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so, it sounds like you made your last couple releases in your computer. your synths have a real sizzle to them, too. from listening today im going to guess that you layered that sizzle in there with clicky/ blippy sounds on top of the filter to give it extra sizzle. i thought it was an analogue synth but really listening and knowing you did it in the box, i think its layered sounds as opposed to one max object, am i rite?

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sean pls rob pls

 

I know, my bad - The 'physical' stuff is FM innit...

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I remembered what I meant to ask ages ago - is the synth line that comes in towards the background at around 3:48 in YJY UX you quoting/paraphrasing yourselves from known(1)? I swear the synth itself and the phrase is very similar. Would be really interesting to know how much you take bits of your own older stuff and pull it apart/reassemble again.

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sean pls rob pls

 

I know, my bad - The 'physical' stuff is FM innit...

 

i don't know, i said that because the question about if they use it/like it/push it/think its shit was asked 4 times but not answered in the thread

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Are you avid coffee/caffeine drinkers? I tend to drink a lot of coffee when I'm working on creative projects as it tends to make the ideas flow faster, helps bring out the madness.

 

Also, I'm still curious if you guys ever deconstruct bits from old tracks and reintegrate into new tracks. I'll often hear something in a new ae track that reminds me of a sound/part of an older one, and I'm never sure if it's a coincidence due to similar methods being used, or if it's deliberately self-referential (which I think is cool, in case this is coming off as a criticism --it's not intended that way. I just find this sort of thing interesting). Sorry if you answered and I missed it.

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What do you think of James Kirby's various musical output over the years?

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Guest phaelam

Ae = brain massage

 

question: is it just my ears or do i hear samples that continue to reappear thoughout your years of production?
are the sounds used on each release generated during the production of the release. or do you guys have a sample set you like to werk with? just trying to find out if my ears are tuned in or if im just hearing things.

 

question: when you guys 'cane' something....what on EARTH are you talking about. im a simple canadian, and am not up on your guys slang.

freakin great of you guys to take the time to field all the questions you have been. fun reading them.

thanks much, in advance

second scout
cipater

laughing quarter

skin up youre already dead

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What do you think about things that barely exist? Like the short bits in films where nothing happens and you only see rain and people passing by, or some detail from a TV ident, or the corridors in tube stations, or elevators, or very short moments in everyday life where there's something that's actually very different from everything you experience usually but which is somehow kept in a way in which you can't make much out of them (i.e. nothing much ever happens in corridors, idents just show you the logo and then end... but at the same time there's something else in these things, and they're definitely different from the spaces you usually inhabit, or the programmes you usually watch...)? I mean, when you walk along a corridor it's a bit as if you were aslees. To me sometimes Quaristice feels a bit as if these things were extended and you were allowed to see what's in them, if that makes any sense, also because all tracks seem to lead into each other and have a definite room-like feeling with movement at the same time (for example the end of Simmm, or Tankakern... I love the rhythms in Simmm by the way), but maybe that's just because I remember when it came out and that was a strange period of my life.

 

 

(Sorry for my convoluted pseudo-questions.)

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guys...

 

they've gone to bed for the night.

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yeah it's funny how everyone gets so wrapped up in the Q&A, and so much attention to gear and production questions, but forget to google what time it is in UK.

 

I hope they see Compvig's post, though, as it's a lovely one.

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hey stephen you're like an ANGEL with q tips, spelt cu tips, in his ear

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..... I don't understand =(

 

non comprende...

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sean pls rob pls

 

I know, my bad - The 'physical' stuff is FM innit...

 

 

what about karplus strong?

 

btw lol on lol @the max patch :)

 

p.s. listened to your stuff at bandcamp few day ago and i have to say that i liked it a lot

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1; do either of you listen to free improv/experimental stuff like derek bailey? his "aida" has always seemed akin to one of your more abstract albums, albeit with just an acoustic guitar.

 

2. favorite hip hop album of the last decade?

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My last question for today: You guys are not into classical music at all? Whatever era, I'm generalizing. Just curious. Because there's a whole world to offer in that department and you can believe me, the enthusiast classical listeners go crazy/insane/however:emotional while listening to their beloved pieces like other music listeners do. Because many people think its just boring, but its a similar statement like saying Ae is random sounds - utterly wrong.

 

i just dunno anything about it

recc me some

 

 

Can i try?

Hard to represent hundreds of yrs of music history in 10 min but here's my take with my fav piece. It was originally composed as the last movement of of one of Beethoven's later quartets but no one understood it back then (1827.) so it was soon published as a separate piece.

So if your music isn't understood immediately as it isn't i'd say it's a good sign. ;)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjUh11EPGcM

 

Question:

Do you ever 'humanize' your tracks making them more acceptable? Do you do that on the album level?

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rale @ 2:40 mark there's a two note sound similar to windows "usb device disconnected" chime.

This little 'tuh-duh' fucker always catches me off guard.

Is it a deliberate attempt to piss off windows users?

ha no it's pure coincidence

there's a sound in one of SND's tracks that's the same as one of my custom IM sounds, still gets me after years

Or "midi received" sample in that drukqs track!

