MODE – Lo Fi Odyssey
East London based writer/producer MODE has had an infatuation with music since he first sat at the piano aged just 4 years old. From this introduction in early childhood, music became an integral part of his life. A proficient pianist and percussionist, he left home aged 18 to study Classical Music at Goldsmiths College in London. Here he was exposed to new sounds and cultures stretching far beyond his classical background. After university, and having discovered a love of electronic music, MODE began writing and experimenting with various styles. Frustrated by technological limitations, he undertook a diploma in Audio Engineering to learn more about recording and production techniques. This has allowed him greater creative control and the ability to formulate and develop a distinctive sound, whilst his traditional background ensures deep harmonies, evocative melodies and solid structural writing in his work. Lo Fi Odyssey marks MODE’s first official release. The track is an entirely original piece and grew from the rolling rhodes chord progression, stumbled across whilst jamming late at night. Having laid down the rhodes with a driving beat and syncopated baseline the rest of the track is constructed layer upon layer achieving a full, rich texture all wrapped up in analogue warmth. The title is derived from two vital elements of the track. The harmonic foundation lies in the distorted ‘Lo Fi Rhodes’ whilst the hypnotic solo melody is performed on a 1970s vintage ‘Arp Odyssey’ synthesiser. Lo Fi Odyssey is the amalgamation of the two. This title felt even more appropriate when considering the links between the track and the story of ‘The Odyssey’. The structure and compositional technique of ‘theme and development’ reflect those implemented in Homer’s epic poem. The idea of the track being a journey is highlighted further by the sampling of a train passing by the window of the flat in Hackney where it was written.