30drop – Soroban


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Digital Download

1. Dunkelblau  (4’31”)

2. Mystery Of Bead (4’16”)

3. Abstraction Capacity (4’29”)

4. Go-Dama (5’59”)

5. Tones (6’28”)

6. Accepting The Future (3’41”)

7. Isocortex (3’38”)

8. Insert (3’53”)

9. Chemoreceptors (3’51”)

10. Symbiotic (6’36”)

11. Time For Listening (3’36”)

The evolution and development of the human mind continues to be one of the most significant existing mysteries, similarly to the evolution and development of the Universe. Human capabilities such as language, artistic creation, philosophical thought or the ability to calculate are an indispensable part of the expansion of the human brain.

Contrary to what was previously believed, a scientific study showed that these abilities are not a consequence of the mind’s development, but rather the cause of said development. The ‘Washoe Project’ experiment, which consisted of teaching the gestural language of deaf-mute people to primates, concluded that due to this learning, their brains had evolved. This evolution is what the human mind has undergone to the point where it is today.

Just as the acquisition of language had a tremendous impact for the human mind, mathematics played a similar role, but at a much deeper and complex level, endowing the human being with very high capacities for abstraction, reflection, and lateral thinking.

The Japanese abacus called Soroban ‘そろばん’, is considered the first calculator in Japan and has played an essential role in the cultural and educational development of the country. Besides, its importance in the development of the right part of the brain (the one responsible for understanding and artistic creation), has been scientifically proven.

Thus, the Soroban has become a symbol of learning and an icon of mathematical language for today’s human civilization; as well as a standard of mathematics’ influence on the evolution of the human mind.

This LP is 30drop’s conclusion to his research, experimentation and learnings of the influence and importance of the Soroban in shaping the most abstract and deep parts of the human mind.

The 11 tracks that compose the album are pieces that, like the mind, evolve as a consequence of each other in an orderly way. Starting with the early origins represented by the track ‘Dunkelblau’ with which the album begins, going through ‘Go’-Dama’, ‘Tones’ and ‘Accepting The Future’, which represent the complexity reached by the human brain, and ending with ‘Symbiotic’ and ‘Time For Listening’. These last tracks present the maximum capacity for abstraction and reflection on everything assimilated and learned throughout the journey of this album and throughout human evolution.


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.


‘Soroban’ LP is written, produced and mixed by 30drop. Mastering by Mario Castillo. Artwork by Sònia Toneu. 30drop photography by Marilyn Clark. Special thanks to Angel Molina and Jeff Mills. All rights reserved.