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In 2020 I started making electronic music, mainly as a more creative way to unwind during lockdown evenings.

It's mainly quite meditative stuff, inspired by the early pioneers of electronic music: Laurie Spiegel, Pauline Oliveros and also the early work of Steve Reich.These musicians either used tape loops or sequencers to experiment with melody, harmony and rhythm.

This piece uses two step-sequencers (software the triggers a set of notes over a number of bars). Each sequencer is in a different odd time signature and they're pitched a fifth interval apart.

Both sequencers are controlling a single synth. Then I'm controlling both the sequencer and the synth using the a single media keyboard contoller, improvising in C minor with delay and other effects.

I get the sense that for those early experimental musicians, making their music was about breaking compositional rules and about play and discovery with the new technology at the time.

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Link Notes 27 April 2020

Drax Power Station. Historically a coal-fired power station, it is in the process to switching over to biomass as it primary fuel source
Drax Power Station. Historically a coal-fired power station, it is in the process to switching over to biomass as it primary fuel source Bryan Hindle · CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Link Notes 26 April 2020

Unopened road, North Tyneside 2009
Unopened road, North Tyneside 2009 MAtt Jones · CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Link Notes 25 April 2020

An 1883 photograph of the Orion Nebula, the first to show that a long exposure could record stars and nebulae invisible to the human eye.
An 1883 photograph of the Orion Nebula, the first to show that a long exposure could record stars and nebulae invisible to the human eye. Andrew Ainslie Common · Public Domain

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Link Notes 23 April 2020

Cat watching television
Cat watching television Andreas Solberg · CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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