Posted on December 15th, 2019
Filed under: Music News — Karl Olson @ 8:49 pm
My final album of the 2010s, Variable Undefined
Not coincidentally, I also just did an interview on MC Lars’ Podcast, which I’ve embedded below but which is also on all major services. I talk about my process, my feelings on being a hobbyist more than a professional regarding music, my reticence towards embracing the modern parasocial path towards a wider audience, on learning to be an art burner the hard way, a little about Nerdcore history, too much about anime and on my admiration for all the people who found a better lane to blend otaku culture and rap culture than I did. Please, take a moment to listen to it when you have a chance, and be sure to subscribe to MC Lars’ podcast and patreon:
PS: Here’s my final instrumental album of the 2010s, which I forgot to blog about the wide release of. It’s called Guttersnipe’s Grimoire and it’s pure Drum n’ Bass:
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Posted on April 20th, 2019
Filed under: Music News — Karl Olson @ 12:32 pm
Both instrumental releases, but very different eras of my work.
1. Contemporary Vintage. A Drum n’ Bass LP that I started writing while in the Narita Airport Tully’s Coffee waiting to fly back to Canada, it’s 10 more energetic jams that range from super aggro to almost chill despite never falling below 170bpm. Check it out on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon and Youtube:
2. Brobdingnagian Brimborion. Over the years I’ve done a lot of remixes for other artists, and the ones I’ve done for rappers tend to be such dramatic re-imaginings they can stand on their own as instrumentals because I didn’t use anything but the vocals from the original track. Thus, I’ve compiled 29 of those instrumentals spanning a decade and a half of work. Again, check it out on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon and YouTube:
PS: You could be listening to one more new release right now plus some forever exclusive content if you subscribe to my Bandcamp. It’s like Patreon but for music, and also annual so less money goes to fees.
PPS: Bonus cover!
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Posted on January 9th, 2019
Filed under: Music News — Karl Olson @ 1:03 am
So, my new album, Kintsugi, is out. It’s kind of a lot like my self-titled album from last year in some ways. In others, it’s probably unlike anything else I’ve released. I really don’t know what I’ll do vocally after this one at the very least. This was a fusion of the synth pop/alternative rock album I’d thought about doing almost as long as I’d thought about doing Nerdcore Hiphop, and of much more recent material and more modern genre aesthetics generally. I’d written a lot of music and lyrics I didn’t have the right production style for yet I guess. It’s kind of a project I’ve put a lot of effort into by virtue of nudging it along occasionally for years, but also one I’ve not put much effort into because I specifically recorded the vocals as briskly as I could rather than trapping myself in much second guessing or over-polishing. Rather, the effort was, after years of over thinking it and not killing my darlings, finishing it as fast my voice would let me. It’s weird, like me. Hopefully, a few folks enjoy it.
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Posted on December 9th, 2018
Filed under: Music News — Karl Olson @ 12:00 pm
If you had already jumped on my $5 a year sale to subscribe to my music (including lossless downloads of everything I’ve released on bandcamp,) you would already be listening to my latest vocal release, Kintsugi. It’s basically the long over due Electronica Pop EP I’ve been playing with since before I even released the first Romance Language LP. Material that spans over a decade & a half. It goes wide release on January 9th, 2019, but if you want in early while locking in all the new releases I do for the next year for only $5, now is the time.
Alternately, I just need at least 10 people to leave my albums loop playing on Spotify or the streaming service of their choice 24/7. It all works out 😀
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Posted on November 18th, 2018
Filed under: Music News — Karl Olson @ 2:53 pm
First off, I’m doing a massive sale on subscribing to the Ultraklystron bandcamp. Until 2019, it’s only $5 a year. Yes, only FIVE DOLLARS PER YEAR!!!
This gets you access to everything in my backcatalog on Bandcamp, plus advance access to any new music or back-catalog music I release during the year, and it’s not just streaming via Bandcamp, but as lossless downloads you get to keep forever, even if you end up dropping the subscription. All for less than a penny and half per day! Even if you’re already subscriber, cancel and re-sub during the sale, lock in this lower price!
