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mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

Howdy. It's your old friend mofolotopo aka Trig Discipline aka Dan. Some of y'all might remember me from my albums The Scientist, Departures, and A Series of Tasteful Nudes way back when, or you might know me as Barnaby's Chair from Hypnospace Outlaw. Or you might remember my samplefuckery projects like Son of Strelka and Hardcore Prophecy.

Anyway, I've finally finished a new album and I thought some of you might like it.



It's called Evergreen, and it's a weird one.

As the thread title says, it's a sort of vocoder-driven story of a crew of malfunctioning robots trying to resurrect their cargo of frozen brains. It's part existential exploration of what it means to be human and part love story. It's full of beeps and boops and field recordings and a bunch of different kinds of synthesized voices. It's miles from anything I've done before, and strange enough that it might just be for me, but hey maybe not.

Probably the hookiest track is Oh, You Temporary Thing if you just want to give it a test drive. If you want to hear the rest of it, here are some options:

Spotify
iTunes/Apple Music
Bandcamp
Soundcloud

It's on most of the other major digital platforms too, so if there's another option you favor you can probably find it there.

Given the vocoder-ness of it some bits aren't as easy to understand as they would be if they were regular voices. I did my best to deal with that, but nothing's perfect so here's a Google doc with the lyrics.

If you do like it and want to share the links, that'd be awesome.

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NevergirlsOFFICIAL
Apr 24, 2004



Good stuff!!! Grats on the release op

biosterous
Feb 23, 2013






it's a dope album OP

the subject matter reminds me a lot of Ayreon, but this is obviously in a completely different musical genre!

mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

biosterous posted:

it's a dope album OP

the subject matter reminds me a lot of Ayreon, but this is obviously in a completely different musical genre!

I had never heard of this before but Wikipedia makes it sound like Extremely My Thing!

I also just realized I forgot to mention that the cover art is a reference to the Toynbee Tiles, which are a mysterious bit of street art found all over the Western hemisphere that seem to be made by someone obsessed with a similar idea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MAsB_tJ_jk#t=2s

In my own personal head canon (which I guess makes it canon) there's a connection between the two.

Gaspy Conana
Aug 1, 2004

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You already know but yea this is gonna be one of my favorite albums of the year. So much detail!

Also Ayreon is total dad prog and is cheesy as heck but I do enjoy it. The Human Equation is probably the closest to matching this thematically.

biosterous
Feb 23, 2013






Gaspy Conana posted:

total dad prog and is cheesy as heck but I do enjoy it.

heck yeah!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUSoR4EdyIo

Gaspy Conana posted:

The Human Equation is probably the closest to matching this thematically.

also yeah that's thematically the closest one. a man is trapped in a coma, and his personified emotions need to help him remember what happened, and whether or not to try and wake up or just accept the coma

it rules

Eat The Rich
Feb 10, 2018





I'm diggin this and The Electric Castle is the best Ayreon album.

edit: my girlfriend says its like Ayreon and the Faint had a baby

mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

I intentionally took a songwriting/composition approach to this one that was exactly how I don't usually work in an effort to force myself out of my comfort zone. I think it's a measure of how successful that particular effort was that I never seem to know any of the bands people say this one reminds them of.


Gaspy Conana posted:

So much detail!

Oh man, thanks for mentioning that! I really hope people listen to this on headphones or earbuds at least a few times. All of these songs were written and had reasonably polished versions over a year ago; most of the intervening time has been me stressing over details so small that I wonder if anyone will ever hear them.

Gaspy Conana
Aug 1, 2004

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I gravitate towards extremely dense music maybe because it rewards repeat listens? 'Chunks of sound carefully placed everywhere' is the best genre. Right now Oh, You Temporary Thing + Sail or Anchor into the Survival Machines reprise are my favorite sections. I wish I knew how the music blog world works because this deserves a lot more attention.

Gaspy Conana fucked around with this message at 11:38 on Mar 17, 2021

mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

Oh man I wish I knew too. I've been extremely lax about putting this out there so far, but I'm going to try to put some effort in soon. I have a little science thing that's coming out in a couple of weeks that we think may be a big media hit, and I've been doing a bunch of interviews and stuff for that so I just haven't had the energy to promote this too. Maybe this weekend I'll finally get the energy to push it a bit.

Cable Guy
Jul 18, 2005

I don't expect any trouble, but we'll be handing these out later...





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mofolotopo posted:

Oh man I wish I knew too. I've been extremely lax about putting this out there so far, but I'm going to try to put some effort in soon. I have a little science thing that's coming out in a couple of weeks that we think may be a big media hit, and I've been doing a bunch of interviews and stuff for that so I just haven't had the energy to promote this too. Maybe this weekend I'll finally get the energy to push it a bit.
Two words... gently caress Yes!! I've always liked your science based tunes.

Dan, your music has seen me through some dark poo poo... I still find Strelka one of the most calming and zen inducing albums I know and will spruik it to any one of my friends trying to find their way out of an abyss. "Breathing Up My Skin" from Homunculi is on my list of things to be played at my funeral... as exit music for the congregation. "Parallel Universes" is on the list too.

I haven't listened to this yet, but plan to over the weekend when I can devote the time. Looking forward to what I'll find.

mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

Cable Guy posted:

Two words... gently caress Yes!! I've always liked your science based tunes.

