Ilam Stone reaches kinetic integration with Wizard Peter in a journey from computer security through consciousness and meaningness to the absurd. Glitchy beats, twangy guitar lines and expansive synthesizer parts fill this instrumental album.
Divide by Zero-Day
In the end, we self-perceiving, self-inventing, locked-in mirages are little miracles of self-reference. (p. 363)
Equations of Motion
The initial conditions and the equations of motion are enough to determine any future state in a billiard-ball universe. The Classical-Modernist-Reductionist view assumes this kind of determinacy for the world. Glitchy drums meet glitchy guitar and insane electronic percussion, trying to find the escape hatch into the flow of one of the possible wonderful Post-Modernities.
Over 16 year ago, when I first heard Year Zero, I hardened my resolve to learn digital signal processing. "Equations of Motion" is not the only song on this album that draws inspiration from the final section of "The Great Destroyer."
Infinite Plane of Existence
Venus Moons started as a Pure Data reverb patch that grew out of Miller Puckette's example patch based on the part of the Ursa Major Space Station algorithm. A chain of free word association went something like this:
The reverb in this song is an instrument and the piece ends with a continuously droning reverb tail. This reverb tail crossfades into the final track, Visions.
Visions is another piece composed on the modular that ignores several of the usual aspects of musical composition (like, pulse). It's absurd.
But "absurd" no longer holds the force it once used to. When people were possessed by a grand unified system of meaning, a work of art could lie outside that system -- rendering that work meaningless, absurd. But today, society comprises of ever growing constellations of meaning systems, such that "outside the system" is actually merely "inside a different system." Therefore, the word "absurd" is now a puny reverberation of what it once was. "Absurd" has been reduced to "mirthful."
Visions is a psychological journey, closer to a Charismatic spiritual vision than a Native American vision quest. It has no hard beginning. It's a dream; we appear in the middle with a beginning only implied by the hard assumption of causation. The ending comes with a big transient, the jolt awake. Then only echos of the dream remain, and then only briefly before all is forgotten.
As the final song, so the album. After the musically induced trance, silence returns, or the next track on the streaming service plays, or...
The journey is complete.
Composition, production & mixing by Peter Raffensperger aka Wizard Peter
Mastered by Bob Familiar at Sound Familiar Studios
The album art is a remix of a figure from "Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica" by Isaac Newton.