cries&screams​/​/​subterranean_meditation (single)

by Antonio Forte

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*This piece is from the album WE MUST LEARN. It is being released as a single in commemoration of Juneteenth. I am joining Bandcamp in donation 100% of my sales (for this single and every album) to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

A threnody dedicated to my ancestors and to all those affected by displacement and oppression. Through recent genealogical research, I discovered ancestry in the First Nations People, Métis, and Filles du Roi. The deeper I dug into this history, the more inner turmoil and existential anguish developed, resulting in the creation of this piece.

Mechanically, it is a 4-track composition for analogue modular synthesizer consisting of off-kilter percussive sequences in a polyrhythmic, odd meter; disjointed wind/water sounds made with pink and white noise; and human-like cries fashioned from dissonant harmonies of sine, triangle, and square wave oscillators.

Recorded in 2018 using a Starkey Laboratories Analogue Modular Synthesizer.


released June 19, 2020


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Antonio Forte Narragansett, Rhode Island

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