About Laffik

Laffick, whose real name is Paweł Niejadlik, was born in 1982 in Poland. There he began his digital music adventure in 1995 with Amiga 500 and Protracker, creating first compositions on second Kiwi album "Graffiti", containing rythmic and melodic sequences made of loops taken from cheap keyboard and one-shot samples taken from other composers compositions. After Kiwi breakdown Laffick focused absolutely on creating new modules for future fame. Eleven part "Srechnho" collection was a contest against hardcore, rave and dance scene evolving at that time. "Srechnho" was even harder in sound distortion and rapidness and less repeatable, monothonic, very unpredictable. This collection was a music parody and the aim was to make listener laugh only with sounds.

Laffick started exploring Amiga demoscene. With many different technical and mood influences he composed "In the Forest" collection in 1996. Five melodic rather than rythmic tracks inspired with compositions of Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Vollenweider and Amiga demoscene composers like 4-Mat, Dreamer and XTD, containing many samples taken from many demoscene modules. He was continuing this collection until 2001, on Amiga 1200 and Digi-Booster - multitrack tracker bought in 1997. Since then his compositions became multichannel.

In 1998 he composed short three part collection called "Music for the Ninth Sense". Third part "Walking Outside with Personal Hypnotyzer" was contribution to the music competition in Magazyn Amiga - polish Amiga magazine. Composition took 13th out of 30 positions in the chart and Laffick did not win any prize. However Laffick considered himself as winner of place in first half, which meant his music was a bit better than average.

In 2000 he began few month long cooperation with Jaca of Dreamolers and they together created album called "Tryin' to Understand the Machine". There was only rule during sequencing - no rules. The theme for this album are machines and it's sounds. Cars, washing machine, VCR engine, trains and other, nonacoustic generated "mechanical" sounds: text files loaded as a sound files and samples of drums generated using geometric and trigonometric strings, in application specially programed by Laffick for this ocassion, called "D-CAPS Stopmer". After that Laffick returned to his solo sequencing and created about 60 multichannel modules in period from 2000 - 2003.

In 2001 he composed short sentimental track about leaving home looking for a knowledge and moved to Łódź for studies.

Of notable works made in 2002 Laffick done backgrounds for Jaca's poems Filantropia and Nasz Świat. That year he joined Żak student's radio in Technical University of Łódź, to gain some practice in audio production.

In 2003 his father gave him his PC as an education accessory, as the PC was urgently needed during studies on technical university. Laffick began creating music in another dimension. 16-64 bit sound, realtime effects and HD recording made his new sound proessional, first time during his adventure. Laffick prepared Anita Ward, Francis Goya and Missy Eliot unofficial remixes and composed few tracks on samples and virtual synthesizers, with old, unfinished sequences from Amiga. He also collaborated with CJ Reign and formed a band Damn Fast Turtles with Mr. Q. 
In 2004 Laffick finished school with total result of 3/4 of higher education and for this occasion changed his nickname to Laffik. Laffick completed courses of Maths, Physics, IT and English on three stages of education - elementary, secondary and university. Gained no diploma for uni, still having Secondary Education Certificate.

In 2005 he discovered automatic full-spectrum equalization which added some brightness and accuracy to sound and assembled "d(-_-)b Adventure". Later that year Laffik began experiments with random note generating algorythms and composed "Not Random Nor Regular" collection, produced three times in different way. This same year he developed chord matching method and method for matching chords to randomly generated notes and released many tracks, including "Angel" and "Whistler", using his new techniques.

In 2006 Laffik discovered proper, digital sound finetuning techniques, far more accurate than human hearing and began experiments with dynamically expanded and finetuned sounds. Later that year he developed application generating fractal note patterns and composed "Fractas", collection of 21 tracks, using this new, unique tool. Using all techniques joint together with multitimbrial, polyphonic sound of drums, he released album "Finetuned Pitch Numbers", that contains twelve, recursive structured tracks on finetuned and expanded drums, including new sound textures and old synth backgrounds from Amiga.

In the end of 2006 and the beginning 2007 Laffik recorded electro-jazz collection called “Weird Things”, using overdub, together with himself, many times... Later that year he composed two, longest ever tracks: "The Plot" (75:33) and "The Squot" (121:31), and series of thirteen pieces with samples taken from sample library sold with keyboard, called “Correction”.

At the end of 2007 Laffik done Army Service and moved to England.

He spent 2008 producing arrays for harmonizing melodies in Equal Temperament system, which together with experiments on chords from 2005 gave foundation for future built of Progressor.

In 2009 Laffik signed up to Zimbalam - internet MP3 distributor and began publishing two albums per year - one current and one archival.

In 2010 Laffik composed 15 tracks on virtual synthesizers simulating vibrations of string and membranes. The collection is called "Digital Simulations" and is available for download on ‘Releases’ page.

In 2011 Laffik published continuation of "d(-_-)b Adventure" collection made in 2005. This time Laffik is taking the listener for a trip into louder, expanded and layered sounds.

Year 2012 is giving two releases. Fractas compiled in 2006, described above and Numeric Nature. Numeric Nature is contemporary classical, instrumental album being musical illustration of nature. This album is built of three parts. First part is pure contemporary classical sound. It is made on modern virtual instruments emulating existing analog circuitry as well as exploring new unopened design possibilities and physical emulation of acoustic instruments - piano, violin, contrabass and marimba. Second part contains two rythmic passages with analog instruments and samples of nature. Third part is first time published multichannel version of "In the Forest" collection with some samples manually resynthesized to imitate the original ones from the 90's.

