I’m sometimes confused by songs named after numbers. Though they often reference time (The Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979”) or some geometrical configuration (Manuel Gottsching’s “E2-E4), numerical titles can seem esoteric. When matthewdavid‘s first sent “11042010” my way, the title brought no real image to mind. Although its since been pointed out that the title might refer to the date, my initial thought was that it referenced some unknown data point. However, as the song began to unfold, a fruitful story grew in my mind. “11042010” may be the name of a baby robot in a metal womb on a space station. matthewdavid’s lush, contemplative cyber-jam is the sound of the infant’s heartbeat and mechanical breath via ultrasound. We know the child has plopped out when the song turns to fuzz, then silence. Though matthewdavid might not know of this android child, it’s an enlightened being, much like this epic track.
matthewdavid just sent over this video for the track. He made it along with Jesselisa Moretti. Although its not an alien ultrasound, it certainly has a pulse.
Words: Samantha Cornwell