Two years ago I started to aimlessly make tunes on an iPhone app called Nanoloop. It was mainly an activity for the moments in life when you need a distraction, and a more creative alternative to just checking facebook or playing games. A lot of the material that resulted was hence more on the silly side, plus Nanoloop tends to channel you into making more 4/4 beat-oriented stuff. I think I also used this as a way to counterbalance my more noise/impro related musical projects (this and my interest for chiptune, was why I started the whole Poka Bjorn project in the first place).
Later I started to record these little sketches to the DAW and rearranged them a bit.
I did release a first small EP with the more dancy/pop ones, and am now in the process of releasing the slightly more experimental ones, where I tried to actively go against what the app was trying to make me do.
There is a couple of ideas behind this album that converge in one way or the other: one was to create some drone-like tracks with Nanoloop, seeing how far I could go with that, the other was to build simple chords (by using multiple channels) and then arrange those in a kind of progressions. Later when I arranged the tracks in the DAW I tried to find field recordings (among the ones I had made in different locations in the world, mostly Japan, Greece and Italy) that would fit with the mood of the tracks.
I made this in a time where I didn’t have any space for hardware, so it was just me and the laptop. For this reason no Mutable gear has been used (in case you’re wondering).
The amazing Akirasrebirth made the cool oscillographics video that you see above, for one of the tracks (actually it’s an oscilloscope and a vectrex, both controlled via Axoloti and modular synth). It’s a little teaser to the EP that will hopefully come soon.