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Steve Reich - Proverb [low​-​live overdubs]

from Studies / Logs / Edits by Mary LA

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My initial studies in music history had me touch a lot of choir-stuff since i always searched for that feel of many voices sounding like one.

It started with my very own experiences as a mid-to-low-talented singer (always abstracted- too much of impro) and bridged over listening to the crazy-beautiful arrangements of kate bush into the grounds of arrangement-masters like arvo pärt and ... steve reich.

probably the first minimalist a n d constructive music i found (thanks to my mentors - you know who you are (i hope - just for the sake of you not loosing your mind)).

"Proverb" has this apocalyptic optimism on hold that helps me stay sane in a perception-controlled mind threatened by human abyss that i try to oversee these days in the name of happiness and strength.

This vibe, this danger and this overridden beauty in the voices of two female and two male singers up in this genius arrangement - OMG - just like "Colors" - this masterpiece just had me want to find a way to simply touch it in any way possible just to share time with it as deep i can - satisfying my lust for the gate i imagined inside the piece.

Lucky me, my boys at the studio suggested to just lay some overdubs and try to follow the rhythmic structure of the original recording. Sure it can be felt as pure arrogance and lack of respect to just do that for fun but it was very seriously approached right after that suggestion.

Murphy-enough ... it was like a " free topic night " that gave me the opportunity to do this and beacause it was a steep challenge we had some wine in our systems before the redlight went on.

Quite difficult due to the many tempo and choral changes :/

You can hear the struggling - but we did not give up. By the third take we made it through the whole 14 minutes without resigning. At least we kind of stayed in sync with each other - Acid S on the drumpads / Mary LA on the SH101 basslines. The recording was archived under "fun but n e v e r to be displayed" - That´s the area i hacked myself in to roll it out in this little release :)

[ edit by Acid S: 101io tends to be a demo-archive anyway - do what you like :]

[ editedit by Herwarth Sturm: dear S - it´s not on you to decide that by yourself :]


from Studies / Logs / Edits, released January 30, 2019


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