Resolver & Brutality

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Resolver & Brutality
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Side A

  1. Resolver ED. (19:57)
  2. Big Sequence (15:54)
  3. Brutality (4:22)
  4. Bondage (3:31)
  5. Oral Sex At Gunpoint (5:18)

Side B

  1. Bondage (Maniac Mix) (4:11)
  2. Oral Sex At Gunpoint (Maniac Mix) (1:49)
  3. Brutality (Maniac Mix) (2:34)

Background Information

From a tape Zappa recorded around 1985/1986 - about the time of Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention and the PMRC campaign. It is largely Synclavier compositions utilising vocal samples from assorted sources.

Zappa explains Resolver:

"For the sounds that don't resemble any other instruments, we have a whole classification of noises: one being the Evolver, where a sound starts off to be one type of an instrument, and by the time the note is finished, it's been turned into maybe two or three other instruments, all with a smooth transition. Then we have Resolvers, where different types of resynthesized vocal or instrumental timbres are located on each of the four partials, and by depressing a single key on the keyboard, you get a four-note chord that is actually four independent melody lines that resolve against each other to a final payoff. Then if you depress the key at the end of the payoff, you get a bonus of another bent. So you can have little melismas, little eight-note melodies, that occur, and all you do is push the key down, and it sings some kind of Renaissance cadence or whatever. Two of the partials could be resynthesized voices, one could be a resynthesized violin, and the other a resynthesized bassoon. Instant Renaissance ensemble when you hit each key. So you imagine what happens when you play a chord [laughs] -- it gets very absurd. It enables you to write things that you couldn't deal with under any other circumstance."

Frank Zappa, The Sin In Synclavier, Guitar Player Magazine, June 1986.

Conceptual Continuity


ZFT # Version # # discs Format Catalog # Release
Artwork Comment
n/a 1
1 CS None Not released None None Bootlegs exist.

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