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In the 1956 film "Forbidden Planet," Dr. Morbius introduced us to a mysterious, ethereal and wholly electronic form of music, which was produced over a half-million years ago by the ancient Krell civilization. Though not knowingly descending from the Krells of Altair IV, I am a disciple of their music, and have prepared this humble homage.

A word of warning: while wildly popular amongst the kids on Altair IV, Krell music is not overly accessible to earthlings. If "Revolution 9" is your favourite song on The Beatles' White Album, or if you consider "Several Species of Small Furry Animals" to be the pinnacle of the Pink Floyd catalogue, then you *might* enjoy "Krelic." (Though, truth be told, both of those songs have more in common with Pierre Schaeffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen than they do with ancient Krell music — but we're diving into semantics here).

Because i lack the immense mental facility required to compose and perform such music directly, I have resorted to inhuman tactics and turned over full control to the modular synthesizer. By patching it such that it derives all its pitch, timbre and rhythm cues solely from modules feeding back into themselves to form complex networks of control systems, I insure that zero human intervention is required. Songs are ever-altering themselves — directing themselves as the electronic circuitry sees fit, and not as a human would. For this particular recording, I configured one of these self-evolving patches one evening before bed, then allowed it to continually play and metamorphose throughout the night. In the morning, I simply grabbed a cup of coffee, walked into the studio and hit the RECORD button to capture a 10 minute "snapshot" of the song's evolution some 12 hours after first patching it.

Who knows? In a half-million years, maybe it'll have a few devotees of its own?


released September 29, 2016
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