Applied Sciences EP

by Pulse State

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The latest album, The Science of Despair, was released in October 2012, and quickly became the flagship of Pulse State's musical repertoire. However, the story wasn't finished yet. Mike Phipps, the sole studio member behind Pulse State, has endured several events in his life in the time that has passed since The Science of Despair's release, including the dissolution of several friendships and opportunities, as well as the creation of several new ones. Mike believes that these events must be documented in any life, for they continually shape who we truly are.

It stands to reason, therefore, that the story that was told on The Science of Despair should be continued on a follow-up release, and on October 4th, 2013, nearly exactly one year since the release of its parent album, the Applied Sciences EP will be made available to fans and friends, both old and new. The familiar mix of synthpop, melodic EBM, and darkwave has been exploited to maximum effect on this collection of songs. Three alternate mixes from the album, four remixes by other artists (Level 2.0, Forced Intention, Die With You, and Masoschizm), and one unreleased track saved especially for this new EP - it all makes for a fitting coda to the parent album, clocking in at just over 46 minutes while doing it!

The Applied Sciences EP will appeal both to DJs and casual listeners, finding its way through homes and clubs alike. Life has its ups and downs; this new EP can be considered as a soundtrack for those times. Released exclusively on the Pulse State Bandcamp page.

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released 04 October 2013

All songs originally written by Mike Phipps.

01, 03, 04, and 06 mixed and produced by Mike Phipps between September 2012 and October 2013.

02 remixed by Mike Hoffman of Level 2.0 in July 2013.

05 remixed by Chad Guimbellot a.k.a. Masoschizm in August 2013.

07 remixed by Jeremy Frey of Forced Intention in August 2013.

08 remixed by Die With You in September 2013.

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Pulse State Detroit, Michigan

Pulse State is an electronic music project from Detroit, consisting solely of producer/vocalist Mike Phipps (also known for his ambient/minimal techno project Saturn Zero). Earlier works were more electro-pop or future-pop; in recent years, the project has taken on some darkwave and dark synthpop influences. Pulse State has released two albums and several EPs/singles. ... more

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Track Name: Little Strangeling (Inversion)
You look away in violent skies
With your sad and lovely eyes
You wonder how your life could be
Fraught with pain and misery

You are too young for this
You must not surrender
You are too young for this
You must never surrender

*My little strangeling
So lovely, dancing in the night
My little strangeling
So beautiful, moving through black light
My little strangeling
There's so much that you have to learn
My little strangeling
Before the world lets you crash and burn

The night is coming to break your heart
Fractured fractals posing as art
It's not the way, the method's unsound
Like tears in rain to bring you down

But deep inside you have a will
Chaotic good, subversive still
Can you feel love? Do you have worth?
Experience the next rebirth

You are too young for this
You must not surrender
You are too young for this
You must never surrender

*My little strangeling
So lovely, dancing in the night
My little strangeling
So beautiful, moving through black light
My little strangeling
There's so much that you have to learn
My little strangeling
Before the world lets you crash and burn

Don't crash and burn!
Track Name: Life: Accelerate! (remixed by Level 2.0)
Wake up in the morning to see the burning sun
Terror in the skies, destroying everyone
We're the victims of illusion, society collapse
Sinking in the shadows, the coldest relapse

Take your anger to the streets, hear the people shout and cry
We exist to live our lives and we're not afraid to die
The thunderstorm is rising and it cannot stay sedate
Kill the emptiness inside... life accelerate!

*We will look up at the light within the sky
As the wind comes down and wants to take us high
Through the changing atmosphere
Where we shall have no fear
Where the frozen ground is far beneath our feet
We will move along towards a brighter beat
'Till the day that we all die
We look into the sky

See the darkness rising, the world is growing cold
But we light the flames of change, take arms and start revolt
The enemy is strong but we'll overcome somehow
Hear the rallying cry... revolution now!

There is fear within our hearts that we have to set aside
Give remembrance to the cause and the ones who have died
The thunderstorm is rising and it cannot stay sedate
Kill the emptiness inside... life accelerate!

*We will look up at the light within the sky
As the wind comes down and wants to take us high
Through the changing atmosphere
Where we shall have no fear
Where the frozen ground is far beneath our feet
We will move along towards a brighter beat
'Till the day that we all die
We look into the sky
Track Name: Divergence
Reaching to the void
Searching for the truth
Trying to fill the emptiness in you

Reading through that book
As if it would be your guide
But still, you never really learn what's true

*And I watch you fall
And I watch you fail
And I know
I'll find my way alone
And your ship sinks down
Never to set sail
And I know
I'll find my way alone

Listening to those words
You're hearing all the time
Don't you know that they are all a lie?

