Zanerbob | Techno? Heck No!

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Techno? Heck No!

by Zanerbob

Experimenting with various aspects of composition, performance, and tone to produce strange, and interesting instrumental pieces.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. The Angry Winds
4:38 $0.99
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2. Suds
2:42 $0.99
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3. Minuet in a minor
2:28 $0.99
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4. Afraid of Pygmies
4:53 $0.99
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5. On the Water
5:29 $0.99
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6. Drive By
2:15 $0.99
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7. Big Bad Rabbit
9:09 $0.99
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8. You Can't Go Back
6:03 $0.99
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9. Minuet in C Major
1:08 $0.99
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10. Way Out Back
2:15 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Techno? Heck No!

All songs written by Zanerbob, except Minuet in a minor, and Minuet in C Major

Personnel:
Zanerbob - synthesizer, guitar
Tad Late - guitar noises, apology


I feel compelled to explain the ideas behind the songs on this, my first serious attempt to write a project on my own. I recorded this collection of songs some years back. I used a number of musical experimentation methods to write the pieces in this collection. To add new sounds to the basic synth sequences, I had my friend, Tad Late, make random guitar sounds. These were edited, sometimes altered, and placed into the songs (with the exception of the two minuets, and the song ‘Driveby’). I threw in a few guitar parts of my own as well.

The Angry Winds - A song about storms. I have experimented with this technique on a number of pieces, in which the musical phrase is broken up between different voices which are panned in sequential positions in the stereo field.

Suds - An ambient piece. Did you ever stare into the foam in your beer glass?

Minuet in a minor (Johann Krieger) A synthesizer orchestra.

Afraid of Pygmies - Synth rhythm bed with overlying solo sequences.

On the Water - An experiment in harmonies. I wrote a chord progression, then transposed it to a key which is an interval of a major 3rd apart, then played them concurrently. There are elements of musique concrete at the beginning, as some of the tones are mixed with non-musical sounds which have been altered.

Driveby - This is a song about a shooting. All parts played by Zanerbob.

Big Bad Rabbit - Synth rhythm bed with overlying solo sequences. The title came from a Monty Python skit.

You Can't Go Back - This song is about death, and mortality. It is also an experiment in indeterminate music. There is however, a key signature. I wrote out the numbers for chords on pieces of paper, e.g. I, ii, etc. and picked them at random from a jar.

Minuet in C Major (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Yes, I realize I’m not playing it exactly as it is written.

Way Out Back - Started out as a jingle I wrote for a phony radio show I did as a school project. I thought it had an Australian feel when I was finished.

About the cover art:
The cover art is actually two photos of an oil refinery stuck together. The photos were made at night, so they were mostly black with yellowish dots. The photos were placed together, one upside down, so as to include all of the lights in each photo. This was scanned, and the resulting file was inverted, which created the colors seen.


Here are some reviews of 'Techno? Heck No!' :

"Excellent! I was absolutely glued to the speakers!" - Zanerbob

"Wow, I can't believe how great this album is!" - Zanerbob

"This has GOT to be the greatest album ever recorded!!!" - Zanerbob's mom

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