music comes to him from The Stream. When he sits down to play,
he casts his line. Sometimes he has no preconcieved idea as
to what he might find. He only knows the ideas will come to
him . . . from somewhere.
As he composes, what he feels is The River as it washes over
artists comments about this CD:
have long admired the work of Paul Gauguin. But more than that I
have been intrigued by the life of the man. What I knew - or thought
I knew about him - was that he was so consumed with painting the
beautiful landscapes and people of the Marquesas Islands, that he
gave up his life as a banker, abandoned everything he had known
and sailed south to live his dream. Well, part of that story is
true, anyway. He didn't abandon his family in as much as he came
to an agreement with his wife that they would all probably be happier
if he painted. And the islands is where he wanted to paint. She
obviously loved him enough to let him be free. For those that might
think Gauguin abandoned his family, I think it's noteworthy that
his son was instrumental in getting his memoirs (I mention them
below) published. His touching forward in the book shows he still
loved his father greatly and no bitterness seems to be evident about
his fathers choice to answer his calling
I mentioned I enriched my knowledge of the man by purchasing a book
entitled "Gauguin's Personal Journals" (first published
in 1921 by Boni and Liveright and subsequently reprinted several
times under various imprints). The more I read about his life in
his own words, the more fascinated I became. And the more I read
about his journey and the incredible hardships he suffered to do
what he felt he was born to do, the more I came to admire the man.
Each successive page revealed yet another fascinating insight -
for example the fact that he had such disdain for organized religion.
And the fact he constantly advocated for the natives of the island
in disputes between them and their uninvited caretakers, the French
Government. This fact, often ignored in the folk legends about the
man, resonated deeply with me. It's quite evident by the journal
entries that Gauguin was a very opinionated man (another character
trait I can relate to!) and was deeply passionate about his beliefs.
Especially as they pertained to his theory of "purity"
and "innocence". These qualities he found in the local
native population were at the center of his art and his creativity.
His experiments with light and color - techniques at first borrowed
from the Japanese Masters - were quickly transformed through the
artists own vision and genius into something wholly original. A
great treasure left behind for us all. This CD is my personal tribute
to him. .
artists comments about this CD:
idea that the energy that is creation might be an enormous river
that runs through the very fabric of the human soul. And that all
souls are thusly connected. Then picture we humans spread out on
its banks with our creative tools, our metaphoric fishing polls
"pulling" art, be it aural (music of all kinds), written
(books and poetry), visual (painting, drawing,), tactile (sculpture,
architecture etc.) from its depths. People who are more sensitive
- like artists - are better equipped and more experienced anglers
and therefore "catch" more! If you can imagine this far,
then consider that if one part of an art piece - one "fish"
- escaped one angler would it not be possible that another could
then catch it further down the bank? Or that it could even be recaptured
by the same person again as time and the river run their cyclical
is a collection of "little fishes" - bits and pieces that
have formed a touchstone for me - a place to return to. Some of
this catch have waited thirty years for me to "re-catch"
them. Of course there are new concepts, discoveries, sounds and
ideas. And even a composition co-authored by Progressive Music legend
Hugh Hopper! We
accomplished this fete in the same manner Hugh has been using for
working with all sorts of writers lately. That is to say "trans-Atlantically".
By sending music files (or "noodlings" as Hugh calls them)
across the ocean to each other on CD-Rs. Bouncing things off each
other and generally having a great time. I met Hugh at the inaugural
Cometh Festival last August and found him to be a most open
minded and warm gent. The fact that he played bass and wrote songs
for one of my biggest musical influences - Soft Machine - may have
had a little to do with my wanting to record with him. He's
a true innovator and I feel The Fates have favored me by allowing
this collusion to occur!
artists comments about this CD:
"To fully enjoy this particular collection of
compositions, the listener must first free their mind.
pieces are what I call "organic creations" in that part
of the process of their birth consists of undefined and unplanned
random elements of chance. And even chaos. In truth at some points
the music itself took over the creation process. I won't hazard
a guess as to how, though I do have my theories.
four of the tracks here were constructed to be a listening environment,
not a two-dimensional aural presentation. Like the the Abstract
Expressionist art they seek to emulate, they ask the listener to
let go of his or her preconceived concepts of 'music' and let the
very substance of their being impact them. At first emotionally
and then cerebrally.
yourself a favor and listen to them in the dark with your favorite
stereo headphones. If you find yourself being transported elsewhere,
I have fulfilled a deeper purpose."
TO BE RELEASED
Ensoniq Dsk1 Sampler, Ensoniq Dsk8 Sampler,'74 Alembic Small Standard
Bass, KORG O1W Sampler, KORG KP2 KAOSS Pad Dynamic Effect Controller,
Fatar StudioLogic MP-113 Bass Pedals,"Soundforum" Virtual Synthesizer
software (by Stephan Schmitt), Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler Pedal, Modified
and Collected Digital Nature Sound Sources, Assembled Dream Bird
Chorus Sample, Original Digital Sound Sample Modification Recordings,
Modified Samples of 'Tantric Harmonics' by the Gyume Tibetan Monks,
Modified Gregorian Chant Samples performed by the Schola of the
Hofburgkapelle of Vienna, Modified Bass Samples and Loops, Bottleneck
Slide Bass, Rainstick
Can be custom ordered by emailing this address:
Pursuit Records RD4135
Ensoniq Dsk1, Ensoniq Dsk8, Mellotron, Magnus Chord Organ, Thorn
Inlay Custom Bass, '73 Gibson J-45 Acoustic Guitar, Alesis H-16
Drum Machine, Digital Samples, Analog Tape Recordings, Original
Digital Sound Sample Recordings, Flute, Ashtray, Shovel, Assorted
Piano (on "Euphoria. . Core Recording), Synthesizers
Fuzz Bass, Double-Speed Bass, Looped Effects, Tape Loops
Relentless Pursuit Records RD4133
the artist's wishes:
THIS IS A LIMITED EDITION CD!
There will only be 246 original Relentless pressings. Each CD is
hand numbered and initialed by Jeff.
Rhodes Piano, Ensoniq Dsk1, Ensoniq Dsk8, Hohner Pianet, Arp Odyssey,
Mellotron, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, KORG O1W-FD, Fender Precision
Bass, Thorn Inlay Custom Bass, Electric Sax-Synth, Fatar StudioLogic
MP-113 Bass Pedals, Alesis H-16 Drum Machine, Digital Samples, Analog