Chicago beat savant and Push Beats resident producer, Sev Seveer returns with a brand new project for the Beats of All-Nations catalog. Challenging the laws of music theory in his latest probe, Smithereens, available worldwide on July 8, 2016! With this announcement we are also very excited to announce pre-orders on a very small run of vinyl (our first) and a free download of the first single, “Circus Sideshow.” Hit play, and we’ll let Sev break it down from there.
“Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque) is the launch point that I’d like to present to listeners of Smithereens. I feel that it’s a well-defined example of the techniques and themes that I’m exploring in the project. With Smithereens as an ode and journey into Neo-Impressionist divisionism/pointillism from a sonic angle, as well as Gestalt psychology as it pertains to visual art, I wanted to portray in the single a sense of fragmented wholeness. Polyrhythms that might initially be confusing; texture, ambiguous harmonies (Is it in key? Is it out of key?) that if listened to enough times start to really make sense, because as explained by Aristotle, “a whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Parade de cirque is a painting by Georges Seurat of various sideshow acts playing for passersby at a circus near place de la Nation in Paris; it is among my favorites of his work that I’ve explored for its bold and complex use of lighting to define spatial relationships.
Russian painter and musician Wassily Kandinsky is another artist whose work I explored for this project, particularly his assignment of colors to musical tones. I was inspired to create an instrumental that is the sonic mirror of the contrast of warm and cold colors I perceive in observing Parade de cirque. For instance, how to use reverbs with the digital artifacts of time stretched audio to sonically resemble the painting’s wonderful bubbly glow, used so creatively to indicate contrast between the depth of a stage band and the closer trombonist playing before a crowd standing in the dark. Most importantly, even the glow itself is composed of still tinier plops of uniquely arranged fragments of color. Unified macro/microscopic dissonance.
RasOm, who created the artwork for my last project, Constant Elevation: Odessa Star, took the reins on the first of two Smithereens covers. His work in digital pixel sorting is very similar in nature to the lighting techniques seen in Pointillist arrangements. He was able to chop and screw a great photo of a leaf print on a random sign in Northwest Chicago, taken by Mike Bump, and transform it into a piece that fit the original concept perfectly. Thanks for listening, visualizing, and reading. Peace and enjoy.”
Since our first official release, Constant Elevation: Odessa Star, Sev Seveer independently released the Convergence EP and more recently, Shelfie Baps, a mix of unreleased rap beats. He also had a featured production spot on our compilation Seasons Change and various hip hop projects along the way, including an entire EP with Highest Low, released earlier this week.