In my second album 'Audionary', released in early 2012, I began to explore the idea of using found sounds, recorded from a variety of sources, as the basis for the music. The third Dual Echelon album 'Surfaces', takes this concept and pushes it further, using a wider range of sounds and editing and manipulating them in new ways to create unique soundscapes.
This album, from the beginning, is all about textures and layering, which provided the inspiration for the album title 'Surfaces'. The rich textures of background hisses are brought to the forefront, noise and fuzz are emphasised and strengthened, and a multitude of individual lines are overlaid to create a rich, warm sound in each track. There is a surprising amount of effort required to find the perfect 'background' sound, which adds significant and recognisable texture to the track without drowning out the main elements...this was part of the challenge of creating the album for me!
Focusing more on harmony than the strong melodic nature of 'Audionary', this album finds strong, simple and memorable loops and builds on them. In many ways, this feels more like a 'pop' album compared to my previous efforts. Each track has deliberately been kept relatively short, making its mark and then moving to the next section, avoiding long codas or drawn-out looping sections. My aim is to make each track standalone and listenable on its own, as well as fitting in with the flow of the album when heard all the way through.
This album is the result of 18 months of recording, composing, listening, tinkering, tweaking, editing and mastering. Once I 'discovered' a sound I wanted to aim for as I was creating the first track, 'Heart', just around the time of releasing 'Audionary'. I was excited to push this concept further and always used that first track as a reference for how the album should sound overall.
I've enjoyed the process of making this album hugely, and I hope you get as much enjoyment listening to it! Of course, any comments or feedback are greatly appreciated!
released August 1, 2013
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