Implanted Memories

by Twin Sprawl



An Exploration on Software Korg M1 and Wavestation Sounds

The M1 sound was defined by FACT Mag as "the early ’90s, pretty much, and that’s because you heard it on everything, from adverts to TV shows to mainstream chart hits", and is about right. I recall it being used by TV production companies (like the DX7) on everything, from bumpers to scoring TV Shows.

So, why Implanted Memories? The retro aesthetic movement does not particularly care for accuracy - it is, as I've seen described, the faint images from an old VHS tape, with the person filling in what's missing with what they recall. This record is essentially a version of the early 90s I'm not sure ever existed. It's more or less what I imagine an experimental musician would do with both machines 25 years ago, trying to get bizarre/novel sounds out of it. Midway, I considered going towards a more Vaporwave style (the Japanese characters in the cover are a leftover from that), but decided against sampling, and the project went back to its' origins.

I started composing it early in 2014 - before the debut single Calling/N12, probably even before I adopted the Twin Sprawl moniker, and the origins could even be tracked to messing around Korg M01D for the Nintendo DS, around 2010. However, since everything had a very peculiar sound that was hard to get along something else, those were saved for another day, until decided to make an EP with tracks using just these two synths - no aditional filters or synths or samples were used.

And here it is.

Down is Up was the first to be composed, and barely changed it since. Just decided to throw in an very appropriate sax to it.

Casandra was the last to be composed, and is the most "traditional" in the sense I could slip it inside a regular album.

Future Nuns (named after a quote from Eden) has a part I'm sure I'm ripping someone else off. Otherwise, it's just something very era-appropriate.

New Tokyo is the soundtrack for an early 90s shampoo or hair styling product.

Plotter was composed with some leftover experiments from the OPN covers thing. Liked the combination of sounds, and did something different with it.

Plugs and Sockets was the first public song from this project (uploaded to Soundcloud two years ago). It's probably the weirdest of the bunch. Like it is supposed to.

Power Tools is based on the sound I recall from the autoshop downstairs. With some crickets (that are hardly heard during the Summer now) thrown in for good measure.

Sometime in the future, expect the Reimplanted Memories EP.


released March 20, 2016

Thanks to Bruno and Rita



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