Thursday, August 30, 2012

From The Lab: Cinchel - Stereo Stasis


Echoes, reverbs, and drones are all sonic qualities that immediately makes my ears perk. These audio traits are some of the palettes that Chicago based recording wizard/artist Cinchel uses comprehensively on his latest release, Stereo Stasis. Employing a Fulltone Tube Tape Echo for his tidal waves of aqueous echoes, Cinchel submerges your head into a cooling pool of water as you float along while you grasp a fleeting breath of air before you go under again.

Metallic eery circular drones dominate the lead track "Revelations Upon Walking (mysteries)" as it is reminiscent of some of the sound design work of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. "Static (homeward bound)" comes of as a Gregorian monk chant meshed with watery tones akin to that of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter".

The last track of the release is "Wandering/Collapse/Breakdown/Ultimate Heat Death" is a haunting thirteen minute opus that touches on Sigur Ros territory as it slowly builds, falls apart and reassembles itself again. While Cinchel plays locally around the Chicago area, it would be great to see him come out for a show in Los Angeles. In the meantime, I will just keep listening to Stereo Stasis to pass the time.

I must admit a little bias towards Cinchel as he is a fellow chemist during the day.Which lead me to ask him if you could be any element on the periodic table what would you be and why?

Cinchel: As a medicinal chemist I mostly work with C,H, N, O, S, containing molecules. Sometimes those molecules are substituted with halogens: Br, Cl, and F. Interesting things seem to happen when things are substituted with Fluorine. Its highly electro-negative and can change the electronics of aromatic rings, helping with metabolism or overall stability of a molecule. Its high electro-negativity also allows it to act as a hydrogen bond acceptor, like Oxygen, which can add specificity and activity to a compound when bound to a protein of interest. Its also not much bigger than a Hydrogen atom so it can be added to a molecule without changing the overall physical shape very much. 

I've been on projects where placing an F at one spot had no effect, move it over one atom and suddenly you saw a boost in potency or stability. Kinda fascinating. Overall, its weird, small, and in some ways unpredictable and that is why I would like to be Fluorine. 

Here is a review of Fluorine in Medicinal Chemistry of the past 60 years:

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