Arête I - 3​.​2

by Sean Curtis Patrick

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I 05:20
II 06:43
III 06:17
IV 18:15
V 04:53
3.1 28:16


Recorded on March 28th, 2020 by Sean Curtis Patrick.

Livestreamed to Instagram as the recording session progressed.

The same 8ft tape loop was used for the entire recording session, recorded over and over again. Melodies catalyzed via the Teenage Engineering OP-1 directly into a Nagra IV-L portable tape recorder. This specific IV-L records at 15 inches per second. This is due to the previous owner, a cinematographer in Hollywood, modifying the machine to record at the highest possible quality. The recorded loop was then transferred to a 1958 Nagra III, which had a playback speed of 3 3/4 inches per second. This variation in recording speed to playback speed resulted in a loop that was around 63 seconds long from a 15 second recording period.

Each loop was allowed to record into the computer for an indeterminate length of time. Some lasted only a few minutes, some a half an hour.

Editing, Modulation, Layering, & Modification done after the fact in Ableton.
Minimal Mellotron swells added to 3.1.

The cover is a composite of photography taken at White Sands National Park, December 2019.

Thank you for listening. I hope it moves you in some manner in these dark and worrisome days.
SCP. 032820.


released March 29, 2020


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