10pm Eternal

by Joel Stern

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Since Covid lockdown started in Australia, Helen, me, and our toddler twins Vyv and Bea, have been essentially stuck inside our place in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Our house is in an old industrial building and has a couple of levels but no rooms or doors or any other material separation. It is in effect one acoustic space. Once the twins are asleep around 8pm we keep things pretty quiet. Being at home every night, I had an intense compulsion to start producing music again, for the first time in ages. I don’t like working in headphones though, so it had to be done at extremely minimal volume, to avoid waking the kids.

These recordings were all improvised around 10pm in the liminal space between the kids' bedtime and mine. The first three pieces use rudimentary open circuit board synths and were made in an attempt to calm down at the end of long stressful days. They’re titled Lux, which is the name of the building we live in. The last piece is made using three old French manivelle music boxes that I recorded and layered blind. I think of it as a sleep and dream aid. Thanks to Jon for inviting me to participate in this project, and all the other artists for your great work.

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released May 6, 2020

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