The Isolation Sessions

EP - Released 07/19/2022

The Isolation Sessions
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Available on CD & Digital Download

NOT A PLEASURE

THE RELEASES WITHIN THIS SERIES, UNTIL NOW, HAVE PRIMARILY CONSISTED OF REVISITED AND REMASTERED MATERIALS, ALL OF WHICH WERE ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED DURING THE SESSION RECORDINGS OF "ARETE." HOWEVER, "ISOLATION" DEVIATES FROM THIS PATTERN, HAVING NOT ORIGINATED FROM THE SAME PERIOD OF INTENSIVE CREATION AND REFINEMENT. SURPRISINGLY, IT EMERGED AS THE COLLECTION'S MOST ESTEEMED COMPOSITION. THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF COMPOSING, MIXING, MASTERING, AND PRODUCING "ISOLATION" DEMANDED A MERE 35 HOURS-A STARK CONTRAST TO THE MONTHS OF DEDICATION AFFORDED TO ITS COUNTERPARTS. THIS TRACK STANDS OUT AS ONE OF THE RARE INSTANCES WHERE I REFRAINED FROM EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE INTERPRETATIONS, RESULTING IN THE ABSENCE OF "ISOLATION SESSIONS." THE "LIVE DEMO," PERFORMED IN JANUARY 2019, MARKS THE GENESIS OF THE TRACK, CAPTURING THE SONG'S CREATION IN AN IMMEDIATE AND RAW FORM. IT WASN'T UNTIL MAY OF 2021 THAT WORK ON REINTERPRETATIONS COMMENCED, PROMPTED BY THE PRECEDING YEAR'S CHALLENGING CIRCUMSTANCES. THE CREATION OF THIS PIECE WAS NOT A LABOR OF LOVE; THE HARSH, DISCORDANT STRINGS AND THE ABRASIVE SOUNDS OF SCRATCHING VIOLAS AND VIOLINS ENCAPSULATE MY FRUSTRATION AND RESENTMENT TOWARDS THE NECESSITY OF ITS COMPLETION RATHER THAN A GENUINE EXPRESSION OF MUSICAL INNOVATION. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THESE COMPOSITIONS WILL RESONATE WITH YOU AND BE RECEIVED WITH A GREATER DEGREE OF APPRECIATION THAN WAS EXPERIENCED IN THEIR PRODUCTION.



This is the original track opened up and remastered. This version is exactly how I meant it to be heard when I mixed and mastered in the studio in 2019 only to have the process of distribution and compression fuck it up. In this version the bass surrounds you, instead of being lost and crushed down to an audible, you can feel it in this version. The overdriven sound is allowed to breath, and there is depth in-between with a clear midrange, you can detect the space compared to the original. I’ve gotten messages on how this piece has served as a meditative tool for some of you. This version will be even more immersive on just about any system you play it on.



ISOLATION: THE MALEFIC POSSESSION I & II - These tracks were produced originally to be one complete track. even though it flows very smoothly, each half was significantly very different from one another.In an effort to no longer have long intros & “get to the intensity quicker” in my music, I didn’t want make someone have to sit through the pure sadness and sorrow of PT. 1 to get to the madness and intense chaos of PT. 2. So I split them… right at the key change. Engineering this one produced 77 individual instrument tracks of sounds designed & (Tesah’s voice samples)…then had to be rendered in chunks & spliced together all in 24bit resolution at a 96Khz sample rate.  See below the Track Analysis on how they're different musically.




The definition of "Live Demo" as it pertains to this particular version is basically me playing live on the keyboard using the sampled vocal sounds with no pre written material, what you are hearing here is me writing the track in real time on a first time run. I almost always have the tape rolling when I'm writing because I never know what might come out. This was one of those moments on a cold January afternoon in 2019. After I played what you hear, I realized that was the piece... it's done... the rest was just production. There is no leveling here of anything... only some compression and limiting to make it even, but what you hear is unprocessed for the most part. This track is 3 minutes & 56 seconds, and that's how long it took to write the track. Even though the final production is 4:14. I almost always have the tape rolling when I'm writing because I never know what might come out. This was one of those moments on a cold January afternoon in 2019. After I played what you hear, I realized that was the piece... it's done... the rest was just production.