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Another track that took way longer than anticipated to complete. It started out as a straight piano piece, but, again, issues with the recording process forced it to morph into a different shape.

It essentially represents one long learning process : responding to the piano's limitations, figuring out which microphones best suit the current circumstances and how to place them, then learning how to sculpt material that was played a little heavy-handedly in places, spending countless hours carrying out thousands of minute, seemingly endless edits.

At several moments it was tempting to shelve the piece and to start something fresh, to build something new using what had been learned while sweating for hours over the smallest details, while struggling to understand what was interfering with the flow.

However, as with the previous two, the basic melodic structure had something about it that refused to allow itself to be abandoned. Also, I'm a stubborn $*%! who takes no pleasure in the idea of giving up.

Over time, as I gave way to the idea of the piano not having to sound like a piano, to listening to the music's needs rather than forcing my own expectations upon it, a freer, more fluid form emerged.

The initial plan was to continue the piece beyond its current run time, but having the piano re-tuned to an older, unequal temperament has inspired a change of direction, and so I have decided that the piece encapsulates a particular period just fine as it is.

Bechstein Model III upright, 1900
Hofner 500/3 hollow bodied bass, 1960

Started 5th February 2023
Completed 7th October 2023


from Meandering [2023], track released October 30, 2023
Mastered by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich - www.loop-o.com
Artwork by Timothée Mathelin - www.futurorg.com

Copyright Anthony Manning 2023


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