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E is for Electronic

Updated: May 16, 2021

I am recently obsessing on electronic music production. The last time I owned keyboards or synths was back in freshman year of college when my mother bought me a Roland Juno 60 and a Yamaha PSR 80. I used those two heavily in my band's early days in covering new wave songs and even crafting our own stuff. But then guitar took over in the height of alternative rock and keyboards became uncool. So i had to let my pieces go.

Now I am back at it.

Recently, with the urge to get into electronic music again being super strong, I saved up to buy two monophonic analog synthesizers and a drum machine to get me started. I scored a Moog Grandmother, a classic ARP Odyssey, and a Roland TR-08. Not only that, I bonded with my two pals, Ronnie and Gacthie to form an electro-trio and currently, we are working on releasing an EP for early January.

I do believe that in any creative pursuit, the most interesting products come from a place outside of one's comfort zone. I've never done electronica or dance music before. And while I listen to a lot of new wave tracks, writing and producing electronic is still unchartered territory.

But I think that's what makes it interesting. When I write and create my electronic tracks, I am no longer bound by pop or rock writing or production rules. I am no longer a slave to my old habits in defining what is sonically or musically sound. Refrains and choruses are no longer in play. Outros and intros are no longer required. The laws have been broken, the shackles have been removed, and the gates are open for us to play around with an endless array of sounds and textures brought about by manipulating electric currents.

We are now making music from pure energy.

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