On Ephemeral Substrates

by qip

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Spoon Instrumentally, this is exactly what I'm looking for. You can hear that the atsmophere radiating from it is cleverly worked. However, the project could have been even deeper with some variations on the voice which can be monotonous sometimes. Favorite track: Humanity+.
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Jeffrey McArthur Interesting music for jamming at work. I appreciate someone taking on a project like this. Well done. Favorite track: Discarded Specimens.
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CDs available at arachnophobia.pl/shop/cd/qip-on-ephemeral-substrates/

This is my first solo effort. I wanted to explore and improve my songwriting skills and see what would come out of it if I removed myself from the band situation and it's synergies. I wrote the songs pretty quickly but then took time to sculpt them, make them what they are now. The goal was to make this music sound big and brutal but full of interesting melodies and atmospheres. I spent a long time constructing soundscapes and working on lyrical concepts. these songs tell interesting stories. I would recommend reading the lyrics.

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released October 11, 2015

Maciek Pasinski - vocals, instruments, programming, concepts, production.

Contributors:
Tomo Zyzyk (Sirrah): backing vocals in Discarded Specimens
Wojtek Kutyla: contribution to the lyrics in Teller-Ulam Configuration
Dawid Chrapla: some noises, field recordings.
Darran Thompson: coaching on mixing and mastering techniques
Piotr Respondek, Drum bits and pieces in Payback Ritual.
Pit Gulash: logo

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qip Belfast, UK

qip is a solo project of Maciek Pasinski, an ex-member of Polish metal bands -Sirrah- and TheMANcalledTEA.

Blending cinematic electronica with death, doom, industrial metal.

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Track Name: Industrial Espionage
You know when you think of spies
You don't think of parents with little kids

One of the neighbours told us
They couldn't possibly be spies
Just look at their hydrangeas
These were expert gardeners
Caring for their lawn
And maintaining their garden

We have followed
A very thorough
Phonetic training
To erase any trace
Of our mother tongue
The language monitored
For loan translations
The deadly traps
To be avoided
At all cost

In the moments of stress and emotion
Split seconds of panic and heat
Have I aroused suspicion?
Did the mask fall?
Have I compromised the mission?
How much do they know?
Did my body language betray me?
Did the mask fall?
Has the search begun?

Well Steve, if you pardon the cruel joke
You already put your foot in it bad time
You should have known
But if you don't watch your reactions
The enemy will
An attitude consistent with your cover
Indignation
Resigned dignity or willing collaboration
Might have saved you
But here you are
A courier already out of the job
And the close search just beginning

Now you can trace all those serpentine failures
One after one the houses of cards fell
We got locked in a domino effect
The leaks of know-how soon became evident
Revealed another hard truth about this milieu

There was a time
We were second to none at this game
Lived up to our name
Pretending, hiding a narrow escape
From the bad self and the bad world
A decade ago a young family disappeared
To make a place and legend for us
They will haunt us some day
Before we go to hell for this
Empathy is secondary to the objective

Now you can trace all those serpentine failures
One after one the houses of cards fell
We got locked in a domino effect
The leaks of know-how soon became evident
Revealed another hard truth about this milieu

There was a time
We were second to none at this game
Lived up to our name
Pretending, hiding a narrow escape
From the bad self and the bad world
A decade ago a young family disappeared
To make a place and legend for us
They will haunt us some day
Before we go to hell for this
Empathy is secondary to the objective

In this job a false step
Often means torture and death
We knew the risk
But we were just about
To learn it the hard way
And when we finally emerged
From that tunnel
It was clear we were left
On our own in the palm of their hand

They already knew who we were
Then we got turned
Track Name: a Moral Nuance of Coding Stealth
They are seemingly decent citizens
With honest occupations
How does one recognise them?
Perhaps one doesn't
Maybe they shop at your shop
Travel in your train
Live in your street
And why do we do it?
It's not so difficult to answer

