WASATCH MECHA (AR-02)
RELEASE DATE: October 7, 2016
Aaron Leitko is a musician and writer based in Washington, D.C. He is a member of electronic duo Protect-U and has released music through Future Times, Planet Mu, and Mea Kusma. Wasatch Mecha gathers a number of Eurorack synthesizer pieces Leitko recorded in Spring 2015. Some were arranged and overdubbed in the studio, while others were improvised and recorded live. "FDK02" layers variations of a single melody played back using sounds generated via physical modeling. "Harmony Gold" uses notes drawn from Ethiopian Tizita ballads to create a tuneful counterpart to a rhythmic foundation of abstract digital crunch. The tape's title refers to both the Utah-Idaho mountain range and the '80s cartoon series Robotech. The latter provided indirect inspiration through its combination of hi-tech design and melodramatic storyline -- a blending of sentimentality and mechanized grace.
Side A: Flip Flops (This Can't Happen), 0505#4, Downtown Protoculture, Extended Family (Edit)
Side B: FDK02, 0505#6, Harmony Gold
Wasatch Mecha is the second release on Atlantic Rhythms. The tape is limited to 100 physical copies, which all include a digital download code. Alternatively, 25 full-sized, hand-screened posters were produced, which will also include a digital download code with purchase. And, finally, a digital version of the album will be available exclusively through Bandcamp on October 7, 2016.