Darren McClure

Darren McClure is from Northern Ireland, now living in Matsumoto, Japan.  His audio work focuses on texture, space and atmosphere.  Sound sources are both analogue and digital, hardware and software, incorporating found sounds and field recordings to lend an organic, tactile quality to the material.  His main intent is to create music to zone out to and zone into, a balance of widescreen drones and more minimal, abstract ambience.

He has released solo and collaborative work on a number of labels, including Dragons Eye, Glistening Examples and n5MD.  His music has also been used in conjunction with video artwork and documentary shorts.

A Mere Fraction

“A Mere Fraction” is an album that explores a sense of time and place.  Each track was built around found sounds that connect to the memory of recording, containing a personal narrative within its nine pieces.  Composed between the winter of 2018 and spring of 2019 for Audiobulb.


Cat: AB093

Release date: November 2019

 

Reviews

  1. Touching Extremes

    Dealing nowadays with atmospheric/electronic materials that make abundant use of environmental recordings introduces the risk of a poor figure for a reviewer, one way or another. Take for example this album by Darren McClure, who lists cooperations with estimable labels in his CV, but of whom we knew zilch concerning the sonic output before listening to this release.

    A Mere Fraction comprises music that, aesthetically speaking, has nothing wrong or distasteful enough to be harshly criticized. Its components are expertly arranged in the aural panorama, the constant emergence of real life refractions modulated by astute processing. The audio quality is impeccable and I sincerely enjoyed several tracks, although now and then along the set a couple of dangerous flirts with the genre’s clichés do occur.

    The vile side of my brain instilled the suspicion that a record like this could be produced by any geek with a minimum of talent and money to afford adequate equipment. In essence, I have some difficulty in separating the composer’s actual skill – it’s definitely there, mind you – from the smoke thrown in the eyes by the mix’s resonant richness.

    All things considered, a measure of seriousness is detectable in McClure’s work, his approach perceived as quite conscientious by these ears. This, for the moment, is sufficient to promote the effort, albeit with a few second thoughts. In any case, if one’s not obsessed with excessive analytical claims, A Mere Fraction sounds really good more often than not.

  2. So What

    Appunti del reale che diventano origine di intime elucubrazioni perdendo ogni connotato spazio temporale. Sono traiettorie narrative sospese in un limbo etereo ed informe le tracce che compongono il nuovo lavoro di Darren McClure, liquide peregrinazioni  che dal dato oggettivo si distaccano per divenire autonomo flusso atmosferico.

    Espanse modulazioni sintetiche si muovono come banchi di indomite nubi in lieve e costante mutazione plasmando variegate visioni che inglobano tattili frammenti estrapolati dall’ambiente e tramutati in cristallina suggestione. Assecondando la risonanza sensoriale associata, McClure costruisce percorrenze che di volta in volta prendono la forma di placide meditazioni interpolate da striature nervose (“In The Aisles”, “Smoke Filled Room”), avvolgenti distese armoniche (“Knots”, “Pira Pira”) o irrequiete frequenze umbratili (“Uncritical Coils”, “Impact, Plumes and Clouds”) dando vita ad un universo emozionale sfaccettato ed instabile.

    Un accurato diario di palpitanti sogni lucidi.

  3. Ether Real

    Avoir décidé de suivre avec davantage d’attention la carrière de Darren McClure va nécessiter d’y revenir très régulièrement puisqu’A Mere Fraction est déjà le deuxième long-format publié par l’Irlandais lors de ce second semestre. Aux petites phrases mélodiques d’On Opposites, paru en juillet dernier, répondent les textures perturbées de ce nouvel effort, sortant uniquement en version digitale, comme la plupart des publications d’Audiobulb.

    Perturbées, les textures de cette grosse heure musicale le sont car parcourues de glitchs, souffles et bruissements divers, comme si McClure avait voulu capter des sons à travers le monde et les avait réintégrés dans ses compositions : petites explosions semblables à des coups de tonnerre, murmures comparables à de la pluie, bruits de flux et reflux de vagues, etc… Au-delà de ces apports, l’Irlandais n’oublie pas de conférer une luminosité certaine à quelques-unes de ses composantes (Knots, Pulse Of The Landscape) et, de manière plus générale, demeure dans une forme d’économie de moyens qui le conduit à ne pas verser dans la surenchère.

    Son minimalisme, qu’on saluait précédemment, trouve donc une nouvelle déclinaison, peut-être un peu plus sec mélodiquement, avec A Mere Fraction, déclinaison qui se déploie pleinement dans les treize minutes du caudal Impact, Plumes And Cloud. Outre une basse légèrement grésillante, cette pièce accueille ainsi quelques micro-pulsations, un petit trémolo aigu et quelques-uns des compléments captés par Darren McClure, confirmant, possiblement davantage que le reste de l’album, la dimension narrative de ses propositions musicales.