Fractal Patterns, vol. 2 : "Trapezoid"
Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bass Guitar, Slit Drum, Sugar Bag, Shaker, Stylophone, Mandolin, Toy Djembe, Synthesiser, Piano, Tin Whistle, Tape Manipulation, Drum Sticks, Digital Theremin, Hand Claps, Metronome and Sings
released May 31, 2004
T R A P E Z O I D
The period immediately following the completion of a major musical work always turns out to be a fruitful one for me. There is definitely something about being in that creative headspace and not quite being ready to get back out just yet. To that end, it is with great pleasure I present to you a fully remastered version of one of my greatest works, 2004's "Trapezoid".
This is certainly an unusual type of music. Greatly inspired as I always have been by the early studio intensive work of Mike Oldfield, 'Trapezoid' was created by slowly and carefully overdubbing improvised parts played on a range of instruments and gradually building complete pieces. Diametrically opposed to the more established Stigmusic method, these four instrumental compositions (or sides, for and of the shape in question) focus on acoustic source and performance rather than electronic, which are then processed and manipulated digitally in a manner reminiscent of other more purely electronic Stigmusic projects.
Somewhat of a landmark for me, "Trapezoid" is the second in a three part series called "Fractal Patterns" which was completed as part of my degree in Music Technology. I have never attempted anything remotely like it since, nor had a chance in recorded form to draw upon my many acoustic and folk influences, therefore it is both a curious oddity and delightful deviation among my growing body of work.
The third part of "Fractal Patterns", called "Periodicity", proved to be more indicative of the direction Stigmusic would take in the future. This is also available to hear and download on bandcamp. The first part, known as "Nuances" is a collection of electroacoustically inspired field recordings that will receive a similar definitive release in the very near future.
It would be nearly eleven years until I would again attempt to fill a whole album with it's title track and that has become my latest release, "Velocity".
To befit the greatly enhanced quality of this remaster, the cover artwork is also brand new. I really hope you enjoy listening to what is undoubtedly the definitive version of this music.
Sunday April 5, 2015
Improvised, performed and produced by
with thanks to
Rob Navratil, Tom Indge, Phil Hornby and Kieron Johnson