In my "official discography", HOAX is counted as album Nr. 65; actually it's a collection of originally unrelated tracks which I produced between 2001 and 2005 (most of them, as far as I remember, from 2003 on). For some good reason, I call HOAX my "Drum and Bass" album, and most of it's tracks ome quite close to that genre - although I guess they still would lack "credibility" when checked by a real d&b fan (hence the title, by the way - it is rather "faux" d&b).
Anyway, that variety of electronic dance music quite fascinated me, because I felt in that scene was a lot of creativity and crazyness going on (things I appreciate), although I never took the time to follow it much.
Still, the tracks You'll find on HOAX are all based on those familiar fast drum patterns and jerky bass lines / sequences and nervous, fast changing sounds - and everything is rather far away from the long, slow evolving ambient pieces or space music panoramas which I later became - a little bit - known for (although there are also some melodic, even beautiful moments to be found...).
Apart from drum and bass, the music on this album also owes a lot to cuts'n'clicks and other experimental dance music from the 90ies, from artists like Autechre, Mouse on Mars or Aphex Twin (...in some place I especially seem to hear references to his album "drukqs", although I can't clearly remember if I really had that on my mind when producing this music...). In any case, a lot of those fast digital micro-edits were applied that (probably) seemed avantegarde-ish to me ten or fifteen years ago (I also just liked them because they were weird...).
One thing however I'd like to point out: I never (OK - hardly ever) used samples or drum loops like many d&b artists did; I have produced / programmed all the drums, and other sounds, myself. I mention this because in my early years of music making, a more experienced friend who had started as a local metal musician and later switched to produce dance music once told me that, to do it right, you have to use drum loops / samples (either by a professonal drummer or an expert programmer) - self programmed stuff just won't do.
Well: maybe that's true, and I indeed always found it very hard to come up with great drum grooves. However, I didn't like the idea to use commercial samples or steal from old songs, and made a decision to always generate my own -and if the result was inferior, so be it: at least it was me...
Maybe a silly and naive resolution, but I remaind true to it for the biggest part of my years of music making (only very occasionally, usually when testing something, I have used a commercial drum loop, and even then I transformed it one way or other...).
Except for working with live drummers or percussionists, but that's a different story..
Did I already mention that the second half of "Eastern Transcendental" is a gas..?
And - You need to play this album loud, on a proper system, and in proper mood.