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Spitfire Frank Ricotti Gallon Idiophones   

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Beautifully crafted steel pans played in a style that owes less to their Caribbean heritage and more to a sonorous, otherworldly spirit of the avant-...Click To Read More About This Product

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Carribean pans exploited for their haunting, singing quality.

Beautifully crafted steel pans played in a style that owes less to their Caribbean heritage and more to a sonorous, otherworldly spirit of the avant-garde. From hauntingly beautiful soft layers to searing metallic bites. Session star Frank Ricotti takes us on yet another adventure.

With their Gallon Idiophones, Spitfire continues their friendship and spirit of adventure with the seminal percussion talents of Frank Ricotti. If there's percussion on it, if it's recorded in London, chances are Frank's hands will be on it. He brought in some brand new and specially prepared steel drums. Spitfire has elected to call them by their rather posh name œGallon Idiophones not to avoid or deemphasize their island heritage, but rather so the immediate 'world' music connotation wouldn™t sully your open-mindedness toward trying something new.

Having spoken to Frank about the difficulty of using these beautiful instruments in scores without taking the listener away from where they should be and plonking them in the middle of a sunny Jamaican beach, Spitfire investigated different approaches. The decision was to concentrate on the lower, more haunting dynamics. Was it choice of beater that would get us that difficult-to-place sound? No, it turns out the sonic aspect of the steel pan that would would associate instantly and affectionately with rainy afternoons chewing sugar cane has to do with an upper octave harmonic. By muting off part of the pan the Spitfire engineers could deny it this upper resonance, and as such deny it the sound we have grown to love, but create one that has a very specific use and connection.

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