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by Operant

Lyrical melodies drive over beat-laden soundscapes. Fourteen nocturnal vignettes explore the relationship between behavior and electronic music.
Genre: Electronic: Pop Crossover
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Future Life
4:58 $0.99
2. Watching the Universe Spin
4:26 $0.99
3. New
3:50 $0.99
4. Contact Comfort
6:00 $0.99
5. Perimeter
3:06 $0.99
6. Underestimating Heaven
4:25 $0.99
7. More Than Sexual
4:43 $0.99
8. Someday Never Comes
3:31 $0.99
9. Lambert
2:45 $0.99
10. Post 3 AM
4:53 $0.99
11. Cloudland
1:54 $0.99
12. How I know When I've Been Dreaming
4:11 $0.99
13. Chance of a Lifetime
6:20 $0.99
14. Vesper
3:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Philosophy: Life is an on-going psychological experiment. The resolution of each situation shapes your future behavior.

Source: Having collaborated on past recording and remix projects, Greg and Tim conspire as Operant forging a new brand of lyrical electronica.

Location: Operant Space, where samplers, synths and monitors glow blue. Greg and Tim conjure aural settings of abandoned airfields, after hour clubs and shadowy bedrooms.

Concept: Exploring the relationship between behavior and music both lyrically and through production to influence perceptions.

Project: fourteen nocturnal vignettes comprise Operant's debut release, Encoded.

Future: Driving late-night, landmarks passing obscured, the unknown waiting just beyond the reach of the headlights...



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Vicki B.

footsteps echoing on rain soaked streets
really, that is an image that is evoked for me every time I play this CD. it is nocturnal. it is sensually solitary. it is a delicious longing. a rainy afternoon. an edgy walk in a city park in the pitch dark—trees making shadowy figures in the moonlight. it is an empty highway. midnight musings. footsteps echoing on rain soaked streets. looking and longing for you. i LOVE this CD! I am so glad I bought it!


A little uneven at times, but still a very enjoyable synthpop album
This is the debut cd for Operant, the project of Greg Bolyard and Tim Gayle. There's not that much background information available on the web for this band, but they do lay out some of the general concepts behind their music, which is to explore the relationship between behavior and music. One thing that stood out to me immediately was the use of piano in the songs. While it's not in the mix as much as Color Theory uses it, there's still a generous amount of piano in several of these songs. Stylistically, though, I would have to compare the band to Wideband Network as the closest match I can think of.
While it might seem a odd choice, the four instrumental tracks included here were some of the highlights of the album for me. I really enjoyed each one of these, as they all seemed to really avoid being throwaway tracks and actually have a mood or feeling they were meant to convey.
Of the vocal tracks, "Futurelife" was the first to really catch my attention. While the chorus is a little stilted, that piano hook has me coming back to the song again and again. Simply lovely piano work on this song. Unfortunately, the following two songs really don't live up to the expectations set by the first track. "Watching The Universe Spin" and "New" just seem to lack any real hook, and seem to be rambling songs that never really go anywhere. "Contact Comfort" is a definite improvement. The chorus on this track is stronger, and while not perfect, the track does flow fairly well. "Underestimating Heaven", on first glance, seemed like it'd be a rather awkward song, just word-wise. But it actually flows quite overall. "More Than Sexual" brings a heavy lounge atmosphere to the album, even going as far as adding in some background noise to further the atmosphere. "Post 3AM" also seems like more of a lounge track, but doesn't lay on the atmospherics so heavily, and works much better for it. "Someday Never Comes" has a lot of potential, but the song seems to develop too slowly. Perhaps if the tempo of the song was raised, it would work a lot better, but as a mid-tempo song it seems to drag too much. "Chance Of A Lifetime" is easily one of the highlights of the album. A great chorus, and very, very danceable. An excellent way to close out the vocal portion of the album.
All in all, this album comes across kind of uneven. There are some songs that are quite good, and some that don't really seem to work. However, overall Operant does show a lot of promise and talent. This cd is worth checking out, certainly, but it's not at all perfect.


Badass new electronica entrant - a gem!
To put it simply, this album rocks. Catchy and melodic with a dark mysterious edge, Operant delivers a versatile auditory experience evoking feelings of longing or lust for another, or life in general. Excellent production and unique synths. Some tracks reflective, some energizing. Masterfully done. Contact Comfort is the next club smash. Very sophisticated sound and delivery, I was searching for a first album before this one, but remarkably this is their first!