The Bug Premieres Previously Unheard Track "Swarm"
Here's what Martin had to say about the track...
"Swarm was written during the mid compositional period of Angels & Devils, with The Spaceape in my mind as the vocalist, and later on I even tried it with Justin Broadrick from Godflesh on the mic too. But despite both vocalists recording fantastically intense performances, something about this track still screamed instrumental to me...
The mid range was certainly the key to the electrical storm I wanted to create, and I really wanted to create a song, that wasn't just all about the bass, which had become so synonymous with The Bug brand, after the detonation of London Zoo. Therefore I attempted to add wave upon wave of FX-drenched frequency distortion, to the layer upon layer of synthesised modulation, which fundamentally characterises Swarm. Unfortunately, it was also this song which definitely encouraged my increasing addiction to the so called 'Eurocrack' modular synth format in the process of completion of my album.
Modular synthesis was the audio habit I had picked up from Sonic Boom, having been smitten by his EMS VCS3 unit, which had been used extensively in various E.A.R. recordings… (I subsequently bought an EMS Synthi A myself, which was properly rinsed for Techno Animal recordings/Live shows... I had only ever owned a Roland SH101 prior to the EMS).
For Swarm, the challenge was to not fall into the abstracted bleepy bloopy world of so much Eurorack noodling, I wanted to focus on atmospheric pressure, emotional tension, and a sense of impending meltdown or collapse... And it was the first track which the Modular itself provided the central core of the the song, and not the just peripheral mood.
Yet ironically and hilariously, having put so much work into the construction of this track, it failed to make the cut of Angels & Devils, because i couldn't find a suitable position for it, within the album's storyline or narrative flow.
But, I really have to say, its not strictly about the tool itself for me, as the brainstorm behind the eyes and between the ears is the most crucial element of any track as far as I'm concerned..my modular set up is just another means to an emotive end for me..But goddamn I love gettin' lost in its infinite circuitry...
Also we need this to point back in a big way to the album that is out this week Angels & Devils."
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