Since then, I've worked on and off on various demos and remixes, all very different in style, just trying to find a sound and style that I could define as Galvanax. In late 2009, I began working on a focused set of tracks that I hope to become a six-track EP. The EP is nearing completion, and I hope to release it by summer of 2011 on Anything Industries.
I do have other projects that are even more removed from Galvanax; I have an industrial rock band with my best friend called Bygone Era and an as yet unnamed rock project that I'm still putting together.
Listening to and playing so many styles of music, it would be insane to contain it all into a single project, but as far as Galvanax is concerned, I would say that as long as the "feel" is coherent and consistent, then that's the style.
Ultimately, I decided to trim the track down to the essential elements of that creepy and almost epic bass line that dominates the second half of the song. Something about that bass line and the synth tone on the impOSCar gave me chills (and it continues to do so). I decided that it would be made even more interesting with some e-bow guitars to mirror the bass line and add some depth; it would also be a different use of guitar as opposed to the traditional power chord mentality, though that had crossed my mind to employ.
Also, since it was inspired by Lovecraft's work, I thought about the one element of Lovecraft that I thought of the most - Nyarlathotep, the messenger, deceiver. Given the tumultuous state of the world right now (as is said in the story, "To a season of political and social upheaval was added a strange and brooding apprehension of hideous physical danger," "a daemoniac alteration in the sequence of the seasons," "the world and perhaps the universe had passed from the control of known gods or forces to that of gods or forces which were unknown"), Nyarlathotep lingers with me more than any of Lovecraft's other creations. Through this association came the marching/tribal drums (which I played live via a USB keyboard), as well as the track title. There's a lot going on in that track that is actually played live - most of the programmed sequences are from that original bass line.
The first Galvanax EP will see me bringing in my Korg MS2000B and my Roland GR-1 guitar synthesizer, so it will be nice to mix up the hardware and software.
Honestly, I have no set method other than to simply start with a synth or a guitar and start playing to see what comes to me. I tend to use a wide palette of sounds because they are available to me, but in keeping with the exploratory nature of Galvanax, I try to avoid presets as much as possible, no matter the instrument or effect.
I'm also currently working on remixes and session work (as a guitarist) for Retrogramme, KLANK, White Shadow, and Everpresent to name a few. I contributed guitars to a Retrogramme track, "Share the Cancer," which I'm told is slated to appear on the second Electronic Saviors compilation.
I also would like to possibly take Galvanax live in the foreseeable future, preferably with a live partner to make for a more dynamic performance. All of that depends on a number of factors, and my priorities now are to finish the EP and remixes first.