In 1993, when I was 35 years old, I composed a number of hypertechno magnum opuses using a Boss drum machine, a couple of Yamaha synthesizers, and an eight megabyte capacity sampler. None of the compositions used regular meter or time signatures, which made them particularly psychedelic.
I gave one of the 23-minute cassette tapes to a co-worker and she reported back that she would play it in her minivan while bringing her three boys to elementary school and they loved it. According to her, they were bouncing off the walls every morning after their breakfast cereal. Made sense to me.
I’ve recently listened to the works and decided they deserved a re-mastering. I didn’t do anything to the relentlessly busy percussion tracks, but the bass frequencies of the audio cassette lacked definition, and the synthesizer sequence part needed a bit more sparkle. Along with some additional reinforcement of the spacey in-between effects there wasn’t much else that needed to be done.
The vocal samples are gone forever. Most of them were obtained from LP recordings sourced from the public library. It took a very long time to find material that meshed with the harmonies and it could take hours to find the exact right one. There is a copyrighted sample at the very end of the piece that might be recognizable to Beatles fans of the Hard Days Night era.
Fortunately, the harmonic structure of the composition follows the standard tonic, dominant, subdominant formula that had been used for centuries. There’s not much we haven’t heard already in opera, orchestral or chamber music. There’s even an endless closing IV-I amen-type cadence at the end.
If anything, this composition could very well serve as proof of my insanity. If I am ever convicted and plea insanity for my actions, this music will definitely prove to the jury that I am certifiably batshit. They would undoubtedly decide I’m not fit for regular consumption.
As for the title, it was originally called Julius Seizure but I am thinking of changing it to a more gentle title: Shiva Atomic Halo of Electron Fire.