Travels in Constants, Volume 21: The Rescue

Release date
11 Oct 2005
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
32:38

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Day One 4:31 86,249
2 Day Two 3:47 83,037
3 Day Three 4:33 76,965
4 Day Four 2:59 79,533
5 Day Five 4:34 78,464
6 Day Six 5:17 80,087
7 Day Seven 4:22 74,627
8 Day Eight 2:35 75,376

About this album

This album was a project spanning over eight days, creating one song each day.

From http://www.explosionsinthesky.com/

The Recording Process of The Rescue
day 1 is the result of us not knowing at all what to do or how any of it would turn out—disjointed and loose to the extent of being almost structureless, but also the sound of us having a lot of fun. picking up random bells laying around the house and just shaking them into a microphone. to our ears it simultaneously sounds unlike our music but also definitely like our music, if that makes any sense.

day 2 was when we started to attempt a sort of order to the proceedings, after the free-for-all of day 1. this day involved a role reversal: munaf played drums, trying to play a “chris” style; chris played piano, nominally in a “munaf” style; mark played bass and a “michael” style of guitar; and michael played a “mark” style of guitar. and in the main role reversal, we the instrumental band decided to sing. you can see how we felt about this as we uncontrollably start laughing in the break near the end of the song.

day 3’s goal was to write an ambient song. when we decided on this, each of us mentally envisioned a droning, spacious, blurred soundscape. we didn’t write it together: one person laid down the minimal keyboard drone, then the next person would come in, listen to what the first person had done, then record something over it, then the next person, etc. (we all had multiple turns). after a while it became much more busy and more atonal. as we all listened and did the preliminary mixing, it began to remind us of insanity, of going crazy.

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