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This was the second of 12 pieces recorded in a single 2-hour analude session using a rented MIDI pickup and synthesizer.
 
I had been curious about and planning to try a MIDI-voice analude for many years, and this piece probably contains a good measure of the excitement I felt at being able to play it, finally. But there were other influences: I was living in a small cramped place after a period of physical and emotional stress—but with some hope that things were improving. In the music these things come together: I could have a dialog of sorts, in my mind, about the hope and despair and frustration and anger and love that I had been experiencing.
 
Technical note: As well as the connections between the analude's regular pickup, the special MIDI pickup, and the synthesizer, the latter connection allowing individual strings to have their own individually-panned synthesizer voices, I would have been using headphones and two volume pedals, with my left foot controlling the volume modulations coming to the left ear, my right foot those coming to the right ear, and the center controlled by both.
 

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from The Underpass: Electric Analude Instrumentals, Volume 1, released December 21, 2012
 
Instruments: Electric analude, through a hex MIDI pickup, into the Roland GR-30 MIDI converter and synthesizer.
 
Recorded: February 1999 in Grantham’s Landing, BC.

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