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Chosen Waves 009: Rupert Lally – Solitary Pleasures


Sometimes articles create a sort of unplanned and unexpected narrative. This is certainly the case with the latest series of Chosen Waves. Some time ago I posted about Ruper Lally’s ambient-imbued album Day One. In the interview I asked him about his opinion on the current trend of making dance-oriented music with the modular and he admitted to be quite interested in it:

I’d like to try stuff like that myself, especially now that I have the 4MS QCD and the Dinky’s Taiko

Apparently the interview did act as an igniting spark for his creativity, because while I was working on the following articles (with Nedavine and Moritz, both very techno-oriented albums), he contacted me saying that, in the meantime, he had experimented with a track that was heavily beat-oriented.

So here is this track, named Solitary Pleasures, and here’s what Rupert tells us about its making:

It’s the closest I’m ever going to get to a “minimal techno” track. The rhythm track was done live in one take with the modular: Peaks did the kick and the hats were Peaks through Ripples in Bandpass mode. The snare/noise percussion is ALM busy circuits Dinky’s Taiko and the Glitchy Toms/Synth Percussion is Braids in Meta mode. Everything is clocked from the 4MS QCD and all the sources are mixed in the Malekko MIX 4 and from there into Clouds.

The bass is the Roland Juno 106, in unison mode played live and the arp and high lead lines are from the Roland AIRA System 1 with the Promars plug out with the arp being sequenced by the AIRA’s internal sequencer…


Graphic designer, illustrator and soundmangler. He makes music as kurodama and as part of the electronic music duo kvsu. Together with his wife Elizabeth he runs Papernoise, a small design studio located in northern Italy, specialised in graphic design for the world of music.