Take a long look at that album cover. What do you see? Do you find it disorienting? Can you see faint reds and blues? Is there an image hidden amongst the black dots? Is it a close-up of a grating just shaken up violently? You could almost say it’s a bit… head boggling…

Sorry, I had to get that out of the way. Head Boggle is the moniker of the prolific Derek Gedalecia and as the synopsis specifies, he’s had over sixty physical releases on multiple labels. The label he’s released it on, Experimedia, should tell you at least a bit of what to expect. Serge Modular In Hi-Fi utilizes a Serge Modular Synth system and the only effects he used consisted of four or more analog delays at once, along with dub/reggae mixing techniques. This album feels like you’ve taken a wrong turn out of the neighborhood you were just in for a party until 3AM, and it sends you in to a realm where the air is saturated with the vapor of DMT. Check out the video for “’56 Tune” and a preview of the album on the SoundCloud stream below and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

*LP + Download. Edition of 300.* Head Boggle returns to the vinyl format with what is perhaps his most refined and focused work to date. "Serge Modular In Hi-Fi" was recorded in early 2012 at the S.F. City College Electronic Music Lab utilizing a vintage pre-STS Serge Modular Synth system and was conceived as a pseudo aural "cubist" sound piece with an intention to achieve pseudo 3D "cubed" sound through discrete recording and mixing techniques. The only effects utilized were four or more analog delays being played real-time a la dub/reggae mixing techniques. The final selections were then sent to Kramer at Noise Miami for hi-fi correction and an aesthetic mastering treatment and then to Jeremy Bible for a final mastering treatment specifically for the vinyl format resulting in a sonically rich listening experience of hallucinatory synthesizer ragas.

Derek Gedalecia has commanded the attention of the avant/noise underground as Head Boggle or nearly a decade now, showcasing his unpredictable live performances and omnivorous synth mastery in DIY venues across the country – and on over 60 physical releases on labels like Baked Tapes, 905 Tapes, Spectrum Spools, and his own Greedmink imprint. The Head Boggle catalog speeds into the future as a continuing experiment with new equipment, compositional processes, and live performance tactics, as each release pushes the boundaries of his gear and his mind into more and more maniacal post-post-Subotnick free-for-alls.

All sounds/edits by Derek Gedalecia

Recorded at CCSF Electronic Music Lab & Mixed at Hyde Street Efficiency Spring 2012

Mastered by Kramer at Noise Miami
Art by Greg Gorlen
Layout by Jeremy Bible

A1: '05 Special
A2: '68 News
A3: '59 Rhapsody
A4: '19 Orchestra
A5: '53 Raga
B1: '63 Dance
B2: '67 Dressing Room
B3: '56 Tune
B4: '62 Cage
B5: '78 District Party Committee

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