I'm making sense of random signs
Waiting for the hole in a perfect plan
Bent another rule and ruined a life
Lurking on the roof
Under flickering streetlight
Never come back
I told you never come back
I told you never never never never
Ever come back
Decision has been made to erase your file
Careful where you tread as I'm hunting you down

We are constantly assessing our agents
Constantly questioning what they're saying
Making sure that we're still confident in their access
In their motivations and their suitability
That we can trust them

Yeah, run away
Another hemisphere
And lose the tail
Before we give you nightmares

I pieced enough together
To find what went wrong
You didn't kill the target
Because you fell in love
You turned some insiders
To cover your escape
You had a plastic surgery
Oh, please give me a break

Never come back
I told you never come back
I told you never never never never
Ever come back
Decision has been made to erase your file
Careful where you tread as I'm hunting you down

Well, I'm not going to go into operational details
About these things.There were good reasons
And clearly this was something that went wrong
And sometimes operations do go wrong
Whereas actually such failings are very rare
In the operations that intelligence agencies conduct

Yeah, run away
Another hemisphere
And lose the tail
Before we give you nightmares

I pieced enough together
To find what went wrong
You didn't kill the target
Because you fell in love
You turned some insiders
To cover your escape
You had a plastic surgery
Oh, please give me a break

And the people involved are the people like this
The average men
For that is what they seem
Security men would call them source
For that is what they are
Sources of secret information
Everything they do, everything they say
Seems perfectly normal except for that odd thing
And even this, seconds later
Might seem to be unthinking work of a child
That is to everyone except this man

You're mine now
You dug your grave well
A moral nuance of coding stealth
You're mine now
You dug your grave well
A moral nuance invited death
Gave you away
Your desperate poem cipher
You thought I would not crack
You're mine now
And that's where story ends
In peril and haste I twist your neck
Track Name: Millennium Way
How free a man should be in a city of glass
How circumspect we are
When the privacy is out of sight
We've lived through hell obediently
Followed the dream of paradise
With time we gave up hope
But striving to survive one needs to adapt

Upon entry to rule
He delved into the mass fear of the unknown
And rode this wave until he gained total control
Then seized the souls
Seized the minds
Destroyed millions of lives
He pushed the world to the breaking point
To let it drift much farther after he died

In the course of time
Our little Eden grew ever bigger
And more perfect
Once the dream he had became reality
Millennium way came to a dead end
In the course of time
Our little Eden grew ever bigger
And more perfect
Once the dream he had became reality
Millennium way came to a halt

What dream a man should dream
Inside a cage of his mind
What role he's bound to play
In the thousand year plan

A man never believes when he’s told
That he's about to be destroyed
Long queues were formed
To treat the ones
Not willing to follow the road
What dreams may come and stay
Take over your world
These dreams are living hell
And we have gone much farther

In the course of time
Our little Eden grew ever bigger
And more perfect
Once the dream he had became reality
Millennium way came to a dead end
In the course of time
Our little Eden grew ever bigger
And more perfect
Once the dream he had became reality
Millennium way came to a halt

For weary centuries suppressed
Reduced and trodden
Denied a human place
Their hearts grew black
And sick of fear and hate
They sought no light
Through scars and chains
And missed the day
For weary centuries suppressed
Reduced and trodden
Denied a human place

Could it all be a bad dream or a nightmare?
It's surreal, it's just not believable
A grand absurdity
A great deception
A delusion of momentous proportions
Based on preposterous notions and on ideas
Whose time should never have come
The philosophy that destroys us
Is not even defined
We have broken from reality
A psychotic nation
Insanity passed off as logic
Slavery sold as liberty

For weary centuries suppressed
Reduced and trodden
Denied a human place
Their hearts grew black
And sick of fear and hate
They sought no light
Through scars and chains
And missed the day
Track Name: Discarded Specimens
Where did this alien craft come from ?
And what are their powers ?
And why are they visiting us ?
Are they perhaps reminding us
That we are the part of vast cosmic connection?
That we have links, even kinship with worlds beyond Earth ?
Or are they as more and more people believe
Trying to tell us that the knowledge we need
To survive, to grow
Is right here on planet Earth
Hidden in our science and in our past

