Études I: Blue Box is an exercise in constraints. The Études series is Nathan Moody’s explorations of individual instruments, exploring the idea of constraints. All tracks were performed live with no overdubs on a small modular synthesizer, which Moody calls the “Blue Box,” with a touch plate keyboard. This album features expansive soundscapes with a very small number of components. These sonic studies are more emotional than technical, and exhibit a surprising amount of articulation and depth considering the limitations and constraints of the instrument on which they were played. Ambient washes, aggressive stabs, and experimental tones merge to make Études I: Blue Box a study in analogue beauty. As its name implies, more single-instrument explorations in this series are coming soon.
The music carries an impressive emotional heft and the liberal use of distortion, saturation and rectification is gorgeous. It’s one of those releases that captures what modular is all about and makes you question what you’re doing. Wonderful.
This is seriously one of my favorite records of the year so far…Such a beautiful, timeless textural work.
So good – what a beautiful album.
Such a good concept and execution!
Études I: Blue Box is available as a two-sided continuous mix on cassette or as individual MP3’s. Purchase of either from nathanmoody.bandcamp.com comes with two bonus tracks as MP3.