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Paint by Numbers, Vol. 1

by Bob Familiar

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Good to Go 04:27
Seppuku Wake 04:30
The Commuter 03:53
Wave Decay 05:46


Track Notes

Road to Merzouga – Multi-layered drone with the Minibrute 2S and TR-8 rhythm track that supports a modular patch improvising metallic sparkles and radio tones. Prophet Rev 2 and Subsequent-37 long horn tones can be heard in the creamy center.

Good to Go – What you say just before you drop into a Worm Hole. This is a live recording of a man/machine modular performance combining a Peak bass drum and hi-hat, a Tonestar timpani-like bass line and a patch that is using sample and hold signals to drive a 2HP TM/2HP Tune/STO Oscillator configuration that is passed through a Ripples filter modulated by a Batumi LFO’s. A Prophet Rev 2 takes a pad solo.

Seppuku Wake – Suicide has left a wake of sadness, confusion and a clarion call for understanding and outreach. This rondo is anchored by a TR-8 hi-hat and bass drum, Subsquent-37 bass line and pulsating Minibrute 2S and a Prophet Rev 2 string pad. Both lead melodies are performed on the Matrixbrute. The buzz-lead uses both filters on the Matrixbrute to create a formant, a human voice-like tone. For Frank.

The Commuter – The Prophet Rev 2 arpeggiating a cloud of electric piano pulses that support a Subsequent-37 John Hassel-styled ostinato simulating the numbed head-space of a train commuter. The Matrixbrute provides the always present hum of the tracks.

Medina Meltdown – Tonal metal and drum sounds sequenced on the Minibrute 2S along with a Matrixbrute bassline that doubles as a guiro are the backdrop for a 2HP Turing Machine/2HP Tune Quantizer driving a STO Oscillator machine-melody.

The Space Between – Modular system with Rings and Clouds that float between guitar string, metal and stick tones along with the Minibtute 2S for bass. An overdriven Tonestar voice provides a haunting melody.

Plateau de Fromage – A playful ‘muzac’ styled piece combining Wurlitzer organ-like pads and classic rhythm machines along with a 1-4-2-5 music theory homage to my early years at school. The Matrixbrute, Subsequent-37, Peak and TR-8 provide the backing tracks for a Minibrute 2S lead in the A section. The Susequebnt-37 provides the smooth-jazz clarinets in the B and C sections.

Wave Decay – Waves decay and get smaller the farther they travel. Matrixbrute in Paraphonic mode and a Prophet Rev 2 free form performance of smooth pads filled out using a Big Sky Reverb.


released June 22, 2018

Cover Photo by Bob Familiar

All songs composed, arranged, performed, mixed and mastered by Bob Familiar

All Rights Reserved (C) 2018 Sounds Familiar




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

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