“The Curtain Falls” Evol Intent

The majority of “The Curtain Falls,” the first single from Era of Diversion — came to life within Propellerhead Reason. “Reason is beautiful” offers Gigantor. “You can flawlessly open up files [cross-platform] … and always have it work.”
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“The Curtain Falls” | Evol Intent
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SINGLE: “The Curtain Falls”

ALBUM: Era Of Diversion (Evol Intent Recordings

DATES RECORDED AND MIXED: 2006 to 2007

SINGLE PRODUCERS: The Enemy, Knick and Gigantor

SINGLE ENGINEERS: The Enemy, Knick and Gigantor

SINGLE MIX ENGINEER: Gigantor

MASTERING: Gigantor

SINGLE SONGWRITERS: The Enemy, Knick and Gigantor

CONSOLE: 32-channel analog Mackie 8-Bus

RECORDERS AND DAWS: Apple Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason, Otari MX-5050 two-track analog

MONITORS: Mackie HR824 and Yamaha NS-10

VOCAL PRE-AMPLIFIER (AARON DALBEC): Mackie (8-Bus Series)

VOCAL MICROPHONE (AARON DALBEC): Rode NTK Tube condenser microphone

SELECT PROCESSING, HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE: Universal Audio UAD-1, Apogee Rosetta 800 and George Yohng’s W1 Limiter VST plug-inENGINEER’S DIARY

Originally formed in Atlanta, Evol Intent is an Intelligent Dance Music/drum-and-bass trio comprised of The Enemy (Ashley Jones), Knick (Nick Weiller) and Gigantor (Mike Diasio). Together, these innovative aural sculptors meld music, distorted sound and intricate beats into songs that some attempt to categorize — as “glitchcore,” for example, among other descriptive terms. However, one listen to the group’s collective work reveals one fact quite clearly: any subgenre-based classification can hardly describe the depth of Evol Intent’s intricate work.

(click thumbnail)Evol Intent, Gigantor in the middle
For the group’s latest release — the debut full-length Era of Diversion — Evol Intent made a conscious effort to “break out of the drum-and-bass trap,” explains Gigantor, who also handles the brunt of the group’s engineering duties. “We realize that we’re a bit more popular overseas than we are here in the States, and hopefully this record will take us to a broader audience.”

The majority of “The Curtain Falls,” the first single from Era of Diversion — came to life within Propellerhead Reason. “Reason is beautiful,” offers Gigantor. “You can flawlessly open up files [cross-platform] … and always have it work.” The group also relied upon Ableton Live before the tracks were transferred to Apple Logic Pro for final prep and mixdown. “I also have a Mackie 32/8 analog mixer, which has these great EQs — it can give you nasty, killer sounds when you push them. For standard drum and bass stuff, I use the mixer. For everything else, I mix in the box using Logic Pro. Also, I use the Universal Audio UAD-1 plug-ins; I just love it, especially its LA-2A emulation.”

“The Curtain Falls” — a dystopic, politically charged track — showcases MC talent such as Cypher Linguistics and Aaron Dalbec of hardcore punk band Bane. “Aaron of Bane wailed into my Rode NTK Tube condenser microphone, which I ran into the Mackie,” recalls Gigantor. “The Apogee Rosetta 800 — my baby — took it straight to the DAW. The LA-2A emulation from the UAD-1 was my vocal compressor of choice. A UAD-1 Pultec EQ gives it a bit of air.”