Copenhagenism (concept album)
Copenhagenism is an electronic concept album. I started work on it in July of 2016. And I am really, really stoked about how it turned out.
The album features ten tracks, made using primarily electronic instruments, along with some vocals.
- Timing Is Everything
- Wave Function Collapse
- I Don’t See Any of It
- A New Normal
- Whoa Nellie
- On a Limb
- You’re Not Done Yet
- Existential Risk
The title of the album is a play on the term “Copenhagen interpretation,” which is a system of thought for understanding quantum mechanics.
I am by no means a quantum physicist. But quantum physics touches on something that matters a lot to me in my everyday life: how I interpret reality, and what i decide to do based on that interpretation.
So in a nutshell, Copenhagenism is about making decisions.
It’s especially about the impossibility of perfect decisionmaking for a human being. We can’t choose one action without foregoing another. And we never have enough intel to know just what it is we’re foregoing. Every decision is this immense act of faith (whether or not we realize it).
We end up in weird places that we can’t come back from, and there isn’t really anything we can do about it but keep making decisions.
About the album art
The album art for Copenhagenism features my drawing, Dichotomous Venation. Dichotomous veins are a pattern in leaves like the ginko balboa leaf. The pattern is distinguished by veins that branch into two in increments as they spread outward toward the edges of the leaf.
A few more album notes
To create Copenhagenism, I made composition decisions brashly and almost randomly. The frameworks, melodies, rhythms, and harmonies are informed only by my preferences and my gut responses. Just like regular life.
The album doesn’t feature traditional songs—there are vocals and the occasional lyric, but those aren’t at the forefront. Think of the voices more as instruments.
I wrote, performed, and recorded all the pieces and parts myself (with one small exception: I borrowed Jeffrey’s voice for one part on one track).
I worked with the talented Johnny Cisneros on mixing and mastering the album once everything was complete.
All in all, I’m really proud of this project. Get out of here and go listen to it.