15​-​4​-​20

by Jabun

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15-4-20 A 12:07
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15-4-20 B 12:10
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15-4-20 C 08:50

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Jabun - 15-4-20

3 years after my debut album as Jabun – Daydream, I release my follow-up 2nd Jabun album 15-4-20.

When I first started writing Jabun demos again in November 2019, this was certainly not the album I expected I’d be releasing in 2020, but having said that, 2020 was not the year any of us expected it would be either! As it so happens, 15-4-20 would be the album I knew I could finish before the year was out, and although I’d planned on releasing a more traditional album to directly follow Daydream, I thought I’d release this experimental project first while other albums were still in progress.

15-4-20 is a one take per track live improvised ambient exploration and the first of its kind in my discography. The entire 33+ minute, 3 track album was recorded on the evening of April 15th 2020 (hence the title) with no overdubs or edits, just a single take for each track recorded live. All tracks were recorded with just my Korg SQ-1 sequencer controlling my Yamaha Reface CP electric piano and its built-in effects, directly onto a single stereo track in Ableton where I added some more reverb and echo and the usual master processing for each track including fade outs.

Now I can't quite call this a live album because one minor edit I made to tracks A and B was to simply slow down the recordings in the same way as altering the tape playback speed, so that the pitch drops giving it a deeper / different feel. This simple edit gave a different vibe to each of the tracks despite their similar set-ups.

The project that would become 15-4-20 was originally meant as just a fun experiment for the evening, but the results I liked so much I thought there was no point in keeping it to myself! The challenge was that instead of improvising on the piano's keyboard as I usually would, I would control the piano instead via an analogue sequencer designed for use with synthesisers. The sequencer is an array of knobs which determine the speed and pitch of what notes will be played, as well as some switches and buttons to dictate how the sequencer will operate and perform other functions. I also allowed myself to move the controls for the piano's effects section(s), but not to touch the keyboard at all. Needless to say, it was a bit of an alien experience to me but a very fun and exciting one full of surprises and just the right amount of chaos which was exactly what I wanted!

Whether you sit down to listen intently, have it on in the background while doing something else, or simply relax in the sounds, I hope you enjoy this ambient experimental soundscape, a snapshot from an evening in lockdown during the strange spring of 2020.

The photo for the album artwork was taken on the following morning, April 16th 2020.

credits

released December 16, 2020

All tracks written, performed and produced by Nick Standing [Jabun]
Recorded, mixed and mastered at JabunAudio by Nick Standing [Jabun]
Album artwork, images and photography by Nick Standing [Jabun]

Recorded on April 15th 2020

As with every big project like this, there’s a whole bunch of people I’d like to extend a huge thanks to for helping make this album possible.

First of all, a monumental thanks to my everything buddy Eva for keeping me sane and motivated as always, especially throughout this extra strange 2020. Thank you for all your love and support, for this album and everything else. I don’t know what I’d do without you!

Next a big thanks to my friends and family for all their support especially while we’ve been separated due to lockdown, with special mention to my twin Eamon for keeping me inspired and well equipped in the studio, James for his enthusiasm and discussion as always for the more experimental side of my musical personality, Vlad my long time collaborator and 2nd set of ears for much of my work, and my parents for their gift of the Korg SQ-1 sequencer a few Christmases ago which was a key player in this album, as well as all the food whenever I’m home to visit!

Another big thanks goes to the Better Than The Book live band and “Twitter guys”, Andy, Sam, David, Anthony, and Eamon and Vlad again for lending their thoughts on the final album artwork and its various drafts! Great to have extra eyes on things!

A huge thanks goes to all my subscribers on Patreon past and present who keep my music going each month with special mention to the $10+ patrons: Nathan Puray, David Klein II, and Michael White! Thank you all so much for your help and support in making these dreams a reality! You folks are amazing!

And finally, thanks to everyone who’s listened to Jabun, whether you first heard my music today or have been listening since Bergamot, everyone who’s picked up a copy of Daydream or another track on Bandcamp or iTunes, streamed on Spotify, left a comment on YouTube or Newgrounds, featured my music in a video or game or showcased it on your show / website, or inspired me with your own music. It means the world to me that I’m able to continue making music and that people are enjoying it so much. From the depths of my heart, thank you all so much, and I hope this album brings you many hours of listening pleasure for years to come.

Jabun will return for another experimental studio album in 2021.

Jabun is Nick Standing and anything he can find in the moment to create his beloved chill / electronic / ambient / experimental music project. Keep up with his other musical endeavours and adventures on Patreon, the JabunAudio and JabunMusic websites, Facebook and Twitter.
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Jabun Burgess Hill, UK

Jabun: Electronic / Ambient / Experimental / Chill vibes for your daydreams. Jabun is a project and persona of UK based multi-instrumentalist and music producer Nick Standing. When he's not working on Jabun, you can find Nick making high energy ska-punk / pop-punk as Better Than The Book or tending to his audio production business JabunAudio. ... more

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