Fog Surrogate - Single

by Ezra Fike

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This track was commissioned by artist Signalstoerung for a compilation by Adventurous Music. I was tasked with creating a track inspired by the artwork he gave me. This is what I came up with.

I wanted something that felt bright, colorful, yet synthetic and distant. Something that felt covered by some shimmering fluid washing over it, occasionally separating and letting what's underneath breach the surface. This resulted in me eschewing my typical "lo-fi" sound in place of something more clean, chiseled, and "poppy" that I felt would more accurately convey the feeling I got from the artwork. I hope I succeeded in this effort.

This track includes numerous synth tones generated by the stellar Yamaha TG-33, as well as the crisp and unpredictable Monome Norns. Scripts ran by the Norns include Molly the Poly, Passersby, and TimeParty.

To accompany the instrumentals, I inserted field recordings I made of a local fine art museum. I enjoyed the huge, airy ambiances found in its halls and galleries, and the way footsteps and voices were filtered and amplified by it. I also played a blank cassette on my 4-track tape recorder and filtered and faded the output to create the gentle washes of analog hiss that overtake the final third of the song.

All in all, I'm relatively pleased with what I came up with, and I hope my work adequately captures what I feel is the essence of the art I was handed.


released February 20, 2020


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Ezra Fike Omaha, Nebraska

Ezra composes electronic music and film scores.

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