Echoes of a Butterfly

by Threat Machine

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    releases November 30, 2018

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    Limited deluxe edition clear vinyl pressing featuring a gatefold layout on 20pt coated stock. The inside of the gatefold features custom artwork for each of the ten tracks on the album. The imagery is a visual representation of the music's progression and perfectly complements the album's story. Vinyl is housed in black poly lined inner sleeve. Set of two limited edition stickers also included. Includes mp3 download card.

    Includes digital pre-order of Echoes of a Butterfly. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases November 30, 2018
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    Limited deluxe edition black vinyl pressing featuring a gatefold layout on 20pt coated stock. The inside of the gatefold features custom artwork for each of the ten tracks on the album. The imagery is a visual representation of the music's progression and perfectly complements the album's story. Vinyl is housed in black poly lined inner sleeve. Set of two limited edition stickers also included. Includes mp3 download card.

    Includes digital pre-order of Echoes of a Butterfly. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases November 30, 2018
    item ships out on or around November 29, 2018
    edition of 150 

      $26 USD or more 

    You own this  

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    ONE OF ONLY FIVE ever made! Vinyl test pressing used to approve the record for manufacturing. Also includes a copy of the limited deluxe edition clear vinyl pressing featuring a gatefold layout on 20pt coated stock. The inside of the gatefold features custom artwork for each of the ten tracks on the album. The imagery is a visual representation of the music's progression and perfectly complements the album's story. Vinyl is housed in black poly lined inner sleeve. Set of two limited edition stickers also included. Includes mp3 download card.

    Includes digital pre-order of Echoes of a Butterfly. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases November 30, 2018
    item ships out on or around November 29, 2018
    edition of 5  3 remaining

      $175 USD or more 

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1.
Tick of Time
2.
3.
4.
The Night Falls (Drifting II)
5.
Crisis
6.
The Nothingness of Death
7.
Energy Drifts
8.
Bindings
9.
Transformation
10.
Awakening

about

Cinematic and evocative, 'Echoes of a Butterfly' weaves together sonic elements of ambient, electronic, glitch, drone, and experimental music. Synth melodies, roughly recorded acoustic guitar, other-worldly choirs, undulating electronic drones and chopped up rhythmic elements all coalesce to form a unique listening experience. The central idea behind the album is a tale of life and death, and an exploration of the dream state versus wakefulness… it is a journey through the human condition that has a very unlikely ending.

The album was inspired in part by 'The Butterfly Dream' which is an allegory by Chinese philosopher Zhuang Zhou: “Once, Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering about, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know that he was Zhuang Zhou. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuang Zhou. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuang Zhou who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming that he was Zhuang Zhou. Between Zhuang Zhou and the butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things.”

The female central character in the story is the life-giver, the mother, the mystery. An allegory for the journey of life. It is a tragedy in an odyssey through space as seen through the eyes of the protagonist. The story is told using a blend of found sounds, electronic sources, human voices, and processed instruments. This makes the collection of ten tracks feel relatable yet alien at the same time, while drawing the listener into the protagonist’s narrative. The human condition, the universe, and life have all come together to form this deeply personal work.

Each track presents the story in a gradual unfolding and undulating rhythm presented in two different Acts. The goal was to paint an image in the listener’s mind, like a movie would. 'Tick of Time' depicts the moment of liftoff, or being brought into the world. Jagged synth lines combine with a gritty, heavily processed bass and rhythm section. Sonically, the next three tracks reveal joy, uncertainty, and even the monotony that we all experience through the pace of everyday life. Then the track 'Crisis' ends Act I, and through its manic crescendo and chaotic electronic manipulations exposes a deep, dark tragedy unfolding before the listener’s ears.

Act II is where Threat Machine's sound design prowess is on full display: 'The Nothingness of Death' merges ambient water and rain recordings into a bleak purgatory-like exposition of howling voices. Blackness. Distorted forms. Disarray. The next three tracks weave through a sonic feast of ambient synths, heartbeats, and out-of-time rhythmic patterns, before ultimately coalescing into an unflinching rhythmic counterpoint. This is energy drifting through the universe, eventually reforming and transforming.

Then the beauty of life is revealed to us. 'Awakening', featuring a haunting piano melody ultimately asks the question: Was the previous life experience real, or was it all just a dream?

credits

releases November 30, 2018

Written, Performed, Produced, and Mixed By George Spanos

Mastering - Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering
Art, Design, Layout - Dixon Jong (Intuitive Designs)
Art Concept - George Spanos
Photography - Mathew Guido
Model - Chiara Young

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Threat Machine

Threat Machine is experimental electronic music composer George Spanos. The Canadian musician weaves together a captivating blend of sounds that form a distinct voice for his music. His work as a professional sound designer for the video game Warframe has given him a unique ability to blur the lines between real-world sounds and ones that are pulled from within the depths of his subconscious. ... more

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