4EP

by ilkae

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ILKAE - 4EP (2009 REDUX)
CAT#: INPUJ99
22 TRACKS | 64:24

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This album consists of definitive archival versions of the four 'vexion' EPs released through eerik inpuj sound over the course of 2001.

tracks 01-03: slide EP
tracks 04-08: vacant vehicle EP
tracks 09-14: forkyo EP
tracks 15-21: frosty EP
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track 22: unreleased module from canceled fifth EP

When viewed together as a whole, this body of work can easily be considered to be my first solo album. Over the past few years I have become increasingly convinced that familiarity with this album remains crucial to understanding the progression traced by my subsequent solo releases. With a fourth album looming in the near future, I feel the need to bring wider attention this music: It introduces some (if not most) of the central harmonic themes and and rhythmic ideas which I have either developed further or absolutely destroyed in my subsequent work. It is primarily for this reason that this material is being given an official release under the ilkae moniker. (The second reason being that this new render and fresh mastering job sounds unbelieveably good.)

Some unusual things to note:
All of these module files included date logs, as well as short journal entries - supposedly to keep myself keep track of when i made things and how i was feeling at the time. Apparently when I was 15 stuff like that was important. These date-logs and journal entries effectively establish this album as an audio journal of my 15th year on this fair planet. Listening to these songs 8-9 years later and looking across pictures from the era I am easily overcome with nostalgia and yearning for the simplicity of that era.

I am looking forward to a time where simplicity becomes commonplace in my life again, if only in the hope that it will allow me to write music this direct and unambiguous once again.

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NOTE ON MASTERING AND THE LTD 2008 EDITION

In the summer of 2008 approximately twelve copies of a completely different version of 4EP were included along with pre-orders for my third album, Light Industry. These were produced using a mediocre rendering engine followed by a hasty mastering job, resulting in a recording that is far inferior to this official reissue. The 2008 version of 4EP has been disseminated on various private and public bittorrent trackers, sadly proving that everything I send through the post will end up on the internet for eternity. Even sadder yet is that it features the wrong bonus track! Any help I can get in subverting this leak in favour of the correct (and 300% more awesome) version of this album will be greatly appreciated.

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LINER NOTES FROM THE ORIGINAL MODULES:

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SLIDE:

sla.it - why my throat hurts
07.24.01
01:15-02:45

too much smoking. for nate.
right now i should be finishing up pistachio island, but i'm not.
right now i should be sleeping, but i'm not.
right now i should be somewhere else, but i'm not.
right now i should be frowning, but i'm not.

slb.it - lionfish & stars
08.18.01
02:00-03:30

romantic interlude.

slc.it - careless wonder
08.28.01
02:00-04:20

will you be my lois lane?
a little lack of structure.
happy brithday krystian!

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VACANT VEHICLE

vv1.it - red corduroy armchair
nov 25th 3:52 am

speaking for itself; though unclear-
doing some interior redecorating.

vv2.it - xx.xx
aug 6th - xx:xx

coconut sun % tea

dec 17th - xx:xx

ice scratch cat bleu

vv3.it - ruby thin
dec 23rd 1:47 am

outwardly conflicted
tiny streams of water
vegetation with dc 6.5v input

"i know the joy of fishes
in the river
through my own joy, as i go walking
along the same river"

i'd prefer if you didn't let me know.

vv4.it - julia (pollock remix)
june 7th
june 8th
june 9th
december 11th

vv5.it - ginger laic
december 24th

1:50am
2:40pm

inaction:
"... lift a foot, not lift a peg; fold one's arms, fold one's hands..."

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FORKYO

fka.it - no matches
aug 19 - 5:34
i was sick today.
being sick makes me write good tracks.
lets me focus.
this one is for headphones only.
makes me dizzy.
luck.

fkb.it - moshi moshi
aug 28 - 1:55
been sitting here in this mild depression
watching anime and listening to music lately.
haven't left the house for 2 weeks. sad really.

fkc.it - goldfish and grass
sept 29 // oct 31 - 5:21
goldfish, lanterns, and the colour of grass at dusk.

[there's an intro hidden in there if you feel like looking]

fkd.it - tiny blue elevator
nov 28 - xx:xx
loop it.

...phantom megaman sound?

fke.it - abort! abort!
dec 30 // feb 18 - 2:54
nanotechnology/sketch comedy

...because we all like 5/4 hip hop.
lack of direction.
it was an accident! i swear!

fkf.it - elegiac lifestyle
feb 20 - xx:xx

runtime error.
a day late.
im not frustrated anymore.

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FROSTY

frosty1.it - miko charm
january 25 2001

bloom.

frosty2.it - lime
april 19th 2001

idealistic.

frosty3.it - persimmon
may 17 2001.

for nate.

frosty4.it - ragnaron
may 21 2001

rhinoceros cloud.

frosty5.it - seventyseven
may 30 2001

remix of "77"
tracked at school for proswell.

frosty6.it - coelophysis
june 3 2001

for nate, again.

frosty7.it - corduroy
june 8 2001

as seen from a bullet train.

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- Aaron Munson, December 16th, 2009
[with apologies to non-existent italian domain names]

credits

released December 24, 2001

Music and Artwork by Aaron Munson, 2000-2001
Remastered by Proswell, 2009

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