Chapter has teamed up with Rayna deNiord of San Francisco’s artist platform, Modyfier to launch Chapter’s new music series, COMPOSITION_DISORDER. Based upon the blending of disciplines of similar mind and direction coming together as an inspiration of sorts, COMPOSITION_DISORDER, features the artist’s own uniquely conjured interpretations of dark, distorted but emotionally powerful ambient sound. By creating irregularity in compositional spaces the perspective of scale and the listener’s place is shifted.
The first of the music series, Shadows Fall, is provided by The Sight Below, an alias of Rafael Anton Irisarri. He is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, curator, producer and interdisciplinary artist based out of Seattle. The music of The Sight Below conjures half-remembered dreams and soft-focus sentiments with elegiac beauty; his compositions are emotionally spacious and mesmerizing ambient soundscapes intertwined with subtle pulsations. As a producer, he’s had remixes commissioned by The Naked And Famous, School of Seven Bells, and Pantha Du Prince. His original recorded works are widely published in over a dozen labels scattered across the globe, most notably Ghostly International (USA), Morr Music (DE), Touch (UK), and Room40 (AU). His latest album, “Yearling” (as ORCAS), will be out on Morr Music this April 4th.
Shadows Fall was inspired by Chapter’s own take on the potency of minimalism. Interweaving layers of melancholic guitars and raw bass tones to ritualistic percussions, it focuses on the power of early industrial and post-punk aesthetics, amplifying and echoing Chapter’s own design inspiration.
“I presented several sketches to the team, all with different directions – from techno to very cerebral experimental ambient music” explains Irisarri. “After a trip to their headquarters and meeting the design team, I noticed they weren’t really listening to much electronic music, but rather early industrial, post-punk and proto-goth – all things I also enjoy very much. So with that in mind, I went back to my studio and threw away all my previous sketches. I started from scratch and started to experiment with some bass tones and guitar sounds, thinking of minimal electronic artists like Pansonic and post-industrial bands like Swans. What will happen if these two styles met? In my worldview, I think they speak the same language, and I thought if anything, I wanted to distill something that is powerful, yet spacious. The results are music that can stand on its own weight, but also serve as a great backdrop for their design team while they are sketching away in their studio.”
Chapter’s COMPOSITION_DISORDER is a new extension of the brand’s voice and perspective. Click here or below to listen/download the original track for the first recording in this series.