None or Less Than Expected

by Steve Flato

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Released on Homophoni.

None or Less Than Expected: An approximation of the present using audible failures of the past.

David Kirby released my first public work in summer 2007 on his Homophoni label. 48v was a work for a specific error sound from a microphone placed in the “off” position which was then pitch-shifted in layers with slow glissandi via Max/MSP programming. It was a reflection of my isolation, emotional disconnectedness, and attempts to negate the outside world. The lawnmowers outside that summer prevented me from sleeping the days away, and I made 48v to reject the sounds in the world around me. Pretty representative of where I was at. Now I’m releasing something new on Homophoni, ten years later, and it feels like a relief for some reason.

I don't know if I am that different now, but I’m not separate from the world around me in the way that I was. I understand I can't escape it. I'm trying to get better. Some days I am, but mostly not. My environment has an impact on me every moment, and I have an effect on it too. I'm responsible for it. I am more intuitive and sensitive to the things the world tells me, maybe. I accept failure more. Maybe this piece is a failure. It most definitely is at least comprised of failures, and an attempt to make sense of them.

None or Less Than You Expected is a collage of journal entries; past attempts at expression. Failures to fully engage with life that somehow congealed into something that illustrates where I am now. All the material is from my fifteen year archive of sounds, experiments, incomplete pieces, and dead-end ideas. It feels like the time to document this moment of chaos and transition in my life, and I used the imprints of the past to do so.


released June 6, 2017



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Steve Flato San Diego, California

Steve Flato is a composer and guitarist from San Diego, CA. He is interested in using the wide vocabulary of sounds and techniques found in experimental music to express and process his own internal experiences. He aims to use sound as a therapeutic tool by exploring anxiety, trauma, and loss and its potential for generating personal growth and meaning. ... more

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