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"The greatest electronic album ever made in this country," - Grant Smithies
"Reissued this week after being unavailable for nearly 20 years, inside a quiet mind remains a cultural taonga, a musical time capsule that sends the listener hurtling straight back to the earliest flowerings of the New Zealand rave scene," - Sunday Star Times
"A techno masterpiece," - Radio New Zealand
Originally released in 1998 through Kog Transmissions and only available on a very limited CD run, we’re proud to present remastered and for the first time digitally, micronism – inside a quiet mind, one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed electronic albums of all time available now to stream and purchase.
Stepping through deep house, glitch and techno, inside a quiet mind isn’t a collection of songs, it is a complete album, and one which was created as such. Across 11 songs and over one hour, it is a journey across an electronic spectrum, and one which is best enjoyed in full.
Created in bedrooms in Morningside, Kingsland, Mt Eden (NZ) & Brisbane (Australia), inside a quiet mind was made over 2 years from 1996 to 1998 on outboard equipment & computer free. micronism is one of the musical aliases of Denver McCarthy, who nearly twenty years later has not released any further music. Now based in Brisbane, McCarthy’s impact in electronic music circles cannot be understated.
Originally created inside the thriving electronic scene of the late 90’s, inside a quiet mind is an album which wears it’s influences proudly – the electro/synth heavy Detroit sound, and the minimal-techno of Basic Channel and Maurizio from Berlin. As McCarthy himself matured and grew from his late teens to early twenties, so did his sound.
“You will be tinkering away with a sound, a chord, a rhythm, and then something will catch your attention, something that sounds good to you. From there, it’s just a matter of adding more elements until you get what occurs to you as a finished piece.
You can feel the anxiety build as the song unfolds, and you wonder whether or not you will be able to resolve the piece and bring out what needs to come out for it to be something worthy and memorable. I have recorded so many songs, but only a small percentage I actually like and stand the test of time.”
inside a quiet mind has been lovingly remastered by Chris Chetland, one of the founders of Kog Transmissions, and who handled the original mastering.
“Somehow or another, Chris managed to make it releasable 20 years ago, and now he has given new life to the album by a further smoothing of the edges, and polishing it to a level of shininess where it even sounds good in my ute.”
inside a quiet mind is a classic of the electronic genre, and one which can finally be experienced to a standard befitting it’s quality. A forgotten gem no more, it is an album that holds an important place in NZ electronic music history, and one which can now continue its influence on a new generation.
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