Momentum Anomaly

by Elliott Sharp

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Elliott Sharp is a stunning guitarist and composer. From his earliest recordings for his own ZOAR imprint and indie stalwart SST Records through the present, Elliott makes challenging, free-ranging creative music that knows no creative or technical bounds. We are honored to have Elliott represented in our catalog, and love this record!

Momentum Anomaly is a collection of compositions for solo acoustic guitar. We believe Elliott's voice is unmatched in this context. Elliott's own notes on the project follow... Check it out.


Momentum Anomaly is the next in a series formally begun with Velocity of Hue in 2003 and continuing with Quadrature and Octal: Book One and Octal:Book Two. These volumes are in some ways sets of etudes presenting technical possibilities and manifestations of various tuning systems. At the same time, I would consider them among the most personal of my music: a feedback loop between formalized concepts often based on extra-musical sources and that strange internal alchemy that takes place as the Inner Ear and muscles of musical memory and reflex pass messages and calls-for-action back and forth at faster-than-light speeds. Many of the gestures from these past works are so much a part of my sonic DNA that they are instantly recognizable, yet here, they are re-cast through the filter of a new tuning as well as the cumulative transformations in approach and technique that the composer accretes through acts of living and reflection. Momentum Anomaly in itself has many meanings, both nominative and descriptive, deriving from such varied founts as post-quantum physics and market analyses. I present it as the many forms of flow and how they may be interrupted so as to re-form on another plane in another guise, still always flowing.

The music was recorded simply and directly using my modified Godin Duet Multiac guitar in the tuning: D Bb D' Eb' Bb' D''. The internal microphone and piezo pickups were routed though a Focusrite preamp. A Neumann TLM103 condensor mic routed through a Sytek pre was placed in front of the guitar to add some "air". The pieces were played almost completely in real-time using only one or two takes to provide some fixes when needed. Editing, mixing, and mastering were all accomplished in ProTools using some mastering compression and a touch of reverb."

-E# - NYC - August 2012


released June 25, 2013

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New Atlantis Records is an independent record label documenting exceptional creative music, from avant jazz and free improvisation to vanguard rock music, and beyond. The ever-blossoming catalog features contributions from Elliott Sharp, William Hooker, Microwaves, Paul Dunmall, Blind Thorns, Dave McDonnell Group, Thollem McDonas + Sara Lund (Unwound), Hyrrokkin, Haitian Rail, Keir Neuringer, etc ... more

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