ASTROLENS is the fourth song off my debut album that will be titled FIRST LIGHT scheduled for release on November 11, 2022. The title comes from my wife and I shooting nighttime photography and trying to come up with a good name for a the lens that we used for taking pictures of the night sky. Astrolens seemed to work!
I titled this song that because the ambient swirl of arpeggiated chords and melody in the intro just reminded me of the night sky & stargazing. I also imagine looking into a telescope when hearing the intro. Looking off into space and then finally seeing something really incredible when the bigger section of the intro drops in. Kinda of like a whoo moment.
I originally didn't have the added melody in the "first chorus" but thought it would be cool to put a Tycho-like synth melody in there. That then opened up the possibility for more melody throughout this song. As for production, it was recorded in my home studio during the 2020 pandemic lockdowns. All of the synth sounds are analog and either from a Sequential Prophet 6 or Prophet 12 keyboard. The bass is from a Moog Sub37. All of the drum samples or vocal chops are chopped up loops or one shots from Splice. I mixed it and it was mastered by Shawn Hatfield.
A little background about me...I come from a professional pop and hip hop background as a recording engineer so I naturally tend to structure all of my music that way compared to a lot of other electronic music I listen to. I'm also a drummer so you'll most likely find a lot of varied percussion elements throughout my music. It wasn't till Coachella in 2014 that I even started thinking about creating an artist project or really even listening to electronic music for that matter. Now I can't get enough of it and even started a Spotify Music + Talk show
in a radio show format to find interesting tracks to bring the spotlight on & talk about it publicly.