Rethinking Progress

by Victor Argonov Project

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(See full information on official site argonov.ru/retheng.html)

"Rethinking Progress" is an experimental work of electronic music in a format similar to that of a symphony. It consists of four instrumental parts (roughly corresponding to movements in a classical symphony) and a final song.

The symphony is not purely an audio piece. It comes with an official video synopsis (see www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C2tkQ3743E). It is a philosophical tale of the past, present and future relationship between human beings and technology: from the na?ve idolization of "progress for the sake of progress" through a series of new discoveries and revolutions in human worldview, through attempts to escape from reality, to a true spiritual revolution that reshapes the human race.

The symphony's melodies are simple and easy to understand, but together they form a unified, carefully thought-out system. Each symphony part plays at the same tempo of 120 beats per minute, and each instrumental part (including a pause at the end of each part) has a fixed duration of 192 measures, or 384 seconds. The final song plays for 256 measures, or 512 seconds. The overall length of the symphony is therefore 1024 measures, or 2048 seconds - just over 34 minutes. Each part of the symphony consists of four themes and some variations on them. Some of the melodies can be encountered in several parts, while others can only be found in one part. Each melody and harmony carries a specific meaning. This will be described in detail below, in the section "Melodic System of the Symphony".

Each instrumental part is arranged in its own style:

Part 1: techno.
Part 2: NES chiptune.
Part 3: pixel music (style developed by author, see argonov.ru/retheng.html)
Part 4: trance

The final song features all of these styles, though trance plays the dominant role. The symphony follows a carefully thought-out system of themes and their variations, which are described below in the section "Melodic System of the Symphony".

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released April 19, 2015

Victor Argonov (music, arrangement, and text in parts 1-5). Music composer and scientist from Vladivostor, Russia. Founder of Victor Argonov Project and co-founder of Complex Numbers.

Yelena Yakovets (vocals in part 5). Actress and singer from Vladivostok, Russia. The vocalist of Victor Argonov Project since 2003.

Ariel (vocals in part 5). Singer from Vladivostok, Russia. Main vocalist of Victor Argonov Project since 2003 and Complex Numbers since 2004.

Len (vocals in part 5). Singer, author, and art-manager from Ufa, Russia. Leader of the anime music cover project Harmony Team.

Sayan Andriyanov (sound production in parts 1, 4, 5). Musician, doctor, and programmer from Novosibirsk, Russia. Leader of the Siberian ethnic rock band Bugotak.

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