Menomena, the acclaimed Portland, OR-based art-rock trio, begin their month-long coast-to-coast tour of North America tonight in support of their latest critically praised full-length Mines.
In anticipation, the band debuted an epic sound collage / mixtape / mp3 featurette on Pitchfork this week titled “Magichat”. The track’s creative insanity (or is it insane creativity?) casts light on an element of the band’s writing process that uses Deeler, a software program that band member Brent Knopf wrote in college. Menomena’s Danny Seim explains:
“It’s a compilation of snippets from 30 or so Deeler sessions that we’ve done over the past decade. Every time we do one, Brent takes 5 minutes to mix down the loops so that we have a reference when we go back to the files to arrange actual songs out of them. These little mixes are extremely rough and on-the-fly, but they are interesting to me because they capture our little songs at the most infantile stage possible. All the sounds are directly out of Deeler, recorded with one shitty mic and written spontaneously by one of us moments before as the mic was going around the room. Anyway, last year I spent a week or so mixing a whole bunch of these things together into one 30 minute piece… it’s fun(ny) to suddenly hear a recognizable loop jump out at you while listening.”
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