Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Accidental Psaltery on Resting Bell

The Accidental Psaltery - Sending You Going

I'm pleased to have the first release of my project The Accidental Psaltery on the Resting Bell netlabel. The three long pieces on "Sending You Going" were recorded last Fall and were titled with phrases from John Cage's monumental book, "Silence." More like weather than music, these sounds are meant to drift in and out of your attention as you go about your daily routine. Thanks to Christian Roth at Resting Bell for releasing this work. Click on the pic above to listen to and download "Sending You Going" for free, and check out some other fine RB releases while you're there.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

singing bowl loop

When my Meniere's disease flairs up, my pitch recognition is severely effected. Even my kantele sounds out of tune. Tonight I was having a rough time in the studio. Everything sounded off. Eventually, I ended up making some loops with a singing bowl. I liked this one right away so I decided to share it. This bowl is estimated to be between 400 and 500 years old and has a lovely sound, even on nights like tonight.

Monday, October 17, 2011

at the edge

One of the things I like most about field recording is that once you press record you basically let the world go on without you for a while. It's good practice. I really enjoyed this 10 minutes standing with my feet in the ocean while life went on around me.

Monday, October 10, 2011

alone in a crowd

I am uncomfortable in crowds. Even among friends, I often feel like an outsider. In the midst of one such party I sat down at a beautiful baby grand, turned on my ipod, and recorded this improv. I do not play piano, but just tried to express my feelings while the party went on without me. No one noticed, which seemed to tell me I was heading in the right direction. I hope to post a series of these sort of improvs in various situations.