Still Life is a collection of music inspired by the simplicity of Teenage Engineering’s OP-1, and a desire to collect memories through sound and music. Bound by limited time and recourses, many of the tracks on Still Life were born from spur of the moment inspiration and instinct. The result is a reactionary album fed by the non-studio environments it was created in.
When creating music I have long subscribed to the idea that its best to create from a space where I am not actively trying to emulate any one style or artist. I enjoy searching for sounds, notes and rhythms that feel right in the moment rather than setting out to create something intentional which often leads me to get so distracted in details that I loose focus and end up creating something I have no feeling for.The result is a scrapbook of sounds and music that I have a deeper connection to personally.
Long single takes are the heart of the music on Still Life, a recording style that turned the act of recording into a meditative process and caused each track to evolve naturally. Imperfections, missed notes, and seemingly counterintuitive decisions while recording remain in tact as an earmark to the process of improvisation and to preserve traces of life among these meditations. A number of tracks tap into a sentimental space by using field recordings from travels to Japan and India as well as environments in which the music was created leaving space for each song to contain a story from the time it was made.
Cassette tapes felt like the right physical format to release the album on because it taps into the personal nostalgia of the music within. While many consider the format little more than a kitschy footnote, I find it endearing that they have continued to be an affordable way to release collectable physical media independently.
Released physically in an edition of 50 cassettes.
Note: The digital release contains three alternate versions of songs not found on the cassette (Lonely Edits). These are also available with the album download and stream packaged with a cassette purchase.
Made With: OP-1, JP-08, Avalanche Run, Piano, Volca Sampler, Water, Japan, India, Home, Organelle, Pocket Operators, Momentum, Sleep, and Borrowed Time.
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