Free Music Friday: Scanner’s ‘Phenol Time’

Free Music Friday: Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) shared this track, Phenol Time, as a free download, via SoundCloud.

In the track, Rimbaud explores the abstracted emotional quality of processed vocals, along with the sound of the recently introduced Kilpatrick Audio Phenol synthesizer.

Here’s what he has to say about the track:

First exploration of the Kilpatrick Audio Phenol synth, a remarkable instrument. No additional instruments, processing or effects. Everything you hear was recorded live, two tracks, directly from this machine.

The voices are boys fighting outside my window a few months ago, darkly disguised and distorted.


12 thoughts on “Free Music Friday: Scanner’s ‘Phenol Time’

  1. Thanks for your support here guys. The piece was recorded live as the very first patch, barely reading the online manual, and seeing what this beautiful machine can offer. It’s not a finished piece, more a suggestion of what it can do within a matter of an hour of removing it from the box 🙂

    Keep up the fine work here! 🙂

    1. Robin – thanks for the context. It’s an interesting piece and I’m glad to hear that you’re finding the Phenol to be an inspiring new tool.

  2. All I can say is that for something to be considered musical, it must not only be intended as music but received as music. If there is any contention or disagreement between composer, performer, and audience, the musicality of a sound can only be considered questionable at best.

  3. Music is in the ear of the beholder. How many famous composers/performers/musicians have had no contention or disagreement with the audience at some point in their career. I would imagine the answer is “none”. So they are not “musical”? I enjoy some of Scanner’s stuff and don’t care for some of it. I also enjoy some of the Beatles stuff and don’t care for some of it. I can say that for every artist I listen to.

  4. It’s perfectly acceptable for one person to not like the music, or words, or art of another, but please, if you wish to be rude at least spell correctly 🙂 “speachless” indeed!

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