Legowelt: A Philosophy of Tracking
Legowelt digitally releases his 2021 vinyl-only album, A Philosophy of Tracking.
A Philosophy of Tracking was a vinyl LP album that accompanied the Legowelt Polyend Tracker hardware sequencer/sampler released in 2021, that all tracks were made on. Legowelt has now announced a digital release, including a collection of exclusive extra material.
For one of the additional tracks, Computerland (Forget this Lousy World), Legowelt made a video-clip using his own watercolour illustrations and animation.
For the tech-heads:
The Polyend Tracker is a Polish electronic music instrument, which is a hardware version of 1990s tracker music software like Protracker and Octamed. Originating on the Commodore Amiga and PC computer, this software could extensively sequence sound samples. Responsible for beginning thousands of musical careers, this software enabled those with just a basic computer to make viable music in their bedroom without expensive music gear. It played a vital role in the development of many electronic music styles such as Jungle, Gabber, Breakcore and The Hague electronix, to name a few.
In 2021 Polyend released the TRACKER Legowelt edition: with a custom faceplate designed by Legowelt and 5000 samples from his studio. It also came with a bunch of tracks: “.mod files” that could be studied and altered to your heart’s content.
A Philosophy of Tracking therefore is mainly a selection of these tracks with some vocoder/vocals added. All songs were made on the tracker, with added vocals and vocoder from a ZOOM1201, Korg RK100S, Roland VT‑5 and some reverb and delay effects from an Alesis Midiverb 4.