Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Crystalline Effect - 2 new releases and how they were made

The Crystalline Effect is, according to our brand spanking new label Deathwatch Asia, "the female-fronted icy electro counterfoil to Australian composer Pete Crane's brooding dark electro project Shiv-r".
Since the last TCE release in 2008, I've been tapping away at new TCE material and putting aside songs for a new release. When I had about 9 new TCE tracks and remixes, I decided to leave our label at the time, Advoxya Records, with plans to simply upload the EP to iTunes and release it independently. Just before I did this I sent the EP in mp3 format to Deathwatch Asia, just as a "by the way" sort of thing. Deathwatch Asia wrote back within hours with a message; "*This* is how much I like your new EP", and attached a record contract right there and then.

So since Deathwatch Asia took the release on-board, we decided to add a bunch of additional material, namely remixes by Soman, DYM and Studio-X. I also had another idea; I had been writing some music on my iPhone using a program called Nanostudio, and I thought it would be cool to turn these into "real" songs and release them on this CD. The release is a tribute to Ada Lovelace, who is cited as the world's first computer programmer and the first person to envision that computers could be used to make music. So using an iPhone to compose part of the release, which is a device viewed with the same skepticism as computers initially were in terms of making music, seemed entirely appropriate.

My singer Elenor wrote and recorded vocals over the initial Nanostudio demos. These demos were made within a few hours late at night or on the go, but had some cool ideas in them. My plan was to export the MIDI data, import that into Cubase 5, and send the data to my hardware synths and produce the songs using all the soft-samplers and mixing tricks I have available.

No soft-synths were used on this release. I used my Andromeda A6 for the "soft lead" sounds and pads, my Moog LP for the basslines and my Virus Snow for the "hard lead" sounds.

You can hear the results on the digital single "Ada Makes the Machines Sing". The 2 tracks that were made in this way are "As Long As You Need" and "Core Reaction", which are on this digital single in instrumental form.

And you can stream the first 3 tracks and pre-order the CD of the full EP, "Industrial Re-Evolution", due for release on 22 April 2011.