In 2013 Laffik published compilation of tracks produced in 2005 called Angel. Compilation contains melodies composed when he developed application for matching chords to the leading tune. Album contains previously composed and yet never published tracks like Angel and Whistler composed by whistling and gathering notes through wav to midi converter. On the same album are also available other melodies composed in that period performed on many VST instruments and sequenced in FLStudio and Renoise. Second album forthcoming in 2013 is Key To My Realm formerly called Songs for Convolver. It contains 14 melodic tracks performed on convolver similar to the one that Laffik developed in 1997. Convolver was fed with acoustic sounds of noises and oscilations and digitally generated basic oscillator sounds. Some of sounds were used as resonator other as an exciter making true physical emulation of violin, brass, guitars and drums sounding very closely to original acoustic equivalents. Throughout all album melodies and chord progressions switch themselves in roles of leading making dynamic set of compositions. Later in 2013, in September Laffik published archival album called Rock Classical Middle Ages containing revamped tracks composed in 2006 and before. Tracks are containing sequenced classical and jazz melodies arranged in digital manner in style of dance, and contemporary classical electronic music.

2014 gave release of "Four Corners of the World". Album dedicated to global migration of people around the Earth. The album is made with VST synthesizers, ROMplers and Physical Modelling virtual synthesizers. It is kept in various scales in key of B. It is composed of harmonized melodies and chords flicking the role of leading between each other. Bright and loud bassy mastering sectioned with gentle and subtle classical tracks makes workpiece sounding good on loudspeakers as well as on earbuds, clear in a car and in the living room.

In 2015 Laffik released single, EP, and album. Single called "Rob Underground Rattler" was three piece collection of drum and bass tracks with spectrally smooth drum samples and bass - his new development reaching works of A. Kolmogorov and B.P. Bogert. The clue of their works is cepstrum - spectrum of a spectrum. In special case of Laffik's work, drums were equalized into sine waves on spectrum, that are peaks on cepstrum, which sound really well. Melody of track 'Jumpup Rattler' is oniric - Laffik composed it while being asleep. EP 'Richmond Delight' is melody whistled off spointainously at work and recorded for further digital edit on a computer. Track is made 12 times in different version composing whole EP. Album 'Protected' is album composed of melodies with harmonic accompaniament, ambient sounds and cepstral beats. It's idea are issues linked with protection and lack of protection.
In 2016 Laffik is celebrating 20 years of solo music production.
All the best!
2017 unveiled new album named "Surplus Dimension" inspired with many cases of extradimensional ocurrences happening in UK. Album contains six tracks and it's remixes made in electro-acoustic domain with acoustic drumset edited digitally. Postprocessing included expansion, cepstral edit of boosting raptials and spectral smoothing of acoustic sounds captured with Zoom recorder, Sony camcorder and Roland binaural headphones. Laffik's evolving developments in field of musical harmony brang discovery of qualitative intervals gradation. Tracks on this album contain melodies composed with evolving tension of intervals using this new development. Melodies are harmonized by accompaniment of chords. Apart from the album Laffik composed set of several piano inventions having harmonized raising interval pressure.

In 2018 Laffik published second part of the "Surplus Dimension" album, produced within the same manner. Album contains main parts of the full serie, starting with a beat, instead of usual convention of tracks starting with introduction and having evolving middle part and ending.

There was no release in 2019. This year was spent on producing third part of Surplus Dimension saga. Album was produced in a half at the end of the year. Production carries on into next year.

In 2020 third part of Surplus Dimension cycle was published. Laffik also prepared material for the fourth part of cycle, that is supposed to be the final chapter. This part of saga will be published later in 2021.

Year 2021, the beginnig of new decade, was busy and full of breaking events. 9th September, in the 50th anniversary of publishing John Lennon's "Imagine", died Laffik's dad. Before it happended Laffik published material already recorded last year - "Surplus Dimension vol. 4". This was definite end of hyperdimensional saga. On spring Laffik got in contact and collaborated with his teenagehood hero - XTD. Laffik arranged XTD's track VSK - Very Spokojny Kawałek. Available in section Freebies. As it was 10th anniversary of publishing d(-_-)b A D V E N T U R E I I album, in the beginning of the year Laffik prepared continuation and assembled DNB Adventure vol. 3 and vol. 4. Also archival, first volume was published, the one that was done in 2005. After this serie, Laffik dropped his workflow on area of dubstep and composed album named "Dubstep Adventure". Then bad news about dad's stroke arrived.

Laffik's dad with newborn Laffik.
Later during the year Laffik discovered that "lafik" means "love" in Arabic. As nickanme "love" given to single man is irrelevant, Laffik decided to quit publishing with this alias on benefit of various nicknames sounding more like drum and bass producer: Dialotek, Original System, Delta Audio and such. With this changes Paweł prepared another album - "Signal". Album was composed of drum and bass beats with guest starring of HEMANIFEST, Donnie Ozone and Yinte on mics. Publisher refused distributing album containing various aliases of one person, excusing with system limitations. Earlier during the year album mix of DNB Adventure vol. 4 was rejected by iTunes and as a consequence removed also from all other stores. Publishing through MP3 stores in days of flood of artists producing, according to statistics, no more than two albums during all their carieer, does not profit. With over £10,000 of contribution, 10 years of publishing brought £50 of return. As the publishing started to require more and more compromises from Laffik's side, he quit publishing in the stores through MP3 distribution services and returned to uploading to YouTube - the one and only faithful system of promotion. Last album of that year - "Signal" is available only this way.