Joined: July 2011
||Posted: Oct. 29 2019, 14:31
Hi Lars - I am possibly the world expert in the tempi (?!) of Incantations, as I have pretty much all of it mapped out in Logic as part of my long-running project to do cover versions of all Parts (scheduled for completion sometime in 2035 when the kids have left home, I hope...)
Anyway, you'd be surprised at how variable it is, just opened my tempo map of Part One, and it's pretty steady 103-104bpm in the first flute section, slips down to around 101 at around 2'30", then right down to 97 in the "distant guitar" bit, back up to around 100, then down to 87-88 for the next guitar bit...
...I could go on but you get the picture; as a generalisation you are right in that it's mostly at or around 100-105bpm.
As to how it was made, well I guess in those days it would be a metronome rather than a click track, and then you've got other factors like tape stretch etc. to take into account. Undoubtedly yes it was recorded in sections and spliced together (there's a pretty clear example of this at 6'00" on Part Two where the tone totally changes)
...and yes, it is an amazing, enduring piece, almost certainly my favourite album ever (if you know a UK radio programme called "Desert Island Discs", this is the one I would rescue from the waves!)