Album:  	Floating Into Infinity
Artist:  	Benjamin Louis Brody & Ian Chang
Year:  	        2021
Genre / Style:  Electronic / New Age / Ambient / Experimental / Modern Classical

Composer Benjamin Louis Brody, described as ΓÇ£one of the most progressive and multi-faceted musicians in New York City,ΓÇ¥ creates sublime walls of sound through ambient textures that combine post- rock and modern minimalism to forge a dynamic resonance with his listeners. Working in what Brody describes as ΓÇ£meta-textual sonic DNA,ΓÇ¥ the 8 tracks on Floating Into Infinity (out Feb. 12, 2021) invite deep listening into uncharted realms drenched in auditory perception for a kinetic connection between Brody and virtuosic drummer Ian Chang (Son Lux, Landlady) for an indescribable experience of undefinable soundworlds.

The two first forged their deep collaboration in 2017 with  ΓÇ£ASMR,ΓÇ¥ off Ian ChangΓÇÖs debut solo EP Spiritual Leader, a piece scribed by NPRΓÇÖs All Songs Considered as ΓÇ£an arresting instrumental piece inspired by the inexplicable chills that sometimes run down your back.ΓÇ¥ ThereΓÇÖs a spine-tingling sequel in Floating Into Infinity, in the form of the albumΓÇÖs first single ΓÇ£ASMR II,ΓÇ¥ which drops today.

The composition utilizes a vanguard sampling program for drummers called Sensory Percussion, a machine learning technology that gives Chang,ΓÇ£the ability to teach the software the nuances of my acoustic drumming in order to convert the drum kit into a hyper sensitive sampler.ΓÇ¥ 

ItΓÇÖs a technique that allowed for the altering of auditory perception through manipulation and processing of pre-recorded sounds where, as Brody describes it, ΓÇ£simply slowing down, speeding up or presenting fragments of a particular sample can lead to completely new auditory worlds, while also providing a sense of connection to sounds from the past.ΓÇ¥ A connection that Brody calls Sonic DNA, ΓÇ£a chain of smaller sound sources that make up distinct fundamental characteristics of a work.ΓÇ¥ The combination of those two ideas allowed Brody and Chang to ΓÇ£translate the physicality of drumming into customizable sonic environments with software that is able to learn the parameters of the drum to understand where and how you're hitting the drum giving the performer interpretive freedom.ΓÇ¥  

ΓÇ£I would be surprised if anyone who's heard the music would guess that it's written to be performed on drums, and I think that speaks to the unique experience of performing this music,ΓÇ¥ says Chang in describing Floating Into Infinity. ΓÇ£The physicality of playing the drums feels familiar, but the way my limbs relate to the sweeping textures that I'm triggering feels completely new.ΓÇ¥

As Brody created the sonic structure of Floating Into Infinity by weaving fragments of larger structures and assigning parameters, he explains that he couldnΓÇÖt help but relate this to our own physical structure and  ΓÇ£how we are made up of the elements of the universe, composed of trillions of cells, all with their own specialized function and an organ system that works together to keep us alive.ΓÇ¥

ΓÇ£Brody's command of texture and sound design is at the heart of his compositions,ΓÇ¥ describes Chang. ΓÇ£I really love how this body of work always feels like it's constantly moving and bubbling on a micro level, while breathing in slow motion on a macro level, like a forest.

Number of Tracks: 8
Total Duration:   32:05
Total Size:       74 MBs (including scan, m3u, and txt)
Parity Archive:   Yes, 7%
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TXT Created:  	  18 April 2021

01) Entry
02) Oscillation I
03) Modum
04) Oscillation II
05) ASMR II (Single Edit)
06) Harmonics
07) Floating Into Infinity
08) Beginning Of The End
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