Thursday, January 8, 2015

A new year, a new focus

In the course of 2014 I found myself unable and unwilling to continue with R010R. There were personal deaths, there was technical malfunctions, there was a deep foreboding as I read and researched many things going on politically throughout the world. I felt lost at sea, with crashing waves around me and some relentless leviathan lurking beneath the rotting wooden boat. I could not hold on to my ideas of solidity, I could not express how I felt sonically. It was too overburdened. I needed to step way the fuck back and allow the scene to refocus.
Today, the first week of the new year 2015 I am starting to see solid forms manifest again. Now I am out of the water, and maybe crouched, stalking something in a low light cave or freeway underpass. Now I am ready to let these words flow into the already constructed songs that make up the "Unyielding", album. I did not give up. I needed to re-evaluate and reinforce.

Our world is a beautiful and frightening place. There are truths out there that will dismantle the core of your beliefs. Morals and values redefined without your knowledge. Disinformation disseminated on such a global scale that there is little hope of ever cutting through it to the meaty bloody facts. Yet people are still doing this. People are still persisting and investigating. Even when they are told to cease and desist. Even when they are threatened or humiliated. Or ignored. Or persecuted and banished from their very lives.
"Unyielding", is my emotional response to them. It is my interpretation of brutalism in music and society. Function over form. Laying out the truth like huge slabs of concrete and hoping against all hope that it will defend us. Using a juxtaposition of big sounds and slow rhythms to reinforce the theme. With radio messages and obscure noisescapes beneath it all. Always saying something but mostly indecipherable. Like a time capsule opened centuries after the race was decimated and forgotten.

What will be said about us in another 100 years? Another 1000 years? From that first day of our birth, we begin to count out the days until we die. Our bodies slowly breaking down while our spirits and our minds expand to unknown quantification. We are cursed in way, to only be able to focus on a small window of time. Our lifetimes. Gathering huge piles of shit around us, taking shit from other people, giving shit to our kids so they can gather more shit and continue the cycle. We call that success. Hoarding over our glorious piles of shit while our spirits lay hungry and dissatisfied.
The fact is, you cannot take it with you. You die, your shit remains on earth. You did nothing of value with your life. You did nothing of value to assist your race. You did nothing to improve the species. You just wasted time and you hurt and exploited your fellow man.

We are racing towards a precipice. There has to be a change or we are going over the edge.This is inevitable.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Announcing Brutalism

Brutalism was a reaction. The idea was function over form. Architecture in the raw. Wheras the preceeding architectural movement was "form follows function". Brutalism was huge slabs of concrete and brick. Monumental ideas in this hard edged realist interpretation.

This idea in architecture, artwork, and music has interested me for quite some time. How do you express this feeling. Unpolished massive constructs, filled with depth and weight. In my last EP I was exploring urban music styles. The idea was to use my understanding of EBM/Electro and then further explore the ideas and history of UK Garage and Dubstep music.

I feel that, like Brutalist Architecture, music has also had a splash-back reaction. Experimental noise, heavy bass, unpolished lo-fi, these styles of music have flourished since the period where most music was becoming over compressed, over produced, and overall fake- in my opinion of the use of Auto-Tune and basically stealing ideas from past era hit songs, polishing and releasing them as original compositions.

In the undercurrent there was a movement of heavy, realistic, and urban ideas. And this music speaks to me like nothing has in the past decade or so. Not so reliant on style, but about the construct and function. Raw techno, noise, ambience, heavy sounds, jamacian and dub rythms, polyryhthmic structures, massive synth crashes without a great reliance on melody and harmony. These are the rough ideas I am taking into creating this new album "Unyielding".


Thursday, May 1, 2014

R010R 2014 new LP is Unyielding

"Unyielding", is the working title for the new album. Roughly 20 tracks have been created. There might be a prelude single or EP. I have not decided yet. Right now I am just seeing how all the pieces fit. because this album is like a puzzle for me. Putting the pieces together, following my subconcious pathways through each section. This time I did not put tracks together as songs and enclosures. They have been coming together like landscapes. Broad and sweeping in style and destination.

You can hear some of the ideas now at my SoundCloud.




Friday, January 24, 2014

Bruderschaft - Return


R010R remix featured on BRUDERSCHAFT LP "Return".



Vocals are by Stefan Netschio of Beborn Beton- I am a big fan of their music and was thrilled to be able to put this together for the guys.
http://alfamatrix.bandcamp.com/album/return-bonus-tracks-version

Get the 2 CD boxset including a poster and pin here: http://www.alfa-matrix.com/bio_bruderschaft.php

Friday, November 8, 2013

R010R | Daybreak

Been one hell of  along wait-but now you can expect new R010R this month, In the form of a 3 track single with Basic Unit Productions. Enjoy the video for "Daybreak".

http://youtu.be/TE3fWP8dE08


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New split EP with "Tactil Vision" coming soon

Currently in the studio, I have created 2 brand new tracks and I am working ona  remix for a forthcoming EP with Tactil Vision. Details at this point are spare, but it will feature 6 tracks total. 3 of Tactil, and 3 of R010R. Two tracks will be a remix trade and the other four are originals. Here is a taste of the new track, working title "Suspend".

R010R-suspend