Textures (disk 1 of 2) Soft

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GENRE:
Soundtrack, Instrumental

ABOUT ALBUM:

Previously described by Beyette, "Textures (Hard and Soft) is a two disc exploration into relaxing tones and breaking bones." A NAME THAT STARTED WITH A NOD TO THE PAST The name of the album came after the songs. As with a lot of Beyette's improvised musical heart pours of songs, the name came with the conclusion. But the name has a personal meaning, "Back when I was doing music as "Tooth", the final "Tooth" album was written after a much more deeper album was written. I had spent about 6 months on a record, it was some really good stuff, I even wrote a couple songs with vocals and my friends ACTUALLY liked them. I used to live near work and on an hour-long break from work one day I came home to listen to my music on my Windows 95-based computer and eat a couple sandwiches. Neo-luddites and Mac-users can have a laugh on me, the album I spent so much time on was deleted when I moved it between two folders, when I went to PASTE in the new folder, paste wasn't there, and when I went to the previous folder there was nothing to CUT. It was a CD called Textures, six months wasted. My last "Tooth" cd, "In The Middle of the Road" has a track called "Textures remembered", it was a nod to it's palette of multiple emotions." INSPIRATION FROM A CLOSE FRIEND Starting the two-disc instrumental compilation "Textures" was disc one, "Soft". "My friend Fox would listen to songs like Editation's "One Kiss" and more specifically "Regret Stories" and always said stuff like 'wow man, you have really relaxing slow songs'. That type of praise really nurtured the ability to keep writing relaxing stuff when I was relaxed, and often times when I myself was in need of relaxation." INSPIRATION FROM A HUNDRED YEARS BACK The focus, mentally, of "Textures" was somewhat inspired by world history. At the time, Beyette listened to an industrial band that had released an album that visually and thematically had a somewhat kitschy nod to a particular time in Germany. It got Beyette thinking to give his music some inspired flavor he'd research a specific time in history. After a musical book describing the origins of the word "Decibel", it inspired Beyette to skim a children's book on Alexander Graham Bell. After learning a great deal about how Bell, to Beyette, personally was seen as a vital source of electronic audio engineering inspiration on top of everything else he influenced, Beyette started researching strange and specific things in the early 20th century America. Elements of the said research can be found in songs on the "Hard" disc of "Textures", specifically "the only song I can remember, that I've ever outright sampled anything from and called it an original work, which to me is tacky and morally deceitful unless you're talking about specific hip hop and electronic music that is honorable and delicate with the process. The song borrows the midi structures of a public domain ragtime song for the intro and takes pieces of the riffs in a very exciting completely different direction. That song was so fun to make, and the results of the track are ultrasonically and harmonically heavy in so many ways for me, I was completely out of my element basically remixing ragtime. If there ever became a time on Earth where there weren't more important things to do, I would love to see a music video of someone's interpretation of that song." EMOTIONAL SUBSTANCE Thematically the subjects of the songs on "Textures" were things that weighed much on Beyette's heart and mind. In the early winter of 2004, Beyette left his hometown of Portland, Maine to move to Sanford to help a new found girlfriend to help with her family. The resulting culture shock of "the wretched place that is" Sanford, Maine combined with his eventual feeling of guilt towards how he left things with the group of friends he felt a sort of social distortion with caused a great deal of emotional songs. "In the terrible town of Sanford in my nature-rich home state of Maine, I was intimately experiencing, culturally, a hypocritical dogmatic mentality that I was not very comfortable with, this caused a great deal of the darker sounds on this record. Sometimes, and maybe this is from listening to so much alternative music in the 90s, but when I'm in a bad situation with someone deceitful who acts in a bad way, I have found it beneficial to act the opposite way. I was raised that two wrongs don't make a right, and would connect with people through connections later in life, but using this alternative method, this made me feel almost gothic in Sanford." Songs such as "Instruction Manual", "-Negative", and "Books can be Deceiving" and on the Hard disc of "Textures", the songs "Destruction Manual", "Transferred", "Crucifiction Superstition", "Just how Evil?", "Foreign", "Smartyr", "Destruction Manual (reprise)", "Out of Date" reflected this forced grim outlook. "I think religion and spirituality can be a really good thing for people, but something really should be done about the hypocrites and manipulators that seem to draw far more negative attention to each seemingly organically peaceful religion. If we don't renew our driver's licenses so to speak, unfortunately nature laws show that the idiot drivers will crash into other cars, which maybe someone in the non-driving cultures would feel justified saying that no one can drive! But seriously, I'm not a preacher. This is just the perspective of a humble music producer..." HEAVILY ORCHESTRATED MUSICAL STYLINGS During the time Beyette wrote "Textures", his music theory learning had become a central focus. This has caused a great deal of the classical music stylings and the orchestration-heavy songs. "In music theory, I've found that intervals alone cause a lot of emotion, the blend of consonance and dissonance of everything and I exploited that with getting in the habit of complex chord creation. I would build and build and build, make 50-measure organic chord progressions in a couple of hours. I was probably feeling pretty good the day I wrote "Symphonic Iris" and that should be pretty apparent with the mood of the song. On songs creating a bad mood describing a bad day, it's always been less of a challenge. Music from the soundtrack of horror movies have long put to use the music theory that chaotic and exotic scales of music sounds dark and tense. The diminished scale was very prominent in some of the dominating melodic themes of "Textures". You just can't get those dark emotives on the other scales!" SEA OF PILLOWS The opening track on "Textures - Soft" was a nod to a perspective photograph that inspired a day dream that would help Beyette to sleep easier on energetic days. "As far as I can remember, I took a picture one day at the Maine Mall, I was in one of the big national stores with the furniture, and I focused the camera really far away and took a picture from the corner of a bed. And I imagined, for the song, what if the picture was of a bed the size of.. I don't know, haha ...a city? I'd just fall into a sea of pillows" THE ALPHA "SCORES" THE OMEGA "Before the CD got too big for one disc the song was going to act as a segue to the second harder side." Before I had so many songs, I had originally intended to make one album twice, the first time presented softly, the second time presented, note for note, in a different harder way. The inspiration came from a chill remix I heard of an industrial song before months later delightfully hearing the extremely heavy original version of it. "Waiting for that album got me through some miserable hours spent never being put to work at Burlington Coat Factory" The album concluded with a song written in 13/1 time signature, called "Score", of which the last note isn't heard until you listen to the first track of the second disc, "Textures - Hard".

TRACKS:

Dustin Beyette - 001 - Sea of Pillows
Dustin Beyette - 002 - Golden Leaves

Dustin Beyette - 003 - Return
Dustin Beyette - 004 - My Passion for You
Dustin Beyette - 005 - Leather Dance
Dustin Beyette - 006 - Epic Sailboat

Dustin Beyette - 007 - Underwear
Dustin Beyette - 008 - Satisfied
Dustin Beyette - 009 - Restaurant

Dustin Beyette - 010 - Voodoo Tradition
Dustin Beyette - 011 - Manco il Mio Genitore Grande Sonata

Dustin Beyette - 012 - Symphonic Iris
Dustin Beyette - 013 - Instruction Manual
Dustin Beyette - 014 - Sexy
Dustin Beyette - 015 - Negative
Dustin Beyette - 016 - Destroyed

Dustin Beyette - 017 - Calm
Dustin Beyette - 018 - Ruinieren
Dustin Beyette - 019 - Score