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Guitars & Gamelan: Rational Basis (2015) by Los Angeles Electric 8


Album Credits: Guitarist

Physical copies available via Microfest Records:
www.microfestrecords.com

Grammy® nominated producer John Schneider and Grammy® nominated pianist Aron Kallay, themselves critically acclaimed performers of ‘microtonal’ music, created MicroFest Records to share their love of exciting repertoire that is simply unavailable anywhere else. Releases include world premiere studio recordings, as well as live performances from two decades of California’s celebrated MicroFest: “World Class…” – Alan Rich, LA Weekly

Album of music by Composer Bill Alves.

The title Rational Basis comes from the fact that its pitches are based on ratios, that is, integer proportions of frequencies between the different guitar strings. This type of tuning, called just intonation, cannot be found on the standard frets of the guitar (except for the octaves). Therefore, in this piece, the players play only open strings, octaves, and natural harmonics. However, the strings are retuned so that, when the different parts interlock with one another, they produce the melodies and patterns you hear. An exception is the slide guitar, which can play all these pitches between the standard frets. Influence of the gamelan shows up not only in the interlocking techniques but also in the scales used, which often resemble the Indonesian scale known as slendro. This piece was inspired by and composed for the awesome Los Angeles Electric 8.

Initial Tuning (from A ):1/1, 9/8, 7/6, 21/16, 3/2, 7/4

released August 19, 2015

Los Angeles Electric 8:
Gabriel Deutsch: electric guitar
Tom Frazer: electric guitar
Jeremy Kerner: electric guitar
Eric Kiersnowski: electric guitarr
Andy Lee: electric guitar
Felix Salazar: electric guitar
JohnPaul Trotter: electric guitar
Nicholas Deyoe: bass guitar

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Bill Alves
Mastering by Benjamin Mass, Fifth Circle Audio
Design by Janice Gilson
Recorded January 2014 at: Harvery Mudd College, Claremont, CA

© 2015 Microfest Records
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