HUGE NEWS: Announcing Jabun's 2nd album "15-4-20" (releasing December 16th 2020)! Artwork revealed, pre-orders and pre-release single coming next week, a tonne of Patreon rewards out in celebration + more updates!
Hi everyone and hope you're having a great November so far! It's been a busy week here at JabunAudio preparing for this long awaited HUGE announcement from Jabun (as I'm sure you can see by the blog post title) as well as writing more lyrics, horn parts, and recording more demos for Better Than The Book's next album (+ some BTTB live practice), promoting last week's collaboration with Cyberdevil "Away Fear", and playing a tonne of Yamaha combo organ (learning about pipe organ and Hammond registrations this week and it's been a blast)! Fun times again as we launch into a new promotional campaign for this week's big news! Let's get started!
After many months of preparing, and over 3 years after my debut album as Jabun - Daydream, I’m finally announcing my follow-up 2nd Jabun album “15-4-20” to be released on December 16th 2020! (Check out the artwork below)
When I first started writing Jabun demos again in November 2019, this was certainly not the album I expected I’d be releasing in 2020, but having said that, 2020 was not the year any of us expected it would be either! As it so happens, 15-4-20 would be the album I knew I could finish before the year was out, and although I’d planned on releasing a more traditional album to directly follow Daydream, I thought I’d release this experimental project first while other albums were still in progress!
15-4-20 is a one take per track live improvised ambient exploration and the first of its kind in my discography. The entire 33+ minute, 3 track album was recorded on the evening of April 15th 2020 (hence the title) with no overdubs or edits, just a single take for each track recorded live. All tracks were recorded with just my Korg SQ-1 sequencer controlling my Yamaha Reface CP electric piano and its built-in effects, directly onto a single stereo track in Ableton where I added some more reverb and echo and the usual master processing for each track including fade outs.
Now I can't quite call this a live album because one minor edit I made to tracks A and B was to simply slow down the recordings in the same way as altering the tape playback speed, so that the pitch drops giving it a deeper / different feel. This simple edit gave a different vibe to each of the tracks despite their similar set-ups.
The project that would become 15-4-20 was originally meant as just a fun experiment for the evening, but the results I liked so much I thought there was no point in keeping it to myself! The challenge was that instead of improvising on the piano's keyboard as I usually would, I would control the piano instead via an analogue sequencer designed for use with synthesisers. The sequencer is an array of knobs which determine the speed and pitch of what notes will be played, as well as some switches and buttons to dictate how the sequencer will operate and perform other functions. I also allowed myself to move the controls for the pianos effects section(s), but not to touch the keyboard at all. Needless to say, it was a bit of an alien experience to me but a very fun and exciting one full of surprises and just the right amount of chaos which was exactly what I wanted!
Whether you sit down to listen intently, have it on in the background while doing something else, or simply relax in the sounds, I hope you enjoy this ambient experimental soundscape, a snapshot from an evening in lockdown during the strange spring of 2020. The photo for the album artwork was taken on the following morning, April 16th 2020!
With just over a month to go until “15-4-20” releases to the public on December 16th at 8pm GMT, there’s an exciting few things happening before then! Pre-orders will be opening next Monday exactly 1 month before on November 16th at 8pm, along with the release of the pre-release single for the album “15-4-20 A” which will be premiering on the HurpADervish YouTube Channel at the moment of launch! Tune in below:
Jabun 15-4-20 bandcamp: https://jabun.bandcamp.com/album/15-4-20
(Goes live on Monday 16th November at 8pm)
Of course my supporters on Patreon have lots of rewards to look forward to in celebration of this new album launch!
For the $1 patrons, you’re getting the full resolution album art today, as well as an mp3 download of the pre-release single “15-4-20 A” when it’s released on November 16th, and of course the full mp3 album and all the additional artwork when it’s released on December 16th!
$1 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/41340506/
For the $5 & $10 patrons, you’re getting early access to the full album download package today! All 3 tracks (Mp3 & WAVs) and all artwork! For the $10 patrons, you’ll also be getting another sneak peek demo from next year’s 3rd Jabun album!
$5 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/41340517
$10 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/41340556/
If any of that sounds good to you, then become a patron today for as little as $1 a month and remember that you’ll be also getting access to all past rewards for your tier including the full Better Than The Book and Jabun discographies, many Patreon exclusive bonus tracks and more! I hope to see you there!
Become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding
That wraps up the news for this week! It's going to be a busy time for me preparing for the single and pre-order launch on Monday 16th November at 8pm, but I'm sure I'll fit some BTTB writing and other things in with all the promotion! A lot more to share in next week's blog post, hope you're as excited as I am, and until then I hope you have a great week chilling in any way you can! See you for the premier and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio, Jabun, Better Than The Book and my various projects! Stay safe, relax and take care!
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