Published Oct 28, 2015Montreal synth mystic d'Eon kept fans satiated with last year's Music for Keyboards mixtape series, but he's been relatively quiet on the release front in 2015. That'll change soon with the arrival of a new album.
The record is called Foxconn / Trios and collects material that he recorded but didn't release in 2012.
In a press release, d'Eon explained the concept of the songs. Try to wrap your head around this:
The tracks comprising the record freely and irregularly travel both forward and backward in MIDI-time. By putting together small arrangements using low sample-rate soundfonts in a tracker, and by writing short loops that are legible both forwards and backwards, the MIDI information can be traversed in any arbitrary direction at any arbitrary intervals and still be harmonically and contrapuntally sound. Ordinary rhythmic patterns are inherently legible regardless of the firing order of events because of a snare's inherent role as the up beat and a kick's as the down beat. If all notes in a phrase and all chords in a progression work equally well with their neighbours before them and their neighbour after, the direction of the clock is irrelevant. If those conditions are met, a 32-bar, two- three- or four-chord pattern with a single melody is easily made into a fully through-composed piece of music that could continue for hours without any pattern repetition at all.
If you'd rather just listen to the release, you can do so when it arrives on November 27 via Knives.
Foxconn / Trios:
1. Sobha Renaissance Information Technology
2. Transparency Part III – ii
3. Satyam Integrated Engineering Solutions
4. Foxconn I
5. Samsung India Software Operations I
6. Samsung India Software Operations II
7. Infosys II
8. Datamatics Global Services II
9. Foxconn II