Italian Facade is a new ambient composition recorded with 3 synth tracks and 2 flugelhorn tracks, and dedicated to Italy's outstanding architectural heritage.
Like the real thing, Life starts a bit mysteriously. The flugelhorn and guitar line is answered by the more distant trumpet, symbolizing our questions, answers, and search for meaning. When the flutes and strings enter, Life blossoms in all of its splendour. Life then ends a bit ominously, with the fading heartbeat of an African djembe.
Life was written and recorded in 2011. There are 18 tracks on the recording and the musicians include Dawn Hatfield (flutes), Jef Wirchenko (bass), Henry Bishop (djembe) and Dave Harrison (guitars, synths, trumpet and flugelhorn).
Let me take you on a journey... You are on safari in southern Namibia (Africa) and get up at 4:30 in the morning to climb Dune 45, one of Namibia's many impressive sand dunes. On a mission to beat the mid-day sun, your safari truck navigates roads washed out by the previous night's thunderstorm. It proves to be a strenuous climb. You are exhausted when you reach the top - you stand alone, with just the sun, warm breeze, blue sky and sand dunes as far as you can see.
Solitaire... A lonely tree in the desert. A single Oryx staring you down through your camera lens. A village near the Namib Naukluft National Park. A game you play by yourself... Solitaire was written and recorded in 2012. There are 12 tracks including trumpet, flugelhorn, 6 guitar lines and 4 synth lines.
There is one musician.
All photos were taken in the Namib desert, except the wall artwork photos are from the San Cultural Centre, about an hour north of Cape Town.
One starry night in 2006 I wrote a song called Caretaker of the Universe - about our overseer; why we are messing up the planet; and our precarious place within the cosmos. Somehow during recording, the Caretaker song took a left turn at Jupiter. But inspired by the intergalactic bar scene from Star Wars and copious cups of coffee, an instrumental version - Romulen Raga - was born... it being a mix of eastern and western influences. The Caretaker song was eventually put back into orbit and was recorded as a separate piece of music.
There are 20 recorded tracks on Romulen Raga. Musicians include Buck Tingley (lead guitar), Dawn Hatfield (flute and baritone sax), Jef Wirchenko (bass), Shirley Jackson and Rob MacIntosh (tenor sax) and Dave Harrison (synths, guitars and trumpet). The techno drums were created using Garage Band.
Look Don't Touch, with its sassy lyrics, was written in Italy in 2004. "Look Don't Touch" is a sign frequently seen in art galleries and museums, but also applies to the scenery on Italian beaches...
There are 17 recorded tracks on Look Don't Touch; and the musicians include Buck Tingley (lead guitar), Jef Wirchenko (acoustic bass), Marks Lockhart (drums) and Dave Harrison (vocals, rhythm guitar and string synths). The bell sound after "we finally see the inner light" was generated using a couple of workbench pry bars... proving that there is music in everything!
Catch the Wind is one of my more rock-oriented songs. The original lyrics were written during the invasion of Kuwait, updated after 9/11, and the song was finally recorded in 2010. The horn instrumentation includes trumpet, two tenors and baritone sax, with 4 baritone sax overdubs on the outro. Regrettably, the lyrics remain relevant because peace and justice are elusive for many nations, like trying to catch the wind.
Working on a new song and video; they are being developed simultaneously, which is both interesting and challenging!
The Brandon Concerto was composed after visiting Brandon, Manitoba, and considering the multi-cultural changes underway on the Canadian prairies. All sounds were generated using Garage Band.
The video and song "Sunlight In Your Backyard" is included on my 2010 recording (By The Slice). "Sunlight in Your Backyard" is recorded with 3 synth tracks, one flugelhorn track and also one track which captures a wind chime made of shells...
Ubuntu is an instrumental piece of music, and the word "Ubuntu" is a Bantu word depicting African life philosophy. There are many definitions of Ubuntu, but the one I like is "I am who I am because of who we all are."