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Instruments of Flight is an electronic musician currently based in Northern California, she produces tracks that are suffused with a halcyon, west-coast sensibility. The sound, like the artist, is suspended somewhere between chill-wave southern California suburbia and perverse cosmopolitan leanings. It’s the sound of British new wave half-remembered from a childhood spent in Long Beach. Or maybe it’s the house-fueled soundtrack of the Castro, transplanted to the lonely stretches of beach north of Santa Cruz.

Born to a tenor and oboe player IOF was definitely subjected to piano lessons growing up. She's played a variety of other instruments as well but always favored effects laden instrumentation. 4AD, Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel are sited as deeply influential to the point of being unable to separate the sounds from the experience of growing up. As a producer, she brings to the studio a discriminating ear and an uncompromising approach to sound quality. The music she grew up listening to on iconic LA stations, such as KCRW and KROQ, kindled what became an obsession with sound design and synthesis. The elements of pop, dance, and ambient will be immediately familiar to anyone with an ear for electronica, no instrument or source is off limits though clearly favoring synthetic sources she also draws from found sound and field recordings. Instruments of Flight reworks them and fashions them into something evocatively different. It’s as if you’re hearing things you thought you knew, only to discover that they sound somehow better filtered through salt air and Pacific sunsets.

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  • A Comment on FandomFatale's
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    Cassandra Wilson - Sign Of The Judgment at 0.22
    on June 17, 2014 03:24

    such a great song. It really needs a proper release.

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    FloMotion Pt 1 (Extended, DIY Mastering) at 2.02
    on June 13, 2014 00:54

    totally italo disco vibe from '83 love this spot.

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    Abecedarians Smiling Monarchs (original 1983 demo) at 0.38
    on June 02, 2014 04:47

    @fivershutch23: It was the santa monica show.

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    Abecedarians Smiling Monarchs (original 1983 demo) at 0.38
    on May 04, 2014 16:28

    was lucky enough to see them open for New Order.

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    wiving - brew (mar 2014 demo) at 0.51
    on March 31, 2014 02:04

    yeah awesome singing!

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    Spaded Ani at 0.55
    on March 25, 2014 04:39

    beautiful chord right here.

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    Break Fever at 1.49
    on March 25, 2014 04:37

    I really like the free form unconstrained feel of this track.

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    Fourth Time In The Sun at 1.10
    on March 19, 2014 20:09

    Groovy 80s sounds

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    Ballett Av Nordyls at 4.09
    on March 19, 2014 19:32
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    Used 2 Want U at 0.47
    on March 12, 2014 21:07

    Love the intro and arp. Fantastic

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    Dancette at 1.47
    on March 10, 2014 04:41

    seriously the production value on these are fantastic.

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    Bob & Joyce at 0.27
    on March 10, 2014 04:40

    jus saw this on the twoism thread. Excellent. really nice production.

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    Ohne Dich [C minor] at 3.06
    on March 05, 2014 05:52
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    Sector Abstract Melody + AUFX Space + Dub at 1.33
    on February 18, 2014 21:19

    sweet sounding manipulation.

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    Sector Drone + AUFX Space + Dub at 1.05
    on February 18, 2014 18:03

    very cool cant wait to try this.

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    Todd Osborn - Solis at 1.34
    on February 05, 2014 05:15

    so delicous

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    Goliath at 4.05
    on February 04, 2014 12:06

    great add with the sample right here

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    Stirring Dull Roots (preview) at 2.35
    on February 04, 2014 12:04

    love the percussion

  • A Comment on Michaël Bijker's
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    When The Lights Go out at 3.00
    on January 31, 2014 22:45

    Love the movement in here. slightly foreboding too.

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    Clear Mind Motions - Michaël Bijker at 0.09
    on January 31, 2014 22:42
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    werblette at 2.43
    on January 29, 2014 08:02

    awesome sound design on this one

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    Ballett Av Nordyls at 4.51
    on January 28, 2014 23:21

    @PerryCosmo: Thanks so much. I always appreciate your feedback. I'm definitely striving for something different here.

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    Faction at 1.00
    on January 21, 2014 10:01

    loving these drums

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    Fly:Float at 3.41
    on January 19, 2014 04:08

    is that a monomachine I hear?

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    Bibio - Down To The Sound at 0.14
    on January 16, 2014 06:55

    so happy you decided to start singing in your music.

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    A Little Late Night at 0.07
    on December 30, 2013 23:47

    @papertiger: Thank you that is really quite a compliment.

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    I sync, therefore I am. at 2.15
    on December 25, 2013 07:54

    found you on the locked women and modular thread on muffs.. :) stayed for the sweet sounds

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    'A Stocking Full Of Bent' - Millsy's Xmas Mix at 4.13
    on December 24, 2013 22:54

    Sweet Choice. can never go wrong with this guy. My fav is of all time is christmas time is here instrumental.

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    Sunsets on Skyscrapers at 2.52
    on December 23, 2013 19:15
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    Papertiger - This House Is Closed at 0.16
    on December 16, 2013 04:58

    just awesome beginning

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    even at 2.28
    on December 16, 2013 04:56

    a lot of great synth sounds coming together right here.

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    Bühne at 3.20
    on December 12, 2013 23:36

    @TTK92: Thanks I really worked to get that bass to sit properly.

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    Lessons of Darkness at 2.10
    on December 11, 2013 09:28

    another great moment

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    Lessons of Darkness at 1.38
    on December 11, 2013 09:27

    really like how these sounds come together right here.

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    Olinda at 3.06
    on December 11, 2013 09:26
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    HouseCast #1 T0vi + Fede Lng at 12.48
    on December 10, 2013 07:12
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    A Is To B As B Is To C / Over The Horizon Rada... at 2.04
    on November 13, 2013 07:46

    oh dear lord. terrible.

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    Corsair (2013 defective vinyl reissue) at 0.25
    on November 13, 2013 07:45

    thank you so much for these uploads. they helped me confirm mine was defective in a similar fashion.

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    Cool Me Down at 0.14
    on October 19, 2013 20:57

    Hi just checking in you.. love this piano, is it a sample from something else?

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    CS80 & Korg Mono/poly at 3.16
    on September 02, 2013 18:33

    @HarriL: Hey thanks so much Harril.. it was a great day we'd just gotten the CS80 up and had a session recording for fun.

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