   

Arp Love Confusion///Strong words of advice begin with a full bass and sparse chords as the percussion strikes in the background. Later an arpeggiation followed by a second arpeggiation happens to create moody and malleable effects. The intensity picks up as the chords swell and the vocals continue, all the elements persist with fluid motion as it slowly descends to a kick at the end.

Leecher///A warm kick and panning arpeggiation begins the composition followed quickly by a melody and then another arpeggiation appears. The percussion is sparse and moving, then an acid line drops that causes counterpoint before becoming the main focus of the tune for a while. The acid line modulates for a bit and leads us back to an arp line. The head bobbing is now in full effect, as all the elements move back in forth and fill up one’s eardrum with waveforms. The acid line makes a break and the journey comes to an end with the arp line.

Şımarık///A filtered percussion loop with sparse chords begin the piece. Hi hats come in hot that leads us into acid line which also serves as the melody. Then suddenly a counter melody appears as the chords hit more often. Many modulations occur as the tune moves through time causing great variety due to the decay from the chords. The acid line comes back to do the work and is the focus as the track builds back up just to be deconstructed at the end.

Sensei///The 12” ends with banging percussion complimented with fluttering flute lines. The acid line comes in to add a groove that leads us to a chord progression. The bright chords ride over the top as the acid line modulates. The chords gain steam and the acid line becomes the focus as the synth toms syncopate, the kick also moves around adding additional syncopation. The interplay between the elements continues until the conclusion.

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