This album was conceived, recorded and produced while I was living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There is a popular improvisational scene there, where many classically trained musicians will come together and create experimental textures and harmonies with various instruments, including strings, woodwinds, and brass. This is in part how I met Allen Russell (who also produces electronic music as GLOOSTIKK, as well as being part of the groups Swing Chevron and Tontine Ensemble), an outstanding and hard-working violinist with whom I was lucky enough to work on this project. At the time of this project's beginning I was often creating melodies and harmonies very meticulously and slowly. For this project, I wanted to challenge myself to improvise more (as well as experiment with new time signatures and tempo changes) and allow melodies and harmonies to come more freely.
These tracks were made in brief but intense sessions where I would quickly create simple arrangements and basic percussive and melodic bits while Allen improvised with his violins. I'd then work on the tracks more meticulously later, working out the details of the rhythms, editing and cutting up violin samples, and recording more instruments. My goal was to achieve a sound that felt very real and organic, despite being in some sense very produced and programmed. As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this album as much as I've enjoyed making it.
released December 26, 2015
Tristan de Liège - Clarinet, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Trumpet, Saxophone, Flute, Electric Bass, Keys
Allen Russell - Violin, Electric Violin
Brett Batchelor - Viola (track 11)
Photography by Anouk Lenaerts.
Design by Martin Pierlot.
All tracks written and produced by Tristan de Liège and featuring improvisations from Allen Russell.
Tristan de Liège began his exploration of music in high school, first playing in bands and eventually exploring electronic
music. His sound is inspired by instrumental hiphop and downtempo artists and also his love of film soundtracks and orchestral arrangements....more