July 28, 2022
"THE ISOLATION SESSIONS" IS THE LAST OF THE ARETE SERIES.
A MEDITATIVE RELEASE FOR THE SHADOW-SELF
All of the session releases up to this point have been comprised of revisited material and remasters of the reviewed material, so all writing, recording, and overall production had been done during the session recording of "Arete." Unfortunately, that wasn't the case with Isolation. "Isolation" unexpectedly became the most beloved track of the collection. It took 35 working hours to write, mix, master and produce, while the others took many months. It's one of the few pieces I did not explore different interpretations, so there were no Isolation Sessions. The "Live Demo" performed in January 2019 is the track's conception. In that track, you hear the song created in real-time; work on the interpretations began starting May of 2021) due to unfortunate events of the past year, this was NOT a joy to write, engineer, or overall produce... the stabbing strings in a sloppy rhythm while scratching violas and violins are more my anger at having to complete this than me writing music. I hope you all find your way to enjoy these pieces a lot more than I did in producing them.
"THE MALEFIC POSSESSION"
ISOLATION: THE MALEFIC POSSESSION I & II - I produced these tracks initially to be one complete track. Even though it flows smoothly, each half is significantly very different from one another. To no longer have long intros & "get to the intensity quicker" in my music; I didn't want to make someone have to sit through the pure sadness and sorrow of PT. 1 to get to the madness and intense chaos of PT. 2. So, I split them right at the key change. Engineering this one produced 77 individual instrument tracks of sounds designed & (Tesah's voice samples), then rendered in chunks & spliced together all in 24bit resolution at a 96Khz sample rate. See below the Track Analysis on how they're different musically.
This version of "Isolation" is the original track opened up and remastered. This version is how I meant it to be perceived when I mixed and mastered it in the studio in 2019, only to have the process of distribution and compression fuck it up. In this version, the bass surrounds you; instead of being lost and crushed down to an audible one, you can feel it in this version. The overdriven sound is allowed to breathe, and depth is in-between with a clear midrange. You can detect the space compared to the original. I've gotten messages on how this piece has served as a meditative tool for some of you. This version will be even more immersive on almost any system you play it on.
I - ISOLATION (REMASTER '22) - IS 4 MINUTES AND 14 SECONDS LONG. IT'S IN THE KEY OF G MAJOR, AND THE TIME SIGNATURE IS 4 BEATS PER MEASURE. THE LOUDNESS IS -12.98 DB, AND THE TEMPO IS AROUND 114.89 BPM.
II - ISOLATION: THE MALEFIC POSSESSION, PT. I (THE CHANGELING) - IS 2 MINUTES AND 4 SECONDS LONG. IT'S IN THE KEY OF F MAJOR, AND THE TIME SIGNATURE IS 4 BEATS PER MEASURE. THE LOUDNESS IS -16.95 DB, AND THE TEMPO IS AROUND 135.19 BPM.
III - ISOLATION: THE MALEFIC POSSESSION, PT. 2 (THE CONSUMMATE) -IS 3 MINUTES AND 27 SECONDS LONG. IT'S IN THE KEY OF D-SHARP MAJOR, AND THE TIME SIGNATURE IS 1 BEAT PER MEASURE (HOW UNUSUAL). THE LOUDNESS IS -14.26, AND THE TEMPO IS AROUND 187.57 BPM.
IV - ISOLATION (HEROIN HOTEL) - IS 3 MINUTES AND 21 SECONDS LONG. IT'S IN THE KEY OF G MAJOR, AND THE TIME SIGNATURE IS 3 BEATS PER MEASURE. LOUDNESS IS -20.63 DB, AND THE TEMPO IS AROUND 69.08 BPM.
V - ISOLATION (LIVE DEMO) - IS 3 MINUTES AND 56 SECONDS LONG. IT'S IN THE KEY OF A MINOR, AND THE TIME SIGNATURE IS 3 BEATS PER MEASURE. LOUDNESS IS -14.83 DB, AND THE TEMPO IS AROUND 111.46 BPM.