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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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synapsis014

3.27.15

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CPH Sessions is up next as Synapsis-014, this project was formed in back on the summer of 2012. A collaboration was born, Hakim Murphy & Rev S., Rev S. aka Samuel André Madsen is a Danish producer who has made quite a name for himself and his various aliases since we first started out collaboration with his label Delaphine and releases across a span of European and American labels.

CPH Sessions deep pads, long melodic phrases, and super rhythmic drum program describes what happened from the sessions. Let us get to the music and hear the waveforms:

Booming System///Classic drums begin as a melody line starts as the focus with moving percussion backing it up. Claps become the focus and set up the plush synth stabs, melodies, and harmonies to follow. Slowly the tones began to brighten the tune as time moves forward the tones become more intense. A distinct feel overcomes a listener, who can decide what it is they feel. The tune then breaks down into the percussion and rocks out to the end with playful arrangement.

Tryout///Percussions starts as the kick thuds like someone kicked a sack of potatoes. A clap syncopates and leads into the harmony line. The toms create a bass line followed by a melody line. The tunes joins forces as the chords filter and the melody comes in and out. Liquid sounds is a great adjective as the tune progresses the feel is vast like the loneliness of the ocean. Deepness comes through as the thuds and hits become more complex one may find themselves humming the chord progression.

Sarah Aron Melkisedek///Longing chord melody begin a long chord phrase coupled with percussion. Later a banging bass line with the slightest bit of noise joins in as the melody starts it phrase over. Backup synth lines come to the forefront for a while to change up the emotion, clearing the tune up like fog in the night. Yet the fog of emotions return as the chords end the tune.

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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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synapsis009

1.4.14

Synapsis-009

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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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synapsis007.1

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

Synapsis Records Radio

Synapsis Records Radio

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.

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synapsis007

4.4.13

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synapsis007 side B

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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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