Apart from being a techie, music was one of the main driving forces in my life since I was ~15 and discovered punk rock.
I am not musically talented or educated in any capacity, but since then I’ve been practicing it and producing in an on/off fashion. At college I almost decided to become a sound engineer (sometimes I wonder how my life would look like… you know, the whole parallel universe theory and stuff – probably not very successful 🙂 ).
For a long time I had only sketches / loops / stems that I’d sometimes not even save, but the 2020 pandemic gave me some motivation to start finishing whole tracks. Here are some of those (reverse chronological order):
5am Birds July 2021 – a minimal, experimental, dark techno track where I explore various evolving textures to create a sonic landscape of coming back home at 5am from an underground party.
Synthetic Euphoria July 2021 – an ode to the 90s rave and acid parties. A synthetic euphoria flowing through your veins that makes your body twitch to the 303 ostinato bassline, chant the stab chord melodies and your heart melt to the uplifting arpeggios – all in the simple yet heavy 909 sauce.
What The June 2021 – playing with footwork / Chicago style like rhythms, repeating and thumping tech house bass, and some classic house chords and chopping random vocal samples.
The Ceiling March 2021 – Peak of the pandemic weirdness and the feeling of days spent staring at the ceiling, unable to focus, unable to think, unable to plan. Yet, there is a hope to get out of this, to meet your friends and start living your life? This ambient / dub techno track tries to capture those complex and interleaving emotions.
Glass Forest February 2021 – minimal / weird sounds and experimenting with rhythms and sound effects / sound design. How would a forest made of glass with glass birds sound like? Minimal techno meets experimental music and some… tech house tribal rhythms?
Kaczynski Zniszczy Polske / Zniszczyc Polske January 2021 – I was devastated by the recent Polish anti-abortion laws. Observing all of this (from shamelessness of the ruling party to the energy of protests despite deadly pandemic) from thousands miles away felt depressing, isolating and surreal – I had to express my anger with this electro / ebm / synthwave “banger”. Some live guitars, 00s “electro” aggressive bass, and an inspiration from Nitzer Ebb / Front 242.
City Life January 2021 – a sketch of a cheesy house/garage track. I wanted to do something more optimistic and “fun” as opposed to most of my other tracks that feel “opressed/oppressive”. Silly rhodes solo, deep chords and (probably too) swung drums. Also playing with vocals processing for the first time.
Desert Monolith January 2021 – experiments with more ambient / dub music (though I cannot resist adding some pulsing rhythms and bass, even if slower 🙂 ) inspired by the mysterious desert monoliths and the Space Odyssey. The track is mostly generative – automated with LFOs, often randomized; not with manual curves/automation.
Everyday Older December 2020 – melodic and progressive techno with a nostalgic and profound mood and a realization that the youth is behind me; and the every single day brings us closer to death, but we still have time to do great things.
Goblin Dance December 2020 – hard dance / rave track, mixing influences from gabber-like donk bass, frantic piercing arpeggios, and in your face rave stabs. It’s just goblins dancing into the chaos.
Reeds on Pluto November 2020 – a mix of recent “hard dance” revival with the genre that initiated my interest in the electronic music – goa/psytrance. Cosmic and alien arpeggios backed by a thick reese bass in an industrial dance sauce.
All of the above are done “in the box” in Ableton Live (I love it… true “modular” environment and very intuitive creative toolset and can be as generative as you want it to be) and most sounds except for drums are synthesized from scratch. A few samples I recorded, a few samples found online, some guitar recording here and there. I recently started to play a bit more with hardware and 303 / drum machines, though mainly as an inspiration.