Circuits of Joy

by Yarred

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Circuits of Joy contains previously unreleased or newly remastered material from 2003 to today. Here are some of the stories behind the tracks:

1. Silver Waterfall 2015
This comprises the "Winter" section of a much longer composition I worked on with my brother Shayne for his 2003 debut album The Opposite Way. It was one of the first times I really went full-on sequencer style ala Tangerine Dream, and while I tend to be a little more subdued with how I use bass sequences today, I still like how this turned out.

2. Deep Sea Dive
During the composition of my 2011 album Garden Journey, I began to work on this piece and quickly realized it wasn't going to fit the mood of the album. I decided to finish it up anyway and wait to release it on a subsequent album, but it never seem to fit the theme. I love the atmosphere on this one though, and also this was another first for me as it's the first (and so far only!) time I incorporated iPad-based synths on a track. Can you guess which sounds?

3. Floating Through a Binary Sea
In 2004, I had recently switched to using a Mac rather than a PC, and as music software for Mac OS X in those days was rather hard to come by, I used Reason for a time. This was the first composition I made in Reason and also the first time I'd tried my hand at a trance dance track. It was featured in a review I wrote of Reason for a magazine, and I'm still quite happy with it to this day.

4. The Changed Manacles
This quirky bit of music is one of the stranger things I've done, with its shifting polyrhythms, tribal drums, and transwave synth solos. I doubt I'll try to write a sequel, but still, I have a soft spot for this little guy.

5. Twin Roads
If there's ever a composition I've done which I would describe as "epic," this qualifies. Comprised of several movements, it draws on inspiration from 80's rock, techno, berlin-school electronica, ambient, and disco. How's that all fit together? Well you'll just have to take a listen. (originally performed live in 2007)

6. Sonic Spires
It's fun and I like it. 'Nuff said.

7. Circuits of Joy
During the Christmas Season of 2009, I had in mind an idea to compose a modern electronic rock take on the famous "Ode of Joy" theme by Beethoven. And that's not the only Beethoven theme featured in this track. You may recognize the opening from another of his most famous works... Also, this track was a first in that it was the first polished and completed composition I'd made which featured my playing electric guitar. I'm not the best guitarist in the world, but I do think I managed to make my Fender Strat sing on this rousing finale to the track, and the album.

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released October 29, 2015

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Yarred Portland, Oregon

Yarred was a lover of 80’s classic synthpop & electronic music long before it was cool. Nice to see the world catching up. 😎

As a modern purveyor of retro-flavored electronica, Yarred is equally comfortable on stage or in the studio. Yarred combines cutting-edge DJ-style live groove production with classic keyboard playing on analog and digital synthesizers.
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