Electrominister - Traveling Light

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Traveling Light started as a test track after upgrading my DAW - Studio One. I had been listening to a lot of early 90s British ambient techno - Underworld, Orbital, Future Sound of London, Sabres of Paradise etc. - and that definitely influenced the track quite a bit. There's also the ever looming Kraftwerkian ghost hanging over it. Though, now that I think about it, the chord progression probably started as Neil Young's "My, my, hey, hey"...

I had no plan on recording vocals for it, but suddenly found myself with microphone in hand, blurting out the lyrics on the spot, without much thought to it. I did re-record most of the vocals with a better microphone later, but parts of the initial blurt is still present.

It was only later that I realised the lyrics could be interpreted as sung by someone at the moment of death:
"I am traveling light, no time to pack. I am traveling light, no turning back. I am traveling light, won't answer my phone. I am traveling light, I am traveling home."

I think this is the longest track I've ever made, which initially had me worried I would bore and lose the listener half way through. But the track has a natural progression and the overall feel would be lost if it was cut. In other words, there will probably never be a Radio Edit. ;) Enjoy!

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from The Sound of SceneSat Volume 4, released May 19, 2018

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