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Feel Free CD/LP (album preview)

Duane Pitre on February 21, 2012 18:24

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    "Feel Free" is a composition by Duane Pitre that currently has three possible manifestations: solo performance, group performance, and sound installation. At the core of all of them is the pillar of the work, an open yet orderly system whose intention is to produce potentially infinite variations of self-generating rhythm and melody. This system is created in part by a Max/MSP patch, designed by the composer, which consists of two (unprocessed) sound sources: guitar harmonics and simple-timbre electronic tones (in the solo/group versions, the latter are performed by the composer).

    These solo and group versions of "Feel Free" find the work following a sequence of movements, with each embodying slight variations in feel, pitch material, performance methods, and rules. Blanketing the entire performance are suggestions given to the performers, such as that they should feel free to interact with one another, as well as with the random, real-time, computer generated patterns of guitar harmonics; therefore making intuitive yet rule-based decisions, in that moment of the piece, instead of relying on standard notation to dictate their every move. This approach creates a performance that is unique upon each occasion that it is performed; it is free from its own restraints.

    This album preview (comprised of an excerpt of each of the piece's five sections) is from the "Feel Free" CD/LP, to be released via Important Records on 3/27/12.(Also released on this date is Pitre's split LP w/ Eleh, with the composer's side containing a recording of an installation version "Feel Free")

    Album liner notes:
    Duane Pitre
    Feel Free

    Section I
    Section II
    Section III
    Section IV
    Section V

    Duane Pitre - computer (electronics & guitar)
    Jim Altieri - violin
    Shannon Fields - hammered dulcimer
    James Ilgenfritz - contrabass
    Jessie Marino - cello
    Jesse Sparhawk - harp

    Recorded at The Isokon, Woodstock, New York on May 29/30, 2011
    Engineered & mixed by D. James Goodwin
    Mastered by Bhob Rainey
    "Feel Free" by Duane Pitre (BMI 2010)
    Design: IMPREC

    Released by: Important Records
    Release/catalogue number: IMPREC349
    Release date: Mar 27, 2012


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