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Crack the Needle


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For bassoon and electronics:
The pops you hear in the electronic sound file accompaniment are part of the recording and not an issue with your stereo. The electronic sound files were created by combining recorded piano and percussion with synthetic MIDI instruments ; then, using a homemade lathe, these sounds were cut onto DIY records and played on an old Edison model 78 RPM player. The sound files were then looped upon themselves and re-recorded onto another DIY record until the point where the needle of the home-made lathe would pop out of its groove, marking a spot where another instrument would come in on a strange off-beat--the rhythms (especially in the second section) are a result of the amplitude exceeding the physical capabilities of analog sound. These were then mixed down to the resulting digital file.


released October 31, 2018

Composed & conducted - K. L. Fortson
Electronics - K. L. Fortson
Bassoon - Yongjin Yun
Recorded - Michael (乐音石) at WanMei Music Studio (Suzhou, China)
Mixed & Mastered - K. L. Fortson


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KLFORTSON Albuquerque, New Mexico

K. L. Fortson is a New Mexican composer and painter who graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico and started out touring as a guitar player for bands before turning to orchestral and acousmatic music as a guitarist and violinist and began exploring the idea of harmonic painting.

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