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can't play guitar

by ilkae

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skepticasks 02:01
crow 02:59
accumulator 05:34
title track 05:40


ilkae - can't play guitar
eerik inpuj sound, 2012

This is the first album of all-new ilkae material in over four years, and it is an atypical beast that probably deserves an explanation.

This project began after a particularly bleak series of months during which I wrote no music at all.

I figured that I could trick myself back into the practice of writing music by attempting to produce cover versions of some of my favourite songs, while limiting myself to the basic functions of the impulse tracker file format. The idea was to remove the need to compose, while avoiding the endless rabbit-hole of DSP & VSTs.

It had been a few years since my last ear training class, and I kind of missed that sort of thing. I was also excited to see how much additive/subtractive synthesis I could accomplish within the tracker itself, by combining simple waveforms in strange ways across many channels.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, here we are over three years later. Only half of these tracks are covers, and those that are could be described as reinterpretations at best, misinterpretations at worst. The other half of the material on this release was written concurrently, and seems to play at the same musical ideas that I was attempting to mine from the guitar music of
my teenage years.

Sorry oxes, I'll get you on volume two.


released October 12, 2012

Music: Aaron Munson, 2009-2012
Art: Anna Belanger


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