To be present at the very start of a new world necessitates authorship, and a calibration; or at the very least an acknowledgement of variables that shape the blank slate. Init patch.
In the case of Modulogeek's To Sleep EP, the variables at play all circle around Joon Guillen's jukebox-like ear worth of hooks, his synthesizer collection in flux, and a circumstantially-arrived-at constraint to focus more on sound and timbre instead of composition.
With no bandmates and only iterations of a roster of eurorack and not-eurorack equipment by his side, the erstwhile multi-instrumentalist ends up playing a game of tug-o-war with himself; his impulse toward melody on one end, and the ephemerality of the synthesizer patch on the other.
"I spend days building them, and when I'm done and I tear it down, it's gone," says Guillen, gravitating toward the catharsis of patchbuilding and knob twiddling despite his inclinations to resolve the ambiguous drone. Instead of songs, composing tiny worlds.
Fragile Things, a previous EP released in 2014, "was actually the start of me focusing on sound design rather than arrangements. So for that matter, that and this EP are more alike than my past (and usual) work. It's my way of getting out of my comfort zone, of 'dismantling arrangements' in favor of slowly evolving soundscapes."
released October 10, 2020
Music by Joon Guillen
Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12k Mastering
Design by Apol Sta. Maria
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