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The Never Engine (2006)

by Cristian Vogel

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SAGA 09:34


The fact that 10 years since its release, I cannot find a significant review of this album, good or bad, seems to imply that its time has still not come. The process music I recorded for this album, were the results of my first full year studying the Kyma sound specification language. I was interested in composing a purely abstract and realtime expression of generative techno music. I programmed rhythmic and sound design sequencers that helped me isolate what seemed to attract me most in techno - I was tired of buying records for spinning, they seemed so static. I was seeking an improvisation system that could generate what I liked best in the sound, in realtime and without relying on looping clips of audio. I remember applying a strict design aesthetic to a quantised, interpolating but limited parameter space. The performance system found itself a name - many names in fact. “The NeverEngine” , running on my Kyma rig, went on to be the only performance tool I improvised with on stage for at least the next 8 years.

So this record is a lot more than the way it sounds. But what a sound! I regard the rhythmic and sonic qualities on this album as one of my best achievements in computational sound design and structural morphology.

At the end of the process, I commissioned two mastering versions; the vinyl was mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering, and the CD was mastered (at least twice) by Bo at Calyx. I consider them both to be exemplary mastering for electronic music.


released March 10, 2016

Original artwork by Joaquin @ No Domain, Barcelona
Mastered by Bo @ Calyx


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Cristian Vogel Copenhagen, Denmark

Cristian Vogel is a long-term innovator in the composition, mixing and performance of electronic sounds.

Spanning over 25 years in the vanguard of international electronic music, his work has been acknowledged as an outstanding influence in the fields of composition for stage, club culture and studio.
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