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It's been about a decade now since the first Canabrism tracks were recorded, as featured on the album 'The Gas Bill Recording To Mark'. This album was published (somewhat retrospectively) in 2005, shortly after the release of the first official Canabrism album, 'Between Things Together'. Various other works created before this time have since been compiled into album form also, such as 'Humanex' and 'Bodkin Squad'.
Canabrism's sound has evolved in many different directions over the years. You would be hard pressed to find two more dissimilar albums than 'The Gas Bill Recording To Mark' and 'Random' - the former is based on swirling guitars, mellow melodies and distant vocals, while the latter is a loud, percussive, highly-electronic pattern exploration. Download free albums now and listen for yourself - or read on for a brief description of the currently available albums...
"Nine Reasons" was created as part of the RPM Challenge in February 2008. It's a good-humoured pad-driven album featuring plenty of guitar, with some jazzy overtones on the bookends and something resembling a vocal on 'Tony's Trapped'. Some samples taken from Dublin's inner-city playgrounds also appear on this one, along with a selection of goats from the south of Spain.
"Hubbard's Munth" was created as part of the RPM Challenge in February 2007. It's a downtempo instrumental affair, somewhere between electro-acoustic and folktronica. This is a mellow listening experience, with occasional forays into electronic waters, but mostly guitar-driven (electric, acoustic and bass) with a cameo vocal on 'Eighth'.
"Random" is based on a variety of computer-generated patterns, mainly in the area of drums and percussion. Although the album does start out at a fairly energetic pace, in particular on the track 'Random Bottles' which has been described as sounding "like the House of Pain on Buckfast", by the end of the album everything drains out into an atmospheric Eno-esque sonic tribute to Kurt Vonnegut and his science-fiction hack Kilgore Trout.
"Humanex" was originally a multimedia project which was first created for exhibition in the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College, Dublin. The premise of the project was that users could select memories from unchosen life paths, as each decision a person makes in their life spawns a new universe in which the alternative option was actually selected. These universes had previously been inaccessible - however, the advent of Tenthal Vibratory Rarefaction allowed scientists to retrospectively implant memories from these parallel dimensions into the mind so that they could be experienced as if they had happened in this dimension. The Humanex project was a demonstration of how some of these memories could be selected. As such, the Humanex album represents a sequence of unstructured memories from a variety of potential pasts, with memories overlapping, fading in and out of focus and having a variety of different sonic qualities.
"The Gas Bill Recording To Mark" is chronologically the first Canabrism album, although the name of Canabrism was not officially adopted until the recording of the live album "Bodkin Squad" in 2003. GBAM is much closer to a Flaming Lips demo than the drill'n'bass inclinations of "Random", and its rudimentary production values are part of its charm. Almost all of the music was performed on a Fender guitar using an extensive array of effects, and the entire album was recorded on a Boss eight-track. As such, it has a very lo-fi feel, and the closing track 'Satellite Sounds' is a pleasant, straight-up indie song that remains a favourite of many Canabrism fans.