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Botl

Botl [9'04'']
Title: Botl
Notes:

Botl This is based on a sample of two (empty...) champagne bottles being bounced together. I did this after hearing Monolake's new album which makes nice use of a bottle-bouncing sound. I have also used a Moog theremin and a Prophet 8 synthesizer on the track. The bottle samples run through a max/msp patch I made for this track, which I called "multipass" in honour of The Fifth Element.

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Creak

Creak [6'57'']
Title: Creak
Notes:

Creak is based mainly on a sample of a door creaking. Whatsoever the door provides entry to or exit from is not important; what is important, is that the door makes a wonderful creaking sound when you open (or indeed, close) it.

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Klaim

Klaim [6'09'']
Title: Klaim
Notes:

The full name of this track is Klaim and its Stochastic Semantics. That is the name of a paper that I discovered while searching for a replacement component for one of my synthesizers. I don't fully understand the implications of the paper but it's a cool title.

The track uses a sample of Tim Brickel on drums, although it's processed through a Max patch I made that varies the playback speed according to an envelope that changes over time. I also wanted to only use one note in this track, although there are many pitches. The note is B flat.

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Axiom

Axiom [5'35'']
Title: Axiom
Notes:

I programmed a kind of Euclidean rhythm step sequencer in Max, and this is the first track I have tried to use it on (the percussive sounds). The other music on the track is some 12-note things...

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Voorwerp

Voorwerp [9'25'']
Title: Voorwerp
Notes:

"Hanny's Voorwerp" is an astronomical object of unknown nature - a bright blob near the spiral galaxy IC2497 in the constellation of Leo Minor. It was discovered in 2007 by the Dutch schoolteacher Hanny van Arkel while she was participating as an amateur astronomer in the Galaxy Zoo project.

The music is based on 12-tone serial stuff ... and I also wanted to experiment with using 3 external synths at once in Ableton. Hence it is quite a rich texture.

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Extinct

Extinct [5'22'']
Title: Extinct
Notes:

The ambience is largely constructed from a sample of a not-extinct blackbird, and processed through a granular synthesis engine. But all our "common" birds are in decline as their habitat is destroyed. Will they too go the way of the Dodo?

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Icteria

Icteria [10'02'']
Title: Icteria
Notes:

This track is partly based on a sample from a "rare bird alert" telephone answering service. The caller had just spotted a yellow-breasted chat (Icteria virens). Another sample is a field recording of birdsong. Both of these samples have been through a granulator.

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Special K #1

01. Contrá [5'18'']
Title: Contrá
Notes:

The chanting is Sí se puede, a civil rights slogan which translates to "yes we can", dating from the 1970s. It was adopted by Barack Obama in 2004. [info]. The speech is Che Guevara in 1965, on the subject of imperialism. This was his last public appearance.

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02. Numbers Station [5'20'']
Title: Numbers Station
Notes: "Numbers stations" are mysterious radio stations, typically found on short wavelengths, on which voices repeat sequences of apparently nonsensical numbers. These stations are reputed to originate from foreign embassies and relay encrypted information to spies. The prominent sample in this track is from a KGB broadcast in German.
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03. Numbers Station
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03. HVS-CHK [5'16'']
Title: HVS-CHK
Notes:

"HVS-CHK" is the pattern of letters spelt out in morse code throughout this track. A HVS or "hypervelocity star" [info] is a star that has been flung (perhaps by a black hole, or perhaps by an alien civilization...) at a velocity so great that they are able to escape the gravitational pull of their galaxy. While rare, 16 HVS have been discovered careening about the cosmos by astronomers.

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04. HVS-CHK
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04. Fly Me To The Moon [7'01'']
Title: Fly Me To The Moon
Notes:

The samples are obviously from the 1960s moon-shot recordings by NASA, and the piano music is obviously the Bart Howard standard of 1954. But the music is about something else entirely.

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Kauppe elsewhere

Buy Kauppe's music via Bandcamp - high quality (lossless FLAC etc) available, name-your-price starting at 50p / 80c! Cool merch coming soon.

Kauppe can also be listened to and followed on Soundcloud - please leave comments and feedback there, it's (usually) very much appreciated :)

Kauppe also has videos! - follow on YouTube

And last (maybe also least), Kauppe has a page on Facebook. Please "like" it, pour encourager les autres...

Here is the news...

Tuesday 15th May 2012 1403GMT

New track: Botl.

Thursday 12th April 2012 2157GMT

New track: Creak.

Sunday 31st March 2012 1515GMT

New track: Klaim.

Tuesday 27th March 2012 2313GMT

Kauppe tracks now on sale via Bandcamp - high quality (lossless FLAC etc) available, name-your-price starting at 50p / 80c! Cool merch coming soon.

Sunday 3rd March 2012 2112GMT

New track: Axiom.

Monday 5th December 2011 1732GMT

New track: Hanny's Voorwerp.

Thursday 20th October 2011 1147GMT

New track: Extinct.

Thursday 9th September 2011 0912GMT

Kauppe is on Soundcloud.

Thursday 1st September 2011 1123GMT

Kauppe is on Twitter (eventually this feed will be replaced by that one, magically)

Thursday 25th August 2011 1244GMT

Kauppe has five new demo tracks uploaded for eager listening.

Monday 21st August 2011 0847GMT

Kauppe has a website.

About Kauppe

Kauppe is the electronic music project of the composer Tim Benjamin.

The music of Kauppe is influenced by, among others, Monolake, Boards of Canada, Autechre, Portishead, Carbon Based Lifeforms and also early 20th century composers such as Alban Berg, Iannis Xenakis and Olivier Messiaen. Non-musical influences come from Roland Barthes, Salvador Dalí and others.

It is made in England with Ableton Live, a collection of synthesizers and various sampled odds and ends.

Buy Kauppe tracks and merch

Buy Kauppe's music via Bandcamp - high quality (lossless FLAC etc) available, name-your-price starting at 50p / 80c! Cool merch coming soon.

Social Stuff

Kauppe can be listened to and followed on Soundcloud - please leave comments and feedback there, it's (usually) very much appreciated :)

Kauppe can be followed and can follow you on Twitter

Kauppe also has videos! - follow on YouTube

And last (maybe also least), Kauppe has a page on Facebook. Please "like" it, pour encourager les autres...