Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
33 RPM by Yaron Deutsch, BandCamp, 2020
For long time I wanted to tackle “canonic” repertoire and offer my interpretational perspective to certain works. At the same time and for better portrayal of such, the idea was to conjunct such “classics” with current creations that could then depict the aesthetic, instrumental and idiomatic changes that took place over time in New Art Music for guitar. As a thread goes my current interest in Harmony (tonal, modal etc.) and Nostalgia which in this case functions as two sides of the same coin (harmony as musical nostalgia – a longing for a safe cradling sanctuary from the past).
And if Nostalgia what’s better (besides the sonic quality) then enjoying the music on vinyl which resonates the above ideas both in format and listening manner with two very distinct sides, each capturing another sound world. Side A addressing solo music with accompaniment (From 80’s prerecorded tape to current electronics accompaniment) while side B is rougher, “stripped” solo in nature, suggesting a live in the studio sensation. Therefore, 33RPM points both to the medium (vinyl) and to the time (33+/- years between the old/new pieces) over which the above musical transformation took place.
releases September 8, 2020
Yaron Deutsch – Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Stefano Bechini – Mixing & Mastering
Momi/Murail: recorded by Stefano Bechini at Entropya Studios, Perugia
Gadenstätter: recorded by Ulrich Katzenberger at KUG Studios, Graz
Reich: recorded by Assaf Levy at Tin Tin studios, Ramat Gan