Variant Qualities was a short-lived project of Kris Norris in 1999. Inspired by Liquid Tension Experiment, he recorded an album in a similar style. Around 12 tracks were recorded in one week, and eight were released as a demo. VQ remained inactive, and a few years later Kris lost the recordings. In 2008, he was given a copy by a fan, and he re-released the album online.