Digitonal’s Andy Dobson is the man behind Eighteen, one of the standout tracks on the fifth 64barchallenge mix.
And as one of the more ear-catching tunes in the mix, it has made its way onto the 64barmusic EP5, which is now available here, 64barmusic.bandcamp.com
Digitonal has been alive as a brand since 1997 and have released two albums and a bunch of EP’s during that time. But with life events getting in the way of the important business of writing music, it has been a while since Andy sat down to write a serious track.
The 64barchallenge provided him with a reason to produce again. “Whilst I have been writing bits and pieces I’ve found it hard to focus in on what I needed to do,” he explained. “ I have really appreciated the restrictions and the challenge to do a specific task..
“My production techniques have changed quite a lot over the years.
“I don’t necessarily have one approach, so the only way I can describe it, it that I start fiddling with the equipment I use and I just experiment and play with the kit and the sounds.
“My setup these days is pretty modest. It’s pretty much all computer based out of Abelton Live or Cubase.
“I have my favourite VST‘s – which are mostly Native Instruments but In the past year, the piano has been at the heart of the setup and I haven’t had that for a very long time so the piano has become a driving force for everything.
His 64bar track is a complex piece involving piano, clarinet and violin and he plans to play it live in Prague in the coming weeks.
Andy gave props to the work of Proof of Concept, describing his work as “really interesting.
And he loved the Billions Dead track from 64:4 by his AGT Rave Cru collaborator Miggins “That was blistering,” he said. “And I wouldn’t be surprised if it made it onto an album someday.”
Finally, Andy summed up his feelings . “Its really great to be involved in the project and I’m really proud of the track I’ve made. It’s got me writing again, so thanks very much.”