The Expanded Present

by El Modena

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In Our Time 04:24
Lagoa 06:06


The Expanded Present is a moment that bridges the space between life defining events. This album is an attempt to work through the near-simultaneous death of my father and birth of my daughter. Written, recorded, and produced during a year with moments at the furthest stretches of emotion and significance, this album seeks to filter my questions about this experience of time through my increasingly hazy memories.

In Our Time features a backing field recording taken from Cosanti in Paradise Valley, AZ. Lagoa breaks out of my loss and life induced fugue state to revisit a perfect moment which doubles as the backing field recording from a pottery factory in the Azores on a honeymoon with my wife. Wave Function Collapse is about two separate phone calls with undefined possibilities on the other end understood through the Copenhagen Observation, one with all possibilities collapsing into the best outcome, and then again with all possibilities collapsing into the worst outcome. Song of Distant Earth is influenced by deep time in West Texas and the world of Arthur Clarke's work. Clean Air Turbulence ends in a digital world of confusion.

Each track except the final one features a field recording from my travels on my dumb old phone. Most songs were recorded with a Korg Minilogue, a Model D, Chase Bliss Thermae, Quiet Theory Prelude, and Meris Mercury 7 and Polymoon.


released March 1, 2019


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El Modena Houston, Texas

El Modena is a solo ambient audio/visual project of Evan O'Neil, based in Houston, TX.

El Modena takes its name and conceptual basis from the work of Kim Stanley Robinson and the bittersweet memory of his utopian world in Pacific Edge. El Modena seeks to put sounds and visuals to what a more harmonious and quiet world feels like.
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