Itai

About

Itai

Itai is a multi-instrumentalist and analogue electronic-music composer. Piecing together fragments of moments that otherwise would be forever lost, he uses an analogue modular synthesizer which he has spent countless hours assembling. The result is a musical portal into worlds that disappear as quickly as they form.

In an age where technology has made music into a commodity, Itai tries to capture the ephemeral nature of analogue electronic music by suspending moments that will never form again.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/itaimodular/
https://instagram.com/iiitaiii/

Gear

Analog Modular Synthesizer: Moog, Noise Engineering, Make Noise, Malekko Heavy Industries, Mutable Instruments, Retro Mechanical Labs, Bastl Instruments, Pittsburgh Modular.

Acoustic Instruments: Piano, acoustic guitar, drums

Videos

Releases

Awake / Asleep

22nd May, 2019

Awake / Asleep attempts to find that elusive place between wakefulness and sleep. As the first song fades into a crescendo, the sound seems to fill the room with thick frequencies, that are as organic as they are mechanical, while Itai’s vocals eventually find their way into the mix as if to find a human voice within the machine.

The EP was originally released exclusively on vinyl, to ensure the music was physically delivered to the listener in the most human way. It is now being released digitally for the first time on TruthTable.

Reviews

Merchants of air

Gary Numan meets Author & Punisher, that was my first thought when I listened to the six tracks on this abstract electronic techno album. Well, techno might not be the correct term. I think I prefer the phrase "harsh synth pop" for most of these tunes, including 'The Greatest' the impending 'Asleep'. Don't expect repetitive beats and lame vocals but instead prepare for mechanic soulsearching and a massively futuristic sound. My personal favorite here is the friendly 'Adream', a neat downtempo tune. But, as usual, I recommend checking out the entire EP. This is an interesting approach to modern day electronic music.


Indie Pulse Music

The sound fills the room with thick frequencies, that are as organic as they are mechanical, while Itai’s vocals eventually find their way into the mix as if to find a human voice within the machine.

Itai is a multi-instrumentalist and analogue electronic-music composer. Piecing together fragments of moments that otherwise would be forever lost, he uses an analogue modular synthesizer which he has spent countless hours assembling. The result is a musical portal into worlds that disappear as quickly as they form.

In an age where technology has made music into a commodity, Itai tries to capture the ephemeral nature of analogue electronic music by suspending moments that will never form again.

Awake / Asleep is both strikingly energetic and subtitle in its value, performing an audio driven transcendental state, taking you to a inner level of consciousness. The voice of the machine speaks, clearly and direct, you become immersed in a sound pattern world, a new denizen, a living part of the technical subconscious. Obviously, influenced by the masters of the genre, like Kitaro, Tomita and others like them, Itai lends an originality and an essence that makes this work stand out from its predecessors. Unlike some of this artists compatriots, Itai interjects the harmonious Synth with lyrics, verse and chorus that do not distract from the Symphonic, but adds a new dimension, creating a 4D soundscape.

Awake / Asleep is the next step in understanding the future of music influenced by the Ghost In The Machine, an Ai that is learning to speak in our tongue. Awake / Asleep attempts to find that elusive place between wakefulness and sleep. As the first song fades into a crescendo, the sound seems to fill the room with thick frequencies, that are as organic as they are mechanical, while Itai'S vocals eventually find their way into the mix as if to find a human voice within the machine.


Igloo Magazine

Modular blips and bleeps surrounded by raw industrial flashes fully inhabit this exciting EP from Itai on the newly created TruthTable imprint (a sub-label of Audiobulb). The title track does just what you’d expect—with just over two and a half minutes, broken analog clangs flicker just above a heartbeat bassline. “Adream” floats by with an instrumental downtempo groove—guitars and scorched lyrics as its central vehicle. “Asleep” follows a similar path with further whispered vocals leading the way like Android Lust did back in the day. A highlight occurs in the crackling dark echoes of “The Greatest”—its synth-line and chorus is a contagious cacophony of beautiful noise that merits repeated listening. From the experimental electronic pop and swirling notes of “Lovesick Bombs,” to the muddy drums, rhythmic beauty, and acoustic guitar of “Gimme Candy,” this is a jam-packed extended player that only teases the listener with the artists’ knack of rugged analog electronics. As Itai “attempts to find that elusive place between wakefulness and sleep,” rest-assured that the cover artwork is perhaps the most spot-on depiction of this EP with its knobs and cables connected to a beating heart with a circuit-board built right in.


Beach Sloth

Itai taps into an electro punk flavor with the powerful “Awake/Asleep”. Highly reminiscent of Crystal Castles’ early works, the songs burst with such energy. Vocals have a commanding presence to them punctuating the already harsh compositions with a hard-nosed realism. Done with the utmost of care the riffs prove to be quite infectious. Beyond their electro-punk spirit, they incorporate pieces of pop, industrial, and noise into the mix ensuring that the many ornate patterns merge and break apart with such fervor. Fire and passion fuel the entirety of the collection for these songs are meant to be played loud, very loud.

The minimalism of “Awake” opts for uneasy basslines that build. Slow yet steady usage of distortion allows the track to unfurl in ever-increasingly chaotic ways. Layer upon layer of sound intersects in fantastically gorgeous ways with “The Greatest” as a lumbering tempo further adds to the disorienting experience. Everything about it simply stuns from the broken-down melody to the warped vocals. Highly catchy is the stately presence of “Lovesick Bombs”. Further tension reigns supreme over the wild “Asleep”. Toning things down a bit “Adream” allows for a bit of space to enter into the mix, as it takes a softer stance. By far the highlight comes with the colossal finale, the fantastic closer of “Gimme Candy” where Itai allows a bit of evil playfulness into the fray.

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