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Artificial Friend

by Bob Familiar

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The Plan 02:48
Slow Fade 03:51


Remixed and remastered in February 2023

Artificial Friend is inspired by the novel 'Klara and the Sun' by Kazuo Ishiguro.

The story unfolds in the not-to-distant future, narrated by our protagonist, Klara, a solar powered AI robot who is designed to bond with teenage children. We meet her as she is on display in a store front waiting to be purchased.

Klara and the other Artificial Friends, or AF's as they are called, are purchased by wealthy families to be a friend and companion to their children as they undergo a medical procedure which produces a transformation. We don't know why these children are being modified, but in classic Ishiguro style, the layers of this dystopian world unfold through the eyes of our AI narrator. We discover that the world Klara inhabits is not all sunshine. Darkness creeps in as she discovers the true intentions of her owner.

The arrangements were created using a suite of Moog fixed architecture and semi-modular synthesizers:

- Moog One
- Moog Matriarch
- Moog Subsequent 37
- Moog Subharmonicon
- Moog DFAM

In addition to the synths, the Akai Pro MPC One was used for the traditional drum parts.

Reverb, Delay and other audio artifacts were created using the following hardware effects:

- Chass Bliss CXM 1978 Reverb
- Erica Synths Zen Delay
- Hologram Electronics Microcosm


released October 20, 2021

Coffee Cup Lady and Raincoat Man features Bill Urmson on Bass and Brian Ales on Ukulele

Album Art: 'Klara and the Sun' by Dodi Ballada

Inspiration: Klara and the Sun, a novel by Kazou Ishiguro

Special thanks to my dear friend Luke Stark for his golden ears and sage advice.

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Sounds Familiar Studios, Sudbury MA


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Bob Familiar is a composer of electronic synthwave, downtempo, ambient and contemporary orchestral compositions

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