rreplay’ ‘falling through frames’ out now

replay’s new album falling through frames available now on

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A dream, after drawing too many charts.  Surreal. Or too real, not sure.  Images: inside frames.  Sounds, though, fall through.  People are reassured by containers, they keep the insides from leaking out, they keep the picture safely separate from the world.  Machines require frames and frequently need reminders to respect their boundaries.  When machine frames fail, people find it jarring in vision.  Then the machines have to be gently, algorithmically nudged back into compliance.  Can’t go around jarring the humans.  At least not all the time.

In sound it can be more interesting though.  In a physical structure, like a house or a window, falling through frames tends to be a catastrophe, a crash.  But in in music falling through frames, even a crash, can produce unexpected delights.

In a film, a frame of someone falling is a still picture of one step in an extended sequence.  Most frames viewed by themselves look just fine.  Only when the thing is put in motion does the falling through frames happen.  And if the image falls through while the movie is moving, it simply falls out of the picture.  But sound, that is a different story. Sound is always in motion, and even in movies, much of the sound happens outside the frame.  How is that so?

rreplay’s new album, a dance of fingers and machines, of algorithms and soul, destruction and creation, does all this falling through frames but with our ears, a little like the sonic version of Dali’s timepiece or Escher’s windowsill

Enjoy rreplay again and again!

 

Eric Parker.  Bass, drum programming.

Rich Rath, Electric guitar played through laptop computer, drum and loop programming and general mangling.

1. floaters (5:13)Falling Through Frames - blue cover -Distro 10-noblur
2. bosunsweet (2:55)
3. elephant walk (4:02)
4. lucid dream (2:01)
5. to tahrir (5:01)
6. more lost (4:44)
7. back before going (6:41)
8. atmospheric phenomenon (2:32)
9. pareidolia (3:38)
10. connection fail (1:57)
11. where weld dwelled (3:22)
12. itchy (3:31)
13. scancore (3:52)
14. we suppose (3:50)
15. waterburn (4:48)

All songs improvised live in the studio by Rich and Eric.  Tracks 3, 6, 7, 9, 12, 14 recorded at Eric and Karen’s in Somerville, MA or South Boston, Everything else recorded at Rich’s studio, Honolulu, HI.

Cover Image Stained Glass by Karen Suyemoto

Eric and Rich play live through a single laptop running Plogue Bidule with a zillion vst plugins, almost all of which are used on the guitar and drums.  Eric mostly runs a beautiful Pedulla fretless directly in and almost directly out again.  ALso to be found:, a Wacom Bamboo pen tablet transformed into a synth by way of Cycling ‘74’s Max, controlled by host of controllers including but not limited to: Behringer FCB 1010, Keith McMillen SoftStep, Source Audio HotHand, Mercurial Innovations Group STC 1000, Korg nanoKontrol2, stealth switch 3 footswitch, Axon AX 50, Godin xTSA, Rich’s own RhythmEcho.  Mixing by Rich and Eric takes place mostly in Cakewalk Sonar with some help from Celemony Melodyne, Izotope Rx5, and the great open source editor Audacity.  

 

Available now on [Amazon] [Spotify] [iTunes & Apple Music] [Google Play]

waterburn 8/52 for rreplay

Liquidy soundscape sourrounds you.  Enjoy week 8 of 52.

back before going: week 7/52

A two-for-one deal. part intergalactic driving music, part blues from a radio late at night. Week 7 from 52/52 challenge.

Elephant Walk (#6/52)

Week 6 of our 52 in 52 challenge. This one is more experimental, kind of elephant sounding with spaghetti western at the tail end.

#4 and #5 from rreplay

more lost
Thinking about how much suburban homes look like motherboards, I missed my turn.  We missed last week’s installment, so here are two new rreplay tracks this week.  “more lost” ostensibly “about” driving in Somervill, MA, where this was recorded, and “we suppose,” because we wanted to call it that we suppose.  Hope you did not miss us too much!

rreplay – lucid dream

Third installment of the weekly track series. Quiet sweet guitar and bass. One of Rich’s favs.

rreplay – bosunsweet

installment 2 of weekly track from rreplay

Floaters

Gonna try and put up a rreplay track each week. This one floats away on guitar and bass then transforms into the bomdiddybom bewaka before exploding, after which the pieces all float down. Named after the things in your eye that float around looking like they are there but aren’t.

Live from the Uncanny Valley on SoundCloud

rreplay’s new album, Live from the Uncanny Valley is available for streaming on SoundCloud:

punctuated silence

I’ve been fascinated with a sentence from Miles Davis’s autobiography, “I always listen to what I can leave out.”  Now I am sure that the piece I am putting up today takes that too literally and in a slightly different direction, and I certainly wouldn’t count on Miles’ blessing for it. I probably won’t piss him off as much as others who have glommed on to the phrase, including a purveyor of figuring out short term trends in the stock market and another into the design aspects of fast food.  I don’t know, maybe Miles would be more into them than this piece.  

The music is built around the idea of loops that are endless, so if I let it, it would just go on forever.  But instead of doing that, or having them fade out over time, I punctuate them with rhythmic silences using a foot pedal that does mouse clicks tapped into the loop player so that the clicks erase — or other times, replace — what is happening at that moment.  It produces a peculiar rhythm that plays everywhere but where I am tapping, so that I am quite literally playing the silences instead of the sounds.  The plugin that makes this possible is from Johan Larsby of Shuriken and is called repeatler.

It is almost perfect, but unfortunately leaves those clicking artifacts that you hear.  At least they are in time with the music and I like to think of them as a form of percussion, but it would be nice to get rid of them too.  A summer project will be to figure out exactly how to do that.  It is a weird problem because the button press creates a zero signal instantly.  When you are making sounds, you can put them in something called an envelope that makes the sound start and end on a zero so it does not pop.  Here the thing you are playing — the silence — is already at zero, so you need something like an anti-envelope, a thing that puts the fade to zero outside of the time you spend at zero, at the start and end of the zero, where the sounds still are.  Actually instead of an anti-envelope, think of it as an upside down envelope, going from full volume to zero at the start, and zero to full volume at the end instead of the other way around.  Maybe Johan will update the plugin, but I’m not holding my breath, especially since he is none too fond of Windows which is where I do most of my music (writing this on a Linux box though!).

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