Floating Point is far from being the most complicated track of the album but it's the one that took me the longest to write and mix. It's also the track that had the biggest amount of versions and I used the writing process as a way to explore and try a lot of different sounds that later defined the whole vibe of the album. I always see it as the "playground phase", as I was still unsure whether I wanted more or less of certain new elements like guitar leads (and more or less 1524Hz on that very specific 1 second noise at 1:23 when I later entered the evil "over-thinking phase").
The concept follows the previous track and is meant to represent some sort of gate into the infected machine. The first melody reminds me of a crazy Tron imagery for some reason.
The voice at 1:54 was sampled from the metronome track on the Roland TD6V, it's kind of a private joke.
The first part of the slow section was originally written with more of a post-rock vibe with acoustic drums and more guitars, but for the sake of contrast and to link this section with the nostalgic techno stuff at 3:20 I finally decided to make it more electronic and dropped the whole post-rock thing. Maybe for next time. That section at 3:20 by the way is somehow a reference to Boards Of Canada's sounds.
Then something that usually never occurs in my tracks just so happen to be here: A riff repetition! I guess I've experimented with non-repetitive structures so much in the past that the only way for me not to repeat myself would be... to repeat myself? Now that's #deep. Hashtag definitely deserved.
Floating Point is one of the most satisfying tracks to play live and Jean even made a youtube video for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnVIpU7_6jg
The name originates from maths because I'm a nerd:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floating_point
Would you like more of these track-by-track explanations? What's your favorite track on Brute Force? Do you like 1524Hz?