“I’m not much of a chess player, but there is an aspect of the game that I find fascinating. After a while, you can almost see lines of force between the pieces. Areas of danger where it is physically impossible to move pieces into. Clouds of possibility, forbidden zones.” – Hannu Rajaniemi, “The Fractal Prince”.


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Yes, “Your Move”, 1971.

In the studio recording on The Yes Album, the song opens with Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Steve Howe singing the sentence “I’ve seen all good people turn their heads each day so satisfied I’m on my way” twice a cappella, in three-part harmony. This is followed by a solo intro by Steve Howe on a 12-string laúd.[2] As the laúd begins a repeated four-bar phrase, it is joined by bass drum as Anderson resumes singing the lyrics, solo and in three-part harmony. Dual recorders enter on the third verse. Finally, aHammond organ joins them, playing the same chords as the laúd until the first part of the song ends on a loudly sustained and unresolved organ chord.

The second part, “All Good People”, consists of many repetitions of the sentence “I’ve seen all good people turn their heads each day so satisfied I’m on my way” sung to the same melody as before, but over a driving rock accompaniment, ending in a powerful vocal harmony and organ phrase which begins on a chord progression of E, D, C, G, then A. Each repetition of the verse is one whole step lower than the previous as the song fades out.


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Yes, “Long Distance Runaround”, from 1971 Fragile Album.

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“In chess, as a purely intellectual game, where randomness is excluded, – for someone to play against himself is absurd …
It is as paradoxical, as attempting to jump over his own shadow.” – Stefan Zweig


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