The Underpass: Electric Analude Instrumentals, Volume 1

by Steven Rowat

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    Album download includes the book "Flirting With The Past," containing comments about the 19 pieces in the two albums 'The Underpass' and 'Consumed'. There are also sections about the analude and its just scale. Condensed excerpts from the book are given below and on the individual selection pages.
    Download also includes disk art for printing CD/DVD top labels, and album cover art.

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From the book "Flirting With The Past" (included in the album download):

    "For over two hundred years equal temperament has had a near monopoly on the scales of pianos, organs, synth keyboards, guitars, saxophones, clarinets and other fixed note instruments, but in the late 1970s I had been reading Harry Partch’s Genesis of a Music (Da Capo, 1974) in which he makes a convincing argument that the just scale will be musically superior… I decided I needed a way that I could hear in real-time what Partch was writing about, so in about 1980 I devised a custom slide instrument in order to compare the just and equal-tempered musical scales, and the ‘analude’ is the name I eventually gave to this instrument....
    "Over the next few years I explored the analude’s musical capabilities and made recordings, and most of these are being published for the first time, in 2012, as the Electric Analude Instrumen­tals Volumes 1 and 2."
    —from the Preface (page 1).

    "....[A]s the range of the different types of sounds I could make with the analude increased, I became more deeply expressive of my subconscious while using it, although I was only vaguely aware of this at the time; most of my conscious attention went to the details of developing the analude, and physically adjusting its setup; and playing it."
    —from the Comments for "Nameless (ii)" (page 8).


released December 21, 2012



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