Consultation 014 : Ternion Sound “DUPLOC043” EP Review
Monday, June 21st, 2021
Ternion Sound's Triumphant Return with the DUPLOC043 EP
Ternion Sound, the dub legends, have made their triumphant return to the mighty DUPLOC label with the DUPLOC043 EP. Ternion Sound has only grown since their spontaneous inception during a B2B set in 2016, and DUPLOC043 may be their most impressive outing to date. The project, which was recorded entirely over Zoom right earlier this year admiist the pandemic, features Ternion Sound collaborating with a different artist on each track: smith., ENiGMA Dubz, Opus, and Lost were each given the nod. Every track is its own unique offering, providing listeners with a new perspective on Ternion Sound and their chosen collaborator. Ternion Sound continues to push the boundaries of music forward with this stellar release.
DUPLOC043 is currently available for digital download and on vinyl (a must-have for any record collector). Ternion Sound has also dropped an exclusive pin to commemorate the release, which is available here.
Ternion Sound links up with ENiGMA Dubz for this opener. Coming off of his recent release on Truth’s Deep, Dark, and Dangerous label, the UK’s ENiGMA Dubz lends his dubstep expertise to this track in a way that compliments Ternion Sound quite well. The frenzy of different sounds in this one keep everyone on their toes as they get down to some grimey bass. This deep dub track sets the tone for the rest of the project, making listeners’ heads spin with dynamic, sophisticated sound design and crisp bass.
Opus is enlisted for “Mediator”, a standout on the EP. This track is the least hard-hitting on the project, instead lulling listeners in with its atmospheric energy and cascading, smooth percussion. The dynamic drums on this track really make it stand out. The percussion switch up at about 1:40 takes the song to a new, more confident and swaggering level. The song ends with the beat playing out, closing the book on a vibey collaboration between Ternion Sound and Opus.
Lost joins Ternion Sound on “Catacombs”. The ominous intro leads us into a hefty bass drop at about 30 seconds into the track. “Catacombs” continuously builds on itself throughout, catching listeners off guard with its twists and turns within the consistency of the commanding percussion. The fusion of different sounds featured on the song is astounding, and a testament to the great sound design throughout the EP. This is the type of song I can see being played out in festival sets throughout this summer and beyond.
Bass prodigy smith. joins the group for “Heart Machine”, the final song of the ground breaking EP. The brooding piano sample intro leads into a frantic, cutting drop. This is the type of unique track that could only come from the minds of two cutting edge artists such as smith. and Ternion Sound. A fantastic way to close out the project, this song, almost reminiscent of a hip-hop beat, had my head bopping from start-to-finish.
Be sure to check out the CLINIK exclusive interview with Ternion Sound discussing the release in addition to the DUPLOC043 EP review below..
CLINIK: What is the significance of the name Ternion Sound?
Ternion Sound: We were all individual artists in the dubstep scene before we formed a group. “Ternion” is an old word meaning three and a coming together of three. Sound relates to our emphasis on putting the music first and making sure it is heard on proper sound systems.
C: How have your respective hometowns influenced your outlook on music, if at all?
TS: We all grew up in music in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Back when we started our solo projects, the Minneapolis electronic music scene had a lot to offer and a lot of variety. The local DJs would push each other to try and impress each other each set and I think that made a lot of us get better than if we didn’t have that sort of healthy competitiveness.
C: What initially inspired each of you to create original music?
TS: Aric and Andrew learned instruments growing up. Jack got into DDR and through it found Breakcore and Gabber which inspired him to try music production.
C: What is your preferred DAW and why? What are your favorite tools to use for sound design?
TS: You might find it hard to believe, but we all use different DAWs! Andrew is on FL Studio, Aric on Logic, and Jack on Ableton. For sound design, we like to keep tabs on hot new plugins (currently Rift the distortion plugin) but Jack also has an outboard modular setup he does a lot of our Patreon samples with.
C: What is your dynamic like in the studio? How do you all communicate and work together throughout the creative process?
TS: We used to have a studio spot and a shared production computer. We have moved to having personal studios where we live and all different computers for writing. We each come up with a song, then bring it to the group for feedback to decide if it fits Ternion’s sound and what it might need for finishing.
C: How do you like working with the DUPLOC label and what inspired you returning to it?
TS: DUPLOC is fantastic! Andrew and DUPLOC’s founder Pieter chat a lot actually and we love their professionalism and taste.
C: The DUPLOCO43 EP features unique collaborations with various artists, all of which were recorded over Zoom. What were some of the benefits, as well as unforeseen challenges, of creating music over Zoom?
TS: Collaboration can happen in a lot of ways, we usually prefer to be in the studio together with people we write with (Bukez Finezt being the person we’ve written with the most). But obviously that wasn’t possible in 2020 and it wasn’t practical to do with international artists anyway! With Zoom, you can remote control other people’s computers and by using a plugin called “Listen To” by Audiomovers, you can send high quality audio quickly back and forth. Andrew figured this out during 2020 to continue teaching his private lessons, but it worked perfectly for collaborating with international artists on this project too. This is now Andrew’s preferred way to do lessons and collaborate as it’s a way to link two artists' computers together without hauling a desktop across state lines.
C: What advice would you give to up and coming artists who don’t want to hop on trends and want to create their own lane like you have?
TS: First off, that’s very complimentary. Something will always be hype and that will keep changing over time. It’s nice to know when your favorite kind of music is hype because there’s a chance you can get your music to a much bigger audience than if what you’re writing might be ahead or behind the curve. When we started writing more of a roots/UK/old school style of Dubstep, it really felt like a lot of us felt the same way, and that’s maybe why we saw the success that we did. (Andrew speaking) I think there’s parts of artistry that are personal to you and there are other parts that are potentially more bendable. Express what you need to express, but if you’re looking for a career, it might be smart to also pay attention to the world around you.
C: What is one venue or festival in the world that you would love to perform at that you haven’t yet?
TS: Red Rocks!!!!!!!!!!! (it’s on the books <3)
C: What are your goals as artists for the rest of the year?
TS: We’re extremely grateful for the bookings we have through the rest of the year. I’d be lying if I didn’t say we have big plans for the next 2 years or so, but for right now, we’re focusing on crushing these shows for our fans and writing music.
Check out the EP below: