1. Primitive and Prime 11.01
2. Spatial Mnemonics 15.39
3. Touchstone Array 11.05
4. Afterimages 13.46
5. Somewhere the Circle Stops 21.54
Around Christmas 2010, eyes cast down approached Relaxed Machinery's Chris Russell with the idea of undertaking something new for both artists: a full-on groove album. The two agreed to try one piece first, and before they could even begin, they were "randomly" teamed up to do a piece for the Relaxed Machinery artists' compilation reBOOT. That first piece, Particles and Waves, was so satisfying that a full album was clearly required. The musicians' energy flowed right into the Memory Palace project.
eyes cast down carved the grooves out of live drumming sessions, loops and samples. "Drums" included a metal handrail in a skycraper stairwell, and an inflatable yoga ball. Samples were sourced from objects such as car keys, Go stones, a handful of thick branches and dry leaves. Chris then poured his mesmerizing, often industrial-tinged atmospheres over the grooves and mixed the results.
The five pieces trace a winding path, from the ritual opening of Primitive and Prime, through Touchstone Array's electron crackle and the mesmerizing, non-rhythmic interlude Afterimages, into the melting pot of Somewhere the Circle Stops, which alternates odd-meter electronic rhythms with live tribal drumming.
The album artwork is Dasi's photographs of a Buddhist sand mandala, which was on display at Chicago's Loyola University in spring 2012.
Read the album's creation story at eyescastdown.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/building-the-memory-palace/