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The Well Tempered Machine

by Joseph Minadeo



Written for and dedicated to Siori Kitajima who helped me find moments of a measure of peace in this life.. a sense of stillness and acceptance toward all possible futures.

This album is composed of manipulated field recordings of military aircraft. A pastoral exercise precisely 60 minutes in length. It is organized by musical fourths.

This album contains samples of previous works. Pieces of older tracks were used as raw material to feed into grain synths and tape delays and create a sense of memory for Siori and I.

This album contains a lot of generative and random elements. Each mixdown would yield different results due to the random/generative components in the project file. Ableton/Max for Live LFOs with jitter and some of the plugins, notably Valhalla Delay. I mixed down the tracks multiple times and picked the one I liked the best from each machine's project file.

This album is an attempt to explore entropy from a new angle. The tracks increase in complexity and 'errors' over time while attempting to maintain an overall sense of peacefulness. This is meant to be music to fall asleep and dream intricate dreams to. A white noise inspired collage composed of echos from the past writing a story about the future.

This album is the sister sibling of it's brother Nicolas Cage Fight:

This album has no 'mastering' per se. Mastering would have changed the sound.

Field Recordings from Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, Palm Springs and Okinawa, Japan 2016-2019.

Final Assembly at the Bunny San Tachi Institute of Peacefulness in Morongo Valley, California in 2019.

Primary Album Tools:
Zoom H4 Recorder
Slate + Ash Auras
Roli Seaboard
Modartt Pianoteq 6
EarthQuaker Devices Avalanche Run V1
UVI Falcon
Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.6
Valhalla Room, Valhalla Delay
Izotope Vocalsynth 2
Surreal Machines Diffuse
Ableton Live
VCV Rack

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released April 15, 2019

Music: Joseph Minadeo

Album Art: Melanie Bass


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