Music of Mathias D. Clain
Hi! Thank you for visiting my site. The sound of my work is not so loud compared to some of todays mastering. I'd like to add the following thoughts:
Personally I find more joy when music isn't powered so much, mostly when experimental/classical music or "gourmet" drone was on before. I love a certain feel of depth, like a room not fully packed. My aim is to maintain that for my own music, it goes well with drones/ soundscapes wich I consider important for my further soundquest. I only can say that in my studio there's use of a console and units that you can find in professional mastering and mixing studios and I dedicate for good sound. The handful of signal processors here have valve technology, some clones/ replicas from the classics like the Pultec EQ, '76 Limiting Amp etc. Sometimes and in the longer way I appreciated things, remaining as they are in their natural form. That is basically what I care for most, do I hear the natural sound. Even if it is loud then or for that matter lesser loud. As long as it doesn't sound unnatural.
Thank you for listening, much appreciated. Best, Mathias.
The 'Viola Zither' Recording 1, Variations - December 2017
Here are some sounds by an instrument with strings built by myself wich I call 'Zither Viola'. It has aspects of both and found this a correct name. The project has succesfully ended. It can be played in several ways: with a bow, a mallet, hands, a plectrum and so on. I am satisfied and pleased with its sound and possibilties. It has a mahogany wood finish and various steel strings (originally meant for Harpsichord and Zither). Acoustically the instrument its soundboard has a beautiful dark timbre but the idea always was to play it like this here with echo. I made two sections on the instrument with replaceable bridges, one is for the eerie part and one is musical. Vibrato is possible as well and there's not really a rule on how to play it. The tuning is fixed untill it is retuned to another sound. This work was improvisational and is for the most part recorded in one take but some parts have a few layers of the same sounds too.
Percussion Loops Part 1, Excerpts - November 2017
Live played percussive techno tools. In this work additional rhythm is explored topped on 909 drums. So far you can hear three excerpts. More of these will be made soon and hopefully more other work as well in this time. In essence the idea is to mix them with dark atonal melodies created on the Modular or some of my other synths or anything able to produce a voice; several voices making one.
Techno Recording 3.26.1 - October 2017
A Favourite recording from during the month October. The drum is off beat. A genre that I either hate or love. Offbeat can easily feel nervy I find. Not so easy as some would think. I created the tracks in that moment always thinking to mix them with other tracks, forming a whole. Here's a fragment..
Techno Recording 2.12.3 - September 2017
Another favourite recording made between September/ October taken from a series of other recordings. In the end I think only this one and a few other tracks are to be remained from these. I've used a 909, signal units and a sound unit. Little use. My main aim often is to create something with less when I make music. More such like tracks will be explored..
Techno Mix With Tanaka, Mills, Regis.. - November 2017
Here is a techno mix I've made with some older favourites. A few uploads I regret putting down was for example a Jeff Mills tribute and another from him for his Something In The Sky project. I wanted to bring back a bit of that music. There's no black ideal through this mix but explores era 1998/ 2000. I do not hold dj carreer ambitions anymore mostly because of unfortunate health problems since 2012 wich I still suffer from daily but I do enjoy playing some mixes from time to time at home. I hope some of you can enjoy the mix..
Regis & Peter Sutton, In Honour_Tribute Mix - May 2017
A mix I've recorded with works solely from Regis & Peter Sutton. Raw and true Techno. The record 'Against Nature' had a momentous impact on me. The other works are by Regis taken from both albums 'Necklace Of Bites' and 'Delivered Into The Hands Of Indifference'. Enjoy!
Rhythm Sculptures EP, Vinyl 1 - Lathe Vinyl - 2016
A while back I made this personal vinyl with 909 drum loops. On the B-side where 808 loops. Here is the A-side. The tracks contain a handful of sounds from the drum machine(s), essence within basics. One track has an 808 clave with an additional old trick used on reverberation. I wanted to return to the root of Techno Music. Meant for the underground techno fan, just listening_no set_no scene..the heart of it. Before listening know that this vinyl comes with noises and crackles hehe..well, wich I kind of did intentionally and like to be honest. The idea in the start was to make it sound old, like an old record from the 90's :). Not sure if it will stay here in the end. For now here it is.