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Seven Textures of Sound

The Analog Session

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HEM2107 | 2021-11-12  
The Analog Session: Seven textures of sound –
Digital album – total time 57' Alexander Robotnick/
Ludus Pinsky's fifth album under the name of “The
Analog Session” is quite different from the previous
three. On the one hand the duo seems to be back
to the electronic minimalism of its first album, on
the other it shows more rigor in reducing the
editing of tracks and avoiding the long time cuts of
their previous works. In a nutshell they didn't work
on a structure. So the 7 tracks of the album , no
doubt fairly long but totally enjoyable , very clearly
express the two artists’ attitude to improvisation.
Their music can be defined as traditional analog
electronic , based on arpeggios, short sequences
of notes , echoes, modulation on filters and melodic
improvisation. Nothing new, therefore, but a deep
musical sensitivity capable of exploiting the
amazing modulation possibilities of their equipment
- which is always played and never just
Most tracks are based on arpeggios,
sometimes written sometimes improvised, which in
turn evolve into an ever changing music
background as the track proceeds. The two artists
improvise melodies and bass lines upon it. The
drum parts , that in some cases only make their
appearance at mid-track , are kept intentionally
minimal as they are not meant to play any big role
in the track but simply work as a kind of
metronome in 4/4 that supports arpeggios and
chord riffs , often in 5/4 and 6/8 . It’s also
noteworthy that each track is characterized by a
different modal scale, often Phrygian or Dorian but
also Mixolydian.
The two instruments used to
produce this album are an SH101 heavily modified
by Ludus and a Poly 800 where hardly anything of
the original synth is left but its body. The choice of
working with two instruments only (a monophonic
and a polyphonic one) allowed the duo to produce
a compact and consistent sound that keeps flowing
all along the album recalling the main characteristic
of their first work "N5 from Outer Space".
Tracks: 1
1 Extended Chord 9'20” - Dm (dorian) - Electronic (120 bpm)
2) Analog Heroes 5'58” Dm (phrygian) -Electro-disco (123 bpm)
3) Two Arpeggios 8'59” Gm (dorian) - Electronic (130 bpm)
4) RU-more 130 7'39” no key - Electro/D&B -130 bpm)
5) Liquid reflections 8'54” AbM - Ambient (100 bpm)
6) Tech Obsession 9'27” Bb7 (mixolydian) - Techno (140 bpm)
7) Broken song 6'49” Ebm (dorian) - Down-beat (90 bpm)
Previous albums: The Analog Session
Black Ground
When Machines get
(Alexander Robotnick and Ludus Pinsky are Maurizio Dami and Lapo Lombardi)

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