zYklen – Performants (2017)

Remastered album of archive material recorded between 1994 and 1997.

zYklen is about spontaneity, room for error, feedback and chaos. Creating freeform sound, where environmental and chance factors are captured within a narrow time frame, free to follow any path as it evolves.

Recordings are achieved by using analogue synthesisers and effects, allowing the creation of liquid soundscapes which evolve during performance - having a microphone or short wave radio attached to the system allows outside forces to influence the proceedings. All equipment is heavily modified to gain access to modulating every aspect of their sound.

As feedback is an essential ingredient in the mix, the creation of each piece is a fine balance between keeping enough level in the system to yield an output but not so much that the sound become saturated. Careful enveloping and filtering of the feedback level is kept in motion by a chain of gates that step sequences, samples and oscillators, which themselves may be triggering other sequences and oscillations, which may in turn be contributing to another sequence... you get the picture.

The audible and voltage outputs of each unit are capable of being applied to the inputs of any other and with their output influencing the amount of level being applied elsewhere, a huge complexity evolves, which only requires the smallest change to modify the mood or pace.

Combined with feed back and sample looping, it creates a very tense and fragile song structure which can implode or expand into complete distortion depending on many chance factors.


zYklen – Ramat Ridge II (2017)

EP 2/2 inspired by the view of the Tamar Bridges from recording studio.

All tracks performed live in one take with only a little mastering to balance dynamics.

Start by loading a selection of environmental sounds, piano, synth, etc into sampler and manipulate from there. Spend a few hours getting a collection of sounds which work well together. Normally have a main theme and variation, once I know the start point and peak, the arrangement is improvised from there.

Try to keep the length between 5-8 mins and complete 2 or 3 versions (first is normally best). Always complete compositions in one session to ensure focus is not lost.


zYklen – Ramat Ridge I (2016)

EP 1/2 inspired by the view of the Tamar Bridges from recording studio

All tracks performed live in one take with only a little mastering to balance dynamics.

Start by loading a selection of environmental sounds, piano, synth, etc into sampler and manipulate from there. Spend a few hours getting a collection of sounds which work well together. Normally have a main theme and variation, once I know the start point and peak, the arrangement is improvised from there.

Try to keep the length between 5-8 mins and complete 2 or 3 versions (first is normally best). Always complete compositions in one session to ensure focus is not lost.


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