If you purchase the CD, you will also have the opportunity to download the Digital Album and get some instant gratification while yer waiting for the postman.
Either way, if you're getting a download, it will be served up as a 'zip' file with all those juicy MP3s stuffed inside.
Do not attempt to download via smartphone. Please use a computer!
Is anything ever really ‘finished’? You got me. I used to end a project and couldn’t wait to leave my ‘child’ in the rear view mirror. But every time I perform these pieces the kids seem to have no problem telling me where I went wrong; what they want to be. They grow into themselves.
In any case, long-time listeners ask me all the time for a compilation of long-form pieces, so it made sense to present them as they exist ‘now’. Ainsi donc, nous y voilà.
Back to those kids: when doing an album such as this, one rightly expects “New And Improved!” And promises of “Now With Glamourene 4000 For Extra Whiteness, Flavour And Odor Control!” when being asked to pay hard earned dollars for what are essentially ‘old’ pieces. So, each piece herein has been ‘improved’ according to its particular needs. In some cases, that meant altering and extending substantially. In others, it simply meant replaying some parts that weren’t properly recorded in the first place. (It’s always cringe inducing when live audiences remark “Wow, I never heard that on the CD!” Hopefully this album corrects those failures.) In all cases, the mixes have been ‘beautified’ to the current limits of my recording ability. I leave it to you to discern how much of a difference fifteen years of practice makes.
As has become usual, I mixed this here thing at Funhouse West in the gray Northwest autumn. Mastering by the ever ready Ed Brooks at RDF Mastering, Seattle.
And also as usual, those who want some details on what gear is actually making the aforementioned sounds can find it by clicking on the Gear Page. That said, one of the key insights I’ve had in putting together this compilation is analogous to why one continues to go to church: we all need to be periodically reminded of the same rules we already know. Over and over and over it seems. And the reminder is this: my how little that gear really matters. I’ve ranted about this before, but it’s even more telling to me after fifteen years. My skills as a recordist may have improved, but in spite of throwing a lot of money into various types of equipment, the sound of the original recordings seem to hold up quite nicely. I take a certain amount of comfort in this fact and I caution others to think hard before assuming that any new gizmo will make their own work much better.
And also, as always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.
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