EC3 Contributor Interview: Partition 36

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Please start by telling us your name, the name of your project (if different), and any other contributors that make up the project as a whole.

My name is Alexa Jones-Gonzales, and I am the founder and sole member of Partition 36.

What is the history of your particular aural endeavors? How did you get started working in this area?

It all sort of happened by accident back in 1999, which was my sophomore year of high school. After dinner one night I went downstairs to my computer, opened up a MIDI editor I had, and just started laying down notes. Pretty soon I noticed that what I had done sounded pretty cool, so I just kept adding to it until I had finished my first song. That’s when I figured, “Hey, if I could do this once, I bet I could do it again.” That’s when it all started.

Tell us about your track for EC3. What is the creative process like for you?

It’s always an experiment for me. Every time I start a new song, I usually have a basic idea of what I want to try: “I think I’ll try for another industrial song”, “Hmm, I haven’t made any trance lately”, “What if I wrote a song that got progressively more glitchy as time goes on until it melts into a sea of noise?” Using my idea I start by building a basic 8 or 16 measure block, then start expanding from there.

For “Excessive Exposure”, I knew I wanted to do another song in by own style of Industrial music, with a thick, distorted saw lead for a melody. For inspiration I listened to a lot of Rotersand (especially their War on Error album), Angelspit, and KMFDM. The vocal samples weren’t added until it was over halfway finished.

What sort of technologies and creative solutions do you enjoy working with? What does your primary work involve?

I retired from programming about a year ago, but I still have a small number of projects of my own. Whenever I have a problem to tackle or an idea to experiment with, I use either Python, C# with Mono and GTK#, or Common Lisp. They’re beautiful languages to work in. Especially Lisp. The way you can interface with an SQL database is simply magical.

When it comes to music, I used to use Cakewalk Sonar exclusively until just recently. Now I mainly use Renoise since I’m more comfortable with a tracker-style interface, and reserve Sonar for work dealing with multi-track WAV editing and mastering. I have a huge collection of VST instruments and effects that I use, as well as some hardware synths.

The Emergent Collective series was established to highlight people in the community who work in creative technologies and also produce music (not that these efforts are so dissimilar). How did you get involved in this Emergent Collective compilation?

I actually knew Joseph through work. Somewhere along the line he found out I wrote music. I don’t really remember how it went from there, though.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? Projects you are working on or future appearances?

I just released a new album called Waveforms on April 25th, which you can check out on my website. I’m also (already, heh) working on a new album or EP. One idea I’ve had for it is to use emulations of older synthesizer technologies, such as the classic SID chip and Yamaha YM2151, in combination with modern effects and DAWs.

I’ve also been collaborating with a fellow musician and friend on a project we call Treefungus. It focuses on experimental electronic music with elements of IDM and glitch. We just finished our first album, Transmissions 495, which I highly recommend checking out.

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Listen to Partition 36 and others on Emergent Collective Three.

EC3 Contributor Interview: Wicked Earth

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Please start by telling us your name, the name of your project (if different), and any other contributors that make up the project as a whole.

Wicked Earth is Mike Montani (Vocals), Robert N. Tarquinio (Guitar), Vic Carter (Bass), Shawn Houy (Drums)

What is the history of your particular aural endeavors? How did you get started working in this area?

We have all been playing music and in bands since we were teens. About 10 years ago vocals/guitar and bass/drums were leaving their respective bands and met at the going away party for the engineer they had used on each groups final projects. We started just jamming some acoustic music, but have been expanding our style and tightening our sound ever since.

Tell us about your track for EC3. What is the creative process like for you?

Our songs can gestate for months sometimes years, it is only when we go to record that we finalize the track. Singularity was originally created about 7 years ago, but has become one of our favorite tunes from the record. It represents some of our first usage of midi and alternative instruments.

What sort of technologies and creative solutions do you enjoy working with? What does your primary work involve?

As a band we primarily use Cubase for recording. As the primary designer/implementer of our media, I use everything from Photoshop to SQL Server to get our material out there as well as in my day to day. Our existing site was built many years using Coldfusion and is in the process of being revamped.

The Emergent Collective series was established to highlight people in the community who work in creative technologies and also produce music (not that these efforts are so dissimilar). How did you get involved in this Emergent Collective compilation?

I (Vic) am connected to several active members of the CF community including Todd Rafferty and Vicky Ryder. They have been key in getting us involved.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? Projects you are working on or future appearances?

We will be having our official CD release in May and are planning to expand our marketing efforts with a focus on TV/Movie placement. The best way to hear us is via SoundCloud, or to visit us on Facebook. Thank you for including us on such an interesting project. :)

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Listen to Wicked Earth and others on Emergent Collective Three.

