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Gallops return with first in a series of machine learning assisted singles

By | Published on Wednesday 6 July 2022


Gallops have returned with ‘Boolean Who?’, the first in a series of singles that see the trio move further into electronic music and experimenting with machine learning in its creation.

“These tracks are also about stripping back our sound and creating something that feels more direct and visceral”, says the band’s Mark Huckridge. “We’ve always been interested in club culture and this is us letting that shine through, working less with melody and focusing more on rhythmic elements and how they interact with each other, as well as not being afraid to let things repeat”.

‘Boolean Who?’ – and the other upcoming singles – see Gallops working with machine-learning research project Magenta, which introduces randomisation and chance to their music-making, as well as the use of experimental studio techniques influenced by the likes of dub innovator King Tubby.

“Whereas I’d always been most comfortable with composing with guitars, I found that this sense of comfort – of muscle memory – had been working against me”, Huckridge continues. “Muscle memory is not an issue with technology, it doesn’t have influences or an ego”.

“So whilst technology has always been a big part of Gallops and the creative process, this time around machines have very much been collaborators as well as sound-making tools. I’m interested in that push and pull battle with machines in the creative process. They produce variations which sound a bit skewed, a bit inhuman, and that’s exciting for me in terms of composing”.

Watch the video for ‘Boolean Who?’ here: