Now this was an experiment in
the absolute truest sense of the word, in that we had not the faintest idea
at all what the end result would be! The Magic Bullet project was barely
five weeks old when we did this, 9th November 2019, so we had just a handful
of musique concrète tracks and the Digitalis sessions under our belt.
What we really wanted to do, however, was an epic! The idea of doing a long
serious piece had a genuine appeal to it, and this was the first attempt.
Having no particular concept in mind at the time, when it came to how we
might proceed, we decided to try a random element. So we turned to that
legendary folder of mine, Dr. Magic's Audio Lab! We'd decided on a
generally electronic theme, so we went to the sub-folder labelled Synths,
this is where I'd been stashing all my synth and keyboard samples, all
assigned with numbers, Keys 053 and the like. First came The
Beguiling Potential Of The Ominous Five; we took all the audio files
that had a 5 in their name, made loops of 55 seconds of them, then began to
assemble the main build, starting with a fade in. Each file was then
introduced at a point in the main recording that was decided by graduated
multiples of 5 and effected differently. Virtually anything could have
happened and we were well interested in the possibilities at the beginning.
But such is the nature of experiments that they do not always reach the
level of one's expectations, and by 13:13, we were getting terminally bored.
So we duplicated what we'd done so far, reversed it and joined the two
together. Two days later, we would have a second attempt, The
Hypothetical Deliverance Of The Dominant Three, this time using 3 as the
key number instead. But much the same would happen again, and deliverance,
there would be none.
Sometimes, when you create a
work of any sort, it can be quite hard to be objective. When we sat down to
listen to the finished pieces, we found ourselves quite warming to the
first, albeit accepting it can get a bit annoying in places, but remain
uncertain about the second. Reluctant to bin a couple of afternoons of work,
we decided to seek a second opinion and checked with Stefan Knappe at Drone
Records to see if he'd be interested, figuring it may well fall within his
remit. He was quite happy to give them a listen so we duly sent them in, but
silence followed for the next three months. The best laid men of mice with
plans, as they say.
When in the February of 2020 we
started talking with Alexey Kondart at Broken Tape Records, he was asking
about pieces for a 400 track mega-compilation he was planning, so we sent
them to him as well. We shoots, we scores, somebody loved them! Well, let's
just say somebody was willing to include them at numbers 241 and 307 on a
400 strong collection! When I let Stefan know that we'd alternatively placed
them, I was pleasantly shocked when he said he'd been surprised how 'Drone'
they were. Took that as a compliment indeed. Or he was being kind, who
Ultimately though, however
ambivalent we were about the tracks, and as proud as we are to have
something on such a magnificent collection, we wanted to give them a
slightly better chance of being heard than as 1 track in every 200 on a
megacomp, so we gave them a freebie release on our own Bandcamp when we set
it up the following summer as well. I'd like to say the jury is still out,
but 2 downloads in 10 months speaks for itself! Bugger.