As a follow-up to the sold-out and critically acclaimed ‘A Constant Preparation For Loss’ EP, Moe Espinosa’s Hypoxia presents ‘Unwilling Suspension of Disbelief’, a two track EP containing improvised pieces of music captured in front of a live audience in two cities on two continents.
‘Distant Mystic’ was recorded in Berlin inside of a vast industrial hall that provides the perfect atmospheric environment to vaccinate melancholy in its melodies. ‘
‘Active Tension’ was recorded at the debut label showcase for BL__K NOISE. The performance was orchestrated in front of the very close audience from which Hypoxia draws influence.
This unpolished recording process embraces all the imperfections of improvisation and eschews any post production or overdubs. Single tracks are performed live with a Make Noise shared system modular synthesizer through a Strymon blue sky reverb pedal.
Like the first Hypoxia record, Hypoxia II was crafted 100% in Los Angeles, California with the artist’s hand in every step. This personal approach to bring art to fruition proves tedious and time-consuming – the transportation of the raw vinyl material from manufacturer to pressing plant in LA traffic, the hand-pressing of each record in a blistering lab, the design of artwork and packaging, the shipping each order received to the artist’s bandcamp page. Despite the toiling efforts, Moe feels this process is the most rewarding in sharing his work.
Some mornings, in a perfect world, you might wake up, have a coffee, finish meditation, and say, “Okay, today I’m going into the shop to work on a lamp.” This idea comes to you, you can see it, but to accomplish it you need what I call a “setup.” For example, you may need a working shop or a working painting studio. You may need a working music studio. Or a computer room where you can write something. It’s crucial to have a setup, so that, at any given moment, when you get an idea, you have the place and the tools to make it happen.
When you don’t have a setup, there are many times when you get the inspiration, the idea, but you have no tools, no place to put it together. And the idea just sits there and festers. Over time, it will go away. You didn’t fulfill it—and that’s just a heartache.
— David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish
Field recordings of the Ringing Rocks, music made with Rocks :-)
All sounds captured with the Sony PCM-D100 24bit-96khz
Download the Kontakt kit here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/owre3t7wzslqcr3/RingingRock-Samples-RD.zip?dl=0
Made in collaboration with Sweet Justice Sound, Richard Devine, and SoundMorph, MECHANISM is a Steampunk inspired collection of gears, contraptions, metal, impacts, and of course: mechanisms. All captured with the Sanken C0-100k microphone
Short Patch experiment with a few new modules, including the Mutant BD9, Mutant Snare, Pico Drums x 2, running through various effects. The main CV modulation sources in the patch are the Modcan Quad LFO, and the new Forge which was used to create a fast quick modulation bursts to the Amp decay Pitch etc on the BD9. Drones via the Music Thing Radio Music, playing a feedback drone wave going through the Tiptop Z-DSP “Halls of Valhalla card, program 7.
I ran the BD9 through the new black hole DSP module by Erica Synths, and the Mutable Instruments Clouds running a unreleased firmware, and finally some Rainmaker X 2 for the snare processing, pitch delays. There is also a bit of Z-DSP, Eventide H9, AD Reverb, OWL, and ErbVerb too. Enjoy, download to the audio file below. :-)
Track Download: bit.ly/29VjOOS
What do you call a collection of sounds so distinctive, so unique, and so other worldly that it can only be described celestial or extra-terrestrial? You call it Virgo.
Virgo is a library full of the most extraordinary drum samples and loops in our catalog. These sounds are unusual and unbelievable in the best way possible. Taken from the personal archives of Grammy-nominated producer, Jamie Lidell, these drum samples pave the path for personal expression and creativity.
We often refer to Jamie as the “mad scientist” of electronic sound. Virgo is an anthology of electronic sounds made through the operation of vintage, analogue gear. Unlike most software applications, Virgo’s grit and rarity comes from old equipment with an emphasis on signal chain, not software. Naturally, this means you could manipulate your current plugins until the sun goes down and never arrive at these sounds.
The single hits feature an Ensoniq Mirage, SP1200, Moog Voyager, Star Electronics Synare 3, Publison Infernal Machine, Lexicon Prime Time, UA 2100, Neve Master Buss Processor, Chandler Curve Bender and a Burl Bomber. The loops? Well, let’s just say the loops are hand selected from various personal “Lidellian” archived recordings, as well as some loops created by our That Sound team.
SAMPLES ARE 24BIT 44.1KHZ KICKS =100
SNARES = 93
HIHATS = 38
FX = 82
PERC = 36
TOM = 30
LOOPS = 49
– Virgo Sample Bank by Jamie Lidell
Recorded at Midnight in the rain, at a marshy wetland at Buckeye Creek Farm Cherokee GA.
Audio captured with the Sennheiser MKH-8040 Compact Cardioid Condenser Microphones x 4, in ORTF configuration. Recorded at 24-bit 96khz with the Sound Devices 788T. Free Download
One of TRASH_AUDIO’s oldest friends, Tony Welter, has been recording prank calls for over a decade and it seems like he’s finally gotten attention for it. Tony introduced me to Longmont Motion Castle when it came out about 10+ years ago and it’s ruined my life. It’s weird to talk about the quality of his recordings and performance but they have drastically improved over the years but it definitely has. It’s bizarre how I recognize most of the samples being “fired off” from his Eustachian days and current DJ Skull Vomit output.
After his Microsound Textures compendium, Richard Devine revisits Chromaphone in its second incarnation and presents an unsettling and opaque collection of new sounds. The 111 Epicycles presets adventurously delve into enigmatic and uncertain lands. Nine categories structure the series of patterns and textures: Soundscapes, Basses, Plucked Strings, Keys, Synths, Strings and Pads, Percussions, Arps, and Effects.