Released under the moniker, Manual Controller, Salutations is the debut album by Milwaukee electronic musician Paul Schwarzkopf. Two years in the making, Salutations fills a unique void in Milwaukee’s music scene, combining indie-rock sensibility with unabashed DIY electronic music production.
Recorded using strictly virtual-analog synthesizers and drum machines from the 1990’s, Salutations twists and tweaks traditional “dance-floor” machines to create progressive melodies that play out as sonic epics. Songs like “Anthemis Colors” exude fist-in-the air exuberance while others, “Organ Failure,” electronically convey the emotions of a person’s last moments as they die in a car crash.
Bucking the current trend of “computer music,” Manual Controller’s first album is accented with flourishes of live drums, guitar, vocoderized vocals and saxophone. Salutations contains no external samples and instead relies on the genuine sound of hardware instruments, which carry a warmth and immediacy across the album’s nine tracks.
released 09 July 2012
No external samples were used in the making of this album.
All songs written, recorded and produced by in Une Attica Studios – Milwaukee, WI.
Additional songwriting, guitar, and vocals on Id & FireAnts by E=MC_D.
Saxophone on Recessional Processional by Antonio Cartieri.
Gentleman in the Hat mixed by Bu$y Bee.
Mastering by a Genius.
Manual Controller is a solo-electronic collaboration with one member. Using machines that are not other humans, this
amazing team of singular electronic musicians delivers melodic wonderfulness that aims to defy categorization, but usually sounds something like “squeeeaccckk,” “zissssslewhoosh” and “reeeaooonnnn!”...more