To stumble upon Chance McNiff's music is a stroke of luck befitting his name. Residing in the creative hive that is the Brattleboro area, he lives an intriguing life as multidisciplinary artist and farmer. Although located rurally, McNiff has propagated certain corners of the internet with lush electronic synth soundscapes and beautifully composed iPhone photos. He communicates his detailed observations of nature and pattern, using social media outlets as his gallery.
Few recordings are available from McNiff online, though I suspect he has a complex body of music squirreled away for his own enjoyment. His only album, Sequoiahedron, is a rare piece, one as well composed and inventive as the work of Aphex Twin.
The sequencing he implements utilizes math and ambient harmonization to create a mentally engaging and comfortable sonic environment. The track “Aphidoletes Drip” is a modern interpretation of new-age synth arpeggiation with an intelligent dance rhythm that deepens an inclination toward meditation.
Recently, McNiff has been slightly dormant in putting out his creative production — Sequoiahedron was released in 2013. Maybe if we clap our hands and believe, he'll magically produce new tracks for us to ponder.