The Rest of the World

by Ivodne Galatea

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Another album of situated music: Volume 5 of the Out of Africa Series visits the mbira ancestry of the Hohner Pianet Model T, and is the second half of the extended Pianet rendition of the Great Mbira Cycle. This featuring Mahororo, Nyamamusanga, Taireva and the grandfather fo them all, Nyamaropa. 

Again, it's an arrangement of mbira classics for two Pianets: one playing the role of kushaura and the other the role of kutsinhira. It involves extended performances of the music in the manner of classic mbira performances. It is an approximation of performances I make with a Strymon El Capistan single-shot looper at home. Additional modulation and saturation using a Strymon Deco tape emulator. 

The music investigates the upward cycle of mbira songs through diatonic transposition: I, II, III, IV, and so on returning to the octave. This is the second half , with V (Mahoro), VI (Nyamamusango) and VI (Taireva) with a reprise of the tonic VIII (Nyamaropa) to round it out. Pieces for I-IV were in a previous album. 

This wasn't necessarily my final edit, there are some glitches, but I lost the original recordings after I made this, so it's as good as it gets.


released January 20, 2016

IG: Pianet, Strymon El Capistan, Strymon Deco

The Freesound contributors are thanked for these field recordings:
corsica s - Metalic Birds
csengeri - May Night Rain
cydon - Birds At Morning
graybaker - Knife River Surf
inchadney - Fireplace
joeladam - Fort Desoto Waves
kiefspoon - Bird Noise Loudest
kingsrow - Fire Crackling
klankbeeld - Cattle In Pasture Nl
kvgarlic - Summeropenfielddusk
kyster - Filsoe First Day Of Spring
monkey pants - Australian Birdcalls In The Early Morning`
starlord - Goldengatepark Birds
thorvandahl - Forest Light Rain and Wind Bird Song
vonora - Sussex Woodland Meadow Bird Sounds Evening

Specific details are given in the tracks




Ivodne Galatea Nedlands, Australia

Principally playing original compositions of an ambient nature on the Hohner Guitaret as well as other thumb pianos/finger harps/lamellophones.
Interested in orchestration using field recordings, per the great John Cage's suggestions (1937).
The pieces are all pataphysical book reviews. They consist of musical essays on books of the same title that haven't been written, but should have.
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