Repetition Over Narrative

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“Repetition over Narrative” is based on a kind of theme and variation structure; there is a loop which begins the track and which becomes subtly modified throughout. The track gets close to, yet never quite returns to its original theme. The middle and end of the track consist of improvised pieces on turntable and piano over the repeated and slightly varied loop. Through the turntable I improvise on and through one sound; returning to one point in the record over and over again producing numerously varied sounds from it. The improvised audio output of the turntable, through a series of Max for Live API devices, drives the controls of a synthesizer effectively automating the synthesizer’s output as a kind of indirect automated improvisation. There are field recordings layered throughout this piece which function as narrative flourishes; they suggest presence, figuration and perhaps even character, but never emerge as anything more than reifications of the larger repetitious structure. One might be able to make out the singular word or lyric that the turntable improvises through and on, which conceptually and thematically reflects the structural dynamics of the overall piece.


from Documentary's Fantasy, released December 19, 2013



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