Which is a very round-about way of saying that, in an interesting interview with Alt Press, The Human Abstract guitarist and mastermind gives composition nerds everywhere huge boners by explaining the ideas behind each track on their recent album, the fantastic Digital Veil, both lyrically and musically – which is particularly awesome given his musical education.

I don’t want to step on Alt Press’s toes by copying and pasting the whole thing, but I will say that it mentions the Hirajoshi scale, discussion of a meter scheme of 7/8, 3/4, 7/8 and 6/8, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. No, me neither. What is clear is that these guys are intelligent motherfuckers, which is something we can heartily endorse.

I found the idea behind the song “Complex Terms” particularly interesting though –

“The word ‘progress’ is such a dismissive word in the worlds of art and music. It suggests that the art and music which came before is somehow less sophisticated.”


Makes you think about the language that we use. This is coming from the perspective of a Word Nerd, mind you, but language is fascinating. But I digress. Go on, go about your days. Just make sure you’re back in time for tea.

– CG


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