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Pieces of Mind grew out of setting myself a task to create a whole track using just one analogue mono synth, a Dreadbox Erebus. So all drum, pad, lead and bass sounds come from this one unit. It is also an evocation of earlier memories of wandering around London after warehouse parties, before dawn and to the music that I listened and danced to in my twenties. That magic time after the stragglers from the night going home and before the first shift of the rush hour, joggers and dog walkers made their appearance. The people I hung out with would have either got a night bus or a taxi if they were feeling rich. I would walk. Sometimes just a couple of miles sometimes much further taking detours to take in the freshness of the morning and the calmness before the madness that was the city when it came to life.
Sound would be very clear and more distinct than it would be during the day, the background roar of traffic and people was not there to take the edge off things and make it all mud. Sound played tricks and one sound would be come another, a train running across tracks on the the North London Line would be come the dull thud of a dance beat from some after party, a car passing on a street running alongside a park a ew hundred meters away would become a wave crashing on a sandy distant beach. And the sounds and rhythms would come together to become part in a larger whole. I learnt a lot at that time about listening, a lot about how the brain (or soul?) would synthesise disparate elements into a unity, if left to believe that they were part of a larger whole. There was a magic in that. And from that I learnt a lot about music and the music that I would make.
Pieces of Mind is not so much a change of direction as an exploration of the same ideas this time with an analogue synth, recognisable particles of rhythms, bass lines and melodies.
released April 24, 2020
Synths (Dreadbox Erebus v3) & Processing - Simon McCorry
Mastered - Adaq Khan
Artwork - Richard Howarth
The track 'strange charm' is wonderful and up there with the very best tracks by Simon McCorry. Can't wait for the full album to be released, from what I've heard so far I think this will be amazing. Neil Stringfellow
This album may well prove that Three (squared) rather than 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything!
Now that I've listened to the whole of this fantastic album, I think that it is also a demonstration of Ashby's Law of Requisite Variety. The law states that
in order to deal properly with the diversity of problems the world presents, you need to have a repertoire of responses which matches the variety of the problems you face.
31/05/21 Roland Pyle