These are pieces that combine electronic and acoustic sources. With a couple of exceptions, even the electronic sources are modeled on sounds we hear in life. Sometimes I think the pieces share a mood.
My thanks to two marvelous musicians – Renata Bratt who plays cello and Ben Blechman who plays 5-string violin (he has a low C string below the 4-string instrument's G.)
Besides playing my raw charts with insight and a sure grasp of what would work, they each provided extras. In particular, for tracks 3 and 5, though I provided frameworks, they both contributed melodies, accompaniments, and etherialized knockings and scrapings. True, I did then edit their recordings quite a bit. Almost certainly, any infelicities now audible are more likely to be my work than theirs.
By the way, I found the titles for the tracks in the “Pillow Book” of Sei Shonagon, as translated by Meredith McKinney and published by Penguin Books Ltd. They make up part of Shonagon's list of “Moving Things” to be found on page 119.
I am also grateful to my friend, musician Richard Boulanger, who helped me organize this album.
My gratitude also to Pentangle, particularly John Renbourn and Bert Jansch, who created music I found intoxicating from the first moment I heard it.
released May 30, 2016
Ben Blechman: 5-string violin on tracks 3, 4 and 5
Renata Bratt: cello on tracks 3, 4 and 5
Lee Ray: composing, engineering, editing, mixing, designing