Aleatoric Phase was created mostly by accident or pure chance, hence the title, ‘aleatoric’. While tracking synthesizer on other recordings, I left a track rolling and ended up with 17 minutes of ambient content, which became Phase I. The ideas would come and go, they ‘phased’ in and out of each other. I don’t know how it all happened, there was no planning. Just constant tweaking of nobs on pedals and triggering textures on the synth. Keeping some element changing constantly enough to create a moving environment.
Phase II is a more deliberate response to Phase I, whittled down from a 40 minute session tracked later that summer. It was raining that day, so I put microphones on two opposing windows of my house, as if my house had ears, providing a binaural image of the sounds outdoors. You can hear the storm come in, break, and the birds come out at the end. There’s a train in there some where. It’s all stream of consciousness, and kind of ambient, detached therapy. It feels nice to let go of control. Let the moods come in, have their time, and pass. Like the rain. Like electricity.
released January 1, 2017
Alex Arnold - synth, pedals, FX
Recorded live summer 2016. Two separate days, two separate takes, two separate phases.
Tracked, mixed and edited by Alex Arnold at Timeghost Temporal Aesthetics Research Laboratory.
Mastered by Aaron Marshall.
Bloomington, Indiana 2016