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Phos Duo - The Lost Sessions: The Art of Vertigo (S. Amiris)

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Published on Nov 2, 2015

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***** PHOS DUO PRESENTS *****
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****** THE LOST SESSIONS ******
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This video is a part of a series which was planned to be done with a professional studio recording along with two CD releases; however, when humans make plans, Gods laugh, as they say. A very unfortunate accident left a good part of the studio recordings damaged beyond repair, and the project was pretty much killed. However, we - Phos Duo, who are Antonis Ladopoulos on Saxophone and yours truly (Sami Amiris) on piano - decided to salvage anything salvagable and post it here on Youtube, as a way to keep something alive out of all this, no matter how little. Thus the lost sessions were born, and they truly are lost.

The only audio available is the audio from the two cameras we used, and we did everything we could from that. So you will hear all sorts of sounds, cracks from my poor, suffering piano stool, etc., but we assure you they are all innocent sounds! So, these are not perfect recordings. They are a small and very raw sample of what would have been. Still, we present it here for your pleasure, and hope that the poor sound quality won't irritate you too much.

We do plan to re-record everything soon.

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****** THE ART OF VERTIGO *****
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Dedicated to Ralph Peterson, Jeff Watts and Vijay Iyer.

This piece is loosely based on an idea I had in 2000, as I was sitting in a five-and-ten store behind the counter with a compaq laptop, windows 98, having nothing to do but play around with it and a notation program that it had, so I had this crazy idea of keeping the same grouping over a time scale below it. I liked the effect, it was liked a controlled accel. and rit. I named it "crazy idea". And it stayed that way for a long, long time.

Fast forward a decade and then some, and I decided to actually re-design the whole thing. The Art of Vertigo is the result. It contains all kinds of rhythmic modulations, tihai's, chakradar's, a bass-line in 27 subdivisions ranging from 16ths to 8th-note triplets to nonuplets, and of course that effect written in 2000. It is all there.

The piece has been performed both by NUKeLEUS and Phos Duo; there exist concert versions of both, performed in 2013. This one was in 2014.

Technically speaking, it is one of the hardest pieces I have written. It does require a great deal of hand independence, and very precise timing to pull off correctly. The result can at times be dizzying!

Thank you, and I do hope you enjoy it!

-Sami Amiris -

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