After the release of Electron Utopia at Syngate Records I was working on some tracks that did not fit into the theme of that album. They all started life as progressive ambient and maybe one with a darker drone based structure which was an experiment using old recordings slowed down. Later two longer Berlin School inspired tracks took form (01 and 03) which are a little different from the traditional long drawn out typical 'space music' feel of Berlin School which would not fit this album. They all sit in the theme of the album title 'Inseca' in terms of feel, structure and pace with hits and transitions used on the Berlin School tracks hence taking a different approach. They became a whole to create a 51 minute album (60 minutes with the bonus Insecta - Green Edit). FREE streaming on bandcamp.
06. Insecta (Green Edit) ** Only on the Bandcamp Album **
What is the Ideal Album Length ?
Now what is the ideal length of an album ? Having done some research on this on various music based forums, the answer by many seems to be no more than 45 minutes. Michael Jackson's Thriller was 42 minutes long and many albums still considered the best today originally needed to fit on a LP which technically holds 45 minutes of audio. When CD came on the market and with it being initially much more expensive than Vinyl many artists were forced to use more of the space to justify the high cost and the filler tracks appeared. With digital downloads and streaming the trend now is more inclined towards hit singles and play-lists for most mainstream music. However many albums are meant to be a journey which the artist intended to be played in order so about 45 minutes still seems ideal and with Vinyl being ever more trendy at the time of writing then artists are once again constrained by this medium which is no great loss. My personal view is between 45-60 minutes but not into 70+ minutes since then this would have been a double LP in the past.