DARK SPARKLER - Are You Working With Me, Or Against Me?
- BTS-011 LP-1
Awesome transparent over sleeve which causes op art / moire animation when you pull paper LP sleeve out of the outer cover. Limited to 300 copies worldwide.
“I think about the question “Are you working with me, or against me?” a lot. Usually in regards to my relationships or most often my past self, but this time it was in the context of my instrument. There are sections of the instrument that are designed to work together, but there are points in that partnership where the two sides turn on each other and form chaos. For this album I spent a lot of time dealing with this chaos. Shaping it, fighting it, trying to reason with it. All the while asking “Are you working with me, or against me?” Eventually, by force and at times by accident, I was able to negotiate some beauty out of the chaos. I tethered it to simple melodies and rhythms I connected with, and that brought balance. I got my answer. “ – Kyle Swisher / DARK SPARKLER
DARK SPARKLER (Kyle Swisher) grew up with music as his passion. He loved playing guitar and writing songs in bands, but the one thing about music he obsessed over the most was tone. Tone is what gives music context. It can exhilarate, gut, or lull without changing a note. So once he found Buchla modular instruments, he fell in love. With the instrument’s infinite timbral variety, and the tactile ability to control them, he was able to write music with tone as the main character. Embracing the history of the Buchla being a performance instrument, he records his songs live. Performing in real time with no MIDI or overdubs.