She's an Atonal Mess

She's an Atonal Mess is both the title of this release and the title of the first track. I created each piece below over the course of a day. Simple mixdown was the only post-processing performed on the tracks. So there is very little manipulation of the sound from its original source. But there is a degree of work setting up the musical voices. This work is a departure from my previous albums, Electric Rain and Unknown Planet, musically-speaking. Each release has its own character.

She's an Atonal Mess (Track)

This piece employs piano, drums, and bass in a jazzy, atonal, jam session. It's a traditional ensemble with an avant-garde twist.

Per my usual MO, this piece is pure improvisation (fully devoid of any polishing). As such, there is a raw edge to it. This one makes heavy use of arpeggiators to fill in the sound.

You can listen to the track using the embedded player on this page.

Do That

Do That ventures into the realm of spacy, jazz-rock fusion. It features a free-flowing, improvised percussion track backing a heavily arpeggiated track of noodling. This is more mono-toned than atonal but still has that disconnected feeling of atonality. It's very reminiscent of a Grateful Dead 'drums/space' jam.

This was a lot of fun to create. It uses over 200 arpeggiator patterns to produce the noodling. The percussion was improvised devoid of any particular time signature. The arpeggiators are highly synchronized.

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Not Your Mom's Dance Music

Welcome to that space where xylophone meets noise. Another jazzy improvisation with a sense of humor. Two tracks of noise, a track of arpeggiated xylophone and a subtle hip-hop drum track.

So, this is an experiment mixing noise with melodic (atonally-melodic) noodling courtesy of the xylophone. It was a tricky mix with some trade-offs but the result is intriguing.

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Unsprung Clock Jam

So, in keeping with the theme of atonality, Unsprung Clock Jam ventures into the realm of electronic noise backed by xylophone and drums. If you've ever had the spring on your watch go haywire, then you know where this piece is coming from. If you're only familiar with digital clocks/watches, then you might get lost. But this is electronic, so you never know.

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Wrongdoer

Wrongdoer is pure percussion with a few bits of special effects thrown in for good measure.  It serves to emphasize the percussive, atonal nature of the album. The title came from me doing a series of wrong things on the synthesizer before coming up with this. Long story short, I lost an entire composition because I failed to back up my work. So this is my penance so-to-speak.

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Unbeaten Path

Here's another variation on the theme of rhythmic, electronic noise. Percussive elements melt into eerie voices as this piece progresses. There is a sort of melody in the noise. But it's its own type of melody.

And this wraps up She's an Atonal Mess. Unbeaten Path hints at musical paths still unexplored. I look forward to hearing what comes next.

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