After releasing When a Heron Turns Black and Northern Flicker half a decade ago, my health began to decline both physically and mentally to the point that I stopped making music and focused on purely on learning DSP mathematics and compositional skills while distracting me from pain and trauma. Unfortunately I failed to recover completely, but during my sick time I went through some of my older music from 20 years ago, music that I have been embarassed and ashamed of, and revisited it with the release Siskin. My niece, aged 2, was integral to the release in both inspiration and production, composing many parts in the songs herself and playing together when recording live.
With exception to the last title track, Siskin was recorded entirely with the Korg Volca series and a behringer qx1002 mixer with onboard effects and either a Tascam four track recorder or REAPER (DAW) to record the final product. It was both a challenge and constraining to work with a limited palette, but I don’t feel like I could compose what I did on a four thousand dollar synthesizer either. The recording is rough, brown, and sometimes “its all over the map”, and there are times I wish I saved a couple of the tracks for computer composition, but I feel proud and satisfied with how it is and it represents probably one of my most honest things I've ever created.
released July 1, 2017
Entorwellian and his niece.
Thank you Pattern Overlap for the album art
Thank you so much to Chatmm crew in no particular order: patternoverlap, span, tricone, Dan C, Triachus, roasty, rix, caze, lam, herr jan, flown, hello spiral, der washbar
Thanks also to my family and to the local van crew, esp. Hitori Tori and Lootcanal