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The Shape Of Things To Come

by Bill Converse

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Camryn Marquez Very much like Daniel Avery's last album, this album extols the virtues of the 303 and shows how much more verbose this seemingly limited instrument can be. While the music is indebted to several strains of house and techno, it plays as something much more ambitious and free-form-- explorative and progressive. Those doubtful of the 303's contemporary relevance, longevity, and vitality should listen to its proclamations at this convention; it's saying something worth hearing. Favorite track: Magnetic.
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    We are pleased to present the sophomore album from Austin, Texas analogue hardware enthusiast Bill Converse. Immersed in the early days of the 90s midwest rave scene, Bill began DJing at a young age in Lansing, Michigan. Luminaries such as Claude Young, Traxx, and Derrick May were key early influences. Techno, noise, ambient and tape processing are all part of his uncanny sound palette. His debut album ‘Meditations/Industry’ was released on cassette in 2013 and edited for a vinyl release in January 2016 followed by two 12” singles ‘Warehouse Invocation’ and ‘7 of 9’ the same year.

    ‘The Shape Of Things To Come’ is a 70 minute journey spread across two pieces of vinyl. It's comprised of seven tracks recorded directly to tape with no overdubs, made at Converse's home studio. At the time of recording, Bill was sending this material to Josh Vance (Josua Dorje Ngodup) for feedback. Most of the time Josh would respond in the form of artwork, and then Bill would create another track inspired by this feedback chain. Converse has dedicated this series of tracks to him. The songs on this album reveal a sublime influence from Detroit techno, early Chicago house, and Acid. For this album Converse slightly bumped up the tempos geared for dancefloor energy. Built around vintage synthesizer lines and gritty drum machine percussion, the tracks evoke “how things have changed and how they have come to be.”

    All songs were mastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Each LP is housed in a gatefold jacket with a painted photograph portrait by Dietmar Busse and layout design by Eloise Leigh. The gatefold conceals an otherworldly collage made by Josua Dorje Ngodup. Each copy includes a postcard featuring artwork from Bill’s sister with notes.

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We are pleased to present the sophomore album from Austin, Texas analogue hardware enthusiast Bill Converse. Immersed in the early days of the 90s midwest rave scene, Bill began DJing at a young age in Lansing, Michigan. Luminaries such as Claude Young, Traxx, and Derrick May were key early influences. Techno, noise, ambient and tape processing are all part of his uncanny sound palette. His debut album ‘Meditations/Industry’ was released on cassette in 2013 and edited for a vinyl release in January 2016 followed by two 12” singles ‘Warehouse Invocation’ and ‘7 of 9’ the same year.

‘The Shape Of Things To Come’ is a 70 minute journey spread across two pieces of vinyl. It's comprised of seven tracks recorded directly to tape with no overdubs, made at Converse's home studio. At the time of recording, Bill was sending this material to Josh Vance (Josua Dorje Ngodup) for feedback. Most of the time Josh would respond in the form of artwork, and then Bill would create another track inspired by this feedback chain. Converse has dedicated this series of tracks to him. The songs on this album reveal a sublime influence from Detroit techno, early Chicago house, and Acid. For this album Converse slightly bumped up the tempos geared for dancefloor energy. Built around vintage synthesizer lines and gritty drum machine percussion, the tracks evoke “how things have changed and how they have come to be.”

All songs were mastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Each LP is housed in a gatefold jacket with a painted photograph portrait by Dietmar Busse and layout design by Eloise Leigh. The gatefold conceals an otherworldly collage made by Josua Dorje Ngodup. Each copy includes a postcard featuring artwork from Bill’s sister with notes.

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released July 3, 2017

© 2017 DARK ENTRIES RECORDS
All music composed and arranged by Bill Converse
Remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios, 2017
Cover photograph: Dietmar Busse
Gatefold collage by Josua Dorje Ngodup
Design by Bill Converse and Eloise Leigh
Equipment used:
Roland TB-303
Roland TR-808
Roland TR-909
Sequential Circuits Pro-one
Yamaha CS-60
Arp 2600
Korg Polysix
Verbos Harmonic Oscillator
Verbos Complex Oscillator
Livewire Frequensteiner
Vermona Fourmulator
Future Retro Mobius Sequencer x2
MXR pitch transposer
Akai MPC1000
Alesis Midiverb III
Moog MF 108m
Electroharmonix Memory man
Roland RE-201
Mode Machines KPR-1
Denon 790r
Merantz PMD661 MK II
FMR Audio RNC 1773
Thanks and shout outs:
Too my friends and family: you are one and the same. Josh, Joshua, Josh, Kat y, Don, Domokos, Sam, Mauricio, Austin and Tiago, Jools, Robert, Kyle, Sam DLR, T he Best, Justin, Jordan, Joel, Max, Ed, Tim, Conor, Ricky, Minto, J.T., Gavin, Tamale house, Monofonous, IFM, End of an Ear , Switched On. All the dancers and freaks who make this planet worth living on. thank you all!

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