3.03.2015 = release date for the Debut LP by James Patrick - Artist on Minneapolis’ newest digital record label, The Great Magnet. Now accepting pre-orders for the LP or the DELUXE package, which includes Ableton Live sets, samples, and a custom Reaktor granular synthesis instrument used in the creation of the album!
Get it here: thegreatmagnet.bandcamp.com
The album begins with a field-recording of snow falling, stretched out over a hundred years' time and processed with entirely custom software creations. Other natural and environmental found-sounds like wind, rain, traffic, and the human voice interlace the entirety of the album, leaving a personalized thumbprint that strives to inspire a new level of listening intimacy. Upon processing, these recognizable sounds are recontextualized to conduct and accompany the rhythmic, hypnotic journey through celebrated moments of improvisation.
Impermanence traverses genres - ambient, experimental, downtempo, techno, dubstep and bass music - and may surprise those familiar with Patrick’s distinctive electronic styling. For the past two decades he has been a staple in the underground electronic music scene, here in Minneapolis and beyond, serving many roles: DJ, promoter, curator, label-owner, and educator. After years of bringing people together for music, mentoring other’s sound explorations, and producing countless singles, remixes, and a dozen EP’s, Patrick compiled his first-ever full-length album at the end of 2013. Inspired by a period of personal growth and deep reflection, Impermanence is a beautiful entanglement between man and machine.
JAMES PATRICK is a world-renowned electronic music educator, specializing in the areas of synthesis and sound design. He began DJing in 1995, then ventured into live production and performance in 1999. He won the American Composers Forum MECA Award in 2009, curated the Spark Festival of Electronic Music for seven consecutive years, and has been involved in several music ventures including record label Timefog Recordings and record store Vital Vinyl. Patrick taught for 10 years at the the Institute of Production and Recording, and is now a senior instructor at Dubspot. He helped develop the Ableton Live Certification Programs, and is a representative of the company. In 2012 he opened Midwest Digital Arts at 1006 Marquette Ave., which houses his two co-ownership ventures: Slam Academy and Gamut Gallery. He continues to perform around the midwest and abroad, and has held numerous residencies at some of Minneapolis’ most beloved venues including First Ave, The Dinkytowner, The King & I, and the Dakota Jazz Club.
THE GREAT MAGNET