Hello everyone! It’s been ages since I’ve posted on any sort of web forum — do people still make a first post to introduce themselves on these things? If not, please excuse my awkward naivete…
Anyway, I’m Cole, and I just picked up my first Elektron box, a Digitakt. It arrived today, and I’m pumped to start digging into it. I’ve produced music for the better part of 15 years under different guises and in different styles, starting with instrumental hip hop in the early 00’s, transitioning (weirdly?) into drone and noise around 2007/8.
From 2010–2013 or so I co-operated and did art direction for the noise/drone/experimental tape label Prairie Fire Tapes. In early 2013 I moved countries for a career change and dropped my music focus pretty much entirely, and in the mean time the label was sunsetted.
I’ve put out a couple digital releases in the intervening years, created mostly with layered samples in Logic, but I haven’t felt really committed or successful in creating music since 2010 or so. I’m excited to dive back into it in a big way now that this Digitakt is sitting in front of me.
Most of my taste over the last 5 years or so has tended towards the Raster and Subtext artists (Emptyset, Ryoji Ikeda, Paul Jebanasam, Roly Porter) and not too distant relations (Mika Vainio/Pan Sonic, Franck Vigroux, Roberto Crippa). Sunn O))) is a mainstay. Recently, Annabelle Playe and Jaap Vink have blown my head off. I’ll consider myself happy if I can finally produce something new that captures a worthy shred of these influences.
That’s probably more of an introduction than is needed, but there we have it. It just feels weird to dive into a message board without introducing yourself first — I’ll now shut up and get to digging. Look forward to getting familiar with the Digitakt and the forum!