This is where I consider the Hoofwerk project to really have hit its stride. The earlier work was more sketchy, still grasping around at different approaches, but with Everything Aligned I feel it started to properly take shape. I wanted to make an album, not just a collection of tracks, or a live document, or a proof-of-concept. I wanted there to be some semblance of a narrative arc, a beginning-middle-end, to have all the tracks be around pop-song length, and to have the whole thing flow the way some of my favourite proper albums do.

The tracks here would most comfortably fit under the IDM umbrella, though it must always be noted that that’s a horrible name for a genre, though I think we’re stuck with it and there’s really no point fighting it (You think “Braindance” is really any better? Come on, now). All the tracks have beats and basslines, they sit on the fringes of various dance music styles and are inescapably indebted to the Warp/Rephlex/Planet-Mu continuum, though I do feel I managed to inject some personality into them, and they’re far from simple genre exercises or flexing of production muscles.

The whole thing was done in Ableton, with the only out-of-the-box gear being my Telecaster, on the tracks where there are guitar parts. The vocal snippets are mostly from Patlabor 2: The Movie and a Thomas Ligotti audiobook; I can’t recommend checking out those sources highly enough, though in Ligotti’s case, I’d stick to his story collections and skip Conspiracy Against The Human Race, or you’re gonna have a bad time. His musical work with David Tibet/Current 93 is also highly recommended.

The cover art was drawn by Raphael Arar, and the tracks were mastered by Sean Price in Oakland, California.
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