* SUMMER IS GONE *
I wrote an album in my studio and recorded most of it at Abbey Road in London over two sessions. Two of the tracks were recorded live at NYC's Issue Project Room.
The album is a meditation on time, memory, and this brief moment we inhabit the earth. Relevant to this theme, a website was created that will cycle through unique sequences on the record for the next 150 billion years, or so. Once you receive a sequence, you have one hour to listen. After that, it is gone.
This was achieved by my making 250 separate mixes of the album's 10 tracks. Every time a user logs on, a unique sequence is generated based on time and location.
A visual component of the album was created showing me walking from San Francisco Bay to Death Valley wearing a red hat and clunky shoes. The hour long film will debut on Berkeley Public Access (Comcast Channel 28) next month.
The album's closing track "A Newborn Crawls Across Death Valley," is the sound of a newborn child crying (recorded at Zabrieskie Point in Death Valley). This sound was then duplicated 107 billion times, which is the approximate number of humans who have ever existed on planet earth, according to numerous sources on the internet. Who knows how accurate that really is, but I just went with it. It sounds like wind. One could interpret this to mean a great deal, or one could be bored with the concept. I prefer the former but will not impose my interpretation.
The song "Floating in Reverse" was constructed as a palindrome. It is the sound forwards and backwards. This is in honor of my deceased grandma whose name was Nan (a palindrome).
The remixes feature lots of tape echo, varispeed, reverb chamber, and invented instruments. "Softly" uses a Tom Nunn instrument. For those who don't know, look him up! One of my favorite instrument builders in the world.
Master reels of the album are available for those interested in a unique (if expensive) listening experience, or for those who prefer their music on reel to reel.