I had a dream where I was remixing a track—not any track in particular, but some mixture of electronic music representative of what I’ve been listening to lately. What’s memorable is the way I was doing it. My remix was mostly “noise,” but musical elements remained recognizable, coming through like the outlines of an artifact as graphite is rubbed over it onto a sheet of paper. The bass was there, but distorted, and you could tell that there were once chords and melodies built on top, but everything was wispy and wind-blown. Like a ruin. I have no idea how to do this, but now I want to try.
A system is less a thing than a pattern. It is a pattern of events, its existence and character deriving less from the nature of its components than from their organization. As such it consists of a dynamic flow of interactions. It is “non-summative” and irreducible; that is, the character of a system as a pattern of organization is altered with the addition, subtraction or modification of any piece. Hence it is more than the sum of its parts. This “more” is not something extra, like a vitalist principle or an élan vital, but a new level of operation which the interdependence of its parts permits. It is lost from view when a system’s composite units are investigated independently.
Joanna Macy, Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (1991), 72
About one year ago, a good friend of mine suggested that I set myself a goal in order to take my hobby of music composition/production to the next level: “make an album or something.” Well, I did set that goal for myself, but I didn’t make it. Nevertheless, I’ve passed various mini-milestones since then. As a way of acknowledging the completeness of existence—or better, that there is no completeness or non-completeness—I’ve put together a small selection of finished tracks from the past few years. It’s not an album, but it marks my letting go of this music.
Each of these tracks needed little bit of extra attention to finalize the mix. So these versions are more finished than my previous uploads of the same tracks. The most significant changes I made were in Gamera (California Desert Remake), which now has much improved balance and dynamics, and a new title; and Free Induction Decay, which I won’t bother explaining (but see the description on SoundCloud, it’s pretty neat).
So, for the entertainment and edification of my friends: