This album is made up of one distinct group of songs, then some stuff I've had kicking around on hard drives for the past decade. Tarrasque was inspired by Brian Eno, The Album Leaf, and the ambient works of Susumu Yokota.
The first 7 tracks are "The Moon Beats EP", which existed as a cohesive collection, all conceived, written, and recorded in a very short time, which I had intended to release on some physical media or other. Well, here it is, almost 10 years later, and I still haven't put the thing out.
Track 8 was my earliest attempt at PC-based recording, using a supremely cheap microphone plugged into my computer's sound card to record an effected bass through a cheap solid-state amp, with beats added from the Windows sounds library, and tweaked in Cakewalk (I think). It was inspired by my love for Susumu Yokota's early recordings. I was taken by how such a simple melody can become hypnotizing with repitition, and how small sounds can add a great deal to such a minimalist piece.
Tracks 9 and 10 were recorded in almost an identical fashion, with the same terrible amp, a few years later. These are more ambient pieces with only two or three tracks of guitar layered on them, and extreme reverb effects added in FruityLoops.
Tracks 11-13 were the results of another 1-2 month burst of creativity in mid-2006. I feel that they represent my best work with this project, as I was using not only guitar samples, but many other sounds, and finally using with skill many of the powerful features in FruityLoops.
Please enjoy these songs. I love them all like imaginary children, and I hope y'all can find some pleasure in them as well.
released March 22, 2010
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