Thirty minutes of contemplative and cascading modular synthesizer composition from Aaron Leitko, one-half of Washington, DC's Protect-U. 'Wasatch Mecha' teeters between ambient arpeggiation and slow, beautiful tensity.
Aaron Leitko is a musician and writer based in Washington, D.C. He is a member of electronic duo Protect-U and has released music through Future Times, Planet Mu, and Mea Kusma. Wasatch Mecha gathers a number of Eurorack synthesizer pieces Leitko recorded in Spring 2015. Some were arranged and overdubbed in the studio, while others were improvised and recorded live. "FDK02" layers variations of a single melody played back using sounds generated via physical modeling. "Harmony Gold" uses notes drawn from Ethiopian Tizita ballads to create a tuneful counterpart to a rhythmic foundation of abstract digital crunch. The tape's title refers to both the Utah-Idaho mountain range and the '80s cartoon series Robotech. The latter provided indirect inspiration through its combination of hi-tech design and melodramatic storyline -- a blending of sentimentality and mechanized grace.
released October 7, 2016
Recorded Spring 2016 at U-Udio and Airshow. Thanks Mike Petillo, Sean Peoples, Andrew Field-Pickering, Liz Maestri, Chris Richards, Fiona Griffin, Jason Letkiewicz, Dischord Office.