Ini Itu 0902 by Anaphoria

  • Label: Ini-Itu
  • Title: Footpaths And Trade Routes
  • Reference: Ini Itu 0902
  • Format: LP
  • Country: BE
  • Categories: Ambient electronica
  • Style: Ambient Indus, Experimental project
  • Weight: 0.26
  • Release date: 01/23/2011
  • Catalog entry: 01/23/2011
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Ini Itu 0902 review

by Roger Mills
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Anaphoria aka Kraig Grady, will need little introduction to connoisseurs of microtonal music, and his release Footpaths and Trade Routes really showcase the width and depth of his output. Following in the footsteps of innovative instrument makers and composers such as Harry Partch, Grady also builds his own instruments to sculpt his sound. The self styled mesotonal and xenharmonic instruments include metallophones, marimbas, hammered dulcimers and reed organ, which he plays in both solo and ensemble combinations. The resulting material on Footpaths and Trade Routes take you through a musical topography of meditative microtonal improvisations, which all have quite distinctive melodic, textural and rhythmic qualities. Zephyros (track 1) introduces the LP with spatial metallic tones building sparse contours of conjunct melodic fragments, often just left hanging on a single note as untempered tones fade to join each other in silence. Heirophone A341 strays into darker territory as a repetitive metallic rhythm chips away at the sonic ether, underscored by a processed zither like drone. Again this builds in layers, and is the most emotive of the albums tracks. Ostaelo (Side B) continues a trajectory of ominous quietude punctuated by occasional processed hits, which appear and dissipate without trace. It all has a very cinema of the mind quality, and I can imagine Grady performing soundtracks to silent films and puppet shows, as it refers to in the press release. For those of us in the Australasian antipodes, catching one of his performances isn’t too difficult but everyone else must apply to the Anaphorian embassy.

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