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This track was as challenging as any in the Disquiet Junto because of the necessity to show restraint with layers of sound. I gathered a decent selection of field recordings ranging from the sound of an escalator thumping and whimpering to the sound of meatballs simmering on a stove. What I chose is the sound of the freezer in my kitchen at my Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment. The drone of the motor in my freezer was interesting enough to stand alone for this project, but I was intrigued by the additional, unexpected sound of ice cubes in the freezer intermittently cracking and popping -- not unlike a record -- due to the expansion of the ice when the freezer door remained open for an extended period of time, raising the temperature inside the freezer.
I selected a couple of different ice clicks and added a delay effect to introduce some rhythm to the track, and hovering above the other freezer noises were two drones created via MIDI in Ableton Live -- one of which is deep bass -- that I felt complemented the "cold" feel of the raw recording. My goal was to duplicate the noise of everyday life while adding a bit of flavor, and I'm pleased with how the noises buried inside a freezer held up when serving as the backbone of this track.
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