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LOST & FOUND
Monophonic solo composition for the Roland TB-303 (20 minutes), 2020
This piece was composed for the Roland TB-303 as a commission for the MMXX series of Matière-Mémoire (see below). I was fascinated by this instrument since high school when my Södra Latin classmate Peter Benisch was using one when producing Techno & Rave tracks.
The Roland TB-303 Bass Line synthesizer was introduced in 1982 and was designed to simulate bass guitars. Due to its highly unrealistic sound and complicated user interface that made it difficult to program, it failed commercially and was discontinued in 1984. The Chicago based group Phuture bought a unit cheaply and started to experiment with it. The result became their 1987 release Acid Tracks, which laid the foundation for the Acid House genre, with countless similar tracks released afterwards. The TB-303 became the core of the sound that was to define the emerging rave culture, particularly during U.K.’s Second Summer of Love. In 2011, the Guardian listed the release of the TB-303 as one of the 50 key events in the history of dance music.
LOST & FOUND consists of three movements and follows the course of a rave night. The first movement presents the expectations at a pre-party with both excitement and a hesitant emotional search. The central part in 140 bpm is the rave, which goes through a rhythmic crescendo represented by the more and more complex and distorted loops, eventually breaking into short riffs inspired by avant-garde metal bands like Meshuggah. The third act is a pulseless but yet stressful calm, that illustrates the body’s coming down during the early morning hours. During a rave, more things will probably have gone lost than found, which is equivalent to working with the TB-303. If your batteries are low, the notoriously unreliable memory bank often “composes” over your saved music when the synth is turned off. This has proven to be of advantage when having writing cramps, or wanting to generate random musical patterns. This piece comprises both lost and found artistic material.
Hampus Lindwall 2020, commissioned by Matière Mémoire
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 15, 2020 Matière Mémoire presents the MMXX Series. In anticipation of the year 2020, Matière Mémoire asked 20 great artists to create an original 20 minutes piece and an artwork.Throughout this year, each quarter will see the release of 5 new vinyls, available individually or as a bundle. Each record is limited at 500 copies and comes as a crystal clear vinyl featuring an original track of 20 minutes on one side, and a laser engraved artwork on the other.Each contained in a transparent sleeve, and each coming with a print of the artist artwork. Participate in this series: Franck Vigroux John Duncan Phill Niblock Jim O’Rourke Reinier Van Houdt Stephen O’Malley CM Von Hausswolff Hampus Lindwall Oren Ambarchi Kevin Drumm Bérangère Maximin Kassel Jaeger Daniel Menche Charlemagne Palestine Giueseppe Ielasi Carlos Casas Susanna Santos Silva Joachim Nordwall Karbé Dinel Mauro Lanza