Following the extensive overdubs necessary to complete PULVERIZER for an April 20th release date, curiosity won out (as it always does) and I decided to approach the various dubbed sections like a sandbox to play in, and with only some slight adjustments to the same machines used for the rhythms and bass, a completely new piece of music materialized.
ANTIDOTE is a fiftyfive-minute dub out, filled with several layers of chordal synthesizer structures, foggy melodic composition and polymetric drum and bass programming. Recalling prior recordings such as FERROLOG or even aspects of the OCEAN LION series, ANTIDOTE seems to inhabit familiar terrain in the Halifaxian acreage, while still possessing arrangement, mixing and processing traits that set it apart from anything that may have come before it.
Initially, the intent was to attach ANTIDOTE to PULVERIZER, as a more ambient "come down" after the psychedelic peaks of PULVERIZER, but after some consideration, the decision was made to keep the two separate, to not only outline their differences rather than their similarities, but to let each stand more singularly alone in the catalog. With all things in my creative process, there are analogs to every moment, and while the versions and variations are never the same as their original counterparts, it is fascinating to examine the many tributaries that diverge from only a handful of ideas. It is as if time of day, temperature and barometric pressure are themselves enough elemental force to influence what may be derived from the same hands, acting on the same ideas, with the same tools. The more I learn, the less I know.
released May 6, 2022
W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded at White Pillar, April 2022 using a Crank Sturgeon piezoelectric microphone, a Higher Standards Aerodynamic aluminum grinder, an Arturia Microfreak, Yamaha RX11 / RX21L / TX81Z, Korg Volca FM / KPR77 and Roland SH-32 / TR505 in conjunction with the R-EW Audioholistics modular system and generative processing path, and two DAWs. Mastered by The Analog Botanist. Text by ABM&D. Cover design by ABM&D using a painting by Albrecht Altdorfer, 1528-1530. This is Milieu Music number ABX126. (C) + (P) Oscillog ASCAP 2022. All heights convected.