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Caleidisco is experimental sampledelica producer Nicholas Gathany

“it was like listening to a magic trick!” - Mark Hosler of Negativland

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  • 9/22/2017 - Yeah I Know It Sucks: review blog

    "So, so… what’s this? Who are you? What’s the meaning of life? Oh and most importantly; what is this music? It’s a bit strange, like it’s made for some animated full length cartoon or something even weirder. I do not know if I really like it at first sight , it does however make me feel out of place. It just seems to go everywhere and nowhere at the same time; giving my brain a brain-freeze just by it being slightly confused; a tiny bit over heated with too much information."

    "One moment we are chilling in cartoon land and in another we swiftly ran in some active vibe that is slightly mental in a funky kind of way. I can’t even tell you what kind of way, it’s just moving so quick, not giving me the opportunity to focus on one thing as it just moves on like it’s a deejay mix done by a insane deejay with a ridiculous record collection for spinning. In all honesty, when the first track had stopped I felt completely exhausted; that set was pretty intense!"

    "After a long coffee break I went to check out the rest, ah; the coffee did me well. The music had flourished up like a happy field of colorful lovable flowers of all kinds, shapes and sizes. The tracks showcased them all, highlighting each and ever piece with lots of detail and attention. It went from one side to another, showcasing all these pretty oddities in a way I could only describe as pure magic. No hocus pocus; real magic! I guess that this is music that simply needs to grow… it definitely deserves respect, so I bowed down to it and kissed the artwork willingly."

    "It’s such a extraordinary mix of loving instruments & cultured sounds that amazingly work together. It takes time to comprehend, but deserves plenty of respect as this must have taken ages/years to create. Compare it to a extra large sweater knitted with every kind of material (next to wool) that you could possible find in the world, it’s a lot of work and looks a bit strange when it’s all knotted together visual-wise, but in the end its a awesome finalized product that will keep someone pleasantly warm at night. This isn’t a sweater, this is love for music, sounds, instruments, culture at its finest."

  • 9/15/2017 - Ektoplazm: Sound Liberation

    "On the ambitious Infinite Variations of Black & White Caleidisco (Nicholas Gathany) seamlessly splices and layers thousands of sources from virtually every style and genre, weaving samples like cosmic thread to form something entirely new and unique. 12 years in the making, this 56-minute musical journey is a cohesive whole of harmonic ambiguity, always changing and evolving as it treks us into alien frontiers. Each track is titled as a brand new color, never-seen-before; you must HEAR 2 SEE."

  • 7/18/2017 - Ektoplazm: Sound Liberation

    "Caleidisco is San Francisco Bay Area experimental producer Nicholas Gathany (formerly known as Coloringbook), bringing us the sequel to the warp-drive kawaii roller coaster that is Candy Island. Marshmallow Moon is the second installment in the Caleidisco’s Braindrip series, a 60-minute trip of non-stop sample-delic madness and euphoria. Putting good use to the wide breadth of the musical spectrum by layering, mixing, sampling, and splicing our way on a magical voyage to new worlds, Marshmallow Moon is a synesthesial celebration of future sound and color. This freestyle sound influenced by future bass, dofflin, nu-disco, future funk, psybient, house, and much more."

  • 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 (formerly known as Coloringbook) is San Francisco Bay Area Argentinian-American experimental producer Nicholas Gathany, bushwhacking through the wilds of a musical multiverse, confined by no genre or time. Candy Island is the debut installment of Caleidisco‘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, psybient, trip-hop, progressive rock, seapunk, vaporwave, shibuya-kei, dream pop, and more."

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

    "[Caleidisco], or is it your childhood dreams? You know, I’m talking the kind that we disguised carefully into incomprehensible drawings, but sweated unrealistically of sensation. Impetuous lines that we disclosed only to ourselves and were dripping with the hot tears of our still sleeping eyes. Where there was no end or begining, only dreaming, non-stop, because we lived during the most total night. Somewhere the senses blend with the sweet purity of a barely extinguished sunset. It's all in the scene painted by Nicholas Gathany that seems to spangle the memories of an age gilded by 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."