Echidna

by Martin Zaffran

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"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.

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released October 25, 2015

Martin Zaffran: editing, mixing, cover design
Faustian "Faust" Repercussions: sample suggestions

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Track Name: How Relevant How New
[Verse 1]
Sweet dolla tea from McDonalds
I drink that
Supa Hot Fire
I spit that
Two and a Half Men
I watch that

[Chorus]
How relevant! How new! How relevant!
How relevant! How new! How relevant! Buy it!
How relevant (buy it!)! How new (buy it)! How relevant (buy it!)!
How relevant (buy it!)! How new (buy it)! How relevant (buy it!)!
(Yo, I know what you're thinkin'!)

[Verse 2?]
Is this what they put me up against, Supa Hot, I never heard of you
I'm lookin' at him, like is he stupid, I'm 'bout to murder you
My crew ain't waiters, but they still servin' you
I'm like shaq, I get fouled and then he's

[Verse 2]
Glasses, jacket, shirt
Call me glasses, jacket an' shirt man

(I tell you what I want, I want it all, mothafucka!)

Or call me Supa Hot boy, hundred degrees, leather jacket
Cause I'm Supa Hot, boy

(I WANT IT ALL! I want all the money, I want all the fun, I want all the ideas, yeah!)

[Chorus]
How relevant! How new! How relevant!
How relevant! How new! How relevant! Buy it!
How relevant (buy it!)! How new (buy it)! How relevant (buy it!)!
How relevant (buy it!)! How new (buy it)! How relevant (buy it!)!
(Yeah, you likin' this, fandom?)

[Verse 3]
First of all, I'm not your friend
So stop lookin' at me
Second of all, I'm not a rapper
So stop rappin' at me

(So, that's how he wants it to go down...)

[Chorus]
How relevant! How new! How relevant!
How relevant! How new! How relevant! Buy it!
How relevant (buy it!)! How new (buy it)! How relevant (buy it!)!
How relevant (buy it!)! How new (buy it)! How relevant (buy it!)!

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