The Fortieth Day is the duo of Isidro Reyes and Mark Solotroff, both key players in the power-electronics outfit BLOODYMINDED, a unit known for its confrontational live shows. The two also record primitive minimal-synth music, exclusively for Wierd Records [NYC], as A Vague Disquiet. In The Fortieth Day, Reyes and Solotroff utilize guitar, bass, and synth to improvise "sustained, withering blasts of high-pitched noise that are as distinct from one another as spotlights sweeping across the night sky; jackhammer clatter, jet-engine whines, and forlorn keyboard melodies dart in and out of those huge sounds with the grace and impunity of plovers picking a crocodile's teeth" [Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader].
The two discs that make up "Constantinople: 746 AD" represent the first new recordings by The Fortieth Day since the 2008 LP release of "Syria: 638 AD," and its corresponding expanded CD companion. With this new two-hour set, Reyes and Solotroff have initiated a new phase and a new approach to recording and mixing, blending a combination of studio and live tapes from 2010. Mixing and mastering for "Part 1" was completed by Solotroff, while mixing and mastering for "Part 2" was completed by Reyes. The resulting mixes offer two interconnected facets of an expansive set of recordings that are unmistakably the work of The Fortieth Day.
These are professionally duplicated CDs, with single panel, double-sided inserts, featuring black and white artwork; in jewel boxes with shrinkwrap; released in 2011.