Album: Experimentum Crucis (2010)

This is an 11-track electronica album fusing funky futurejazz with gritty glitch and dreamy downtempo. Created for the February 2010 RPM (Record Producing Month) Challenge.

The musical challenge was to create and record a complete album in the span of one month. But while many participants decided to be purists about it and create the album’s material from scratch, I decided to simply use the event to force me to finish a bunch of musical sketches already residing on my hard drive. Some of the ideas I refined and polished were around two years old. Almost half of the album was done from scratch.

In the sciences, an experimentum crucis (“critical experiment”) is an experiment capable of decisively determining whether or not a particular hypothesis is correct. The title I chanced upon while reading The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson — an exploration of the biggest Cholera outbreak in London in 1854. The scientific term experimentum crucis (or “critical experiment”) refers to an experiment capable of decisively determining whether or not a particular hypothesis is correct. This album then is a paradigm-changing experiment for me, as I figure out where to go next musically.

Credits:
Instrumentation, arrangement and programming: Lionel Valdellon
Cover image: by Tea,Two Sugars “Experiments with Long exposure and lights-015”
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Album released: 28 February 2010
Tags: electronic electropop worldbeat breakbeats chillout downtempo electronica futurejazz Philippines

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