Kipka’s “Coloring With Sound” an impressive electronic debut

  • Mather Kipka of Peterborough is releasing a new album, "Coloring With Sound," on Monday, Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mather Kipka of Peterborough is releasing a new album, "Coloring With Sound," on Monday, Courtesy photo—

  • Mather Kipka of Peterborough is releasing a new album, "Coloring With Sound," on Monday, Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mather Kipka of Peterborough is releasing a new album, "Coloring With Sound," on Monday, Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mather Kipka of Peterborough is releasing a new album, "Coloring With Sound," on Monday, Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/13/2021 11:51:25 AM

Streaming straight from outer space, Mather Kipka’s debut solo album “Coloring With Sound” is out on all platforms Monday.

Readers will likely remember Kipka as ConVal’s bespectacled star of the soccer field and basketball court, as well as the school’s 2020 salutatorian. Behind the scenes, he’s been cooking up beats at home in Peterborough for a few years; you might have heard one of his beats used to score a broadcast on NHPR in March. Now, “Coloring With Sound” takes him from  trap beat maker to full-on electronic producer.

Kipka said there are a couple sampled drumbeats on the new seven-track album, and one melodic sample; “Other than that, all the songs are written by me on my computer,” Kipka said. 

Despite having just three weeks of piano lessons as a youth and developing a passing ability to play clarinet, Kipka flourished in the lab as he created “Coloring” using the program FLStudio on his computer with a MIDI keyboard. The resulting tracks are electronic instrumental soundscapes –  moody, sweeping, at times cinematic, with exponentially expanding textures and layers, intricate interplay and waves of chill vibes washing over the listener. 

The sound calls to mind the electronic producers of years past like DJ Shadow, Emancipator and Moby while interpolating the work of newer hip hop producers such as Nick Mira – “a lot of the melodic sounds I use are definitely influenced by that,” Kipka said, adding he also drew inspiration from less electronic sources, like Simon and Garfunkel and the Black Keys. 

“Coloring With Sound” is out on all streaming platforms Monday and will also be available on Apple Music. 


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