The Reaper has an unusual but strong western movie theme. It’s about the early settlers and the conflict with the indigenous Indian population. Track 1 starts with an electronic style western cowboy theme with a twangy electric ‘guitar’ sound using analogue synthesiser acoustic models. The “Nand Gate” in the title, by the way if you didn’t already know, is a basic computing logic element. So I must have used many during the making of this album. “The Reaper’ is a contrasting wild and sometimes aggressive hard-edged rhythmic track featuring another analogue acoustic modelled instrument I call “The Scythe”. Track 3 is an eerie abstract electronic music sound-scape. To me, it evokes a strange world where the spirits of the slaughtered (mostly Indians it turns out) might end up. For Track 4 I imagined a view, looking down on a white man’s church service from the viewpoint of a remote spirit world of dead Indians. A distant Bible text reading about the creation filters through occasionally into a strange sound world full of spirits and ghosts.
1). A Fist-ful of Nand Gates
2). The Reaper
3). Tomb of the Tortured Spirits
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