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Ochema was created while I was sick with covid. After several days of being drained of energy, I had the urge to record something. I chose to limit myself, using only a Roland synthesizer, mixing board, and a handful of guitar pedals. I wanted to create something stripped-down, honest, a moment reflected in an expression, a gesture. I closed my laptop and improvised sleepy-handedly over one side of a c90 I had picked up a few weeks back at a creative reuse shop. I then transferred the tape recording to my laptop and cut the single piece into 8 tracks, listening to where subtle changes occurred and movements emerged. Besides mastering, no other post-production or post-processing was used. The track titles were chosen by opening the I Ching to a random page.
Listening back to this album now, I can feel myself in that weakened state, in a a daze, looking for some way out, desperate for my health to return. Perhaps this music was that way out, or rather through. The subtle energy trickles in, coming to rest in a shimmering surface of reflection, light, and presence. Like it did for me, may this music offer the listener a moment of rest, reflection, and release.
released October 20, 2022
Nicholas Maloney - Roland Gaia SH01, mixing board, fx pedals, mastering
Recorded December 2021 - January 2022
Cover art is a detail from Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight, 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner
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