Electronic grooves, layers of synthesized colors, and improvised acoustic instruments form a tapestry of sound that sets the scene of a musical journey.
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All compositions by Ricky Sweum, Molecular Expansion Music (BMI)
Produced, composed, performed, recorded, sequenced, and mixed by Ricky Sweum.
Performance of tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, metal flute, bansri flutes, native American flute, guatamalan flute, voice, loop triggering, and keyboard by Ricky Sweum. rickysweum.com
Project started in 1999 and completed in 2002.
Mastered at Brass Giraffe, NYC, by Craig Randall (2002). Remastered at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO (2009).
Cover art by Cody Brown, codybbrown.com.
Special thanks to Julie Konopka and Doron Orenstein.
Album Liner Notes
City Scene (2:24) Driving acid jazz force of tenor saxophone, drum and bass, interspersed with smooth chords and flute melodies.
Mood Shifting (5:15) Downtempo bass and drums featuring synth pads with the moods of suspense and relaxation, create a springboard for saxophone improvisations.
Cool Moon (4:18) Passionate tenor saxophone and single-lined piano improvisations over high-hats and Brazilian guitar grooves.
Dancing Mudra (5:02) Indian Bansri flute improvisation over rasping electronics, entwined with Indian tabla drum grooves.
Spiraling (5:04) Spacey synth pads and acid jazz beats support a soprano saxophone theme that builds layer upon layer.
Electro Raga (4:10) Indian bansri flute raga spiced with hypnotic electronic drones and breakbeat drums.
Grasslands (5:14) Downtempo industrial sounds support a haunting tenor saxophone line and uplifting Celtic flute melodies.
Desert Lament (4:21) Gypsy flavored clarinet melody floating over a funky bass and drums acid jazz groove.
Spirit Song (4:13) Native American flute melody with drum and rattle accompaniment.
I loved creating this music…I hope you enjoy listening to it. This project is dedicated to the people of Earth, and to the action we take in seeing common threads that make us one.
A list of appreciation for sharing inspiration during the conception and creation of this project:
New York City, 7 Rivington Street, 11 Maiden Lane, Tom Brown Jr., Wilderness Awareness School, Tracker School, Hoods Woods, Yanagisawa Saxophones, Mix Man software, Steinberg software, Groovemaker software, Barbara Joy Weston, Rinchenna Khardo, Tim Willcox, Jared Selter, Joe Ingram, Tom Gadbois, Barry Deister, Frank & Karen Souza, Steve Rose, Bill Corrigan, Jim Konopka, David Wilson, Richard Tabnik, desktop publishing friends @ Merrill Lynch, Jay Collins, Geoffrey Mayes, Doug Scheuerell, Harry Jones, Stephen K. Hayes, Masaaki Hatsumi sensei, NY Budo, Dojolab, NY Aikikai, Bujinkan Bruin Dojo New York, Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming, Jean-Pierre Seibel, Jason Bell, Mark Guest, Dan Millman, Stuart Wilde, Carlos Castaneda, Osho, Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett, Talvin Singh, Bjork, Lee Konitz, Michael Brecker, Anthony Robbins, Lennie Tristano, J.S. Bach, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Troka, Warne Marsh, John Coltrane, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Little birds, hop, hop. Thank you for sparking my heart with happiness.
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