11 Oct 2004
The Concept 
John Metcalfe, in the sleevenotes to his album Scorching Bay, explains the background to its recording:

"Technically the composition involved limiting the amount of thematic material and using it in each track with as little incidental music as possible. Each theme could be transposed and used in part or in its entirety but had to maintain its exact rhythm and pitch intervals without variation. What had been melody in one track could form a bassline or motor rhythm in the next. So the first track contains all new themes; by the last track there is only material that has been used several times over."

On the album, John plays violin, guitar and piano in addition to the usual viola that he plays when he guests for The Durutti Column (whose Best Of album is out today - where are the reviews?).

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