Updates, the 2nd: New/Old Music - November 9, 2013
Between moving to a new apartment, getting re-situated at a new/old place of work, being a member of three different committees & dealing with all the extra work that that involves, and just the simple fact that I'm older (going on 53...) and a LOT slower, updates have until now taken a back burner, which in hindsight is unfortunate. Now that I'm back, however, it is with a vengeance!
Since 2010, I'd made a promise to myself to try my best to release new music at least once a year. However, this year playing Native American flute outdoors happened far less frequently than I'd wanted it to. I still managed to do a fair amount of improvising at home, so there are quite a number of new songs awaiting the proper treatment, which I see as flutes plus frame drums, shakers, and rattles. To keep my promise to myself, I chose to release enhanced versions of the audio tracks from my YouTube videos as a way to keep music coming out. Since I already had all of these on my computer, it was just a matter of sitting down for VERY long periods of time and giving each and every track the right kind of treatment to make it more listenable. That involved first digital extraction of the audio (takes just a few seconds, really), and then removal of unwanted sounds such as excessive finger noise, gravel crunching underfoot, overly loud breaths, and an overall reduction of low-level background rumble from passing traffic and wind. Finally, the more recent (2010 and on) tracks were enhanced to widen the stereo image that had been originally captured by the dual on-board microphones on my Canon SX20 IS digital camera. In the case of older videos where I was using a Canon Power Shot AS650 IS with a single built-in mic, that meant creating a stereo image by using a very small amount of delay. Working backwards, I assembled Painting in the Shadows almost entirely from videos done in 2012 & 2013 in Wonju, Korea. This I made available in mid-August for free or pay-what-you-want download on my bandcamp site:http://allenbruceray.bandcamp.com/album/painting-in-the-shadows Downloads of this and all other releases in this series include the cover art plus a PDF file detailing the flutes used on each song. By the way, the cover art for this one is a creatively edited screenshot of my shadow against a tunnel wall in Wonju, Korea. The response to this was very good, so I kept going: Sense of Wonder (August), In Autumn Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 (September), Endlessly Flowing Stream, Frozen Moments, and Of Tunnels & Light... (October). Not only can you download these for free, but you can also listen to every one of them in full at the above site. Simply click the black-and-white "play" button to the left of the first track, and the whole "album" can be heard in sequence. Each one is over 70 minutes long, so there's a lot waiting for you to hear at your leisure. Go on, ... you KNOW you want to! I'd love to hear feedback on these from anyone, so don't be shy. Enjoy!