Dictator Practice

by Nick Notis

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Dictator Practice is a three-movement symphony played by 18 unique instruments crafted specifically for this project. Each ranges from almost all acoustic to totally synthetic. Most are hybrids of both. Some may sound familiar. Others won't. The result is an orchestra of instruments that don't exist acoustically, but hopefully sound like they could.

Each movement is a meditation on authoritarian governments, and the societal particularities that produce them. Neither Xi Jinping of China or Russia's Vladimir Putin are necessarily dictators, but both employ proven strategies to suppress dissenting voices. Skeptical journalists, human rights activists, and environmentalists often live in fear of their respective states. To the authoritarian, speech is means of control, rather than an end in need of protection.

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released April 4, 2017



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Nick Notis Seattle, Washington

Nick Notis has been composing recordings since the 90s, always striving to create that extra detail. His works range from approximately orchestral to cartoonishly synthetic; from classical to pop, generally passing through electronic. He's also done score and sound design work around Seattle, and recently produced for Rank & File. ... more

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