Basse Continue (part 1)
In a recent interview, Serge Leroy, founder of Lightwave in 1985 with Christian Wittman and of the 2 labels BADLAND RECORD (1988) and ARTGALLERY (1994), explained the main idea and conception that lie behind the genesis of "Basse Continue":
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" "Basse Continue" ("Continuo" in English) came from an idea I had to make a full CD with only one huge sequence. More than 300 tracks were needed to achieve that goal through the sequencing part of a Cubase Audio software.
The title refers to a classical music term often used in baroque music for describing "a bass part for a keyboard instrument with or without a bass string instrument written as a succession of bass notes with figures that indicate the required chords used as an accompaniment".
For me, generally speaking, it was more or less the continuous pulse I could feel in classical baroque music tracks bearing that appellation that made me choose this term as the most accurate to describe the process enabling constantly the creation of a proper rhythm without the help of any drum machine! "
"Basse continue" was composed between the 11th of February 1999 and the beginning of 2000 in my private recording studio "Ohm studio", a few weeks here and there, sometimes during 12 to 15 hours a day (I remember at least a few weeks only doing that, without going out), more intensively between February to July I suppose. Altogether certainly one month, maximum 6 weeks of intensive work, so I would say, 2 to 3 months of scattered work including the weeks of intensive work."
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Even if the track is slow to build up and is composed of progressive strata continuously accumulating for the duration of it, the programming required a certain virtuosity that constitutes an antidote certainly for all those who are fed up with drum machines and beats per minute, and as such it has to be listened to carefully.
This album is nevertheless not devoid of influences that are reminiscent in places or at times of Steve Reich' s piano music, or of certain Tangerine Dream's tracks that one can hear on albums such as "Ricochet" and "White Eagle".
"Part 2" is not yet downloadable. It will depend on the response "part 1" will get.
Nobody has heard "part 2" so far. I need to shorten some bars here and there not to make the listening a boring process as it lasts almost 80 minutes.
Anyway if you don't (or one doesn't) like "part 1", that was the intent behind it, that is to say if you are (or one is) bored while listening to "part 1", why would you (one) want(s) to listen to "part 2"? It was a precaution I took, just to have the right feedback and assess what to do with this long track if the response had been bad.
Another version is in the pipeline where I want to add some electric guitar along the track, some synth strings in the beginning, and some choirs or maybe voice samples between 26:45 and 28:20, in a similar vein as the voices of one famous track belonging to the album "Atom heart mother" by Pink Floyd.
Moreover I'd like to improve the EQ differently, section after section during this very long track. The bass EQ should be improved for sure when listening loud.
Many thanks for your attention, your criticisms and reviews!
(Please feel free to let me know of any English mistake as English is not my native langage!)