Raul Regalado resides in Toronto, Ontario. He lives alone except for two cats, and he typically works alone, preferring to compose, perform and record music as well as design his own album artwork in solitude, surrounded by his Mac-based home studio and electronic toys. Raul's taste in music encompasses almost all genres and eras, which partly explains why a new project of his hardly ever sounds like any of the previous ones. He doesn't like sitting still - both literally and in terms of his creative output. 'I think there's little point in going over the same territory repeatedly,' Raul said. 'I'm much more interested in finding out if I can use the bits of ideas I pick up listening to other artists' work and combine them with my own 'style', whatever that may be, to come up with something that entertains me and hopefully other people as well.' His latest album, 'Drop', is a continuous 50-minute piece that explores pattern repetitions and time-signature changes in a manner reminiscent of some Minimalist compositions. The big difference is that the musical phrases in 'Drop' are undisguisedly pop-based. 'Yeah, I was interested in doing that kind of cyclic, Minimalist thing, but with melody lines that would probably fit right into a vocal or instrumental part for a conventional pop song,' Raul said. 'The surprise for me was that in the end, the piece as a whole didn't turn out as 'poppy' as I'd expected.' Indeed, what is remarkable about 'Drop' is that it works as mesmerizing 'background music' for listeners who just like to let sound flow over them, but the more-analytical types are rewarded by the discovery of how intricate the structure is. 'So far, the reactions from people who've heard 'Drop' can be put into two categories,' Raul said. 'There are the ones who found it very relaxing and meditative and even sleep-inducing, and then there are those who've told me, 'Man, it's so restless and jittery, and trying to figure it out made me dizzy.' Me? I'm just happy that I've created something that produces those seemingly irreconcilable kinds of responses.' When asked what his next project is going to sound like, he laughed and replied, 'I'd like to know that myself.' After a pause, he added, 'And when the next album does come out, it would be more interesting to find out what other people think of it, anyway.'