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Melding Principle

by Tom Moody

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24 samples I culled from mid-'80s art rock and late-'00s noise band music serve as the foundation for these tracks. The samples were loaded into the Octatrack sequencer (for two of the songs) and Qu-Bit Nebulae Eurorack modules (for eight of the songs), where they were "mangled," as instrument makers like to say.
Version 1 of the Nebulae was used, manufactured before Qu-Bit inexplicably removed MIDI control in Version 2. Some of the Nebulae tunes were triggered with MIDI from an Expert Sleepers ESX-8MD module, connected via the Silent Way software plugin suite in Ableton Live.
Final recording and editing of the tracks was done with Tracktion's Waveform sequencer.
The vibe here is "gritty," as the instrument makers also like to say.
Thanks to the St Celfer archive for the NordPlusAlarmClock sample.
If other samples aren't mangled sufficiently to be unrecognizable, please let me know and I'll mangle them further.


released October 4, 2020


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Tom Moody New York, New York

"The sound world [in Melding Principle] is very finely calibrated; your ear for pairing the very pure and the klangorous has become remarkably deft. That makes it easy for the listener to latch onto the layered melodies. (Howl Din)

"[Y]our musical works exploit the aesthetic paradoxes of telecommunications and computer technologies and the social fantasies attached to them."
(Pierre-Luc Verville)
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