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Curious about how your remix of DJ Food's Sexy Bits came about (an alltime favourite of mine, still gives me whiplash) since there wasn't an 'original' per se - sexy bits were just a bunch of spoken word samples tacked on the end of their Jazz Brakes records. Was it a matter of you guys picking a certain sexy bit to mangle, then building a track around it?

 

What kinds of music (or particular artists) do you like to cane in your car stereo (if you do)?

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Something I always found intriguing was the way you talk about the use of space.

 

For ages I associated that with the use of like timbre and dynamics to create like imagery of external spaces, but I always got a weird vibe from Quaristice, and I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

 

I think what it represents to me is more of an internal or perceptive space, almost with like dissociative or solipistic feeling, like the way when you're having an internal dialogue with yourself and it almost exists in its own sort of space. 90101-5l-l is probably the track I get that feeling from the most, IO is another.

 

"bladelores" from Exai gives me almost the opposite feeling, where it feels very much like an external space (I always imagine like Antarctica for some reason).

 

Not saying that it's like an intentional part of your design or anything, but do you ever pay any thought to that kind of thing when you're listening to music yourselves? Sorry if that came across as vague or abstract, it's kind of hard to translate into words.

yeah i think i get u ,

 

i guess if yr going to be using reverb, and if we use our hearing to help us perceive space IRL then u obviously get these situations worth playing with.

 

 

With reverb, I find it interesting how you can extend it beyond like normal perception and create like aural objects that have no place in reality. It's like a whole new dimension at times.

 

Something I always found intriguing was the way you talk about the use of space.

 

For ages I associated that with the use of like timbre and dynamics to create like imagery of external spaces, but I always got a weird vibe from Quaristice, and I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

 

I think what it represents to me is more of an internal or perceptive space, almost with like dissociative or solipistic feeling, like the way when you're having an internal dialogue with yourself and it almost exists in its own sort of space. 90101-5l-l is probably the track I get that feeling from the most, IO is another.

 

"bladelores" from Exai gives me almost the opposite feeling, where it feels very much like an external space (I always imagine like Antarctica for some reason).

 

Not saying that it's like an intentional part of your design or anything, but do you ever pay any thought to that kind of thing when you're listening to music yourselves? Sorry if that came across as vague or abstract, it's kind of hard to translate into words.

 

yeah i would agree with both of those, i know what you mean i had a similar thought

quaristice is meant to flow like a long dream, you know how doors lead to different chapters and worlds before you realise

oops im revealing things now

 

 

Haha, I think that like dream logic & dream state links into the whole internal space, like maybe they occupy the same place. The atmosphere in a dream is such a personal thing, I feel it's really hard to convey it to someone else, but sometimes you can feel it in different music.

 

Cheers guys btw! This has been great!

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And further back, Bach's cello suites are ridiculously good.

ok, duly noted ta.

I don't know shit about classical but the 1955 Glenn Gould recording of the Goldberg Variations is incredible too. Actually you guys might like the Well Tempered Clavier for its "full workout of every key" mindset.

And if you like the Goldberg Variations there is a pretty straight line from that to Bill Evans Trio "Waltz For Debby" which is like the most restrained jazz ever, the phrasing and micro detail presses some of the same buttons that Ae presses.

All the real-deal classical and jazz people are probably rolling their eyes like I just recommended Miley Cyrus.

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In addition to what was already mentioned for neo-classical:

 

Michael Finnisy

[youtubehd]0sMVrmnufPo[/youtubehd]

 

Klarenz Barlow

[youtubehd]-y8bcdSXwY8[/youtubehd]

 

Xenakis

[youtubehd]g3qYqmOD-qU[/youtubehd]

 

What are you guys' favorite Xenakis work? I find it fascinating but hard to digest (depending on mood). His percussive works are timeless imo.

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Any personal influence regarding the fallingwater design on envane or was it just something TDR came up with that you thought looked somewhat fitting?

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Rob, Sean, have you guys heard this? Your thoughts on it? When I passed this on to some of my mates, some thought it came off better than the actual album.

 

http://vimeo.com/62752031

 

 

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Any personal influence regarding the fallingwater design on envane or was it just something TDR came up with that you thought looked somewhat fitting?

 

I couldn't edit the post and hope you guys can answer the edited/related question:

 

About Envane...

 

As best as I can describe, the EP always seemed straightfoward and easier to 'comprehend' with few 'emotional avenues' taking center stage. Not straightfoward as in evoking emotion in simpler, blanket terms such as sadness, regret, beauty, etc... but as if something big was going on in one or both of your lives at the time. I know this can be (and very well is) attributed to my own perception and personality, as I was going through some trying times during the first listens which have given the 4 songs extreme sentimental value ...but I'm wondering if there was more of a deliberate purpose or goal with Envane's track structure/context than with other ae albums.

 

Any insightful comments you can give about Envane in general?

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Would you play at Mutek in Montreal any time soon?

 

Would you guys ever write a book about your process? Morton Subotnick is apparently writing a book... so maybe you have some time to think about it.

 

How do you feel about mentorship and passing on your musical knowledge in more formal ways?

 

Have you read any of Curtis Roads books or listened to his album Point Line Cloud?

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