DeepChord vs. Octal IndustriesArrival / Departure

DeepChord - Arrival / Departure album cover
Label:Octal – OCTAL 03
Vinyl, 12", Limited Edition, 33 ⅓ RPM, Orange Transparent
Style:Dub Techno, Minimal


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100 copies.

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  • Matrix / Runout: (Run-out Side A): "Where has Octal Industries been?"
  • Matrix / Runout: (Run-out Side B): "Where is Deepchord going?"

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Arrival / Departure (12", Limited Edition, Repress, 33 ⅓ RPM)OctalOCTAL 03US2006
Arrival / Departure (12", Limited Edition, Test Pressing)OctalOCTAL 03US2006



  • Akzidenz's avatar
    Would be amazing to repress this, make the people happy rather than sad...
    • schnicki81's avatar

      Octal Industries wrote this today on Facebook:

      "This one was made in 2004 with Mike Sickinger. The vinyl had a fantastic DeepChord, Echospace track on the flipside - all ingenously mastered by the legendary Ron Murphy. There were only 100 copies made, though Discogs somehow shows a bit more that have it. A lot of people have asked if this will be remastered and repressed because It's hard to find and the prices are so high. The short answer is "No. It will never be remastered and repressed - at least not our track". The reason has nothing to do with keeping the prices up or some snobbery. It's just I have no idea where the original DAT with this one is. I lost the tape. It's gone.

      I had a DAT player that occasionally would "eat" the tapes. It would just freak out and ruin the tapes. Everytime I got it fixed, it did the same thing after a week or two. I have a suspicion that this tape became a victim of that monsterous DAT player.

      Now that we have settled that, we can move on :)"
      • Latiif's avatar
        As a Dub Techno Fan before i discovered real Techno + House Music, I have a strong connection to Maurizio, Deepchord and their as a likes. There are so many amazing Dub Techno records out there and when i get asked for favorites, it's normally super hard to mention one. But i guess, "Departure" is, since i know it, definitely easily in the All Time Top 3. I 100% agree with schnicki81 about the smart arrangement: taking off with that typical unearthed Chords and landing with that conga/percussion section. What a flight. Can't count how many times i have listened to this tune. Sadly i don't own it on Vinyl. "Arrival" is also quite nice, pure OCTAL vibes.
        • schnicki81's avatar

          I ordered my Octal copies directly from the label back in the time and the label owner told me they destroyed the dubplates directly after the black velvet pressings!!!
          • sharwoodwalker's avatar
            A little bird told me that this is being remastered and repressed etc later this year!
            • Delectronica's avatar
              One of my prized possessions, funkstar would need to add at least 3 zeros to that figure to part with mine.
              • Mark_Anthony's avatar
                Edited 14 years ago
                Out of all the Deepchord/Rod Modell releases I have heard in my lifetime, this one is my personal favorite. In my opinion, Departure is their most exceptional work and also unfortunately not so easy to get ahold of these days unless your willing to save up some serious clams. Departure is basically 2 tracks melded into 1. The first half of the record is comprised of the classic Deepchord skanks and a subtle analogue tape hiss. At approximately the 4 minute marker, you're going to want to make sure you're seated and well comfortable because when they bring the bongo loop that into focus which, up until now had been lurking in the background of the composition, its going to blow your mind.
                • Brisk's avatar
                  Edited 16 years ago
                  Arrival really is one of the most beautiful techno records I have heard. It is a huge progression from the usual dub techno template and is a journey from start to finish. The ethereal pads drift along effortlessly and the delicate percussion compliments it perfectly. If you enjoy the GAS releases, then this track is right up your alley.

                  This release is incredibly limited though and I was lucky enough to pick up a copy on black vinyl before they sold out. Luckily, Arrival was licensed for use on the excellent Styrax Leaves label, so you should still be able to get a copy from there. Truly touching, timeless music.
                  • ericcloutier's avatar
                    Edited 18 years ago
                    all levels of deepness and minimalism have been raised to another level with this release. octal comes back after a three year hiatus to make a beautiful record that anyone involved with the dub / downtempo / minimal scene should not be without. a stunning example of the beauty of techno...records like this are few and far between.
                    • AEK's avatar
                      Edited 18 years ago
                      Two tracks on Octal's third release that compliment each other nicely. 'Arrival' is a mesmirising slice of minimal techno, very similar in production style to Jeff Samuel. With elements of click, glitch and squelch it floats along beautifully. 'Departure' is classic Rod Modell/Deepchord material, with a warm rich feeling. Subtle percussion emerges into the second half of the track, which then slowly reduces until we are left with nothing but the beat and the analogue hiss. Exceptional tracks and thoroughly recommended.


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