Hero of the Grey Area
SGX emerges from his slumber with 'Hero of the Grey Area.' This is the most focused, cohesive album focusing on instrumental pieces. SGX intersperses electro, breakbeat, and industrial beats between lush orchestrations, growling synth basses, and transporting soundscapes. 'Hero' is at the same time electronic and synthetic plus natural and human. Unlike his previous albums such as 'Chroma' and 'Synesthetic,' which feature a mixture of not only genres, but tones, 'Hero of the Grey Area' exudes a more homogeneous tone and feeling while still exploring fusing ideas from many genres. This is music for listening and sometimes takes it's time exploring an idea in the vein of BT's 'This Binary Universe.' 'Hero of the Grey Area' features 'A Meal for a Whale' - a track made with only a software sequencer/sampler, a piano, and the audio toy/game Electroplankton for the Nintendo DS as sound sources. SGX effects, samples, records, and manipulates his way through this at once lo-fi and lush recording creating tides of relaxed beauty and exuberance. Also featured is the four-movement 'I Transmit This' - an exercise in re-use and modulation of interchangeable musical ideas. SGX begins with simple overlapping piano melodies that appear and re-appear in later parts of the piece as different instruments and ideas, inspiring new ideas. I Transmit This branches, grows new limbs, and finally returns to the main concepts which in the end bear the influences of the new ideas that were themselves inspired by the original concepts.