Emergent Collective Three

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The third entry in the Emergent Collective community compilation CD series has now been released and can be accessed from either Fractured Vision Media or BandCamp. As with previous collections – this release can be had at no charge as an effort to celebrate the creativity and expansive artistry of our community. The entire compilation is available as a free CD-Audio image download or as an archive of digital files. Included are cover and tray art, as well as a booklet which showcases the artists involved in this compilation.

I originally wanted to be a lot more hands-off with this release. In terms of audio contributions – I only have contributed one track. With EC2, I wanted to have an introduction and exit track to round the disc out – and I took care of both of these items. I didn’t want to do any of the artwork for this release either and was hoping someone from the community would come forward. This never happened… so I decided to just take care of it. EC1 and EC2 were a conglomeration of art styles from various contributors – so EC3 is quite different in this regard. I’m actually quite happy with the results – it feels very cohesive to me.

While working on the layout, design, and other aspects of this collection; I’ve been sharing progress on Behance through various WIPs. The final CD artwork has also been published as a Behance project. In going through this whole process… I’ve received a better appreciation for this service and have been able to fit it into my general workflow in other projects as well.

For EC1 (2010); the booklet display mechanism was pure Flash Player. InDesign has always had this really neat method for exporting a publication that looked and behaved like a little book. When I did the same for EC2 (2013)… I choose to also have a JavaScript fallback that was a pain to set up and worked hardly anywhere. The booklet for EC3 is presented through the SlideJS library. Spreads were exported from InDesign and laid out as per this jQuery plugin. In 2014 – this new solution works wonderfully… though without some of the flare and while missing a certain feel that the Flash Player export provides – it excels in simplicity and can be viewed upon nearly all screens.

A new aspect to this release is a set of contributor interviews which are being made available in the days following this release. The interview is something I’ve asked contributors to participate in only if they want to – so don’t expect one from everybody. Check back tomorrow to read one of these new interviews from community contributors!

One other note: This will be the final Emergent Collective series release. Three is a good number to end with – and somewhat represents a community arc from 2010 to 2014. A lot has changed in that time and it is time for me to let this go. I deeply appreciate all of the contributors over these past years. You have all given something of yourselves to the world in a unified way – I am proud of what we’ve created and hope you all feel the same way.

Shivervein. An Ending.

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I’ve been creating music under the name of An Early Morning Letter, Displaced since 1999. 2 full length albums, 3 ep albums, and a variety of compilation and remix work stretching all the way to 2013. Back in 2012, I decided I needed to break from this and do something fresh. Shivervein was born from these ideas as a project separate from An Early Morning Letter, Displaced… not weighed down by any of the restrictions and expectations I had placed around it

I’m a vastly different person from the one who created An Early Morning Letter, Displaced so many years back. When I released the 6Threads ep back in 2010 I had the intention then to finish the project and move on. This ep contains work from the entire catalog and was meant to provide some definitive closure to the entire effort. Sometimes… it takes a few years for an intention like that to fully build into something actionable. Today – that intention has reached its end and An Early Morning Letter, Displaced is now dormant. A part of my personal history I am proud of – though truly glad to bury these ghosts far behind me.

Shivervein is the project I’ll be writing under from here on. It was difficult having two identities like this that were so similar. This isn’t a problem any longer. Thanks to all those who supported An Early Morning Letter, Displaced over the years. I hope that Shivervein can now move beyond what is contained in the proto-album, bloodletshadows, to become something just as special.

Emergent Collective Three – Official Announce

On May 6th, 2014 – Fractured Vision Media, LLC will release the third volume in the Emergent Collective series of compilation albums composed of tracks contributed by community artists.

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As with previous volumes in the series, the entire compilation will be available as a free CD-Audio image download or as an archive of digital files. Included are cover and tray art, as well as a booklet which showcases the artists involved in this compilation.

The tracklist for Emergent Collective Three is as follows:

  1. Interstellar Pathway – Michael Clawson
  2. Inception – Mark Crooks
  3. Spiked with Recursive Dreams [Live Coded Session] – Meta-eX
  4. Singularity – Wicked Earth
  5. Excessive Exposure – Partition 36
  6. Razorpalm – Shivervein
  7. Sub Saharan – Co-Opera
  8. Income – Everblind
  9. p-branes – Intoxopox
  10. DNA – Gil Amran
  11. Qapla’ – CoderJun
  12. Flying Closer To The Sun – Jeffry Houser

A new aspect to this release is a set of contributor interviews which will be made available in the days following the release of the album. Check back here to read these new interviews with community contributors!