PROTOCOL: AVAILABLE NOW!
PROTOCOL is a haunting symphony performed by a post-human orchestra.
PROTOCOL is a collection of heavy, anxious breathing from partially autonomous machines, combating the notion that they are instruments of an other and not in and of themselves.
PROTOCOL amplifies the cold hissing of a torrid nightmare and oversees its culmination into a hopeless and painless dream.
PROTOCOL aspires to capture the heaviness of the invisible; imprisonment and immobility; a journey of rampage; a poisoned dance; a slow lament for nothing and no one.
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CHANNELER is the solo electronic music project of first generation Cuban-American José Medina.
Medina was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and later left to complete his undergraduate degree at The University of Chicago. It was during his time there that he first encountered electronic music through the city’s underground club scene.
After DJing several Chicago parties and hosting a community radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM, Medina set out to create music of his own.
CHANNELER'S body of work is a exercise in embodying shadows and light.
Medina transitioned into recording dark, genre-agnostic music in 2016 on his first three song self-released EP, Absent, a soundtrack for perdition.
The following year, he released Lullaby, an 11-track conceptual album on mourning a love lost. A soft, delicate album, Lullaby is CHANNELER at his most vulnerable. The album is equal parts elegiac instrumental tracks/a low, tired voice grieving over carefully arranged KORG synthesizers.
Continuing his interest in playing with form and genre, he then released Bride in May 2017, a slow-creeping track marching and steadily building towards an emotional release.
CHANNELER’s style is diaristic, introspective, and largely informed by shifting moods.
He is influenced by artists such as Forest Swords, Rabit, and Grouper. Caught in the liminal space between ethereal ambience and broken, crushing techno, CHANNELER’s sonic compositions serve as vessels for navigating absence and loss.