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Mophono and Salva are searching for the future beat

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The Bay Area-to-L.A. party connection is stronger than ever, thanks to new releases this month from Mophono, left, and Salva
PHOTO OF MOPHONO BY WILL PERLS; PHOTO OF SALVA BY SPACE CAT

What consistently stands out within the record is Salva's ability for crafting effusive melodies over rolling bass lines. It's an absolutely seductive combination that hinges on a resilient tension in the music: a mechanistic but unsteady beat underpins the expressive quality of the chord progressions. Salva owes this effect at least in part to his recording technique of combining live instrumentation on the keyboard with laptop robotics. "When I'm making music with live instruments, I have more of an open palette," he says. "When I'm in the computer, in the sequencer — the options are nearly limitless — anything goes. And because of that, my creativity can be stifled if I don't place restrictions on myself."

Salva and Mophono both figure out surprising and compelling ways to tap into the elusive formula of creativity. In the end, the search for the future beat is more of a mad science than an exact one.

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CB RECORDS PRESENTS: MOPHONO CUT FORM CRUSH RELEASE PARTY

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