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29 track compilation of unreleased songs tracked at 4428 N Racine from 1997 to 2004 covering most genres of electronic sequenced music + 2 "b-sides" from later sitari albums that have been played live.

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released December 13, 2011

g.bowles

1. 8-bit Death: sequenced in impulse tracker. ran a txt file as a sample in this dos based old school music tracker I'd been using for a few years at this point in 1997. at some point I added a light aux layer of the ibanez smash box distortion pedal, but it's pretty slight. one sample in this song of a glass being struck is one of the first samples I recorded.

2. Morocco: also sequenced in Impulse Tracker. this song utilizes some short guitar samples from a popular 1995 album. I think this one is 8-bit and 16-bit samples. I remember this was the one song that everyone liked when they came over to the place.

3. Slider: done in one of the first versions of Fruity Loops, and then ran through Audiomulch for more effects... was starting to listen to Autechre a lot around this time.

4. Gnizama: another track created around the same time as "Slider", and it was on a collection of songs about EP length called 'Gnizama'

5. Rift/Parallels: "Rift" is the beginning of a recording of an extended track utilizing Dream Station software. most of this track was lost due to computer malfunction. we are lucky to have any of it heh. then Parallels is a fractal based generative composition also in Dream Station.

6. Fractalization: another generative music, fractal algorithm based composition done in Dream Station

7. Infinity Knot: done in an early version of Fruity Loops using some composition techniques I was studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

8. Timefunct: ditto to #7. I feel that this one in particular was inspired by Squarepusher's 'Budokan Mindphone'

9. Beekeeper: slightly newer version of FL Studio, I think this was in 1999. Around this time I was starting to record guitar passages and then alter them using computer software and sequencing, fx, etc.

10. Happiness: one of the more "happy" sounding sitari tracks. this is the beginning of the Audiomulch period... the most fun software imo.

11. Solara: also Audiomulch happiness. I think it has the same guitar sample on tracks 10 & 11. it's the most slow and blissed out track.

12. Console Wars: one of my favorite of the older songs. I think it uses both Audiomulch and an external editor's effects like soundforge, or perhaps fruityloops mastering.

13. Loafy: more Audiomulch madness. very funky and murky, more experimental track. catchy bass line in parts. a stab in the dark.

14. People: AM used more traditionally. incorporating both loops and the drum sequencer module and has loungy yet festive vibe. midtempo live setup... actually all the Audiomulch songs were recorded as live sequences, so they are more performance oriented than the FL tracks.

15. Bubbler Rave Break: an attempt to make too fast dance music at the time. uses both the bubbler and granular synthesis effects in Audiomulch, as well as some post fx in editing. perhaps inspired by kid606. one of the few tracks I have that utilized the crossfader module.

16. Junkyard Unicycle Juggle-O: sometimes, I don't know what to name this stuff. as the name implies, this is a weird track. kind of sounds like a droid driving around through a forest.

17. Woofer: subterranean downtempo AM track

18. Living By A Cemetery For 7 Years: tracks 17-21 were from a full length collection of tracks I made in the early aughts. there was a weird audio program that would randomly mix together sounds from a folder in random ways.

19. Random Haunt: this collection was called Distrata. somewhat influenced by Scorn and other downtempo.

21. Cellar Dweller: dark atmospheric track in AM. charontronica.

22 & 23. Two part track that opened the album 'polr'. back to FL Studio but with improved audio resolution.

24. Amazon River Raid: attempt at creating a bed for multitracking live instruments, it ended up being a mutating multilayered beat sculpture. FL

25. Inquietude: sitari version of industrial dance music i.e. mbm or haujobb. samples are korg poly800 in ambient sections instead of guitar, and some crazy sounding software synths.

26. Dystopia: more FL Studio experimentation and industrial and noise elements.

27. Wading Through The Divine Ground: representing the more mystical sitari sound. another big sitari influence is 3rd Eye Foundation.

28. The Cosmos: more FLS + post-editing and fx. dnb b-side from 'The Last Few Years'

29. Planet: b-side from 'Zen Nihilists' (dubtronica)

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