Erasmus {Single}

by Jon Johnson

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This piece was recorded and produced for the ROBOTS!-Independent Music Compilation Album in July 2013

The track Erasmus, is based on a character from the latest 6 Dune novels. Erasmus is both a frightening yet intriguing, and likeable character known as a Thinking Machine in the Dune novel The Machine Crusade. Better for me to start with the author's idea of who Erasmus is:

"Erasmus, an independent and somewhat eccentric thinking machine that served under Omnius prior to and during the Butlerian Jihad. Erasmus took his name, and titular gender, from the ancient Earth scholar Desiderius Erasmus.
Erasmus is often credited as being the founding father of mentats, and a critical figure in the initiation and development of the Butlerian Jihad.
Later, after the re-birth of the Thinking Machine Empire, Erasmus became a major force guiding events leading up to, and during, the Kralizec, the great struggle at the end of the age."

I had bigger ambitions for this track but as the mixing process unfolded I realized that in keeping Robot lore as being efficient machines of precision and logic the musical elements should reflect that as well in the way of being simple and/or straightforward making good use of time and space. I hope that this track in some way reflects those elements as well as the character of the Thinking Machine known as Erasmus.

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released June 30, 2013
The fantastic artwork depicting Erasmus the Character was created by Martha Baker.

The music on this track was created and produced by Jon Johnson. Instruments used Korg OASYS and Oxium VSTi




Jon Johnson Damascus, Maryland

Hailing from the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States just outside Washington, DC, Jon Johnson has been working with his unique blend of Progressive Rock and Contemporary Electronic Music for 37 years. Since 1994 he has been recording and releasing original musical compositions on his own record label DuckWave Records. In 2001 he moved his studio across town and is now called Howard's Chapel ... more

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