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Micro-Escopio

Micro-Escopio

Micro-Escopio


“…We were practicing with Audiosis near the end of 2004 and only Mike and I had arrived because the rest where on their way. I remember Mike showing me a new song he had written. At that time I did not think it would match what the band was doing and I remember telling him that we should do something else together to play the songs that we created that did not mesh with Audiosis. I think that was the beginning of Micro-Escopio... Pete Drown Read more on Last.fm
“…We were practicing with Audiosis near the end of 2004 and only Mike and I had arrived because the rest where on their way. I remember Mike showing me a new song he had written. At that time I did not think it would match what the band was doing and I remember telling him that we should do something else together to play the songs that we created that did not mesh with Audiosis. I think that was the beginning of Micro-Escopio...

Pete Drown The group started oficially in 2005 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with this unique idea of indie-folk of two guitars with rejected songs of their previous group. Then they incorporated an old drum machine and a small midi keyboard rescued from an aparent eighties trip to the trash. From there they stepped into what they called their auto catalogued sound folk-tronic. Ensambled that way, they played a few times, singing sentimental songs in a very spanish indie vibe.

They recorded a demo of one of those songs which was called “No Me Sigas” but they never recorded vocals and it ended as an instrumental. With that format they shared stage with puertorrican artists such as Los Nervios, Antártica, Mima y Audiosis. At the end of 2005 and with the discovery of the Ableton application, the dynamic of the group change dramatically. They abandoned their old songs and both Pete and Mike submerged in a sea of programming in computers giving their music a more artificials ound (considering their analog beginnings) but still more ellaborated.

For the fall of 2006 they had created a myspace account where they shared their four first songs and started promoting the band. Around this same time, Pete Drown leaves the island and a few months later Mike Mellow also leaves, but they still keep writing and recording and by the spring of 2007 they put together all of the songs they had, the previous four and the new four and compiled them into their first EP which they titled “Melodías Microescópicas”. As soon as it was posted online to download for free from their space, they started on the offensive of writing newer and more ellaborated songs. This time a little more coordinated into what was going for the second EP.

During the following months they work hard and by the end of november they erlease their second EP titled “Reverb is a natural thing…”. This one includes songs that maintain the vibe of the first EP, but you can tell, still with such little time in between, a better management of the programming tools, a more ellaborated sound but without losing the same playful ideas that have characterized the group in their short existence. This album has also been released as a free download to try and acquire more people to listen and get to know them in a market saturated with such an inmense variety of music. Their plans don't include a lot of rest after the creation of their own netlabel to promote their music under “Automático Records”.

They are still open for other net labels or real world labels interested in their work. In May 31, 2009 they've released their first full length album titled "Songs For the Road Towards The End Of The World". The first single is titled "Ciento Once Grados" (111 Degrees). The album includes twelve songs, all instrumental, and all created by Pete Drown. Instead of releasing a solo album he choose to use the bands name.

Besides, Mike Mellow created the artwork and co-produced the tracks. Like the title implies, its a themed album that rides the fears of humanity regarding who we are, where we are, and for how long are we here. Soon on the horizon is a MAXI EP featuring the work solo work of Mike Mellow. That can be expected in the fall of 2009. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “…Estábamos en un ensayo de Audiosis a finales del 2004 y nos encontrábamos nosotros dos nada más porque los demás estaban retrasados.

Y recuerdo que Mike me estaba enseñando una canción que el había compuesto. No me pareció que pareaba con lo que el grupo estaba haciendo y recuerdo haberle dicho que deberíamos montar algo por el lado para tocar las otras canciones que creábamos que no se apareaban con la banda. Ese creo fue el comienzo de Micro-Escopio…” Pete Drown El grupo comenzó oficialmente en el 2005 en San Juan, Puerto Rico, como esta única idea de un indie-folk de dos guitarras con temas rechazados de su agrupación principal. Luego se incorporaron un drum machine viejo y un teclado midi rescatado de un aparente viaje a los ochenta.

De ahí pasaron a la creación de lo que sería su sonido auto catalogado folk-trónico. Ensamblados así, se presentaron unas cuantas veces, cantando canciones sentimentales en una onda bastante rock indie español. Llegaron a grabar un demo de una de esas canciones titulada “No Me Sigas” pero nunca grabaron la voz y terminó como un tema instrumental. Con este formato compartieron con artistas puertorriqueños como Los Nervios, Antártica, Mima y Audiosis.

A finales del 2005 y con el descubrimiento del programa Ableton la dinámica del grupo cambió absolutamente. Abandonaron los temas viejos y ambos Pete y Mike se sumergieron en un mar de programación en computadora dándole un sonido un tanto más artificial (considerando sus inicios análogos) pero más elaborado. Ya para el otoño del 2006 habían creado una cuenta en myspace donde colgaron los cuatro temas que tenían y empezaron a promocionar el grupo. Para esta misma época Pete Drown abandona la isla y pocos meses después Mike Mellow le sigue, pero siguen creando canciones y para la primavera del 2007 juntan los nuevos temas que venían trabajando con los cuatro anteriores y compilan lo que denominaron su primer EP titulado “Melodías Microescópicas”.

No apenas lo habían lanzado de manera gratuita desde su página web, comenzaron al ataque a la creación de temas más elaborados y hasta cierto modo, coordinados para la creación de un segundo EP. Durante los siguientes meses trabajan arduamente y a finales de noviembre lanzan su segundo EP titulado “Reverb is a natural thing…”. Este incluye siete temas que mantienen la onda del primer trabajo, pero se nota, aun en el poco tiempo, mayor manejo de la programación, sonidos más elaborados pero sin perder las mismas ideas juguetonas que han caracterizado al grupo en su corta existencia. Este último trabajo también lo han lanzado de manera gratuita para tratar de alcanzar la mayor cantidad de personas posibles en un mercado tan saturado de una inmensa variedad de música.

Sus planes no aparentan tomar mucho descanso tras la creación de su propio netlabel para promocionar su música bajo “Automático Records”. Aun así están abiertos a otros netlabels y/o discográficas. En Mayo 31 del 2009, el grupo lanza su próxima producción, esta vez de larga duración titulada "Songs for The Road Towards The End Of The World". El primer sencillo lanzado a promocionar en el internet se titula "Ciento Once Grados" (111 Degrees). El disco incluye 12 temas, todas instrumentales y de la autoría de Pete Drown.

En lugar de lanzar un disco de solista, decidió utilizar el nombre del grupo, ya que Mike Mellow colaboró creando el arte y co-produciendo los temas. Como el título deja entrever, es un album temático que a traviesa los miedos de la humanidad como el Quién somos?, Dónde Estamos? y Por cuánto tiempo estamos aquí? En el horizonte se encuentra el próximo trabajo del grupo que será un MAXI EP, con temas de la autoría de Mike Mellow. Se puede esperar el disco para otoño del 2009. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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