We know now this world is being watched
Scrutinized and studied
By the alien microscope
Their eyes watched our ways
Recorded every step
And counted days until the time was ripe
To end the experiment

40 degrees West latitude in Atlantic
Known in olden times as Sargasso Sea
This area is a graveyard of the unexplained
It's a place where strange things happen to compasses
Strange things happen to time

With every tide came confusion
A rising storm that warped our memories
They snuggled us as ships fell down into the missing time
And filled our hearts with awe-induced theophany

And led us through the fire
Then gave us hope and took it all away
With goodbye kiss discarded specimens
The stethoscopes transmitted silence
As they led us through the fire
Then gave us hope and took it all away
With goodbye kiss discarded specimens

It's cold inside the body that does not fit anymore
It's strange how loneliness and sadness grow
A souvenir was left within to make you feel alone
Behind a face that looks like you but is no longer yours
We pierced the membrane to let you hear the tune
And make this story more than real
Almost another age, but now and here
Your life is stretched
Between the milestones of our scheme

We know now this world is being watched
Scrutinized and studied
By the alien microscope
Their eyes watch our ways
Recording every step
And counted days until the time was ripe
To end the experiment

The stethoscopes transmitted silence
As they led us through the fire
Then gave us hope and took it all away
With goodbye kiss discarded specimens
The stethoscopes transmitted silence
As they led us through the fire
Then gave us hope and took it all away
With goodbye kiss discarded specimens

It was written and read as harmless entertainment
Science fiction was just becoming popular
Fairytales for adults
Yet that world of science fiction is all around us
Right now, less fictional with every passing day
The evidence is here
Our planet is indeed being visited
By intelligences greater than man's
They travel in the spaceships
In flying saucers
Track Name: Payback Ritual
That eerie music still rung and echoed in my ears
Where did it come from?

Don’t hurt him please
Don’t make him suffer
Don’t hurt him
Please

One second stretched to eternity
I could kill to be there again
That painful moment
Cast a long shade over my way home
I should not have let you live
The hurtful side of reciprocity of wrongs
Celebrates revenge as a violent scene
Then silence falls heavy eyelids close
Replay the dream within a dream

This craving
Immortal
The scalding pain of hate
All years of bitterness went by
Just made it stronger
So many nights
In a sleepless care
Pictured this in my mind
Again and again and again
The steps you're following today
Surely lead to the final stage
I'll meet you there
It will look like an accident

One second stretched to eternity
I could kill to be there again
That painful moment
Cast a long shade over my way home
I should not have let you live
The hurtful side of reciprocity of wrongs
Celebrates revenge as a violent scene
Then silence falls heavy eyelids close
Replay the dream within a dream

I got to think of words to say
As I arrived to witness your end
Was it worth the wait after all?
And did it make me whole?
One breath away from where your heart stops
Our shadows merge and clarity floods
I gaze upon your gaping mouth
Soaked in red my hands shake with joy

Find something to hold on to
Claw at the last scraps of hope
A revelation prologues
Sanctifies the payback ritual
Make cry a prayer
Convulse and devote
Your flesh submits to the fall
With a piercing howl
About to smash
On the street below
Stretched to eternity
With a piercing howl
About to smash
On the street below

Every normal person
Wants to stand well in his own eyes
And the eyes of others
When he does not then he'll seek ways
To achieve that standing
Protective mechanisms offer the wrong route
Finding out what the trouble is
And what sends us into
Defense and escape mechanisms
Is the first step on a road back to reality
Track Name: Humanity+
You'll never know
How hard it was to leave her
That was the hardest thing
I ever had to do

She said if you'd leave away
I don't ever want you to come back again

Long hard life

Becoming objects of conscious design
On ephemeral substrates
In monomer rental shop

Transferred through linear paths
Neither body survived
We had to leave them behind
Back to square one

So this was the plan

An abstract gait
Up the curve of progress
Memories endured in hyperspective
As knots in our throats dissolve
All stories never told archived
Then we move on

