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Metrognome vs Genetic at String Theory, Vaudeville, Spring 2004. Bottom, at Hazy Days (RIP), first day of monsoon. Summer 2003.

IMAGE: CIA ROMANO 2003- 2004

Gnome is just freaking amazing, stretching the line as he pilots a laptop and assorted technofetishistic objects through space and time. In his own words:


Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 12:24:37 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Re: [tu] About your technique - More than you asked for due to coffee buzz.
From: "gnome" <gnome@asimetrix.com>
To: <cia@tucsonunderground.com>
X-Priority: 3
Importance: Normal

CR: "Can you tell me more about your technique?"
gnome: "Sure... I also can go into detail about the machines I create, you may not know this but I design all my sounds and beats using custom virtual machines created in reaktor. That's where skatterbeat comes from, it's an algorithmic process in which I modulate the probability of random rhythmic events.

"I often sample background sounds and textures from DVDs not so much the actors talking but the sounds of doors closing, locks, footsteps, wind, breath, etc. PI has a great sample of this door being unlocked with 5 or
6 different latches, made for a great beat source. The production crews generally use very expensive mics which get a clear and full sound I just can't mimic with my home studio. For voice samples I really prefer to grab bits of people around me talking. Actors will always sound like actors, but to capture something that is said with passion and conviction is more rewarding to me. NASA astronauts have given me great stuff from the documentaries, you'd be surprised how much depth and intellectual stimulation those space jocks had after their experiences in space.

"You have to pinch yourself and ask yourself the question silently, do you
really know where you are in this point in time and space and in reality
and existence?"


CR: "Are you sick of the nice black velvet zip shirt yet? ;)))))))"
gnome: "No!! My cat loves it too much."


CR: "Any recommendations on local places to get gear?"
gnome: "Internet."


gnome: "More on music live: For me hardware gear is dead save for the midi controllers which still
have a ways to go in terms of expressive potential. What you can do with
computers far surpasses the possibilities of all hardware I have ever
used in that one can create their own method of composition. Most
hardware sequencers/synths requires you to conform to a linear method of
creation which I find frustrating. As a human I'm limited to these ten
fingers, 1 mouth, and 2 feet for tactile expression. What I hear in my
head required a level of intereaction/compostion on multiple levels
simultaneously, especially to achieve it in real-time! I pursue these
non linear composition techniques using reaktor
(www.nativeinstruments.com) to create custom machines that allow me to
compose full songs in real time live in a way that fits my brain process.
To expand this: my live music is often lacking the ear candy one can
expect with electronic music as far as predictable builds and typical
chord progressions as each moment is being created in that moment. I
have pursued the live improv element after playing sequenced sets for
many years in which I became frustrated with just playing back songs.
Improv is much more exciting since you never really know where it's going
next. All the songs I have finished over the last year have been
composed from improv sets at azsessions."

NAME:

"Karl (pronouned "cal" w/ east coast accent) AKA Metrognome."

OCCUPATION:

"Live PA Improv."

QUOTE:

"Free the music, elliminate the RIAA."

BAND OR MAIN GIG:

"metrognome, x23, regulated complexities, xotek."

OTHER CO-CONSPIRATORS:

"Asimetrix Crew + Not Breathing."

LIFE STORY IN BRIEF:

"While being manufactured in the asimetrix advanced
research chem lab, located in the denver mountains aka AARC, I was subjected to extreme amounts of pop music by the research team. My mind became hard-coded with a nonlinear pop groove track. My only relief is to take what I hear in my head and mangle it beyond recognition into textures wraped in rhythmic bleeps and blips. This is anti-pop technology. Kill your music teachers, they were wrong."

CREATED IN:

"Denver, Colorado lab."

HOW LONG IN TUCSON:

"Twelve long years on and off, still no tan."

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE TUCSON:

"dustY."

WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN ON THE LOCAL SCENE:

"More live live live live music.."

CONNECTING POINTS:

"Hazy Dayz (RIP) on Saturdays, Drake Ballroom on Mondays. Sometimes you can find the gnome lurking in dark alleys downtown or locked away in the studio."

ARTIFACTS:

"Seven full length CDs with most tracks avilable for download through www.asimetrix.com, various collab releases interview etc online."

CONTACT:

gnome@asimetrix.com

EMAIL:

gnome@asimetrix.com


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