Cover for Timbres by Yethiel

Preview: Blank Basket


by Yethiel on 2021-07-03

Every instrument can inspire you to take completely unique paths based on their interface, rhythm and timbre. Over time you get to know the ways of an instrument, what it can do and where it can lead you. Experimentation becomes a major way of playing the instrument and sessions become progressively more structured and musical. Timbres is a result of experimentation with synthesizers, effects and field recordings.
None of these tracks could be played like this again. The notes, rhythms, echoes, timbres and field recordings are a snapshot of a specific moment. I would not call them compositions at all, they're much more like memories.

The album mainly features synthesizers that embrace experimentation as a workflow:
The one you will hear most often is my custom Volca Modular. It is an arrangement of knobs and banana jacks on olive wood. You can see its jacks and knobs on the cover art of the album.
The other synthesizer is the Ouroboros Electronics Alea. The Alea inspired me to build the Volca Modular B. It is made of sapele wood and has a similarly experimental layout. There are no labels and explanations, inviting you to come up with creative patches.

With Timbres I invite you to listen to moments composed of timbre, rhythm and sound.

There will be a very small home-produced run on IEC-II tape.

There are 12 tracks. You can read more about each track on the individual tracks' info pages. Here is an overview:

01 Bike Trail:
Volca Modular, SunVox as looper echo, Ouroboros Electronics Alea
recorded on tape

02 Blank Basket:
Ouroboros Electronics Alea, software synth
Alea recorded on tape, software synth digitally

03 Carestase:
Volca Modular, SunVox as looper echo
recorded digitally

04 Sitting on a Cliff:
Ouroboros Electronics Alea
Alea recorded on tape

05 The Yellow Tamarin of Gsyns Bo:
Volca Modular B, Pure Data as reverb and feedback delay
recorded digitally

06 A Bird and the Wind:
Ouroboros Electronics Alea
Alea recorded on tape

07 Favorite State:
Ouroboros Electronics Alea, Volca Modular
recorded digitally

08 Place to Live:
OP-1, samples provided by Yseto
recorded on the OP-1

09 Coweb and Undo:
Volca Modular, tape loop, SunVox as looper echo
Coweb was recorded digitally

10 Uher:
Volca Modular B, UHER Royal Deluxe as tape delay
recorded on reel to reel

11 Music keeps us warm. (feat. Yseto):
OP-Z (Yseto), OP-1 (Yethiel)
recorded digitally

12 Far Told:
OP-1, software synth
recorded on the OP-1

Tracks that were recorded on tape have been digitized with a Tascam DR-05X.
releases July 3, 2021