To fathom neoforms
We recombined exoscape
Under the wire
Grafted the sediment of life
Layer by layer
Selfhood transplant
Across the timeframe shutdown
Upfront the glory day
Reengineered morality
Devoid of compassion
The ethical concerns
Of the coming age
[Posthuman is
No longer the alien other]
Considered insane

How could we follow emotions
Of tissue and organ constructs
We stem from

Gave up feelings to become gods
Carboncopies
Of obsolete bioconstructs
Thinking grander and deeper
Formed us anew
Unaware of superstructures
We have just woken up to

An abstract gait
Up the curve of progress
Memories endured in hyperspective
As knots in our throats dissolve
All stories never told archived
Then we move on

To fathom neoforms
We recombined exoscape
And reached plateau
Under the wire
Grafted the sediment of life
Layer by layer
Selfhood transplant
Across the timeframe shutdown
Upfront the glory day
Reengineered morality
devoid of compassion
The ethical concerns
Of the coming age
[Posthuman is
No longer the alien other]
Considered insane
Track Name: Ergoregion
A day serene
Air cerulean
Strewn with wrecks
Between heaven and Earth
Lie still I said
Lie still
Lie still I said
Stay in bed

Reach out
And taste the new beginning
In static form
A great waste of years
Between then and now
A long time passed
And made the longing felt
Over miles untold
I've been away for so long
Made it so far
Now pull through the moments
Until the turning point
In newborn black hole
Through spiral corridor
And pause
I'm home
Track Name: Teller-Ulam Configuration
Here's Tony going to his cub scout meeting
Tony knows the bomb can explode
Any time of the year
Day or Night
Duck and cover !
Head up boy Tony
That flash means act fast
Sundays, holidays, vacation time
We must be ready everyday, all the time
To do the right thing
When the atomic bomb explodes
Duck and cover !

This land has been raped
Torn in two with the fission scourge
Marked the end of the era of man
Shutting down our business here
Enraptured by the shine
Red buttons pressed tonight
Spurt a thousand mushroom clouds
The ozone layer stripped
From outer stratosphere
The streets run rife
With radioactive debris

We lived best we could
And then we died
Be careful where you tread
The grave is wide
The cities swallowed the fallout
From seven billion agonies
The landscape knows us
Our shadows walk the streets
The heat of the second sun
Translucent flesh
Remember dreaming of my heart
Vanishing in a blast
Waiting for the circle to complete itself
We were told the light would prevail

Looking towards the void
Scared of the second sun
Watched the buildings fall

Found solace in scorched earth
Remember watching the horizon bend
Found solace in scorched earth
Remember watching the horizon bend
Around the blow

We bled upon this heartless world
Vaporized that day
Found peace in air

In this early and troubled stage
of the atomic age
Our lives may depend on always being alert
Track Name: This Place Is a Tomb
The first seismic trace
A long grinding sound
354 feet below the Barents Sea
Torpedo ripped her heart
And sent the second shockwave

Reputedly unsinkable she was
Yet retraced the downward journey
Of many boats before her
No one can say for sure
If anyone from the crew
Could have been saved
At least 23 of the 118 men
Who died aboard
Were alive
When she hit the seafloor

And they tried to break their way through
With pressure rising they knew
They would not stand compression
And they got weaker from the effects
Of carbon monoxide following the fire

The glowing hands of a luminous watch
A tiny spot of light
Allowed him to note
The precise time of his goodbye

"It is too dark to write here
but I will try to do it blindly
It looks like there’s no chance
10-20%
We broke through to the ninth section
….where are you ?….
And we'll try to get out
Hello to everyone
Do not despair"

A premonition of death before leaving
On the Kursk's last voyage
Made him leave his dog tags
A crucifix and a poem

"And when the time comes to die
Though I chase such thoughts away,
I want time to whisper one thing:
My darling, I'll always..."

"There are no roses on a sailor’s grave
No lilies on an ocean wave.
The only tributes are the seagulls sweep.
And the teardrops that the sweetheart weeps"