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Bruce V. Bracken / Blog

About "Garuda"(Sinner's Revenge)

In Hindu mythology, Garuda is Vishnu's half-man/half bird herald who punished sinners by eating them. In this piece, I imagine him being being sold in supermarkets, to be barbecued, fried or stewed, the sinner's revenge, as Hinduism forbids the consumption of meat, which was punished by Garuda.

About "In My West Coast Home"(Dissolved Soul)

When writing the piece, I thought about how facile obtaining music has become, now that you can download it, and how disposable it has become, with lazy producers and labels using digital technology to flatten out the sound into pablum ("smooth it out with liquid formula"). When I recorded it, I used different voices and tones, such as the bratty taunt of "we put God into tinny cages".