Meanwhile, another Drum n’ Bass album (my sixth in the past couple years,) is out. Enjoy Sorekaradoshitano:
Lastly, there’s definitely one release already queued up and in the pipe for early release on my birthday (November 27th) – it’s called Kintsugi and while I can’t link the Bandcamp info yet, for those who won’t subscribe even with a sale, at least be sure to get it first thing on January 9th, 2019 by using the Spotify hyperfollow option here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/ultraklystron/fpET.
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Posted on August 21st, 2018
Filed under: Music News — Karl Olson @ 8:47 pm
18 months, 5 drum n’ bass albums, each with 10 songs. Below is the 5th. Technically not my most productive stretch of time (even including the 20 song beat tape, 10 song Nerd(?) Rap/Pop(?) LP and 5 song Chiptune EP,) but I think the quality has been consistent. Give it (and the rest) a listen:
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Posted on May 6th, 2018
Filed under: Music News — Karl Olson @ 11:58 pm
Why yes, I am washed! Why do you ask?
Anyway, slightly more seriously with slightly less pseudo self-deprecation, I’ve released my first Nerdcore(?) Rap(?) LP in over 2 years, and it’s brisk – 10 tracks, 26 minutes, so rather than continuing to talk about it, here’s an embed of my bandcamp, followed by links to all of the other services:
Oh that said, shoutout to CJSF in Vancouver for breaking this album already on the airwaves on their show “The Vancouver Mixtape”! College radio play for life!
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Posted on February 15th, 2018
Filed under: Music News — Karl Olson @ 7:21 pm
So I totally forgot to mention it here, but I did one more Drum n’ Bass LP & a Big Beat EP last year. Somehow I still just about managed to do a track a week on average including collabs As always, I’ve sent things to collaborators too, so seeds have been sown for 2018 as well, so actually, I probably did a bit over a track a week (most of it on the train though.) I really don’t know when I’m getting to my own new music this year (no more train commutes,) so be sure to really enjoy the 2017 stuff:
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Posted on November 14th, 2017
Filed under: Music News — Karl Olson @ 10:32 pm
Much to even my own surprise, I had ten more big Drum n’ Bass tracks in me this year, resulting in If You Have To Ask You Will Never Know, my 3rd LP in that genre this year. This time, I actually waited to blog about it until I had it up on some of the major music services, so if you’re more about iTunes, Spotify or Amazon, there you go. It should be up on all major services before too long, so keep an eye on or follow my artist page on your service of choice. The other albums of this sudden trilogy, Lookbook and Emergent Behaviour are also up on the all of the major services or should be there shortly too.
That said, it’s a bit shocking to me that I’ve probably released the most Drum n’ Bass since I was teenager this year. It certainly wasn’t anything I planned. However, it was rather enjoyable to write these records and find themes to encapsulate each one. Further still, my process – working out songs while commuting to and from work – was ultimately a throwback to how I often wrote in my early teenage years. Back then I’d have my headphones and QY70 pocket sequencer as I took the metro bus back home, burning through AA batteries on a black & white LCD screen with no backlight. The gear may have changed along with where I’m commuting, but at the end of the day, it’s about finding a relaxing use for time that’d otherwise be spent moping on public transit. I think I did a pretty good of that at a minimum.
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Posted on September 25th, 2017
Filed under: Music News — Karl Olson @ 10:17 am
Why a tribute to the Netflix X Jaden Smith X Ezra Koenig X Nick Weidenfeld (of Viceland) anime mini-series Neo Yokio? Well, it was a fun watch, and the running Toblerone gag was oddly inspiring. Besides, I’ve released one other Rap track this year, gotta take chances when I’m feeling it. Which hasn’t been often… huh maybe this worked because I certainly had the right melancholic mood for a Neo Yokio tribute 😉
BTW, the actual show is good fun if you don’t overthink it or expect some visual masterpiece. This was done on a relative shoe string for Fox’s ADHD block originally, and could’ve been lost to time if the folks involved didn’t put in a lot of work to get it moved to Netflix. Approach it lightly and it’s a good time.