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Works From Home 2: Rhizomes

by Andrew Greaves

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Hunters Moon 07:55
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Low Tide 03:55
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Rhizomes 13:00
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End Titles 05:14

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Rhizomes; horizontal plant shoots, emerging elsewhere as new lateral stems.

Other things also have a way of cropping up elsewhere and in different times.

I have childhood memories of my father’s opera singing; a classic lead tenor.

Recently, when clearing the attic, I discovered a stack of home recorded cassettes containing recordings of my father in rehearsals, recitals and concerts.

I have edited and collaged short sections of these recordings and used them as the basis for these new pieces. The originally sung notes, scales, harmonic content and timbre of the recordings have been built upon using a variety of synthesisers and sequencers.

The process was made considerably easier due to the original vocals being performed in perfect pitch.

The process of editing these vocal recordings triggered multiple memories, which in turn informed directions for my work.

“Before” contains a (pre-lockdown) field recording of shoppers in Kensington Gardens, Brighton.

For “Hunter’s Moon” A distant voice calling from the past, improvised synth phrases based on the notes from the vocal recording.

“Lowtide”; a slow back and forth, giving rise to a short melody.

“A Walk on The New Way”; memories of childhood walks on summer days.

“Rhizomes”; a vocal collage, giving way to layered synths arpeggios.

“End Titles” a theme for an imaginary movie.

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released December 2, 2021

All music written, performed, recorded, edited and mixed by Andrew Greaves during the 2020-21 UK lockdown.

Photograph by Simon Peacock

All vocal parts sourced from found cassette recordings of performances by Frank Greaves.

Instruments: Casiotone MT400V (organ parts), Roland JV-1010 sound unit, Korg Electribe EA1 synthesiser (sequencer parts), Roland SH01A Synthesiser, Roland TR09 Rhythm Composer, Korg Monologue analogue synthesiser, Novation Basstation 2 analogue synthesiser, Alchemy soft synth.

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Spirit of Gravity Brighton, UK

Live electronic and experimental music, monthly.

Background photo: Jo Bramli playing Live at OXJAM Safehouse / Spirit of Gravity / Beatabet all dayer, The Rose Hill, Brighton, 15.10.2016
by Agata Urbaniak

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