Her smoke rose up forever

by Jay Hosking

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HER SMOKE ROSE UP FOREVER is a collection of live instrumental performances entirely using hardware synthesizers, grooveboxes, drum machines, samplers, and effects. The album takes its name from the omnibus of James Tiptree Jr.'s short stories, and each track is named after a story in the collection. Like Tiptree Jr.'s book, HER SMOKE ROSE UP FOREVER is by design propulsive, expansive, and urgent. Enjoy.

For Pippa.


released October 8, 2019

All songs written, performed, recorded, and all that by Jay Hosking, except "The last flight of Dr. Ain," which is co-written by Ian T. Lyckland, and is a reimagining of Lyckland's "You Are Not A Data Scientist" (lyckland.bandcamp.com/releases).

All songs were performed entirely live on the following hardware:

Love is the plan the plan is death
Elektron Analog Four MkII — Four analogue, subtractive synth parts (arp, bass, ghost oooh, melody)
Arturia DrumBrute Impact + Strymon Big Sky + Strymon Ola — Drums
Elektron Digitone + Zoia — Three FM synth parts (plucks 1, plucks 2, garbles)

Her smoke rose up forever
Elektron Analog Rytm MkII — Samples and drums
Elektron Monomachine SFX60-UW MkII — Master-level effects on the Rytm, plus two synth lines (high lead, chorus saw), plus drums
Elektron Analog Four MkII — Four synths, primarily in "chorus" section (bass, tremolo flute, fast arp, synth string)
Elektron Digitone + Empress Zoia — slower arp

We who stole the Dream
Vermona PERfourMER MkII + OTO Bam — Three synths (left chord note, right chord note, melody)
Vermona PERfourMER MkII + Strymon Big Sky — Bass chord note synth
Elektron Analog Rytm MkII — Drums, samples, sample melody, punchy bass
Fugue Machine (iOS) — Sequencing
IK Multimedia iRig Pro Duo — MIDI out from iOS

On the last afternoon
Elektron Octatrack MkII — Sampler, sequencer and effects (for Peak)
Novation Peak — Pad / bass

A momentary taste of being
Elektron Analog Rytm MkII — Sample playback/mangling, drums
Teenage Engineering OP-1 — Two samples played from the Rytm (busy synth sequence, high flute)
Elektron Analog Four MkII + Elektron Analog Heat MkII — Four synth parts (bass, arp, melody, harmony)
Elektron Monomachine MkII — Vocal synth, External audio processing of Rytm, Drums

The screwfly solution
Elektron Octatrack MkII — Sequencer, samples (drums, weird loops), effects for external devices, master effects
Black Corporation Deckard's Dream + Strymon Ola + Strymon Big Sky — Pad
Moog Minitaur — Bass
Moog Sirin — Lead

The last flight of Dr. Ain
Elektron Octatrack MkII — Sampler (seven tracks: piano + vox, ambience, bass, and deep vocals from Lyckland's song; higher piano lead; drums from Woody Woodmansey sample), audio effects processor and sampler (for the Deckard's), audio effects processor (for the scenes on the master)
Black Corporation Deckard's Dream + Empress Zoia — Classic synth galore

The man who walked home
Elektron Octatrack MkII — Five samples (four string parts, one high ambience), effects for Monomachine and Machinedrum, master effects and scenes
Elektron Monomachine SFX-60 UW MkII — SID arp, SID bass, high-pass chords, drum finale
Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 MkII — Drums

The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered in Reason 10, with only light equalization, compression, and limiting on the master.

If you're curious about the process of live performances, the tracks are available in video form here:
1 Love is the plan the plan is death: www.youtube.com/watch
2 Her smoke rose up forever: www.youtube.com/watch
3 We who stole the Dream: www.youtube.com/watch
4 On the last afternoon: www.youtube.com/watch
5 A momentary taste of being: www.youtube.com/watch
6 The screwfly solution: www.youtube.com/watch
7 The last flight of Dr. Ain: www.youtube.com/watch
8 The man who walked home: www.youtube.com/watch


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