Fortyone is a rigorous, and only incidentally anonymous, composer of aleatoric music; building sample-based songs in the vein of collage-pop auteur Otis Fodder and the Bran Flakes, he churns through thrift store records and other finds in order to assemble a bank of samples he could imagine using. After only a single pass through each haul, he’s collected his samples and will not revisit individual albums to consider new sounds; he does no repeat listening, no rewinds of any kind. Among the pratfalls of this process, "...the tracks appear on albums in the order I make them, so I'm often hoping I'll have enough drum, instrument, or vocal samples left for later on in an album. I have to keep this in mind as I make the album, [because] it's never concrete..." Though none of his own compositions take their structure from sampled works, lyrics and repeated themes occasionally seem to cohere into narratives. His current "life’s work" is a Gnostic canon enshrined at 41music.net
, mapping his progress toward forty one releases composed according to the "Fortyone process."
'Go Bananas' was drawn from that template, becoming remarkable - at least from our perspective - in that it primarily samples from Crash Symbols releases. After enthusiastically approving the idea, we sent along links to (you guessed it) forty-one of our previous and upcoming releases - at the time, we only had to subtract a few compilations to keep the number down, so nearly every Crash Symbols artist was represented. He describes some of the synchronicities that help steer all Fortyone releases: "...during the making of 'Go Bananas,' I just happened to come across Bruce Almighty on TV... so that's why the Steve Carrel gibberish/babbling samples are in there...' Here’s how Crash Symbols figures in Fortyone’s coincidence chain: “I had just started playing drums, and just happened to have smashed up a crash cymbal pretty good, and re-discovered the HardKnox song ‘Fire Like This’ and its astonishing drum beat... and then I’m put in touch with a label called Crash Symbols and they just happen to send me the Lil' Kids album with the Go Bananas sample when I asked for a total of 41 releases and the theme of going bananas perhaps on the drums and smashing up a cymbal could then be an appropriate and a cool image and boom there's the cover concept and and and... any of this make any sense?” Yes, sir it does. We couldn’t be more proud that one of Fortyone’s releases will have had some origin in our catalog.
"Bananas" now appears as the theme music for indie sketch comedy show Sketch 22,
Included on Tape Famous' 2013 Best Cassettes List (Quirky),
"The Avalanches and DJ Shadow are two names that come to mind when I think of sample-driven instrumental hip-hop. What if you took their signature palette of vintage vocal interludes, dusty breaks and oddball loops, and took a healthy does of Speed? Well, that would be Fortyone’s Go Bananas . . . Complete with all the sounds you loved from the works of Endtroducing….., Since I Left You and the like, Go Bananas twists and turns with incredible ingenuity. Just as you feel yourself digging deep into one of his funky grooves, Fortyone slaps together an off-kilter transition that changes the pace of the album entirely." -Potholes In My Blog