Portable Music Vol. 2

by Herv

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    Volume Two of the 'Portable Music' series, by Herv.
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    Written in early 2011, Portable Music 2 continues the theme of music composed on public transport which Ewan Hennelly, a.k.a. Herv, examined in volume one of the series, released earlier that year.
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    With each release in the series restricted to only one program on any portable hand-held device, Volume Two utilises the iMS-20 app for iPad. Modelled on the raw oscillations of Korg's late '70s semi-modular MS-20 synth, the application uses a touch-screen representation of Korg's SQ-10 sequencer as its only sound triggering mechanism. Limited to a mere 16 steps per pattern and 16 patterns per song, Herv teases an impressively varied bounty of compositional treats from the program's rudimentary environs.
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    Ranging from confrontational noise and pummelling dystopian dance floor rhythms to whimsical, dishevelled melodies; this release shoves spitting, fizzing polyrhythms into your face, obscuring each attack in dense sheet metal reverberation. See-sawing, carnivalesque melodic lines poke rudely through clouds of distortion, pointing the way to the bus stop as you root through your pockets for change.
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    Artwork by Jack Hagley.
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released March 7, 2012

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