Afternaut is back...
After taking the best part of a year off from Afternaut, things are about to change... When I started releasing Afternaut music, I never intended to be playing live shows, a lot of the music was relaxed and ambient. I never felt it would transfer to a live setting. But after being convinced by close friends, I started playing shows and have been overwhelmed by the response, especially comments from other musicians that I massively respect.
People who have caught any of my live sets last year will have noticed that it got to the point where I was exclusively playing unreleased material. I've been working on a lot of music over the past 18 months and have been testing lots of different tracks live. The shows and my music have been steadily evolving from how receptive people were to certain sound choices I've made in the music.
This has gone to some extreme however. Very soon I'm going to be releasing some new music. None of the tracks have been played live and have grown from everything I have learnt from how people perceive my music. I've taken my abstract aesthetic and twisted it further whilst adding more of a pulse and more complex rhythms and melodies. I've multi processed the sound in such a way that even though this is electronic music, I've added intentional human error. I want people to be hearing the wires and cabling that I've used on this release. I've also spent a lot of time building my own modular synth which has been a fundamental part of these tracks. Through this, I've explored what can happen when you design a system that introduces random control into its functions. A lot of the music was from setting off complex sequences and recording the results. This change in the creative process has been fun but an incredible challenge. But it's also been interesting to take the shift away from the technical side of composition and mixing techniques towards playing and reacting to sound being generated from such a system.
The record is called Transmission. And it's concept is about ghosts in the machine. It's about the infinite possibilities of random sequences and what can be formed when things are left to chance.
I can never forget the first sensations I experienced when it dawned upon me that I had observed something possibly of incalculable consequences to mankind. . . . Although I could not decipher their meaning, it was impossible for me to think of them as having been entirely accidental. The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first to hear the greeting of one planet to another. —Nikola Tesla