Civitas Urbanus

by Per Boysen

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This album was recorded in 2007. An interesting fact about this particular year is that for the first time in human history more people are now living in cities, compared to living in other areas on the planet's surface. An equally interesting fact is that this Point Of No Return in the history of global civilization was hardly mentioned in the media. How stupid is that! Anyway, the monumental ignorance opened me up for this music and it slipped out while the record button was pressed. It also had me running around with recording gear to catch all kinds of urban environment ambiences right there at the cusp, where the wheel of time changes direction after about ten thousand years of "minority civilization".

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released August 1, 2007

The twelve instrumental pieces are solo performance work, played on the instruments Alto Traverse Flute, Tenor Sax, Fretless Sustainiac Guitar, Stratocaster Twang Bar Guitar and Akai EWI 4000s. EWI stands for "Electric Wind Instrument" and is to be played similar to a sax or a clarinet. I play both the EWI's built-in synthesizer sounds and use it as a MIDI controller for virtual instrument I create. One of my favorite EWI sampler patches is an electric guitar multi sample set I created from recordings I of with my own electric guitar and tube amplifier plus speaker cabinet; Stratocaster with floating twang bar mechanics - SOVTEK MiG-60 - Marshall Lead Series 1x12".

Most songs were created and recorded as instant improvisations with the real-time sampling/looping software Mobius. I personally regard also Mobius as my instrument, since I'm really experiencing that I'm playing Mobius with my foot controller board while also playing the above mentioned instruments with my hands.

Photo and album cover by Danne Eriksson, www.erikssonsson.se.

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