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Colleen – Subterranean: Grandmother breakdown

“Subterranean”, the first single(s) and opener of my 8th album Le jour et la nuit du réel, out on September 22nd on Thrill Jockey, is made of 3 movements that evolve both harmonically and sonically from a group of chords and a set of settings on the @moogsynthesizers Grandmother going into the MF-104M Analog Delay. On the album the pieces are separate, but they will flow into one another when I play them live, which gives me a nice opportunity to show you how the synth settings evolve from one movement to another. This is a partial, condensed version of the 3 movements, which actually makes it easier to see and hear the group of chords that reoccurs over the 3 movements.
Grandmother notes:
ARP is on, the order of notes really matters to give the appropriate feel on Mvt I, with Mvt II and III being more forgiving and allowing more of a hands-down-as-if-to-play-a-chord (Grandmother being monophonic, you can’t play chords as such – part of the fun for me on this album was to play with this limitation in as many creative ways as I could think of).
The Stepped Drone patch (from the Grandmother manual) only enters on the 3rd movement via the Attenuator, turned all the way down in full counterclock wise position to provide inverse modulation.
Patch: Sample and Hold into Attenuator into Mult – sent to 2 destinations: Osc 2 Pitch In and Filter Cutoff In.
“Subterranean – Movements I – II – III” out now on all platforms.
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