by Anarchestra



Residue (31:34)
Late may-early june 2005, Railyard 1 Santa Fe

Played on:
1 OBO, Drums
2 12 stringed instruments
3 Drums, flutes, Basuka
4 Pilon, Bustelo, Flattery / Waver, Drums
5 Flutes, Ocarinas, Sliders, Reeds
6 Drums, La Bas, Gurney, Steel Reed, Dish
played by: Alex Ferris

At this point I was becoming more comfortable with the asymmetrical time signatures and, freed somewhat from constructing music out of habitually imagined phrases, thinking more broadly about the soundworlds of the pieces. Messiaen was on my mind pretty constantly, particularly his ideas about generating stasis through meter (I’d generally assumed that rhythm was linear before then) and his obsession with the songs of birds.

Originally, I’d planned to follow Bathtub Music with groups of pieces solely for wind instruments and another solely for tuned percussion. Tracks 4 and 5 (with track 2 solely for strings) are the residue of this idea (I was enjoying drums too much at the time to arbitrarily deny myself the use of them).

I began all these pieces with the idea in the back of my mind of making another long piece like …terofourdis…, but the early summer heat in the barely ventilated shop restricted my time too much to allow me the continuity to try that.

My favorite aspect of these pieces is that, distinct as they are from one another in sound and approach, they all sound like Anarchestra.

These turned out to be the last tracked recordings I made in Railyard 1. I hope to have again sometime a similarly large space to record in. Both acoustically and psychologically, I found the expanse conducive to creativity. The recordings made in the more confined spaces I have worked in since seem to reflect the physical crowdedness I feel in them and suffer sonically from the necessity of listening and mixing in small rooms.

I price all of my music at $0.00, but Bandcamp only allows a limited number of free downloads per month. If you see a price it means that the free downloads have been used up for the month. If I set a price lower than the $7.00 default, there won’t be any free downloads ever. If there are more sales there end up being more free downloads. I’m not trying to get anybody to spend money (I loathe capitalism and the comercialzation of everything, especially the arts). I make music, not product. If you end up buying something, at least you have enabled 2 other people to get something for free (which is a good thing). Or check back until it’s free again. Please feel free to duplicate and pass along.


released August 29, 2014




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Anarchestra is a group of instruments conceived and built by alex ferris. It is also the people who end up playing them and the network of ideas involved in building the music.
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