30drop – Photosynthetic Zone Manifesto
30drop presents a new conceptual album developed as a speculative experiment and based on a hypothetical plant-life evolution in different planetary environments. It also considers the possibility that these new life forms reached advanced intelligence and technological development.
Interactions at the molecular level develop different forms of life from the simplest to the most complex. Life as we know it is based on carbon and developed under very specific environmental conditions, while largely adapting to its changes through evolution. But what could happen if some plant forms found the way to distant planets? How would they evolve and develop under very different environmental pressure? Other combinations are possible and therefore other forms of life are also possible. Plant-life could become something much more complex, developing into intelligent and beings if the necessary conditions and combinations were given to do so.
The album portrays those hypothetical and alternative molecular combinations in the form of songs. Exposed to different chemical elements, gravitational and environmental conditions, dormant genes and signaling pathways are activated and uncannily combined. And just like the molecular events, sounds are combined in different ways, whether simple or complex, to create songs that provide an artistic vision to that scientific concept that opens a hypothesis to other types of intelligence that are far from human and that could exist in the vast out there.
The conceptual part of this project has been done in collaboration and with the supervision of Meritxell Rosell, PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Credits: ‘Photosynthetic Zone Manifesto’ LP is written, produced and mixed by 30drop. Mastering by Mario Castillo. Artwork by Sònia Toneu. 30drop photography by Marilyn Clark. Special thanks to Meritxell Rosell, Angel Molina, Jeff Mills and Yoko Uozumi. All rights reserved.
In his formative years, the artist responsible for 30drop discovered new synthetic and electronic sounds that would later influence his work. From the year 1996, his activity as a DJ powered his link with music, focused on Detroit Techno and Techno sounds that held the transgressive references of Birmingham, UK. These impressions saw 30drop magnetise toward an industrial, experimental, noise-based sound, particularly in the mid-2000s.
After a creative pause, 2014 brought his new project, ‘30drop’, at this time his label 30D Records of which he is the Manager and joint A&R with Angel Molina, was also born.
Using experimentation, 30drop does not create its music merely as the culmination of its concerns but as a channel for expression. The twin ideas of timelessness and multi- dimensionality are always present in the project. The continuous play between light and darkness as the music transmits these concepts truly defines it.
Solid Techno, a repetitive beat, a cosmic melody and syncopated harmonies are all used to create a universe that reflects the endless expansion of outer space and at the same time, introspection; soul, mind, muscle and brain.
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Data size (full album): 44.1kHz 24bit wav: approx 827MB / mp3: approx 125MB