Pakistani-American avant-composer and drummer of Dawn of Midi, Qasim Naqvi's much anticipated new album Beta is out now.
Following its limited clear vinyl release for Love Record Stores Day last weekend, for which Qasim performed live from his Brooklyn home, the record is now also available digitally.
Meant as a sister release to last year’s acclaimed six-part modular synth suite Teenages, Beta is a series of experiments chronicling Naqvi’s understanding of writing for this type of instrument and the growth of the instrument itself.
“Beta is a prequel to the story of Teenages. At the time I had the most basic elements of a modular synthesiser – one oscillator and a random voltage generator which is a module that releases sporadic currents through the system. Ironically, this component provided a lot of warmth and humanness to the music, a kind of fallibility. I fed simple melodic ideas and rhythmic patterns into this bare bones setup and observed the responses, while occasionally guiding the music in other directions. It was like a diagnostic test. At the time I felt that this music was underdeveloped but listening back, I think the Beta tracks add an interesting dimension to the entire Teenages arc. They’re the zygotes.” — Qasim Naqvi
· watch Qasim's modular synth performance for Love Records Stores Day
· read Qasim's Reddit AMA
· stream or order Beta on LP · DL
"These minimal synth explorations sometimes recall Aphex Twin in pastoral mode while at others managing to hint at how a Tangerine Dream tribute to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop might have turned out" ★★★★ — MOJO
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