Seasonal Drones

The art and techniques of disorientation

“Seasonal” by Vapor Lanes has that beading, blood-in-the-ear waver that is used by sound designers to simulate shock and disorientation on the part of the protagonist, and by modular synthesists to check the calibration of their oscillators. The disorientation is not entirely plot-driven, or mechanical. As heard here, it is a bewildering noise that surrounds you at the same time as it eludes even the most attentive listening. In “Seasonal” it at first appears out of a bell tone and above light percussion, and in time it gives way — to a cymbal-like ringing, to warp-speed rattle, to depth-charge watery currents, to white-noise junctures, and to much more, all playing out over the course of nearly 11 minutes.

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