Revered synth-head and former Lichens man Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe [pictured below] is someone we've had our ears and eyes tuned to for some time at Dummy. Wrestling arresting sounds from unwieldly machines is what he's made his life's work, so it should come as no surprise that he recently took up a fun challenge set by North Carolina based record label Make Noise. In essence, make a record using their specially designed synth. "The Shared System is a modular synthesizer developed by Make Noise," explains the label. "It has no pre-determined signal path, and is not designed for any particular musical destination. In limiting the artists to this one instrument, we hope the Shared System Series of records will purely illustrate the intentions of the artists." What Lowe came up with is indeed arresting. "Everything you will hear on these sides was done in a single pass without treatment of any kind outside of what was in the synthesizer. Any delays or echoes you hear are generated by the machine," he explains. B-side Alpha Crucis, which you can listen to via the tripped-out video synthesis video above, is like dancing on ice with ducks for skates. At once celestial and strangely – but endearingly – witty.
Make Noise Records released Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe's Heptagramic Approximation/Alpha Crucis 7" on 9th September 2013.