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Shattered (Larsen Ice Self Mix)

A song inspired by the picture and NASA article below... The drums beat out a more industrial feel to represent the cars and factories belching out exhaust and heat as the piano builds the theme and tension of the ice melting and cracking. Finally, the tb303 shows the actual break in the shelf that was about 75 miles long around 12/16 and has now resulted in the full collapse of Larsen B. Finally the piano resolves with the piano "cracking" onward in a somewhat realistic optimistic view (hopeful) that this will finally be (global warming) seriously--although with the election of Trump, that seems kinda misguided and unlikely... but why have a negative resolve in the song ;)

The Larsen Ice Shelf is situated along the northeastern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, one of the fastest-warming places on the planet. In the past three decades, two large sections of the ice shelf (Larsen A and B) have collapsed. A third section (Larsen C) seems like it may be on a similar trajectory, with a new iceberg poised to break away soon. The mosaic above, centered on the northern part of Larsen Ice Shelf, is comprised of four natural-color satellite images captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on Jan. 6 and 8, 2016. It shows the remnant of Larsen B, along with the Larsen A and smaller embayments to the north covered by a much thinner layer of sea ice. The remaining shelf appears white with some deep rifts within it. Areas with sea ice anchored to the coastline or ice shelf—fast ice—are light blue where covered with melt water and white where covered by wind-blown snow. The ocean is dark, nearly black, where it is not covered by sea ice. The white areas near where glaciers meet the sea have multitudes of small icebergs called bergy bits that broke off from land ice.

Techno Func -- a new hybrid

in a nutshell: is cross between cyberpunk inspired techno and George Clinton/Bootsy/PFunk-like Funk--it could also be called "Dark Funk" As a side note, I use "func" instead of "funk" for two reasons. First in reference to a mathatical "function" e.g. Funct(Techno(funk)) = techfunc. Secondly, as one of the key factors of GC/PFunk or any Funk is live near musically "orgy" like performances, what i am makin is missing that element--in my mind this results in something less than Funk it results in Func--i don't want to be victim of Bootsy's "The Pinocchio Theory" ;) if you dont get this reference, look it up and be treated to a great Funk song :) Form wise: Steam Func should follow the general Funk structure of using Vamps and of course should "Be on the One". Outside of that you can do what you want techno wise, glitch, 303, etc. My recent song "Steam Func" uses two virtual "funkified" finger basses dueling with Func driven 303s all this over both funk drum lines and glitched industrial drums. Slowly these lines are "innercut" to one another. "Tech-no Func " was an early attempt at this concept. The upcoming Wintermute album "D.A.D.E.S." will feature this new style as it ebbs and flows over the 12 tracks. RUR is a construct of my mind that performs the backing Steam Func. "D.A.D.E.S." is a common abbr of P K Dicks "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" which inspired the film "Blade Runner". DADES will cross that book with the 1921 Czech play "Rossums Universal Robots" from which the concept and word of "Robot"come from, "Robot" is from the Czech word "Robota" forced labor or slave/servant Ultimately the album examines humans ability to enslave lesser entites Even in regards to ourselves hence: the very robot like Child soldiers in the world... in a nutshell: is cross between cyberpunk inspired techno and George Clinton/Bootsy/PFunk-like Funk--it could also be called "Dark Funk" As a side note, I use "func" instead of "funk" for two reasons. First in reference to a mathatical "function" e.g. Funct(Techno(funk)) = techfunc. Secondly, as one of the key factors of GC/PFunk or any Funk is live near musically "orgy" like performances, what i am makin is missing that element--in my mind this results in something less than Funk it results in Func--i don't want to be victim of Bootsy's "The Pinocchio Theory" ;) if you dont get this reference, look it up and be treated to a great Funk song :) Form wise: Steam Func should follow the general Funk structure of using Vamps and of course should "Be on the One". Outside of that you can do what you want techno wise, glitch, 303, etc. My recent song "Steam Func" uses two virtual "funkified" finger basses dueling with Func driven 303s all this over both funk drum lines and glitched industrial drums. Slowly these lines are "innercut" to one another. "Tech-no Func " was an early attempt at this concept. The upcoming Wintermute album "D.A.D.E.S." will feature this new style as it ebbs and flows over the 12 tracks. RUR is a construct of my mind that performs the backing Steam Func. "D.A.D.E.S." is a common abbr of P K Dicks "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" which inspired the film "Blade Runner". DADES will cross that book with the 1921 Czech play "Rossums Universal Robots" from which the concept and word of "Robot"come from, "Robot" is from the Czech word "Robota" forced labor or slave/servant Ultimately the album examines humans ability to enslave lesser entites Even in regards to ourselves hence: the very robot like Child soldiers in the world...

Wintermute's first Decade

That's right, I am happy to say my little Wintermute music project is now 10 years running. Current number of songs released is just over 400. It seems like yesterday that I was reading the most recent issue of Wired magazine on a plane on the way back from a business trip. One of the articles toward the back was written by Chuck D. which talked about the rise of the mp3 format and this new website called mp3.com. He talked about how people could release and distribute music from mp3.com and how much this would change the music industry. He talked about how much more an artist could release without having to be hemmed up by the whims and production schedules of the major labels. Ultimately he talked about how this would free artist to create what they wanted to, and how it had and would continue to bring forth a massive number of amateur artists and "legitimize" a number of underground artists--he was talking about what would become what mp3.com termed: "The new music Revolution" I thought, hey I have always wanted to do this--be in a "band", be the band--I just never had a "forum" to do it with. So, I bought a new keyboard (A Yamaha DJX), bought some mixing software (Acid), set up an account at mp3.com and away I went, into the "fray" of "The new music Revolution"--even though I have never regretted creating "Wintermute", oh what a bloody battle that was :)

WM