Endurance is Joshua Stefane. Born in Ontario, Canada, now based in Nara, Japan. I work as a researcher and translator and spend most of my remaining time writing science-fiction and composing music.
The concept for this album developed as I was writing “City of Signals”, a short story about an abandoned city where automated radio signals and loop transmissions are the only things that speak of those who once lived there. Traffic lights direct non-existent commuters, passengerless trains slide mournfully along their tracks, and the efficient sound of pulsing generators fills the air. The city remains, but absent are those who gave its structure, technology, and convenience meaning.
This album is the soundtrack to that imaginary city, and as such the tone is largely elegiac and mournful, but also warmed by the presence of memory, expressed in slight, fleeting melodies, far-away bells, natural soundscapes, and the hum of soft radio signals.
The composition of the album took place in the sad winter of 2015-16, using a Sequential Circuits Six-Trak, Dave Smith Evolver, Roland SH-32, Teenage Engineering OP-1, tapes, field recordings, several old radios, and lots of patience.
Mastering by Overscan (Marcus Miller).
Cover Art by Joshua Stefane.
Cover Design by Kyoko Nishikawa.
Special thanks to Joshua Rogers, Paul Duchnay, Mike Thomas, Chris Olson, and Megumi Kagawa—all kind and careful listeners.