LOST IN THE ETHERNETS

by overcrash

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about

I'm very excited and honored to be a part of the Lazybit Collective. Upon meeting the crew and learning of their positive vibes and missions for shows, podcasts and all things chiptune, it re-inspired me to touch base with my nostalgic bit heart and to embrace my inner self through music and visuals expressions. I have a long history of music projects and inspirations I wanted to tie in to create a hybrid artist to fit with LBC. Aphex Twin's ambient techno beats + Starscream's emotional woes and David Wise's melodic ambience we're the forefront vibes that melted together perfectly with a 32bit Mid-Fi ceiling, ranging mostly between 8-16bit core track elements. Custom drums were harvested from LSDJ, Nanoloop and PocketOperator-12. Putting this all together and composing synth/drum/bass/pad works happened on the amazingly retro Teenage Engineering OP1.

Production lasted for 2 months, all without a computer and mostly composed in bed on healthy subscribed doses of adderall. My cat and I came up with a simple "yes/no" track approval system that ensured my intended vibes were reflected in the productions. When producing I wanted to take on a fantasy role from my childhood. I reflected on my deepest personal memories and settled on when I used to play Donkey Kong Country 2, the first Stickerbush level. I used to come home from school to an empty house, put that level on pause, stare through the bramble and watch the 16bit clouds pass-by. I thought to myself, this is what lost data must feel like in a foreign 16bit world.

With this recovered childhood memory I composed a fictional story: a emotional journey of a wandering Artificial Intelligence lost within a network of ethernet cables & unknown devices. Becoming this A.I. revealed that I was in fact mislabeled as "The OVERCRASH" virus by the fictional network administrators, because being in parts of the system, crashed it. I was just trying to find my way out of the network. I experienced feelings of ethos, uncertainty, hope, bliss and love. OVERCRASH, the A.I. traveler & LOST IN THE ETHERNETS, the audio journey EP was born. Stepping out of the A.I. traveler role has been tough and I'm already planning my next journey, which will be reflected in my second EP.

In the meantime, LBC is happily allowing me to perform at live shows in audio and community-visual form. I look forward to stepping into the A.I. traveler role again to perform LOST IN THE ETHERNETS live.

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released April 25, 2016

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