||['ramp] -- synchronize or die: 5U modular sequencing (a bit)
| br>Hi all,
after five years of silence, I am delighted to present ['ramp]'s tenth release to you: synchronize or die. In order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ramp's first-ever live concert in 1997 and celebrate twenty years of unsolicited noise, the album will be released officially on 29th August 2017.
Those past twenty years were busy not only in terms of musical adventures: artistically and personally, some more or less desired changes took place, and here and there some obstacles and new challenges had to be dealt with – not only on a musical level.
This was the very reason why I decided to pull all plugs after the 2012 concert performance at Bochum Planetarium and the subsequent album release astral disaster: I simply realized I was running out of stamina and steam as the past ten years had taken their toll on me. Rather than carrying on, releasing half-baked albums just for the sake of it, I decided to have a sabbatical for an indefinite period of time, to recover from the strain and to focus on new musical visions.
synchronize or die is the result of this sabbatical. I decided to elaborate on the technique I had discovered for creating complex sequencer tracks and multi-layered rhythmical patterns, without employing computers running audio software: making use of some old-fashioned synchronizers from the 1980s, I recorded multiple layers of sequences onto a digital eight-track recorder, using a clicktrack to tie in additional sequencers while overdubbing or mixing down to stereo. This is the reason why the trusty old Friendchip SRC units adorn the album sleeve.
Most of the tracks were created on my own in the seclusion of my Dachgeschoss recording space, with one notable exception: torque was created in collaboration with fellow synthesiser enthusiast Axel Jungkunst who helped me out with his massive modular synthesiser rig and additional sequencer backings which resulted in one of ['ramp]'s most accessible titles of all time – whatever that means. Have a listen here:
If a FLAC download is no necessity for you, I am taking orders now through stephen at parsick dot com (and through bandcamp from 29th August onwards -- this way, you can also obtain a FLAC download if you feel so inclined). The albums ordered after 20th August will start shipping after 11th September 2017 so please bear this in mind when ordering.
Direct orders through me will include a free download code for one exclusive track.
Thanks for your attention,
Stephen. br> br>
| br>Wow! I just heard a track from this album on the radio and it is fantastic stuff. I don't know that I've heard any of your music before, but I'm definitely going to check out your offerings on Bandcamp. br> br>
|tonymasiello wrote: |
|Wow! I just heard a track from this album on the radio and it is fantastic stuff. I don't know that I've heard any of your music before, but I'm definitely going to check out your offerings on Bandcamp. |
Thank you for your kind words .
BTW, Chuck van Zyl conducted an interview with me last month, you can find it here:
Thanks for reading.
Stephen br> br>
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