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Playing with audio.
Sounding out technology.
Composing in code.

Synth/World Hybrid (MP3)

A new track from Specta Ciera

“Sweetened Air,” by Specta Ciera, is an appropriate title for a piece that appears to mix field recordings and synthesized sound in near equal amounts. One can hear the artificial tonal material as an additive to the raw, everyday sounds. Glistening, shimmering tones mix in with the rattle and whir of what seem to be passing cars and the light rustle of life. One can consider the “artificial” material just that, an artificial sweetener, as it were — or perhaps as something else entirely: the less natural-sounding material could be field recordings of a more fantastic sort, not immediately identifiable, and thus all the more evocative.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/specta_ciera. More from Specta Ciera, aka Devin Underwood, at spectaciera.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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