Over the course of a year, producers A-0 and Viberous came together in person to produce the sonic narrative, Themes 4 4 Characters. Forming the collaborative moniker A-V, the two originally set out to create four tracks that represented four different characters. As the work progressed, production sessions entailed discussions of injustice, frustration with our current societal structures, and the blatant disregard of life by certain entities of power. Upon recording vocalist Seraphim for the opening track Priest, the narrative became more defined–an expression of the impact these incidences have on the physical and psychological well-being of family, friends, community, and culture. The second track, Arsonist, lends to a depiction of acrimony, fury, and indignation. Photographer, the documentation and dissemination of information leading to the desensitization of violence. Lastly, Hitman: questioning the morality of those who believe their duty upholds their decision and potential to take away an individual’s life.
Technically, A-V utilized production techniques such as granular synthesis, 4-Tracks/Tape, guitar pedals/amps, and a variety of digital mangling to create affecting textures, divergent arrangements, and sonorous melodies. Artwork was created and rendered by visual artist, Symbios who has provided his visual interpretation of each of the four themed characters in addition to the album cover art.
- Priest feat. Seraphim 3:13
- Arsonist 3:36
- Photographer 3:27
- Hitman 3:35