1 ASCENDANCE

Ascendance was created in a short period of time, approximately one to two months. It was the origin of a few electronic projects, Solace Divinity, then Mansion of Red Roses, that eventually led to the creation of Memex. Ascendance began as a tribute to Serial Experiments Lain, and the quotes in it are in Japanese, the language that the anime was originally released with. The album contains a great deal of glitched percussion and has a consistent melody using piano. Samples are the primary form of percussion, and it was during this stage of electronic music production that exploring different methods was done.

About the tracks

All of the tracks in Ascendance have a piano based melody, usually accompanied by a distorted bass guitar and sometimes a synth that accompanies the melody. There is little baseline involved in the tracks.

  1. Mnemosyne, the first among the twelve tracks in Ascendance, is named after the anime RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne, which is a violent and psychological anime about the darker side of reproduction.

  2. Splitting, the second track, is named after the term in psychology to mean that one thinks in extremes, or black and white thinking.

  3. Awaken is named after the Buddhist experience of the direct perception of emptiness, and the following track,

  4. Broken, says in a way that despite good merit, such a person can still experience suffering of the self.

  5. Exiled is the fifth track in Ascendance, followed by

  6. Mariko, also called Mirror, of which track is named after Mariko from Elfen Lied. Mariko/Mirror is therefore a more gentle track.

  7. Taken was named after its emotionally intense build up that progresses throughout the song and culminates in a finally, much like the last track, Void.

  8. Eternity is the eighth track, followed by

  9. Finality, followed by

  10. Transcendence.

  11. Time, number eleven, is named such based on its bpm automation, in which the tempo of the track increases throughout; its genre is trance, or techno, and ends with some drum and bass and breakbeat. The progression of Ascendance suggests a traditional story of cyclic self-discovery, such as the plot to Serial Experiments Lain.

  12. The album concludes with Void, a reference to the experience of Nirvana and also of the philosophical concept Void, or Absolute.

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