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New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Electronic Psychedelic





ver since artists such as Flying Lotus and Shlohmo broke the mold for the "typical" producer template, musicians from all over the world have gone on to carry the torch of experimental beat-making, and today we see an astounding collection of artists both new and old who are pushing this unique, conceptually-driven style of sound. New York City has always been a hotspot for this style of production, and one artist by the name of MMBLR is taking his productions to new heights.

As the first artist to release on the newly-establish label Safari Riot, MMBLR's newest EP We Are One is a 5-track journey through soundscapes that defies genres and incorporates moods, atmospheres, and textures in place of the rudimentary arrangements we often hear today. Released via BitTorrent Bundle, the EP is accompanied by a unique package he's created called Song Instruments. Unlike other EP packages that include the stems or sample packs, MMBLR has created his own interface through the plug-in Kontakt to give producers the ability to recreate his sounds, modify them, and include them in their productions. -

"Friday Download: MMBLR"

The NY-based electronic producer shares his debut EP “We Are One” on BitTorrent Bundle.

Alex Beckmann spent the last four years on the road; the driving pulse behind Brooklyn’s Snowmine, a band who came up on collective, cinematic synth nostalgia. On his own, as MMBLR, he began exploring something more spare: murmured lyrics and the orchestration of environmental sound. MMBLR’s debut EP We Are One (Safari Riot) is a moody, layered examination of ambient sound and isolation. Like anything spoken softly, it demands we listen.

Today, We Are One premieres on BitTorrent Bundle. Preview the 5-track EP for free, then unlock the special edition download for $3.99 to get 5 HD videos, HD audio, and 6 play-able software instruments that you can use to make and mix your own versions of the tracks.

We caught up with Alex to talk sound, silence, and adventures in music software design. Read up.

“The trade-off is that the possibilities are endless”: words with MMBLR’s Alex Beckmann

BitTorrent: The project and the EP explore mumbling; softness and quietude. What inspired “We Are One”? What themes were you interested in pushing or drawing out?

Alex Beckmann: As a drummer, I tend to focus more on sound than lyrics, so mumbling melodies was sort of my transition from the drum kit to the microphone. A good friend of mine pointed out the effect of songs on mood and even behaviors, so I try to put out positivity whenever possible: for myself, not just my listeners.

BitTorrent: How has your background in jazz & classical influenced your work?

Beckmann: In countless ways. But to name a few influences: Debussy opened me up to a world of dreamy and mysterious moods in the last few years. In high school, John Coltrane's music showed me a spiritual element that I had never noticed in music. It’s like he carries all this pain and agony, but you hear him transcend it, or attempt to, with such grace and beautiful longing. If you listen and hold on its like you get carried through the sky and beyond.
“You don’t have to go to music school to hear the groove in a passing train, or the orchestral arrangements of crickets. The improvisational element of jazz plays a big role in what I do. Jam, edit, jam, repeat. ”
With Alice Coltrane, it’s like each note she plays on the harp she's thanking the universe. It’s no wonder they found each other. I could go on and on ,but in terms of my sound, jazz drumming showed me the ways that rhythms, even if you can't quite make out distinct pitches, contain melodies.

BitTorrent: What was the recording process like? How and where did the record come together?

Beckmann: It was one big experiment. Just me in my living room in Queens with a million ideas. I recorded whatever was lying around. Hand drums, bottles, a piece of crap keyboard, and dog toys all made it onto the album. There's an ice-cream truck outside my window right now. Should I record it?! I'll be right back.
“When you approach music this way how can you judge yourself? You can’t judge a prayer. ”
Somewhere in the process I got some nice speakers and a decent mic, but it’s amazing what you can do on a tight budget and some patience. Don't get me wrong: I love the sound of a band feeding off each other's energy in a studio, but I personally need time to develop my ideas and experiment.

Grayson Sanders, who I've been playing with for almost 10 years, helped me bring this album to life, and has been a huge inspiration. I don't know many creative types on his level who actually care about being healthy and balanced. There aren't a lot of positive role models in music but when you find them you should pay attention.

BitTorrent: In the deluxe EP, you also include playable software instruments. What was behind this concept? How did you develop these? How do you hope people will use them?

Beckmann: Safari Riot did a kickass job helping me turn my sounds into playable instruments. A huge obstacle in starting out as a producer is having good sounds to work with. You can spend days searching for and tweaking sounds, and end up with nothing recorded.
“The concept is to put interesting sounds right into people’s hands, so that they can get right to the creative part. I want people to take my sounds and tweak them in their own way. Record them onto tape, play them backwards,forwards, and upside down — through amps, through an aquarium, through something I don’t even know about. ”
BitTorrent: In what ways does technology influence your work?

Beckmann: Technology gave me a way to sculpt the sounds I was working with. That made it okay to be kind of lo-fi and work within a limited set up. Re-pitching vocals, side chains, delays, reverbs... To get all the effects I used I would have needed 1,000 hardware devices, but software gives so many options. Sometimes I think I stare at this screen a bit too much, but the trade-off is that the possibilities are endless.

BitTorrent: Both MMBLR and Snowmine are part of music’s DIY revolution. You guys work directly with fans. What’s been behind this process? How do you see the landscape of music distribution changing (or how should it change)?

Beckmann: It’s part survival and part passion. The survival part is that the industry is changing, and artists have to change with it and be creative to get by. The passion part is having a connection with your fans, and knowing that you’re not just doing this for yourself.
“You have to ask for help, and you have to experiment. Music culture is changing so fast, but there’s no such thing as wasted effort when you put love into something.”

If you're honest and convey this to your fans, there’s often a surprising amount of support and rallying that results. Most of Snowmine's recording and touring touring budget wouldn't' have been possible if we didn't ask our fans for help. -


"We Are One" is the gorgeous debut EP from MMBLR, the ambient electronic project of New York drummer Alex Beckmann. In the first bundle of its kind, MMBLR has shared the actual sounds he created for his EP in the form of 5 playable software instruments that you can use to make your own creations. This Bundle also includes, 5 HD Videos, 5 High Quality WAV versions of his songs, and a bonus HiFi Signature Synth. For a Limited Time this $20.00 Bundle is exclusively on sale at BitTorrent for $3.99. - bittorrent




MMBLR is the experimental project of New York drummer Alex Beckmann. Deviating from years of performing and touring as a session musician, Alex wandered into a cloistered world of solitary creativity. He began to mumble - his voice accompanied with small drums, old synths, bottles and cans. Electronically layered sounds became a cultivation of moody grooves as a meditative experience of sound.  
MMBLR embodies ambient influences with trip hop, folk and world music - creating an inviting and rather adventurous sense of familiarity in its music.

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