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The Fractal Skulls

The Fractal Skulls

The Fractal Skulls


Using the basic building blocks of analogue generated loops and minimalist drone, The Fractal Skulls weave subtly evolving patterns of hypnotic sound to produce kosmische music that transcends the sum of its deceptively simple parts. The man behind the Skulls is 24 year old Christopher Smith, a studio engineer by day, whose recorded work first emerged on a brace of limited edition cassette/CD-R... releases in 2010-11. His father’s job in the RAF meant Chris spent much of his early childhood in Belgium and Germany Read more on Last.fm
Using the basic building blocks of analogue generated loops and minimalist drone, The Fractal Skulls weave subtly evolving patterns of hypnotic sound to produce kosmische music that transcends the sum of its deceptively simple parts. The man behind the Skulls is 24 year old Christopher Smith, a studio engineer by day, whose recorded work first emerged on a brace of limited edition cassette/CD-R... releases in 2010-11. His father’s job in the RAF meant Chris spent much of his early childhood in Belgium and Germany, which maybe informed the Continental drift of his later musical development. Eventually settling back in the UK, he became involved in making music with various garage/psych bands at school, before attending music college, where a free-thinking tutor turned him on to the work of John Cage and Steve Reich, encouraging his compositional experiments with tape loops and transistor radios. After leaving college, Chris spent some time working with ambient composer Marvin Ayres, before landing his current day job, working (and living) at a studio ensconced in the bucolic but isolated heart of the English countryside. Key to The Fractal Skulls’ music is the use of repetition to create an immersive and all encompassing sonic environment.

While careful to avoid grinding any axes against digital production, Chris is single-minded in his adherence to analogue sound sources, with his musical setup currently revolving around a core of synths, phaser pedals, echo unit, drone commander and 707 drum machine. The Fractal Skulls is all about exploring the maximum creative possibilities within a limited set of boundaries, relying on the elements of chance and error that are inherent in analogue equipment to open up new directions in the music. “Sometimes I find records these days are too perfect – being too obsessed with perfection means you lose the emotion and the humanity. For me, there are always some mistakes you can almost write around, and after a while they become central to the music.” Early Skulls tracks that have already staked a claim to some kind of indispensability include ‘The Transitional Phase’, on which ebbing and flowing patterns of phased electronics are backed by an imperceptibly swelling bass drone, and ‘Foreign Bed’, whose irresistible organ riff feels like a perpetual motion device, pushing ever forward while somehow possessed by an aching sadness. For Chris The Fractal Skulls is all about creating sonic snapshots of moments in time, weightless and preserved for eternity, reflecting the environment, circumstances and mood that produced the moment. Throughout the recording of his forthcoming album, he has been documenting his ongoing efforts by taking daily Polaroids of his work, equipment, and surroundings, which will eventually form an archive of everything that went into the project, each picture to be distributed as a one of a kind insert with early limited edition copies of the record. http://thefractalskulls.bandcamp.com http://soundcloud.com/fractalskulls NEW EP - DEEP, REPTITIVE, DRONES AND ELECTRONIC EXPERIMENTS, KOSMIK BODY MUSIC Read more on Last.fm.

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