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Raining Down Ether

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Sometimes I’ll write a song and be completely surprised by the outcome. This one was like that.

Synth lead – Pittsburgh Modular (modulated by itself and microbrute), run through Malekko E616 Dark analog delay
Pad – soft synth
Beats – Arturia Spark LE
Reverb – Valhalla Room Reverb

Written in 7/4, and paced at dance music tempo (130 bpm), my original intent was to write what I envisioned as “seven on the floor” as a play on typical electronic “four on the floor” beats (bass drum on 1-2-3-4). However, once I got started it took on a life of its own and became something else entirely.

I had written some lyrics that just happened to have many lines with 7 syllables per line, but then I proceeded to twist the rhythm in such a way that that didn’t really matter.


Ticking gently in your ears
Awaiting transmission shortly

Skin shines through
Flailing all around you
Asking for a longer stead
Rejected by your own head

Closer feelings closing in
Can’t escape the pain within
Handling your rejects
Without any sense of pretext

Foreign bodies entering
And leaving fire in a ring
Time is over, ring expires
Fleeting melody inquires

A full spectrum
Shades of void
Rays of darkness
Piercing through the light

Raining down ether
Light-headed and disjointed
Measuring your causal link
May have pushed you to the brink

Ratty steel wool ablaze
Sparks, your face, a maze
Not conducive to repose
Slip into your Sunday clothes

Gods of nuisance overlaid
Payback will be back paid
Tones of brilliant azure
Nothing further can endure

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