We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Broken Moments EP

by Michael Bentley

Theme 01:02
Burnt 01:02
Misalign 01:12
Halfloop 01:12
Disjunction 01:02
Warning 01:25
Feedback 01:02
Feedloop 02:02
Innundated 01:02
Whelm 01:09
Theme Redux 01:18


Recorded and posted under the pseudonym eM, Broken Moments is a suite of short pieces that revolves around sounds created by malfunctions and/or errors in the digital recording process, and was composed specifically for .tiln sound works (a sort of proto online label) in 2000. These tracks were available via websate for a year or two after issue.

Pushing equipment and technology to its breaking point is not a new idea, but it takes on a specific kind of sound when used in these digital environments. These pieces very much follow on from ideas I developed during the recording of "Greater than zero, less than one," in terms of creating sounds from purely digital sources (such as re-rendering graphics into sound files); and from this piece I learned techniques that were employed in creating "Import," "Chronos & Kairos," and a number of other recording projects.

All in all an interesting, and largely unknown, audio document from the Foundry archive.


released May 1, 2020

All sound created by Michael Bentley using Soundhack, Digital Performer, Argeïphontes Lyre, Photoshop, Quicktime, and various other applications lost to the ones and zeroes. Cover art by Michael Bentley, reinterpreting elements of the original web gifs.


all rights reserved



The Foundry Berkeley, California

The Foundry was begun, originally, as an outlet for Michael Bentley's chapbooks in the mid-80s. It grew to include audio releases in the mid-90s, and now serves as an umbrella for artistic ventures from Bentley and his collaborators.

contact / help

Contact The Foundry

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Broken Moments EP, you may also like: