Francesco della Rovere

March 3, 2011 11:25 AM

Pope Sixtus IV was another notorious practitioner of nepotism. A member of the Franciscan Order of Friars, he was responsible for the commissioning of the Sistine Chapel, and authorized an Inquisition targeting converted (Jewish) Christians in Spain, at the request of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. He was largely responsible for endorsing the burgeoning artistic movements leading to the Italian Renaissance, but also renewed the crusade against the Turks and reinforced the slavery policy.

This is what reulted, after the proof of concept that was Felix II. There are five takes of Roto-Toms, each with a different stick/hitting/resonating impliment: Tympani Mallets, Wire Brushes, Broomsticks (bundles of broom-corn bristles), drumsticks on the frame/stand, and violin bow on the frame of one of the toms. It seems to quickly transition between tight polyphony and soup, with each stick type taking the lead at different times. Stereo separation was accomplished entirely by mic placement.

There was originally supposed to be video, but it turned out to be of questionable quality, at best. As in Felix II, for the mallets, brushes, and broomsticks, Tommy was rotating/retuning the Roto-toms on the fly, while I was noisemaking, so this can be seen either as a quintet or an octet, with only two people


Timbill Corder (me) - Toms x3, frame x2
Tommy Schrurich - Roto x3

posted by askmeaboutLOOM (2 comments total)

I forgot to mention, there's a pretty sloppy coda at the end here, which was cut from the final album because it didn't work very well in the context of the others. I've left it in tact here, mostly because I'm lazy.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:29 AM on March 3, 2011

like it. it's really easy for counterrhythms to turn into soup. Nice variety of sounds.
posted by daisystomper at 3:59 PM on March 3, 2011

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