Out: 14th August
What The Human Said To The Octopus, plasma activated water, and electronic sounds. Abstract indeed, and that's how we like it. Formulating sound and concept into one single, Systems 1991 published a poetic script to accompany the track. It's time to let the music speak for itself. The poem is as follows.
THE HUMAN SAID TO THE OCTOPUS:
IF I COULD SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE OF COLOURS AND INK
LORD OCTOPUS, COULD YOU UNDERSTAND ME?
I WOULD TELL YOU ABOUT THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF MY SPECIES
ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE PROUD OF
I WOULD TELL YOU HOW WE HUMANS
HAVE SET FOOT ON THE MOON
THAT MOON THAT DIRECTS THE TIDES OF YOUR OCEAN
LORD OCTOPUS, ARE YOU PROUD OF US?
PROUD TO BE AN EARTHLING?
TO INHABIT THE SAME PLANET AS WE DO?
DO YOU CELEBRATE WHEN OUR INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
HOVERS ABOVE YOUR OCEAN?
WHEN OUR PROBES REACH OTHER PLANETS
SUCH AS MARS AND SATURN AND JUPITER AND PLUTO?
OR THE ONE NAMED AFTER YOUR GOD NEPTUNE?
IS NEPTUNE YOUR GOD?
WE SET OUT FOR ALL OF US AND YOU
INTO THE UNKNOWN
SEARCHING FOR INTELLIGENT LIFE
OUTSIDE OUR PLANET
ALIEN TO US AND ALIEN TO YOU
ARE YOU IMPRESSED, LORD OCTOPUS?
ARE YOU PROUD?
THE OCTOPUS SAID TO THE HUMAN:
IF I COULD SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE
MR. HUMAN, YOU COULD ALSO NOT UNDERSTAND ME
AS I FLOAT WITH THOSE WHO STAYED IN THE WATER
WHERE GRAVITY HAS A MUCH LESSER IMPACT
ON OUR BODIES THAT KNOW ANOTHER FORM OF GRACE
WHAT USE TO YOU OR TO US RIGHT NOW IS YOUR NEPTUNE?
THE GOD OR THE PLANET ARE TOO FAR FROM US.
YOU TAKE PICTURES OF DISTANT GALAXIES
WHILE YOU IGNORE THE MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
AND THE MARIANA TRENCHES AND THE HORIZON DEEP
SOMETIMES YOU LOOK LIKE A CHILD
EXPLORING THE ATTIC WHEN YOU ARE STILL AFRAID
OF WHAT IS UNDER YOUR BED, MR. HUMAN
WE KNOW YOU MUST DRINK WATER EVERY DAY
TO RETURN MOMENTARILY TO THE SEA
WE ARE ALIEN TO EACH OTHER
WE ARE YOUR ALIEN INTELLIGENCE
NOT ON ANOTHER PLANET
BUT AT YOUR DOORSTEP BY THE SEA
HAVE A GLASS OF WATER NOW, MR. HUMAN
MEET US IN THAT WATER WHICH BINDS US
So there we have it. Let's listen to the music.
It begins with a crackling static like gushing wind in silent tunnels. A twanging bass tone creates a quick tempo, and the timbre begins to chop and swerve into treble. Huge drums build up as synthesiser fills the innards. A thrusting force drives the mix into an uplifting swing that gently picks us up and lifts us higher. Tones harmonise with a ferocious yet fluffy core, the rhythm drops revealing delicious orchestral sounds. The drums sprinkle on once more, build and evolve, then form a viscous spread that gives the music a dreamy sensation. The bass is then pushed to the forefront, allowing the music to build into a peak one more time. For a five minute number, this is a surprisingly rich and progressive work.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.