"For an album of only ten tracks, Echidna is an eclectic affair fusing plunderphonics, dance music, and ambient. Its best pieces are the dark atmosphere of "Nightmare / The Monsoon," the dusky "Change," and "Echidna" itself, none of which feature the woozy funk of world pioneer James Brown. The record also showcases guest players like Ian Underwood." - Kelvin Hayes, AllMusic
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Echidna is the first album in a trilogy of plunderphonics records with names that begin with the letter E (tentatively called the 3-LOG-E). The goal of this trilogy is to take an approach to sampling that differs from famous works of the genre, such as DJ Shadow's Endtroducing..... or John Oswald's Plunderphonic: instead of using obscure material or heavily altering well-known songs, the 3-LOG-E attempts to take famous material and make new ambient and dance-oriented music out of it while having the original samples remain recognizable.
The inspiration for Echidna came to me in a dream on the night of the 13th of April 2015 (a Monday). The contents of this dream will remain undisclosed, but what it did was give me the idea of a record that would capture the abstract and perpetually evolving atmosphere of a dream (the concept of the 3-LOG-E would only truly come to be during the recording of the second part, Exit). However, as the recording process advanced, Echidna became an album of two halves: the first five tracks take multiple cues from instrumental hip hop and dance music, with "How Relevant How New" featuring a sampled performance from world-class non-rapper Supa Hot Fire. The last five cuts, however, are more ambient in style, and retain the dream-like atmosphere that I had originally envisioned.
Echidna was mostly recorded in October of 2015; as a result of this short recording span, it contains a much rougher production than the next two chapters of the 3-LOG-E. In spite of this, however, it remains a stepping stone that helps shed light on the evolution of this style of plunderphonics.
Echidna contains sampled material from artists such as Rush, The Notorious B.I.G., James Brown, Jeff Buckley, Swans, Coil, David Sylvian, This Heat, Kraftwerk, and The Stone Roses.
Echidna is named after the Greek mythological monster.
released October 25, 2015
Martin Zaffran: editing, mixing, cover design
Faustian "Faust" Repercussions: sample suggestions