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

Bright Static and Touchtone Glitch

Communication breakdown, courtesy of Yusuke Nakamura

Texture isn’t secondary in Yusuke Nakamura’s “Tone.” On first impression, it sounds like a landline phone call that has fallen just short of a full connection, and we’re listening in as the systems on either end try to reconcile their differences. It’s all bright static and touchtone glitch. In time the basic, underlying 4/4 grid of the music becomes clear, but even as the song-ness of it takes hold, that frazzled-communication vibe retains its fresh, vigorous hold on your ear.

Track originally posted at More from Nakamura, who is based in Tokyo, Japan, at and

By Marc Weidenbaum

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