This is a piece written for 37signals, made to accompany a fun video they did on Letterpress printing
The track is best listened to in context of the video, since it’s scored directly to it. But here is some background:
The song is rooted in the acoustic guitar. It’s a piece that I’ve been sitting on for more than a year, but never really sat down and did anything with. The lead instrument is mandolin. During the soft fluttery parts where we see humans preparing things the mandolin is backed by an ebow played on an acoustic guitar, which provides that sound which is both flute-like and metallic.
When the machines come in, the mandolin gets snappy. The melody is doubled and strengthened by another acoustic. It’s all about steel and metal. The guitar and banjo kicks into rhythmic gear. At the end they are supported by an array of instruments being slapped and shaken, somewhat loosely. This is not a tight digital affair.
Banjo parts and playing courtesy of Andy Hentz.