Libations & Oscillations is collaborative effort by Austin-based artists/producers/DJs Tonebreaker and Joseph Noctum. In addition to the music, they always provide a unique short story that sets the mood for the mix. For the Cracked Chronometer they dive into a little steam-punk fare with a nod to the classic lawful evil Dungeons & Dragons duergar (aka grey dwarves)…
In this tale, Dr. Dirigible (Tonebreaker) and The Outlaw Saint (Joseph Noctum) have affixed an ancient Duergar chronometer to their airship, the S.S. Discord. According to legend, this device will allow them to sail the temporal seas firsthand. However, upon entering the tesseract, the chronometer cracks and sends our band of ne’er-do-well’s skittering through the fabric of spacetime. The resulting adventure through past, present, and future is transcribed in sound for your listening enjoyment.
Being a sci-fi/fantasy junkie and an unapologetic nerd, I enjoy the back stories because it adds an extra dimension to the aural imagery they’re pushing with the tunes. It helps that I’m also into their genre deconstruction and it’s ability to defy easy classification. If forced, I’d probably lump it in with the overly generic future bass or glitch-hop monikers, which doesn’t really do it justice. Give it a full and thorough listen.
You can check out more Libations & Oscillations work over at Tonebreaker.org.
1. Miroslav Losonsky – Neanderthal
2. Griff – Improbability
3. Great Scott – Looking Good (Instrumental)
4. The Glitch Mob – Beyond Monday
5. Mongoose – Dragon Slayer
6. Kalya Scintilla – Caravan Planet
7. Birds Of Paradise – Lucid Dream
8. Cassette Culture – We Once Had An Empire (Jungle Fiction Remix)
9. Daft Punk – Rinzler (Kaskade Remix)
10. Akira Kiteshi – Iron Man
11. Bassnectar – Boombox (Bassnectar & Ill.Gates Remix)
12. The Glitch Mob – Animus Vox
13. Muse – Knights Of Cydonia (Gramatik Remix)
14. Great Scott – Mad Hydraulic Bounce
15. Kalya Scintilla – Way Of The Tarot
16. Emancipator – Rattlesnakes (saQi Remix)
17. Pretty Lights – Somethings Wrong
18. Bird Of Prey – Pathfinder feat. Ryan Johnson and Robert Rich
19. Trifonic – Growing Distance Pt. 2 (Instrumental)
20. C2C – F-U-Y-A
21. Benn Jordan – Sunrise In Blue Skies
22. Massive Attack vs. The Bug – Catch A Fire Sam (Libations & Oscillations Cocktail)
As a bonus, L&O have remixed Portishead’s “Roads” tune for a different mix entitled Cadavre Exquis. The take came from Lori Petty’s turn in the “sand shower” from the supremely under-rated Tank Girl flick.