Artist – Modal Plane
Genre – Synthwave/Ambient/Experimental
Label – Circuit Church
Orlando Florida based; William Randall aka Modal Plane has been an electronic artist I have had the greatest of pleasures in following for about four/five years now. Most strikingly Williams originality permeates throughout his in-depth, nuanced soundscapes. He is ultimately a sound and visual designer, sonically conjuring the essence of the imagery he wishes to paint in an impressionistic way, that of which an artist would paint on canvas.
William typically generates his own nostalgic feel through visuals to accompany his music clips on social media, however, in the past he has collaborated with a couple of glitch artists like, Sara Goodman and Chromatic Artifacts in order to create full-length visual tracks, “Ninety_ Six_ Zeros” and “At The Edge Of Everything”, for his 2019 album, ‘Terra Null’, both videos can be viewed on the, Circuit Church Bandcamp ‘Video’ link, an electronic cassette tape label which Modal Plane is an integral part of. Most excitingly, both William and Sara are currently working together on a full project which will be released on VHS cassette very soon!
William is master of soul-stirring melodies and perfectly curated samples. He thrives through forming sonic and visual narratives and his musical distinctiveness is born through tapping into his authentic creative nature which rings true with fluidity throughout all of his creative works. His brilliance lays in projecting complex programmed, live recorded instrumental and modulated synth layer structures, in a simplistic, spacious sounding way. In the technical hardware sense, working closely with Sean Pendleton, owner of online shop, VOIDModular, selling Eurorack and Synthesizer Do-It-Yourself (SDIY) products, no doubt, helps inspire and innovate Williams ideas in progressively pushing forward uniquely expressive synthscapes. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VOIDModular
In February of this year, Modal Plane released one of his most transcendent, nuanced works to date, ‘New Age Forestry’, a split album featuring, Jared Silvia aka Pressurewave, also the executive producer to Modal Plane’s ‘Terra Null’ album in which I mentioned above. This body of work provides stimulus and is both graceful and haunting, featuring gentle, sentimental ambient music exploring various visions of imaginary forest landscapes.
Both William and Jared provide a few words on how the idea of the album was born and what atmosphere both brought to the project.
William/ Modal Plane
“This split cassette w/ Jared Silvia revolves around our different interpretations of a sketch he did, and the idea of developing a sound based in/around nature, and our interactions with it. The cassette is completely DIY. Each cassette package is hand stamped, recorded, and labelled in house circuit church records. Also, an extremely limited release which is current sold out but is still available to download in digital format. I hope you enjoy this album.” – W.R
“I was drawing on my iPad one day and wrote the words “New Age Forestry” under this weird blocky thing I had sketched. I sent it to Will and said, “let’s do an album where we both interpret this theme.” This release is the result. MP’s side is a dark, foggy forest of inward journeying. My side is an ambient map of four locations in Japan that I find especially soulful and important. I hope you check this out, friends. It’s the first time I’ve officially released anything of my own in over 10 years. Here’s to it being the first of many.” – J.S
Please keep up-to-date with the creative endeavours of, Modal Plane and all the brilliant artists he collaborates with over on his social media platforms.