Album: The Second Foundation
Stephen Hummel has had great success releasing a diverse range of music under the name subtractiveLAD. Traversing the |
Ahead of the premiere airing of
Chuck van Zyl: Is the title
Stephen Hummel: Yes!! I am a huge Asimov fan. I have read all of his Foundation books, and thought it would be a fun
Chuck: Is your The Second Foundation a live recording, done in one take?
Stephen: I had considered approaching this piece as a performance piece, but my concept ended up developing into something more ambitious than what could be achieved in one live take. I ultimately felt that, since my schedule permitted, I would make the arrangement more sophisticated than what I could achieve playing it live straight through. So after a couple weeks of
My goal was to limit the number of instruments to four analog synths and really focus on a few core elements. I established a mix flexible enough to allow each instrument to rise and fall, come and go and weave around each other. The sonic interest would be found in the complex layering of evolving sequencer patterns winding out in various levels of density and energy, such that The Second Foundation requires about an hour to fully express itself.
I conceptualized, performed and recorded The Second Foundation in my home studio over the last two weeks of June 2023. It's scheduled to be released following being aired on the 13 August 2023 broadcast of
Chuck: What other insights can you give us into the realization of The Second Foundation?
Stephen: I have contemplated doing an ambitious, long-form, sequencer-based project for years. It was the invitation to produce a new work for Star's End Space Camp 2023 that finally got my mind and hands moving on this dream.
I'm pretty proud of the piece. It feels like it reaches that amazing zone the
Please tune in to the 08.13.23 broadcast of Star's End Ambient Radio for the premiere of
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END 10 August 2023
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