1÷1

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This work took place in Tromsø in 2011. Listening back to it, 8 years after, led to a drive to give this a home, outside labels, as a self release. The description of the concept behind this work, written back in 2011, is below:

"The central concept of this group of recordings is fractality. That's why the title is "1÷1". My artist name is "Θ" (Greek letter theta) which is also the division of 1 by 1 (circle divided in two). My implementation of the concept of fractality to sound leads to focusing on extremely small segments of the samples, a.k.a. granular synthesis. Attention to these small segments and their reorganisation creates new structures. In these recordings, the aim was that these new logic structures would partly resemble their origin. This was done in order to stay in line with the theory of fractality as well as to challenge perceptual thresholds, leading to the question: "is this acoustic or electronic music?". The raw material was acoustic sound samples. Thus, rich tones are present and therefore attention was given to them as individual tones, instead of taking them for granted as characteristics of the timbre of the acoustic sound. All recordings contain at least 2-3 changes in the frequency ranges we perceive as musical notes, to maintain basic musicality. Each recording is based on a thematic hint regarding human behaviour and is reflected in the choice of sounds and the relevant title. For example, the recording "reign" is built around recorded electric charges on a glass lamp and refers to the smallness of human 'achievements' when exposed to extreme and almost random weather. These recordings were mainly based around patches in a nord modular g2 and recorded in 24/96 wav format to maintain pointillistic detail in the granular manipulation of acoustic sound. These original sound files were then mastered in Wolverhamptoin by Matt Dalgleish and Euripides Altintzoglou."

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released November 11, 2011

Cover art and photography: Θ (theta)
Mastering: Matt Dalgleish & Euripides Altintzoglou

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Θ (theta) Tromsø, Norway

Θ (Theta) makes dark ambient, soaked through tamed noise passages that carry a dystopian crust punk tonality which flirts with existential bl(e)ack metal, inspired by dystopias. Θ uses any type of media that can lead to sound experiments that, even though planned, always allow for probabilistic surprises. No gods no masters. ... more

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