William Parlier, better known as Will.E.P. started his production career at the young age of 11 when he started out by recording himself on an old stereo two track tape recorder that used to belong to his father, but even before that William started playing music.
Parlier’s first instrument was the piano, which was more so his parent’s idea than his, but it did not instantly strike him as appealing and quickly Parlier discontinued his lessons. Only a couple years later he regained interest in music while visiting a family friend who he called E.T. He found both an old classical guitar and an auto harp in her attic and it opened many new doors for Parlier. Slowly he began to pick up the ability to play almost any instrument you handed to him.
At the age of 13 his parents bought him recording software, a midi keyboard, and microphones, and Parlier’s producing really began to lift off the ground. As he learned his way around his recording software he also began to delve in electronic music, and with that came his invite by UK producer Greg Hartley to join their abilities to form the electronic music duo entitled Idiot-Gene. Parlier and Hartley produced genres all the way from minimal electronica to trance.
While William was in Idiot-Gene he also produced electronic music under the name Grünhexe, and recorded and produced film scores and folly for student films throughout the country for students attending schools such as The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Perpich Center for Arts Education. Parlier also attended various summer music programs such as Cannon Music Camp, and New England Music Camp where he was introduced to theory and orchestration, and studied performance in one of his favorite instruments: the tuba.
Only a year after it’s creation Idiot-Gene split up and went there separate ways. It was here where Parlier really started to delve into many different genres, and even study more extensive orchestral compositions. Looking for a new sound for his work, Parlier began to learn sythesis, and how to program both software synths, and large modular systems.
At the age of 15 Parlier was accepted to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for tuba performance, which opened many new doors for him. His understanding of music grew much more board, and his interest spread from classical to pop music. His production also gained more practice because he composed for even more films, and would record small ensembles, and auditions for students to send to universities and summer music programs.
Parlier attended UNCSA again in 2009 to continue his path as a concert tubist, but later decided that what he truly wanted to do was produce music. During this time he did however meet his current producing partner Stephen Phillips (Mospheric) who was his roommate at the time, and a year later they merged together to form the electronic duo March of the Elephants. Now working on their first album entitled Japanese radio, which is to be released in 2011.
Along with producing with colleagues, Parlier works with many musicians, from vocalists to rappers, under the name Will.E.P.
Comments by Will.E.P.
@p-sus: Haha, I just tag it as that, because most people who do music up this alley sample. Get's their attention.
@frankyphix: Intentional. ;) You forget it is there, then the snare picks back up and drives it again. Psycho acoustics. The snare wouldn't hit has hard if the clap was as heavy.
The more you put out, the wonkier you shit sounds. I am digging it.
@p-sus: Thanks, man. And for the most part I don't actually sample anybody else's music. Everything in most of my tunes like this 100% original contecnt. I just run it through old tape and crap like that, so it sounds a little bit more raw and aged. Glad you dig it.
@nosmoking: Well, the synth is just thor with some reason effects. Nothing too special. Just lots of modular routing to give it a lofi-ish sound.
@nosmoking: Haha, the chords are the patch I posted on your ravey chords thread on IDMf.
@frankyphix: Not sure yet honestly. Haven't decided how I can make this last more than 32 seconds. lol
I could literally listen to the first 5 seconds for like an hour. haha
@markelius: By the way, it is just a 4 Osc Additive/FM synthesizer. Nothing too special. You could probably find something similar easily. It doesn't look or sound spectacular unless you really go in depth. That is why a lot of people overlook it. I'd say you can get something similar with FM8, but I don't think it as additive synthesis. An alternative would also be an additive synthesize with modular capabilities, which then you could route the signal from one oscillator into another. The thing that really makes this though are the looping envelopes and effects. It is one LFO modulating the filter frequency and resonance, three looping amp envelopes on the modulating oscillators. There is one source wave being effected, and the chain is source<-osc. 1<-osc. 2<- osc. 3. Then there is one more looping envelope modulating the filter frequency. The rest is just a chorus, a phaser, and EQ (to crisp up the highs) a 1/8D pingpong delay, a crisp 30 second reverb, another 1/4 pingpong delay, and a final EQ. The phaser is what gives it that glistening top end, the chorus just gives it width, and the reverb is pretty heavy in the mids and quite long with an extremely high density giving it that choir type sound every now and then.
@markelius: It is one of the synths in Ableton Suite. I think you can buy it individually as well, but it only works in Ableton.