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Phase

Noggin – Why Kill the Cliche?

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Title: Why Kill the Cliche?
Artist: Noggin
Album: Phase
Date: 1998

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the Phase album (my first CD – not first album) is complete. This is the first track which I intended to pretty much set the stage for how I felt about the state of music at the time. In highschool, kids were so caught up in ‘techno’ being ‘video game music’ and ‘fake’ and blah blah ignorant ignorant drivel. I wanted this track to make all those @$$holes feel like they were totally right.
The song title is a direct homage to an absolute CLASSIC Buzz track by Low Occurence, titled ‘How to kill the cliche’.
Download: 01 Why Kill the Cliche (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Phase

Noggin – sN_8

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Title: sN_8
Artist: Noggin
Album: Phase
Date: 1998

This was the ‘secret track’ off of Phase, my first cd. Mellow and kind of leaves you with no closure, like a good secret track should do.
Download: sn_8 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Phase

Noggin – Not Far From Home

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Title: Not Far From Home
Artist: Noggin
Album: Phase
Date: 1998

Starting to wrap up the ‘Phase’ album, here is probably my favorite track from those sessions. Inspired by classic Faithless, this is sort an epic euro-house ballad. Vintage tracker samples render the melodies a little dirty.
Download: Noggin – 03 Not far from Home (right click and choose ‘save as’)

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Noggin – From Perspective

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Title: From Perspective
Artist: Noggin
Album: Phase
Date: 1998

Super-melody and Geonik’s string synthesis combine to put forth probably the cheesiest track off Phase. This one is real similar in style to ‘Another World’, but with about a years worth of experience guiding it this time, as opposed to blind moseying through the corridors of tracker-style. Gotta say, for all the bubblegum brightness herein, the 909s are pretty banging.
Download: Noggin – 05 From Perspective (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Phase remixes remixes and covers

Noggin – sn_9

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Title: sn_9
Artist: Noggin
Album: Phase (remix project), Classic Trash
Date: 1999

This was a remix of the hidden track ‘sn_8’ off my first electronic album Phase. Mainly mixed in a lot hotter, a little less subtle, and with big industrial drums.
I need to thank everyone that contributed a remix for the Phase remix project, even if it never saw the light of day. Guess that means those tracks need to find their way onto this site too, then.
Download: sn_9 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

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Noggin – The Weather is Changing, pt. 1

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Title: The Weather is Changing pt 1
Artist: Noggin
Album: Phase
Release Date: 1999

Just had to get the juxtaposition in with two unrelated on the surface tracks, but both coming from the same place. If I remember, a lot of people liked this track.
Buzz.
Download: Noggin – 08 The Weather is Changing pt I (right click and choose ‘save as’)

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Noggin – The Weather is Changing, pt. 2

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Title: The Weather is Changing pt 2
Artist: Noggin
Album: Phase
Release Date: 1999

I was really into industrial before anything else concrete. It gave me the balls to actually get into more electronic stuff, and it was about all I could make on my own when I was first starting out. Indie/lo-fi/Daniel Johnston was only cool to Kurt Cobain when I was doing this stuff, and so the only lo-fi thing I could really get away with was just a ton of distorted keyboards. Either that or I was 14 and really didn’t care what anybody thought and I wanted to make my face bleed with my headphones. Anyway, I moved away from the more industrial, into the more techno, and back and forth for a while. This was the the industrial part of what I thought was a pretty defining suite off my first computer based album. A nod to my dirtier days.
Download: Noggin – 09 The Weather is Changing pt II (right click and choose ‘save as’)

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Noggin – Rainfall

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Title: Rainfall
Artist: Noggin
Album: Phase
Release Date: 1999

This whole album has to make it up here eventually.
Epic dream house from the days when Robert Miles ruled the radio and the clubs. In my more wiser hindsight, I imagine this track sounds much better screwed. Hmmm maybe I can get two posts out of this…
Download: Noggin – 10 Rainfall (right click and choose ‘save as’)
Naw, yall have been so nice to me I’ll just go ahead and include both…you be the judge.

Download: noggin-rainfall-screwed (right click and choose ‘save as’)

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Noggin – Analysis (quasi-live)

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Title: Analysis (Quasi-live)
Artist: Noggin
Album: Phase
Release Date: 1999

Made this one when I was about 16 just so I could have some jams to play live. I created it by making some loops in Buzz, recording some guitar into Cool Edit, and then exporting all those loops to my Akai S-20 sampler for live manipulation. Provided for a pretty dynamic performance since there was no set sequence, and I was experimenting with more one-shots vs loops. I really enjoyed playing this one because I could wail out on the guitar solo…picking up the sampler and changing the playback direction+stuttering of the loop in realtime. I don’t do that in the recorded version….had to give em something to hold out for for the live show. This was recorded live from the sampler, but not live in front of people. The crowd in this recording is totally fake.
Includes hidden track ‘sN_8’ from the end of the album, ‘Phase’.
Download: Noggin – 11 analysis (quasi-live) (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Phase singles

CNCTR – Corrosion

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Title: Corrosion
Artist: CNCTR
Album: Phase
Release Date: 1997

And now for something completely different.
Once I got the hang of Buzz, THIS is the track I had been hearing in my head for years and wanted to get out. It’s a bad 303-emulation run through some pretty digital distortion and then a lot of fun with a new-found power – filter automation.

The rumor is that the one techno-friendly club around town got hold of this (thanks Brian) and it went over pretty well on a loud soundsystem. I was not nearly old enough to verify this by actually going to any club, but it’s a nice thought.

Download: CNCTR – Corrosion (edit)