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Caleidisco is Argentinian-American producer Nicholas Gathany, the artist formerly known as ぬりえほん Coloringbook & Zyzzybalubah

  • 6/12/2017 - Codes And Notes

    "I was somewhere in Belgium, slumping on the edge of my desk, when the sound began to take hold."

    "The best way to describe Candy Island is that it feels like a DJ took seven turntables and mixed seven vinyls at once, layering them one on top of each other until… they just fit. Somehow. Why and how it works, I don’t know. One could try to reproduce this for months and still be unable to reach the equilibrium obtained by Caleidisco. What? Who’s that? Caleidisco is apparently the new name of Nicholas Gathany‘s act, previously known as Coloringbook. You follow? This is important, goddammit! Anyway: to anyone who knows how hard it actually is to make layers of sounds fit together, Candy Island is nothing short of a minor miracle. Wait, did I say minor?"

    "Good memories coming back from that 37 hours-straight coding session. Joy and admiration at my office desk while breaks loops and candy-covered melodies blast through my headphones… Forget what you know about music and notes. Listening to Candy Island is like overdosing on sound waves. And yeah, it feels great. There’s a trick you know! When data is missing, such as audio information in this case, your brain tends to compensate in order to make sense of it all. It’s a bit like watching a David Lynch movie: no matter how many times you’ve been told that you’re NOT supposed to make any sense of it… you’re still going to try and see things that are simply not there. So I guess that if David Lynch had taken high doses of acid and teamed up with Timothy Leary to make a music album, this would be the result. Caleidisco somehow manages to play with that, but instead he overflows you with musical data until your brain starts building bridges to tie it together."

    "Or to put it another way: if progressive house was a straight line, thumping at regular pace while slowly building itself, then Candy Island would be a 200ft high roller-coaster on speed that shakes you ’till your teeth rattle. Maybe you remember Fatboy Slim and Big Beat? That’s what we’re listening at. Only with a warp drive switch stuck to factor 10. Oh wait, I think this one goes up to eleven…

    "At my venerable age I’ve witnessed and experienced a sh!tload of music styles: new beat, acid music, house, techno, breaks, big beat, progressive, electro, hiphop, triphop… That’s about when I started to get bored with it all. But I’ve got a hunch that Caleidisco’s Candy Island might be pointing towards the next big trend in music. So grab it, absorb it and trip on it while it’s fresh."

  • 4/09/2017 - Ektoplazm: Sound Liberation

    "Caleidisco is San Francisco Bay Area Argentinian-American experimental producer Nicholas Gathany (AKA Zyzzybalubah) bushwhacking through the wilds of a musical multiverse, confined by no genre or time. Candy Island is the debut installment of Coloringbook‘s new Braindrip series, weaving together a synesthesic tapestry of color, nostalgia, wonder, and good vibrations. Performed and mixed live in studio, this is a magical mystery tour to drench yourself in thick layers of high contrast pleasing harmonic ambiguity. Inspiration and influences range all over the place from neo-psychedelia, progressive, seapunk, vaporwave, psybient, shibuya-kei, trip-hop, dream pop, and indietronica."

  • 3/15/2017 - The New Thing @thingofthenew

    "Caleidisco or your childhood dreams. You know, I’m talking about those we disguised carefully into incomprehensibly drawings, but who sweated unrealistically of sens. Impetuous lines with those we disclosed to ourselves and that were dripping of our still sleeping eyes hot tears, where there wasn’t end or begining. We were dreaming without it stops because we lived during the most total night, somewhere the senses blended with the sweet purity of a barely extinguished sunset. It’s in the scene painted by Nicholas Gathany that seems to spangle the memories of an age gilded by the saint ignorance. Have a good trip"

    "Thibault"

  • 2/10/2017 - Doklands Music Blog

    "Take a few thousand short samples from other songs. Stitch and layer them by hand. Repeat this process for over a decade. Caleidisco has just released the preliminary results of this process, the album Infinite Variations (Demos), and it's probably the most meticulous and most arduously assembled work of plunderphonica ever."

    "With most sample-based music it's obvious that it's been created from various sources. Not so with this. The craftsmanship in hiding the seams is extraordinary. That's not to say that it sounds naturalistic. Laflaysiil starts as a cascade of twinkling trip-hop stars, princess pink and adorned with online glitter, all smoothed over by a sheen of kitsch. It's massively intricate but still tremendously pretty. At least it is until the wicked stepmother starts to elbow her way into the frame. The bar has been raised."