You're taken off course
Your life falls apart
But still, you cling to it - please tell me why?

*And I watch you fall
And I watch you fail
And I know
I'll find my way alone
And your ship sinks down
Never to set sail
And I know
I'll find my way alone
Track Name: Faith:Loss (Andromeda Shift)
From birth until we all will die
We never find the reason why
We all live alone

We go through partners, loves and friends
And still we cannot comprehend
Do we live alone?
Souls without a home?
Hearts as cold as stone?

*Faith loss
No cost
Faith loss
No cost

What is the reason we were placed
Upon this vast green planet's face?
Was it just to be alone?

Or do we share the universe
With others that have lived here first?
Or are we still alone?
Souls without a home?
Hearts as cold as stone?

*Faith loss
No cost
Faith loss
No cost
Track Name: Sunlight (remixed by Masoschizm)
I am alone
So far away from warmth and light
Illumination is so weak

I move on course
So many entities will bind me
In this cold and distant place

*Give me the light
I'm calling, I'm calling out
I need to believe
That one day it comes about
Sometimes I feel that the sun avoids me
Sometimes I feel that there's nothing left to see
This is my destiny

Although I'm strong
I'm feeling weaker every day
The warmth just passes me on by

I move on course
So slowly, nothing seems to change
In this cold and distant place

*Give me the light
I'm calling, I'm calling out
I need to believe
That one day it comes about
Give me the light
I'm falling, I'm falling here
I need to believe
That one day I will be near
Sometimes I feel that the sun avoids me
Sometimes I feel that there's nothing left to see
Sometimes I feel that the sun avoids me
Sometimes I feel that there's nothing left to see
This is my destiny

I feel that the sun avoids me
I feel there's nothing left to see
I feel that the sun avoids me
I feel there's nothing left to see
Track Name: The Final Note (In Nomine Nihil)
You go out to face the world
An anti-angel, wings unfurled
You found what you think's a toy
Oh, the games you shall employ

She's beautiful in the dark
You dance with her, create a spark
She's so young and innocent
It's got to be, she's heaven-sent

*You want to dance forever
To have your fun together
But this is not enough
We all will die someday
You think you'll last forever
To be in love together
But this is not enough
We all will die someday

You wake up on Sunday morn'
To partake in bitter scorn
You rail against what you find odd
In the name of your God

Paying back your misery
'Cause absolution is never free
But now you're saved, so you can do
The awful things that you want to

This should not be all there is in your life
It is only illusion
You only have so many years in your life
Stop the holy confusion

*You want to live forever
To have your peace together
But this is not enough
We all will die someday
You think you'll last forever
To raise your souls together
But this is not enough
We all will die someday
Track Name: Little Strangeling (remixed by Forced Intention)
You look away in violent skies
With your sad and lovely eyes
You wonder how your life could be
Fraught with pain and misery

You are too young for this
You must not surrender
You are too young for this
You must never surrender

*My little strangeling
So lovely, dancing in the night
My little strangeling
So beautiful, moving through black light
My little strangeling
There's so much that you have to learn
My little strangeling
Before the world lets you crash and burn

The night is coming to break your heart
Fractured fractals posing as art
It's not the way, the method's unsound
Like tears in rain to bring you down

But deep inside you have a will
Chaotic good, subversive still
Can you feel love? Do you have worth?
Experience the next rebirth

You are too young for this
You must not surrender
You are too young for this
You must never surrender

*My little strangeling
So lovely, dancing in the night
My little strangeling
So beautiful, moving through black light
My little strangeling
There's so much that you have to learn
My little strangeling
Before the world lets you crash and burn

Don't crash and burn!
Track Name: Regression (Pavana Remix by Die With You)
Regression
The act of letting go
When the quality of your life fades away

Regression
I've done this many times
It's the old familiar crutch on which I lay

*Loneliness never felt so right before
Self inflicting, dismantling
Exposing my core
It's so cathartic, living solitary life
It's given me the time I need
Away from sadness
Sadness and strife

Regression
The time of my despair
But sometimes I want pain to set me free

Regression
No one will understand
But their opinions matter not to me
Not to me...

*Loneliness never felt so right before
Self inflicting, dismantling
Exposing my core
It's so cathartic, living solitary life
It's given me the time I need
Away from sadness and strife

*Loneliness never felt so right before
Self inflicting, dismantling
Exposing my core
It's so cathartic, living solitary life
It's given me the time I need
Away from sadness
Sadness and strife