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Classic Beats: Medicine

by scutopus

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Hope (Swarm) 01:00:00
Fold 01:00:00
Swell 01:00:00
Expanse 01:00:00
Resistance 01:00:00
Cocoon 01:00:00
Vista 01:00:00


Normally I'd prefer listeners experience/use my work however they like, but things are not normal right now; these times of heightened anxiety and stress have lead to adjustments and adaptations on a scale both profound and widespread. Thus, a peek behind the Classic Beats curtain: now more than ever I'd love for listeners to find respite, solace, maybe even healing in these drones as I have over the years I've been making them.

Here are some suggestions for listening to my drones, especially this release: let the layers of tones wrap around you like a cozy blanket, keeping you safe and sound in their fluid assuredness and constancy; enjoy a sonic massage when listening on a stereo system with strong, clear bass response; allow yourself to be immersed, sink into the drone, and shift along with its subtle tidal interplay; pay close, deliberate attention to your physical position in the room you're listening in, and how if you change your position even slightly the timbre of the drone changes (can only be done with speakers), thus tuning yourself into your body more closely.

Some bluetooth speakers can convey enough subtlety in the low end frequencies that they would also work well for listening to this release--since all these drones are mono, only one speaker is needed. It is the use of headphones or earbuds where the full intended experience would be lost, where the listening would be confined to the ears.

For more information about this series and the sounds contained herein, please refer to the description of the first Classic Beats release: scutopus.bandcamp.com/album/classic-beats

The track title "Hope (Swarm)" is a direct reference to a remix I did of the band Time of Orchids' song "Swarm of Hope", brought about from some shared timbres between the two works. First, here's the original song, which is track 9: timeoforchids.bandcamp.com/album/sarcast-while. My remix is track 18 on the Time of Orchids compilation (alongside other remixes I and band members did) here: timeoforchids.bandcamp.com/album/in-due-time and is track 6 on my own album Friendell: scutopus.bandcamp.com/album/friendell.


released May 31, 2020

Thank you to CMB for the track title "Swell".




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"The diet is not known; fecal material contains organic (?) crystals and perhaps sediment particles. The radula morphology suggests that the diet is particle-size dependent, possibly detritus." -Scheltema 1981.

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