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Earthworks I

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After being invited to the 2015 edition of Cold Fiction's ongoing Futur[e]cho, I began a session with a few drum machines, a heap of FX boxes and a two-minute long reel-to-reel tape loop of a calmer horn refrain from Smetana's classic "Mà Vlast (My Homeland)". In short, a similar setup as the Verdant Acre excursions, though much different by the time I finished.

In my usual fashion of aural degradation and textural processing, I treated the tape loop heavily with all sorts of eroding and elongating, however no matter what I applied to the loop, the end result would sound beautiful. This became a challenge - overdoing the compression, smearing flange and phasing and detuned chorus everywhere, almost acting recklessly, abusing the tape and testing the strength of the foundation Smetana established in 1879. No matter what I tried, the music defiantly shined that much brighter, resilient beneath the analog loss, poignantly echoing across time the stately horns of the past.

Once I realized this fact, the sessions settled into a calm relationship of understanding and love. A soft conversation with an old friend. My choice of the name for the session, before even starting it - Redoubt - along with the source of my tape loop, came into focus as a subconscious celebration of contentment at home. I peppered the tracks with field recordings of my daughter playing with my wife and I in our verdant backyard. I imagined the redoubts in my mind not as fortresses built for military defense, but as safe havens, well worn from warm sun and embracing winds, built to stand up to the ravages of time and gravity by craftsmen long since forgotten.

(...Earthworks II TBA...)


released September 9, 2015

W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded at Botany Bay, May-June 2015. Mastered by The Analog Botanist. This is Milieu Music number ABX45. Cover photograph taken by Brian in Orlando, Florida, December 2014.



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Coppice Halifax Dayton, Ohio

Analog Botany, since 2006. Impressionist techno and bedroom fantasist electronics. Compost instead of composition.

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