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7 is the fourth and only self-released extended play by deadmau5. It was uploaded to his SoundCloud account on 12 November 2013. In contrast to Zimmerman's typical electronic sound, 7 incorporates elements of classical music, with the piano being prominently featured.

Background[]

On 12 November 2013, Zimmerman deleted all tracks from his SoundCloud and replaced them with seven piano pieces named after the Seven Deadly Sins, which were uploaded as part of a set. Simultaneously, he uploaded a video to his YouTube account featuring all the songs as one body of work, accompanied by artwork from Pieter Bruegel the Elder. In addition to deleting his SoundCloud catalog, Zimmerman also made his first departure from Twitter that day, feeling it was necessary to step away from the platform to focus more on music production.[1]

On 12 December 2013, Zimmerman officially launched live.deadmau5.com, making tracks from the 7 EP available for download on the platform starting from 18 December 2013. These versions of the tracks lacked their longer intros and eerie ambiance.

On 20 May 2014, "Avaritia" was released as a single, completely transformed into a dance track. On 2 June 2014, while(1<2) was released, featuring refined versions of the piano melodies, with the only exception being "Luxuria".

In 2018, Zimmerman and Gregory Reveret recorded orchestral renditions of all seven tracks for Where's The Drop?, which was released on 20 March 2018.

On 18 April 2021, Zimmerman released an NFT collection in collaboration with Robbie Trevino, inspired by Trevino's novel Numinous: The Descent. This collection featured updated mixes of four tracks from the 7 EP, paired with Trevino's artwork. The tracks were given new names: "Amaniloth" (formerly Gula), "Crash Site" (formerly Invidia), "Voyage" (formerly Ira), and "Gateway" (formerly Avaritia). Additionally, the collection included a piano cover of "Fn Pig" and the unreleased track "Maybe Later".[2]

Tracklist[]

No. Title Length
1. "Acedia" 3:38
2. "Avaritia" 1:20
3. "Gula" 1:55
4. "Invidia" 3:20
5. "Ira" 4:23
6. "Luxuria" 1:53
7. "Superbia" 2:23
Total length: 18:52


Trivia[]

  • In 2015, There were plans for another EP featuring tracks named after the Seven Virtues, but the status of the project remains unknown.[3]
  • The melody of "Avaritia" first appeared in the SoundCloud demo of "Nyquist". On while (1<2), it appeared in "Terrors in my Head."
  • The English translations of the tracks in order: Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, Envy, Wrath, Lust, and Pride.
  • The tracks were uploaded to SoundCloud one day after We Are Friends, Vol. 2 was released.

References[]

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