Analog Apparitions

Randy Gibson's <em>Analog Apparitions</em> Cassette Cover
Randy Gibson's Analog Apparitions Cassette Cover | Illustration by Oscar H Scott

Cassette | The Tapeworm

Released October 1st, 2010

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Analog Apparitions consists of a pair of 30-minute compositions designed specifically to be recorded and released on cassette tape. A student of seminal Minimalist composer La Monte Young, Gibson follows in the tradition of prime harmonic just intonation pioneered by Young in the 1960s. Apparitions of the Four Pillars, the underlying composition on this tape, explores the depth of the harmonic series through standard just-intonation methods and the use of higher prime-harmonic relationships. In the eighteen hours of recordings layered onto the two sides of the cassette you can hear the mechanism of the tape itself, the evolution of improvisations over seven recording sessions, and the purity of sine waves in complex prime-harmonic relationships.


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Includes the Compositions:
The Third Analog Pillar with its Lowest Primes and The Ersatz Souvenir of The Second Pillar with The High Madora Cornerstone and The Outlying Primal Abyss from Apparitions of The Four Pillars | 30 Minutes | prime harmonic sine waves, toy organ, voices, cassette boomboxes, to be recorded on cassette tapes
The First Analog Pillar with its Simplest Primes and The Harbinger of The Second Pillar with The Low Madora Cornerstone and The Outlying Primal Cirrus from Apparitions of The Four Pillars | 30 Minutes | prime harmonic sine waves, toy organ, cassette boomboxes, to be recorded on cassette tapes

Reviews

Analog Apparitions Released | 2010

Aquarius goes deep

"two half hour epic swaths of deeeeeep rage like dronemusic, the sound constantly evolving and mutating and subtly shifting, from ethereal hazy shimmer to thick reverberating metallic buzz, a gorgeously expansive dronescape"

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Track listing:

A: The First Analog Pillar with its Simplest Primes and The Harbinger of The Second Pillar with The Low Madora Cornerstone and The Outlying Primal Cirrus from Apparitions of The Four Pillars
B: The Third Analog Pillar with its Lowest Primes and The Ersatz Souvenir of The Second Pillar with The High Madora Cornerstone and The Outlying Primal Abyss from Apparitions of The Four Pillars.

Recorded on a Marantz PMD222 with Maxell UR-90 cassettes Brooklyn, NY VI-xix-2010 to VII-xxiv-2010. Randy Gibson: just intonation toy organs, voice; Drew Blumberg: cassette boomboxes; Laine Rettmer: voice (B).

Illustration – Oscar H Scott