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Where Are You

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Perpetual Emotion Machine

from Omega


This song is track three on Omega, and was a collaboration with my sister.

The track began as an experiment to try and create a track that sounded like Underworld circa 1994. I wanted something long and ambient but dance-worthy also.

When the sequencing was finished, I thought that it needed something and tried to write lyrics, some kind of a tone poem, but it was not something I was used to doing. In the end I put out a call to all my writer friends asking if they had any poems that would be willing to contribute, and I got this one from my sister entitled “Where Were You”. I liked the tone of it so I recorded myself reciting it into a set of headphones plugged into my mic jack which gave it a really lo-fi sound. Then I manually chopped it up and elongated it in spots in a wave editor and distributed it across the length of the song.

The poem tells of a lonely soul, abandoned, questioning the loyalty of those around them, and then discovering — by way of necessity — their own inner strength.

Where Are You is the track that I started to rediscover the sound of my favourite instrument, the piano. It begins to appear more commonly in my work after this.

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Perpetual Emotion Machine

The demo version of this, without the poem added. Also there is a sample from a well known track by Seal which prevents me from putting this on the interwebs.

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Where Were You

Perpetual Emotion Machine

Second demo with replacement drum loop, but no lyrics.

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Where Are You

Perpetual Emotion Machine

The final album version.


written, produced and arranged by Perpetual Emotion Machine. ©2006 Woof Boom Productions.

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Where Are You (The Immaculate Contraption Remix)

Perpetual Emotion Machine

The harder remix which appeared on the Glory EP in 2007. This actually started because I thought I had lost the original work file for the first version and this was an attempt to recreate it using the same tools. But I did eventually find the other version.


written, produced and arranged by Perpetual Emotion Machine. ©2007 Woof Boom Productions. remixed by The Immaculate Contraption.