Released 2010 on 100m Records.
Fates are American composer Django Voris, Swiss electronic artist Moritz Wettstein, and British-born producer PJ Norman. The three met in New York City in early 2009 where their shared passion for electronic experimentation led to a series of recording sessions at Harvestworks, the foundation co-founded by Bob Moog to support experimental music..
“The recording process was really the key to the sound,” says Voris, “ We would set up three laptops with as many devices as we could connect to them.”
Some of those devices were hand built by Wettstein who, with his work in Algoritmo Caliente and Callboys, specialized in transforming everyday objects like telephones and shopping trolleys into electronic instruments, and has worked alongside many prominent electronic acts as they passed through the Zurich arts scene.
“The Fates sessions would end up as a huge mess of interconnected cables and peripherals all on one table,” adds Wettstein, “We approach a live performance in the same way, plug everything together in different variations and explore how it interacts.”
This arrangement meant that the trio could record the sounds live, process them on the fly, and then resample each other – all in real time. The result was a series of extended live improvisations that explored a vast sonic palette, more in the vein of 60’s/70’s German psychedelic acts like Can and Neu! than modern forms of composed electronic music.
Tasked with mixing this down into a coherent set of short compositions was producer PJ Norman, known for his contributions to the 100m Records collective and his critically received releases with the electronic duo tKatKa. Norman decamped to Zurich, Switzerland with the master sessions to tweak and distil each track into its final form.
“New York has this energy that influences the creative process so much. Just the background noise of the city is a constant influence, a soundtrack…” says Norman, “I felt it really necessary to separate the process of composition from the mixing, to get an objective viewpoint over the material… the lake in August was for me a vital contrast to the buzz of NYC.”
This mix of extreme artificiality with a living evolution is crucial to the digital/organic sound ofFates. All the sounds, textures and frequencies on this record were created using computers in a live environment. The equipment and methods were artificial; the process was one of growth.
Fates – Murky Circuits
- Complacency and Wasps (8.05)
- F8 Bit Waves (5.52)
- Murky Circuitry (6.13)
- Paris Gun (3.57)
- 99% + 1% Space (12.35)
- Washed Up On Sure (5.24)