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Uncertain Designs

by Modal Voices

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Release date:
04-29-16

Credits:
Safety Records 0004
Programming and mixing by Joel Ebner at Safety, Chicago Il.
Mastered by Carl Saff.
Art direction by Joel Ebner.

RIYL:
Tim Hecker's Ravedeath, 1972
Steve Reich's Music For 18 Musicians
Philip Glass' Contrary Motion
Tortoise's "10 Day Interval"

BIO:
Four projects. Four debut records. Two years.

Joel Ebner, a member of the Chicago music community for nearly a decade, had about as slow of a start as you can imagine. While friends found early successes as productive studio acts and touring musicians, Ebner struggled to create. His first band imploded after just a couple of EPs, while his second band, City States, took over six years to announce its debut album. For most people, making music is fun; for Ebner—who spent almost ten years bound by perfectionism and indecision—it was a slog.

In 2014, however, something changed. A levee cracked open in Ebner's creative mind, and his output skyrocketed seemingly overnight. Following Geography, the debut release by his flagship art-pop project City States, his music-making split into two, then three, then four projects, each made under a distinct name. With Contretemps, Ebner laid the groundwork for exploring his love of ambient and noise. As Avvenir, he took on Autechre-style techno. Now, with the debut Modal Voices record, he's triangulating the melodic, rhythmic, and tonal aspects of his other projects with a novel take on minimalism.

Uncertain Designs, the debut Modal Voices LP, explores the compositional innovations of Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Terry Riley, filtered through Merzbow-influenced noise and Tim Hecker-style sound manipulation. Across nine songs that flow together as a single piece using a uniform key and tempo, Uncertain Designs grapples with the tension between construction and collapse, examining the persistent threat of breakdown in the things we build.