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.
HEPTAD (Volume II) by Álvaro Domene, Iluso Records, 2021 on #neuguitars #blog
Expanding upon the compositional and aesthetic concepts developed for the first volume, these 7 pieces tend to have a more percussive and aggressive sound, with a focus on asymmetrical rhythmic activity and melodic multi-directionality.
If the first release took sonic inspiration from avant garde string quartet music, this second release, at times, almost sounds as if two wild pianists were functioning in a duo setting. Still, it’s all interpreted on an electric guitar with meticulously programmed pitch delay algorithms that assisted Domene in shaping the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic palette of each composition.
Heptad Volume II is one more remarkable accomplishment by a composer and instrumentalist who keeps showing us how different an electric guitar still can sound in today’s world.
“Heptad is stunning! Vivid, rich in sound and emotion, and packed with ideas.” – Elliott Sharp
released September 24, 2021
Álvaro Domene: compositions, seven string electric guitar, live electronics, recording, mixing, mastering, and artwork.
Published by Dometone Music BMI 2021
High quality audio files, 24-bit/96kHz.