released February 16, 2018
Many of the riverrun tracks are edited down from longer pieces. The way I make these tracks normally involves collaging a few different musical ideas and finding things that work well together – once I do find a combination of elements that works well, it’s very easy to loop them indefinitely, and allow the piece to effectively make itself. What ends up on CD is usually a bite-sized chunk of a much longer track, a part that I thought was particularly interesting (usually because the elements interacted in a manner I hadn’t initially anticipated).
The mathematics involved in this can be quite mind-boggling. Say, for example, that I have a piano part which loops every 2 minutes 7 seconds, a guitar part that repeats every 5 minutes and 11 seconds, and a drone that comes and goes just over every 10 minutes. I would have to listen to the track “making itself” for several months before it repeats itself exactly – even though the sound of the piece is relatively consistent. But multiply that by the thirty or so musical components that make up the average riverrun piece (and factor in that the loops are often in irregular relationships with each other, with lengths like 252.56 seconds and 2637.87 seconds) the piece effectively becomes of infinite length, and it would be possible to listen to the track continuously evolving for several hundred years before it repeated exactly.
Thanks to digital technology I’ve been able to mix a version of the new riverrun album that is just over 50-hours long – and anyone who purchases the album on CD will receive their own unique 60-minute “slice” of the composition – a version that, whilst made up of the similar elements to the others, is subtly different from every other copy in existence. Each slice has been nicely edited by myself to fade in and fade out, with no abrupt start or finish, and will play exactly as a normal CD would.
You can read more about the composition of 'Lilliput' by heading to danielland.co.uk/lilliput