Days of Other Lives

There are two kinds of time travel going on here. One is that this project is based on samples from Mark Ellis's recently-digitized 1977 project, "Days of Whose Lives?" The other is that these samples are brought into the Eurorack modular synthesizer environment through the Make Noise "Morphagene" module, a digital signal processor that provides random access to all parts of samples of up to 87 seconds in length, playing them forward or backward, speeded up or slowed down if desired. The Mutable Instruments "Clouds" module, a DSP device with only a one second sample buffer at high quality, is usually used for end-of-chain time domain processing.

This is something of a high-concept project, and sticking with The Concept may occasionally get in the way of, say, listenability.

This album was produced on a Windows 10 laptop (Lenovo ideapad FLEX 4), using a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB interface. The open-source "Audacity" software was used both to prepare the samples for loading into the Morphagene, and to record the final output from the synthesizer. In general, the final output was simply improvised at the controls of the synth once a patch had been set up.

There were a few special situations. The sample loop for this version of "Werewolf on the Beach" consists of two guitar parts edited together from pieces of the original single guitar part. "He's Always Shredding Metal" consists of two synth parts recorded separately and combined in Audacity: there was one sample for the five-note riff, and one for the gnat notes. "Children" actually doesn't contain a sample from "Days of Whose Lives?" Instead, it has a sample of "Children Could Help Us Find The Way" from The Sunshine Company's "Happy Is" album, as found on YouTube. This song was used a lot in the 1977 version of "No Lack of Reasons to Go On," with the LP being played at various speeds. (The other song that comes up constantly in "No Lack..." is "Sunshine Guitar" from the "Bob McGrath from Sesame Street" album.) None of this is likely to mean anything to anybody, but there it is.

The current configuration of the modular synthesizer used by Gliftor Draken is shown on the home page.

The "album cover" is derived from "Atomic Attack," a 1954 "Motorola TV Hour" production.

  1. Intro (1:16)
  2. Werewolf on the Beach 77+40 (5:38}
  3. No Lack of Reasons to Go On (6:49)
  4. He's Always Shredding Metal (2:55)
  5. Ataxic Modulation (3:35)
  6. Last Guitar Left (5:46)
  7. No Lack of Reasons to Go On: Variation 2 (Children) (2:51)
  8. 2,4-D (1:22)
  9. Previously Lost (2:39)
  10. 2,4,5-T (2:56)
  11. There Are No Angels (3:07)
  12. That Tested Pattern (2:57)
  13. What the Rapist Could Not Say (4:07)
  14. Days of Other Lives (6:09)
  15. Werewolf on the Beach 77+40 (Epilogue) (0:39)

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