Dan, your music has seen me through some dark poo poo... I still find Strelka one of the most calming and zen inducing albums I know and will spruik it to any one of my friends trying to find their way out of an abyss. "Breathing Up My Skin" from Homunculi is on my list of things to be played at my funeral... as exit music for the congregation. "Parallel Universes" is on the list too.

I haven't listened to this yet, but plan to over the weekend when I can devote the time. Looking forward to what I'll find.

Awesome, thanks! I really hope you like it. I think the next one is going to be quicker to come out, and is also sort of in this vein. That said, I thought this one would be an EP and I was planning to finish it in a couple of months...about three years ago.

Cable Guy
Jul 18, 2005

I don't expect any trouble, but we'll be handing these out later...





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mofolotopo posted:

Awesome, thanks! I really hope you like it....
Was a foregone conclusion really.... bought it on Bandcamp yesterday and was immediately smiling.

One of your other albums that seems stuck in digital obscurity is "Make Room For Dada..."

I mean you can still download it on some sites, but I'd really like to be able to share some tracks on it with friends, and then let them decide if they want to download it... particularly track 17... the one about poop. It's... uh... transcendental.

mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

Well then Make Room for Doo Doo

For real that album was basically just me learning to make music on computers and doing absolutely silly stuff in the process.

Cable Guy
Jul 18, 2005

I don't expect any trouble, but we'll be handing these out later...





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mofolotopo posted:

Well then Make Room for Doo Doo

For real that album was basically just me learning to make music on computers and doing absolutely silly stuff in the process.
Seriously... add it to Bandcamp... It's good enough.

mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

Cable Guy posted:

Seriously... add it to Bandcamp... It's good enough.

Oh man that album and Crush the Infamous Thing are nothing but uncleared samples with no strong Fair Use argument for most of them. The only way I can really get away with distributing them at all is not to make any money off of them.

B33rChiller
Aug 18, 2011





Biscuit Hider

mofolotopo posted:

Howdy. It's your old friend mofolotopo aka Trig Discipline ... snip... Or you might remember my samplefuckery projects like Son of Strelka and Hardcore Prophecy.

Anyway, I've finally finished a new album and I thought some of you might like it.



It's called Evergreen, and it's a weird one.

As the thread title says, it's a sort of vocoder-driven story of a crew of malfunctioning robots trying to resurrect their cargo of frozen brains. It's part existential exploration of what it means to be human and part love story. It's full of beeps and boops and field recordings and a bunch of different kinds of synthesized voices. It's miles from anything I've done before, and strange enough that it might just be for me, but hey maybe not.

Wow, I had no idea you were the same person. I've thoroughly enjoyed your samplefuckery, and quite a few Trig Disc posts as well.

I'm about a min and a half in on YTmusic, and this strange new direction you've taken for this album is very much what I was looking for! Awesome, thanks for sharing with us!

mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

B33rChiller posted:

Wow, I had no idea you were the same person.

Ha! Even after all these years I manage to catch a few people by surprise every time this gets mentioned. I got the TD account for LF shitposting and just never switched back to main, basically.

Cable Guy
Jul 18, 2005

I don't expect any trouble, but we'll be handing these out later...





Slippery Tilde

I uh... think blocking the Suez might be taking your viral marketing too far Dan....



mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

No such thing as bad press.

Headlines tomorrow will be "WORLD HOLDS BREATH FOR RELEASE OF EVERGREEN"

Cable Guy
Jul 18, 2005

I don't expect any trouble, but we'll be handing these out later...





Slippery Tilde

Whatever you're doing seems to be working...

Your Computer
Oct 3, 2008






Grimey Drawer

oh heck, I saw the banner ad and thought "hey that sounds like my kinda thing" and it's you! Sail or Anchor is still one of my favorite tunes ever since you shared it in the synth thread years ago and it's even better now

mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

Your Computer posted:

oh heck, I saw the banner ad and thought "hey that sounds like my kinda thing" and it's you! Sail or Anchor is still one of my favorite tunes ever since you shared it in the synth thread years ago and it's even better now

Thank you! Sail or Anchor was the starting point of the whole thing. After I posted it my wife said "it sounds like two lonely spaceships singing to each other", and I liked that image so much that it just started expanding outward from there. The story ended up changing, but that was the seed of it.

Fun fact: the little "shffff shffff shffff" noise I use as a snare sound in Sail or Anchor is actually a recording of Ann Druyan's brain that's on the Voyager Record.

DrKirre
Jun 11, 2014

Am I a mouse dreaming I'm a cat, or a scratching post dreaming I'm a bowl of wet food? Never assume what you see and feel is real!
...
Mmm... wet food...


Sail or Anchor is amazing - it feels kind of like Lonely Robot meets Ayreon and I love it! It sets off the ol' synesthesia in an interesting fashion with a feeling of two objects spinning around each other, like some sort of deep space waltz. Super cool.

mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

Thanks! I do love a good waltz, it's just such a compelling rhythm. One funny thing about that song is that it was originally written on classical guitar and has this very lovely fingerpicking pattern to it that is completely missing from the album version. That's actually true of several of the songs on the album. I seriously think I may go back at some point and re-record the entire thing with just guitar and voice, call it Evernude or something.

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mofolotopo
May 10, 2004

TICK STAMPEDE!!!!

For some reason Bandcamp gave me a buttload of download credits, so this is now marked down to pay-what-you-want (including $0) until those run out. I'm perfectly happy to have people snarf it for free, too, because I think that causes them to suggest it more on the app. Please do go and grab it if you haven't yet.

https://danwarren.bandcamp.com/album/evergreen-2

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