Introducing the latest release ‘A Memory In Carbon’ in Chapter’s music series, COMPOSITION_DISORDER with artist, Thorson Electronics. 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.
For as long as he can remember, Thomas Thorson has been interested in making music. The LA-based artist started playing violin at age three and just a few years after was experimenting with sound art on a Fischer Price recorder. “By age ten or eleven I had taught myself how to use the studio and started recording my punk band. The process of recording is deeply inspiring to the musical creation and how that technology is tied together. In fact, I build most of my own recording equipment from my modular synthesizers, to microphones and pre-amps, equalizers and compressors. To me, the whole apparatus is the instrument, ” he further explains.
This affinity for sound led him in a few directions traversing the polarizing extremes of the spectrum. His process is genre bending and while a straightforward riff on a guitar in a collaborative band might allude to an easily digestible style, he is most interested in challenging expectations beyond what people know of him. “I have a tendency to want to create work that is unbounded and very abstract,” he adds especially noting that his more personal work might be a little far out for mass consumption but simultaneously is a true reflection of his artistic spirit.
For this edition of COMPOSITION_DISORDER we meet in the middle and the resulting track, ‘A Memory In Carbon’ pushes the limits of two modular synthesizers. “One of them is a mid-70s Roland Modular that is called a System 100, which was used by Human League; in fact, their first record was made only using that synth—drums included. It’s a really wild and bombastic-sounding instrument. Most of the percussion is made using a modular synthesizer made by a Scandinavian designer by the name of Wowa Cwejman and it has a very pristine sound,” he adds. “I was trying to be more minimal than I usually am. I’m often compelled by more Shoegaze, layered down, multi-tracked voices that come in where you have an immersive, fluid texture. With this track I tried to be more brutally reduced. One of the ideas I’m flirting with in this track is a way to heighten the experience of these sublime, liquid sounds with others that are extremely blunt and impactful. It’s an exploration of a different mixture of those two basic ingredients.”
Keep an eye out for THORSON ELECTRONICS, a new platform for Thomas’ dark and futuristic songwriting. ‘A Memory In Carbon’ is produced by Thorson at Underwater Studios c. 2016.
Chapter’s COMPOSITION_DISORDER is available online to listen on Chapter’s music channel at soundcloud.com/joinchapter
Polaroids and Words by Dustin Beatty