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Modes Of Limited Transposition

by The Boy Who Held His Breath

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Mode 2 06:00
Mode 1 04:00
Mode A 08:33
Mode 4 03:06
Mode 3 05:34


During the lockdowns of 2020, I became enamoured with early 20th century classical music, particularly ideas of alternative musical scales explored by composers delving into atonality. Of particular interest were those musical scales which had no root and therefore couldn’t be transposed, the whole tone scales, heptatonic scales and octatonic scales. Seeing the direct correlation between these ideas and the minimalism of techno and ambient music, I began exploring them in my own music. The first fruit was the ambient album from August, 2020, ’Scale’ which saw these put to use in rambling, ambient ventures.

Over the summer of 2020/21, I turned to the minimalism of techno and electronica beats, laying them under barely moving (or non-existent) harmonic structures, relying on shifting sands of rhythmic sounds to create momentum. An old, unfinished track was reworked in the whole tone scale to become the new suite’s most harmonically rich track, 'Mode A', though still brutally minimal in its reliance on rhythm. Technically, all these tracks do utilise modes of limited transposition though, for most of the tracks, the harmonic information is actually stripped right back to monotone. No doubt, future explorations will ensue.


released March 24, 2021

Written, produced and mastered by Adrian Elmer
Artwork and design by Adrian Elmer

Toowoon Bay and Toongabbie, Australia, 2020/2021

I would like to acknowledge the people of the Darkinjang nation & the Toogagal people of the Dharug nation, Traditional Custodians of the lands on which this work was created, and pay my respects to their Elders past and present.


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