HUGE NEWS: Announcing Jabun's 3rd album "Generation Supernova" (releasing April 15th 2021)! Artwork revealed, pre-orders and pre-release single coming next week + a tonne of Patreon rewards are out in celebration (+ some more updates)!
Hi everyone and hope you're having a great March so far! It's been an intensely exciting week here at JabunAudio mostly working on drums for Better Than The Book's in-progress 3rd full length album (just some final checks to do, then it's onto guitar recording), as well as prepping for this week's HUGE announcement from Jabun! Let's not wait any longer; onto the big news!
Following my improvised, semi-live, ambient and experimental 2nd album as Jabun – 15-4-20 (released December 2020), I'm super pleased to finally announce my next experimental studio album as Jabun – Generation Supernova which will be released on the 1st anniversary of 15-4-20's recording: April 15th 2021!
In the last few months of 2019, I started writing and gathering demos for what I’d hoped would be Jabun’s 2nd album, a continuation to my debut album Daydream in style which even included some repurposed ideas from those writing sessions back in 2016-17. It was an amazing feeling to be back to Jabun after all these years and I really couldn’t get enough of composing all this new music! At the start of 2020 however I had a week or so of being awfully ill, the worst I’ve felt in years, though this was before the whole COVID-19 situation really hit the UK. Lying in bed for the best part of a week, I was itching to keep composing and thought to myself “Boy would it be nice if the music just kind of wrote itself?” With no physical energy and nothing better to do, I spent my waking hours browsing the internet and researching and eventually stumbled upon, and fell down the rabbit hole of, the topic of “generative music”, the works of Brian Eno, Steve Reich, generative modular synthesis, Turing machines and more. It was an exciting and unknown world to me, and as soon as I was fit as a fiddle again, I was straight back to the studio to put some of the ideas I’d learnt into action!
The result was the first demo for a track which would eventually become Deep Space, track 2 on this album. Deep Space didn’t really fit in with the other demos I’d been working on at the time, and as I continued writing a mixture of generative ambient explorations alongside my more traditional Jabun works, eventually 4 generative pieces stood out from the others to form their own album which was soon titled Generation Supernova. Around this time I also had the inspiring semi-live ambient explorative evening session which would become the 15-4-20 album, and the rest of the year was spend polishing these 2 projects while I continued to write further demos as Jabun.
Generation Supernova is a 37+ minute collection of 4 tracks exploring generative music methods in the studio. Each track utilises a carefully designed system set up to generate a never-repeating and ever evolving soundscape which was conducted and guided to build an emotional and developing journey from the first note to the last.
Generation Supernova was a fun and rewarding exploration into generative music methods, with each piece very much the result of the unexpected fruits of conducted chaotic experiments in the studio, much like the 15-4-20 album. Whether you sit down to listen intently, have it on in the background while doing something else, or simply immerse yourself in the sounds, I hope you enjoy these semi-ambient, generative experimental soundscapes, from the strange early months of 2020.
The photo for the album artwork was taken looking out of the living room window from the flat in Rotherham where I was based in 2017-19. I’d been meaning to use this picture for another Jabun album ever since I took it, but I didn’t end up working on any Jabun during that time and the photo finally felt right for Generation Supernova. This Jabun album is the first where the cover photo wasn’t taken in the town where the album was completed.
With just over a month to go until “Generation Supernova” releases to the public on April 15th at 8pm BST, there’s an exciting few things happening before then! Pre-orders will be opening next Monday exactly 1 month before on March 15th at 8pm (GMT), along with the release of the pre-release single for the album “Turing Machine” which will be premiering on the HurpADervish YouTube Channel at the moment of launch! Tune in below:
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 “Turing Machine” when it’s released on March 15th, and of course the full mp3 album and all the additional artwork and bonus materials when they're released on April 15th!
$1 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/46779655/
For the $5 & $10 patrons, you’re getting early access to the full album download package today! All 4 tracks (Mp3 & WAVs) and all artwork including a high resolution scan of the original handwritten Turing Machine Generation Manuscript! For the $10 patrons, you’ll also be getting an exclusive unreleased Jabun demo from the writing sessions of 2019/2020!
$5 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/46779658/
$10 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/46779661/
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
Explore past rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/44575319
That's all the rewards and news for today and I hope you’re as excited as I am for the single launch on Monday 15th March! I imagine my week's going to be busy with prep work for the big launch as well as hopefully finalising the Better Than The Book drum parts and starting to set up for guitar recording! Exciting and busy times! Until then I hope you have a great week chilling to the new music if you're a Patreon supporter, see you for the premier on Monday, and thanks as always for supporting Jabun and my various projects however you can! Take care and all the best!
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