Scott Harper (Knobs) - Plague song

from Plague song (for Médecins Sans Frontières) by Various artists

  • The score itself has been digitally printed on Mohawk paper; the cover is printed letterpress at Nick's private press in North Yorkshire (Effra Press & Typefoundry). It's set in 16pt Village type, printed in two colours on 70 year old Barcham Green 210gsm mouldmade paper, and bound by hand.

    The score measures 210 x 297mm; each copy is signed and numbered by Nick, the composer & printer, in a limited edition of only 72 copies.

    All proceeds will be donated to Medecins sans Frontieres, and the price of the score has been suggested as a reasonable contribution to their outstanding work. If you can afford to give more, please do.

    Copies are currently being bound, and should be ready to be shipped in the week of 17th August 2020.

    Buying the score will also allow you to download the Plague Song recordings.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Plague song (for Médecins Sans Frontières) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    edition of 72 

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I interpreted the score as 3 lanes of instruments playing in parallel.
I went with guitar loops, an FM synth, and some underwater recordings from my bathtub.
The score set the skeleton – when each element would appear, and for how long – which kind of guaranteed that it would be strange and unnatural.
Then I tried to massage everything so it made at least a bit of sense.

The awkward flow of the song fits with an approach I’ve been exploring lately.
I think of them as "tiny operas," restless songs that are constantly changing like a story in fast forward.
They always feel kind of wrong but I keep doing them so I may as well accept it.

This particular opera is about my faltering coping mechanisms!


from Plague song (for Médecins Sans Frontières), released August 14, 2020
Scott Harper designs, demonstrates and discusses musical objects under the moniker KNOBs.
His loop-focused music explores the gentle, comforting side of chaos.


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