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Sembre [Side One]

by Brian Grainger



Sembre is a study in monochrome, presented in two stark formations which explore the polarizing results of both a naked live recording and post-processing used as a compositional tool. Created using only a minimal setup of a Stylophone, a variety of effects such as a Behringer pitch shifter, a Boss RC-20 looper, a Moog low-pass filter, an Akai V1 Variwah and a Danelectro Reel Echo delay. This configuration was then fed through a Mackie 12-channel mixer, Sony TC-165 cassette recorder and an Alesis Quadraverb for multi-band equalization, before finally settling on a Tascam digital recorder. However, none of the equipment used seems to be reflected in the recording itself. Rather, Sembre is an ebbing pulse of drone music that fixates on a single chord and fully considers it, all the while accumulating inertia and volume from layer upon layer of nearly identical sonic inputs. At once terrestrially warm and coldly alien, this music is best appreciated in an intimate setting, alone, where it can be appropriately measured and experienced by the listener.

This is part one.


released March 7, 2016

W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded at Botany Bay, Summer 2015. Final processing completed February 2016. Mastered by The Analog Botanist. Cover photograph taken by Brian, Florida, Autumn 2015. This is Milieu Music number MMD030.



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Brian Grainger Dayton, Ohio

Drone music, warm atmosphere and textural ephemera for the working man.

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