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Volume Two of the 'Portable Music' series, by Herv.
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.
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.
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.
Artwork by Jack Hagley.