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Unlock Voice [AT​-​005]

by Kelvin T

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Dropbar 05:06
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Turnover 04:19
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Exclaim 03:05
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Steaming 05:25
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QBB 03:13
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seenseen 02:44
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Escaped 03:30

about

Kelvin T’s last recording, the 'Sedative' EP, was about self-discovery and finding his own voice. Having accomplished that, he was compelled to raise a different question altogether: "Is it possible to ‘train’...a synthetic sound to possess a voice and sing on its own?"

In 'Unlock Voice', the first full length album from Kelvin T, he avoids the lyrical mode- instead of treating sound as a means to communicate his own feelings, he wants to fashion a key to ‘unlock’ the expressive potentiality of each sound, each being an entity, a singularity in its own right. The opening track ‘Dropbar’, for instance, sees Kelvin fantasizing about what it would be like for kick drums to punch him successively in the stomach, all while a synthesizer melody coaxes him into submission. In ‘Escaped’, on the other hand, a bleeding synth groans pleadingly at the listener, making for an unsettling experience. The result of Kelvin’s latest experiments in sonic necromancy is a visceral, tactile, kinetic exercise, assaulting the nervous system like rave music from some abyssal cellar.

“Maybe, if there’s a soul locked inside a sound, can I teach the synths and the drums to scream at me and cry through the speakers? If synthesizers and samplers (no matter whether they are hardware or software) can talk, would they scream at their masters or sing while crying?”

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released November 9, 2018

All tracks written and produced by Kelvin T
Except track 6 in collaboration with lujiachi
Artwork by Suze陳
Mastering by Alexis Chan

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Kelvin T Hong Kong

Based in Hong Kong but raised by the internet is Kelvin T, an electronic musician utilising music as a means of delivering impactful sonic experiences. He has been affiliated with Shanghai-based Genome 6.66 Mbp and Hong Kong’s Absurd TRAX since 2016.

His new album Aerate uses music to simulate a hallucinogenic mind, structuring sound to dissolve listeners amidst their surroundings.
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