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Tales From Imperial Towers: Live from Nick's Garage

by Jeremy dePrisco

Electricity 09:54
The Rider 09:40
Countess 06:50
Moon Monster 08:29
California 07:17
4X763 05:32
Brains 04:27
Polandia 07:26
Fate 04:00


Tales from Imperial Towers: Live from Nick's Garage

Recorded live at Nick's Garage during the 2019 Summer Space Jam concert series in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

"Tales from Imperial Towers: Live from Nick's Garage" is an 86 minute sonic journey created primarily using VCV Rack, an open source, virtual modular sound design environment. Consisting of 13 pieces that each explore different facets of VCV Rack, this collection of soundscapes often explores Euclidian and other aleatoric approaches to random or at least semi-random sequences of notes and tone modulation. Each time these pieces are performed, they are slightly different. This live performance, in front of a small live and web-streaming audience, is from the 2019 Summer Space Jam series in Lawrenceville, NJ. This live capture, from the mixing board, is a very good representation of what I was hoping to achieve, even with some scars and bruises.*

From meditative and contemplative moods to expressions of chaos and discord, "Tales from Imperial Towers: Live from Nick's Garage" expresses the upheaval of my recent relocation to Philadelphia and the process of leaving behind one life to start another. The performance is interspersed with whimsical juxtapositions to lighten the mood from time to time. However, it remains a darker work compared to much of my previous output.

Mesmerizing arpeggios collide with foreboding drones and barely intelligible, mysterious voices from beyond. These aren't tales from a single place, but many places, captured from the ether... from people's brain waves... from the Other Side... from space... from Imperial Towers. Headphones recommended!!

*Disclaimer: As a live recording, there are a few glitches here and there. Though these might only be recognizable by audiophiles, it's worth mentioning that this recording hasn't been produced with my usual process. I'm putting this out anyway because it marks a distinctive point in my recorded output that I'd like to share with more people.


released August 21, 2019

Jeremy dePrisco - VCV Rack


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Jeremy dePrisco Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jeremy dePrisco is a Pennsylvania musician, composer, performer, and sound artist using improvisation, collaboration, and noise to examine and recontextualize the alienation inherent in media influence, socially constructed reality, conspiracy, and myth.

He works with field recordings, guitar, electronics, synthesizers, radios, found sounds, home-made gadgets, and processed video.
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