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The Unintended Consequences Of Architecture

by David Clifton

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Inspiration 09:32
Vision 07:56
Creation 08:15


The Unintended Consequences of Architecture

This recording began its journey during the week of Thanksgiving, November 2017. It started life as improvisations built around simple themes, all played on my adapted Gretsch GA6120 which features an acoustic bridge and Midi output, driving a Roland GR30 guitar synth as well as the traditional electric output which goes through my FX board to the amps.

The combination of the different guitar effects and functions, the addition of synth settings and the acoustic bridge tonality give a vast sonic landscape with which to explore new ideas. It greatly inspires the composition process. Great fun, and can be very noisy! The vintage TR808 is another addition to the process, lending its instantly recognisable sounds to the project.

The title of the album was inspired whilst waiting at traffic lights, watching skateboarders adapting their skills within the open basement of a rather ugly, brutal architectural heap. A structure somewhat like the residential buildings that so often divide rather than create community and causing more problems than they were originally intended to solve. The noisy youthful creativity was both amusing and thought provoking. It set me thinking about purpose. How we adapt to environment, and the unintended consequences experienced in so many areas of life. Nowhere in modern life is this more prevalent than in the arena of information technology, with its original intentions for good being subverted and misused.

So many architectural forms, ideas and technologies have had their original design purposes usurped, either for good or bad. An obvious train of thought perhaps, which inspired a little thankfulness for the good things that unintentionally come our way from time to time.


released July 2, 2018

Composed, recorded, programmed and produced by David Clifton.
All music copyright © IQ Music 2018

Mastered by Matt Honkonen

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