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Ultraklystron - Fan Service
All tracks written, performed, mixed, recorded and produced by Karl Olson. Copyright 2001.

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I think the thing most people are probably wondering when it comes to this CD, is "why does it sound the way it does?" (Well, I hope that's what they're thinking, because that's what I'm going to write about for the most part.) Basically, I decided to try and write an entire album using my Yamaha QY70 Sequencer. Further still, I was only using the pattern capabilities of the sequencer, limiting me to what now seems like a paltry 8 channels of sound.

To compound things, I decided to split the album in two - one half house/trance/dance music, one half drum n' bass/jungle. Basically, it was a cute experiment, but the resulting sound was definitely lacking. The composition isn't half bad in my opinion, atleast given the contraints of the sequencing method. For that matter, I wrung a lot of a QY70 sonically - it just doesn't sound pro.

Anyway, this album ended up almost being my fair well to QY as part of my sonic arsenal, basically because I did take it to it's limits, atleast for my purpose - sequencing via the full 16 track Song Interface just didn't appeal to me. Besides, not long after I recorded Fan Service, I bought Reason, which basically super-ceeded my use of both the QY70 and Sonic Foundry AcidPh1.

And in a sense it's worth noting that though this CD sort of brought a close to one chapter of my development as a musician, it has inklings of what I'd get into next. The drum n' bass on the album certainly shares an attention to composition that I'd carry into Reason, and the song titles like "paradigm" and "divination" stand out as some the first instances of me subtly (blatantly?) referencing particularly geek-centric media in my song naming, something I've never really broken out of because that content is now a very firm part of what inspires me musically. Probably not a good thing I suppose, but it's the truth. I'd say it was the first time anime influenced the work, but that honor technically goes to Whatever, whose anime-inspired cover art really is the first blatant instance of that in my work.
Ultraklystron
(Nerdcore)
Opensource Lyricist
Romance Language
Revision4920

Ultraklystron
(Electronic)
Doujinshi
Haven
Never Knows Best | Never Yours To Share It
Are We There Yet?
Fan Service
Whatever
SubUrban
Nothing Like Me Ever Was

Fun Confusion
Solace

CouZ-n CaRl
Couz n' Effect

Remix Work
By Ultraklystron
By Fun Confusion
By CouZ-n CaRl
Ultraklystron vs. MC Chris

Other Stuff
Imitate (Cover EP)
Forbidden Fruits

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