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1. Asqus - live at Arcadia 3

  • Published: 2008-10-21T10:39:59Z
  • By asqus
Asqus - live at Arcadia 3

This is a recording of a banging live gig I performed in 2002 at a music festival called Arcadia, the aim of which was to raise money for the San/Bushman people. Mabi Thobejane, the percussionist from Juno Reactor jammed along with my set, which was awesome; unfortunately only my line out was recorded, not his drumming. PS: This live set is much older than, and completely different from, my other tracks available on Soundcloud. I think it gets good from about 20 minutes in....

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2. The Great Peppermint Cure

  • Published: 2008-10-21T09:16:40Z
  • By asqus
The Great Peppermint Cure

The basis of this simple piece is a live-ish jam on an ethnic VST instrument along with a rudimentary beat structure; I then fed everything through that most overused of electronic music plugins, dBlue Glitch. To avoid a predictable outcome I used randomisation envelopes on some of the key parameters; I then rendered many versions of the track, each slightly different, and selected what I considered the most aesthetically pleasing offspring.

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3. Asqus - Flaut

  • Published: 2011-08-16T09:43:49Z
  • By asqus
Asqus - Flaut

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4. Flaut

  • Published: 2008-10-20T11:51:32Z
  • By asqus
Flaut

Flaut is based on a particularly unconventional field recording - as an experiment I left my minidisc player in a freezer for an hour or two and was pleasantly surprised at the spacious glacial tones that resulted. The flute type sound in the track is just a clip from a live jam on one of my synthesizers (I forget which) that I particularly liked. There is also a brief interlude of semi-glitchy beats composed in the Renoise sequencer software.

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5. Mid-Atlantic 2007 pt. 2

  • Published: 2008-10-20T12:50:25Z
  • By asqus
Mid-Atlantic 2007 pt. 2

These two compositions were inspired by an evocative mid-90's breakbeat track of the same name composed by my good friend Clifford Swindells (aka Electric Sheep/Wintermute), who taught me to make music in the early 90's and sadly passed away a few years ago. I hope he would have enjoyed my drastic reworking of one of his finest tracks. Most of the percussion in the first part (which is kind of a prelude to the second part) is from a bunch of pots and pans I banged around on with my mate Paul.

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6. Next Ice Age

  • Published: 2008-10-21T09:34:28Z
  • By asqus
Next Ice Age

Like the chance meeting of a one-fingered Harold Budd and a drunk Brian Eno. I composed this ambient piece late one evening whilst waiting for a friend to arrive to take me out.

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8. Long Cold Days

  • Published: 2008-10-20T11:24:20Z
  • By asqus
Long Cold Days

The basis of this piece is a set of field recordings of a stream underneath a storm drain near my old house. It was a rather cold and grey morning; you can still hear the occasional bird call though. The crackling rhythmic elements are provided by a generative patch constructed on a Clavia Nord Micro Modular, a device that allows you to construct virtual modular audio generators. I use the Nord (now a G2X) extensively for this kind of 'autopoietic' work.

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9. Rusty Sockets

  • Published: 2008-10-20T12:11:23Z
  • By asqus
Rusty Sockets

Almost all the sounds used in this piece are recordings of unwanted noise produced by my very old, rather rusty Korg MS20, an old patch-cable analogue synth. The music follows pseudo-fractalline principles: once I had composed the basic structure I rendered several recordings of the skeletal piece and then played these as instruments over it; because of this, several of the short melodic sounds you hear are in fact variations of the entire song playing within itself.

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10. Mid-Atlantic 2007 pt. 1

  • Published: 2008-10-20T12:35:20Z
  • By asqus
Mid-Atlantic 2007 pt. 1

These two compositions were inspired by an evocative mid-90's breakbeat track of the same name composed by my good friend Clifford Swindells (aka Electric Sheep/Wintermute), who taught me to make music in the early 90's and sadly passed away a few years ago. I hope he would have enjoyed my drastic reworking of one of his finest tracks. Most of the percussion in the first part (which is kind of a prelude to the second part) is from a bunch of pots and pans I banged around on with my mate Paul.

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11. Music For 18 RCA Cables

  • Published: 2008-10-20T10:48:35Z
  • By asqus
Music For 18 RCA Cables

For this breakcore-ish little number I recorded hundreds of sounds of things being plugged in and out of each other and then selected the most interesting of these and made a track out of them. All noises in this piece are, of course, intentional :-) PS: There's a ghostly voice that pops in somewhere towards the end (ie. after the heavily mangled, distorted breakbeat fades out); I have entirely forgotten both what it says and who it was....

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12. Glitch To Glitch

  • Published: 2008-10-20T12:57:50Z
  • By asqus
Glitch To Glitch

This slightly twee, pastoral number is offset midway by absurd amounts of beat-processing in the wonderful Audiomuch software; my intention was to create an attractor that set limits on the amount of rhythmic deviation and then to subtly modify parameters until I reached a bifurcation point. As Deleuze and Guattari would say, it is near these transition points that interesting stuff happens, that the intensive flows and processes underlying the extensive can be engaged.

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13. Mid-Atlantic 2007 (pt. 1) - asqus

Mid-Atlantic 2007 (pt. 1) - asqus

Mid-Atlantic 2007 (pt. 1) - asqus "elusive as the sounds he coaxes out of his computer, Aragorn23 has been into electronics scene since before they existed. His distinctive experimental electronica is a drama of tension and release. energy is discharged, only to build again. Smooth, martian surfaces quiver and jitter until you are forced to interact with them. This alien beauty is what makes Asqus's music so seductive. It lures you out. Into regions from which there is no return, leaving you stranded anywhere or nowhere. All you can hear is the whirl of the engine and the blips and blinks of the navigation system, as the alien craft steals you away." soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/asqus

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14. Aragorn Song - Asqus

  • Published: 2014-06-17T09:48:57Z
  • By Hipsagogo
Aragorn Song - Asqus

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