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Paint by Numbers, Vol. 1

by Bob Familiar

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Seppuku Wake 04:28
The Commuter 03:53
Good to Go 04:26
Wave Decay 05:38


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Remixed and remastered fall 2022

All Rights Reserved (C) 2018 Sounds Familiar




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Bob Familiar is a performer, composer and producer of minimalist electronic, ambient, and orchestral compositions

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