Time is different here. My body lags, moving reluctantly through space, leaving trails of solid flesh that linger many seconds after I’ve gone. I can still feel the alien rain hitting my time-stretched skin for seconds after my mind has moved on. The faster I move, the more time-space I inhabit, so I must move slowly and deliberately, despite my panic. My consciousness tugs desperately at the lingering echoes of myself for fear that the shadows will soon catch up and devour me.
Blur is a durational space ambient dreamscape, composed on a pair of iPads and released 12/2/2014. The apps used included Egoist, Alchemy Mobile Synth, Lemur, AUFX:Space, AUFX:Dub, Auria, AudioShare, Audiobus, Crystalline, and Audio Mastering. Some samples provided by Glitchmachines.
Following Disorder by just a few days, The Next was the 39th Mood481 album, originally released on 2/24/15 as part of February Album Writing Month. This concept album presents an alternate singularity theory in which scientists develop sentient hybrids intended for implant into human hosts. It has a sequel album, Hybrid.
Like the score to a non-existent film, The Next is dark, ambient, and cinematic, with a touch of the biomechanical. The robotic spoken word on “Olland’s Song” was provided by Olland Tippin.
The Village Astronaut is the 3rd album in the Serpo Trilogy, filled with more spacey ambient goodness. As with the first two albums, this was composed completely on an iPad, with a focus on physics-based generative apps like SpaceWiz, Nodebeat, and Caelestis.
The title track also appears on Vita, the Mood481 retrospective curated by Borejko.
Vivid is a long, glitchy, evolving mess of electronically processed junkyard guitar, deconstructed and recompiled at Studio 7 in 2016. The piece was generated using the same custom drone guitar that appears on VVT, an iRig, and an iPad Pro. The apps I used were AUM (beta), AudioShare, the AUFX Suite, iDensity, FLUX:FX, Dedalus, WOW Filterbox, Effectrix, Turnado, and Patterning.
Don’t let the beginning rhythm fool you, as the track breaks down and gets more ambient and experimental as it moves along.
Originally released on February 18th, 2013, The Suns of Serpo was the second Mood481 album. This 14 track collection is part of the Serpo Trilogy of albums (along with First Contact and The Village Astronaut), and is a component of a larger yet-to-be-finished transmedia project entitled The Singularity Solution. Both this album and the The Village Astronaut were completed as part of FAWM 2013. The title track (actually track number 9 on the album) also appears on Vita, the Mood481 retrospective curated by Borejko from the first 49 Mood481 albums.
The basis of the concept is a collection of disclosures about a top secret alien exchange program that was originally documented and presented as fact on the Serpo.org website. The music itself could easily be categorized as “space ambient”.
Technically speaking, the tracks of this album were composed, improvised and produced completely on iPads. The Nodebeat HD app was used as the primary controller and was largely responsible for the continually evolving rhythmic style of many of the tracks. The now extinct SpaceWiz app by Jordan Rudess was also used heavily for physics-based generative control of the instruments, and for its own brilliant spacey sounds.
Inspired by Philip K Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and Blade Runner, Certain Androids was produced as part of FAWM 2017 and released two years ago today. The dark glitch ambient tracks on this album pay tribute to the iconic Vangelis score of the film and give nod to the original text, infusing everything with a bit of signature Mood481 downtempo darkness.
Squelch happened 3 years ago today, when I was living in an over-priced studio apartment in the University District. Composed of glitched ghosts and pixelated pipers, this performance was tweaked and squeeked into existence using a combination of modular synth gear, a Radioshack cassette recorder, and a handful of iPad apps.
Inside the claustrophobic space of a fractured mind Memories and delusions intertwining Combining the external and internal Eternally blending and swirling Spilling and filling nonexistent voids Spaces between treacherous thoughts, feelings and faces Both real and unreal dancing, embracing Chasing dreams through nightmares and blank stares and who cares… Do you?
Originally released 4 years ago today, Disorder is a glitchy, atmospheric, durational piece weighing in at almost 42 minutes. It was composed and produced on a couple of iPads and features some spoken content synthesized from Wikipedia content.
The cover art includes source art from Wikipedia Commons, and is the first Mood481 cover to feature the custom “Struct” font used on 8 other releases in 2015.