For a long time I’ve compared music with colour, which is nearly always created by blending layers together. When we listen to music, the sound is often blended with it’s environment. Even if yave a relatively quiet room, you are still hearing subtle reflections and echoes from the walls and other surfaces in the room. One day as I was practicing I realized that the sound I was hearing was layered with the drone of my neighbors lawnmower, the distant sound of the highway, the wind in the tree outside, all working together to create the sound that was pleasing me at that moment. Music is also full of repetition, nature is full of cycles, the symbolism of circles is all around us. I recently read a quote by Black Elk: “the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round… the sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours…. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.” All of this brings me making music with loops, using the technology available to create layers of sound that blend together to create harmonies and rhythms that are sometimes unexpected in the context of the melodic structure that we are accustomed to. It’s all part of an exploration of sound that I’m working through and I’m happy to share that process with you.
released December 10, 2016
Songs 1,3,5 and 6 were recorded live off the mixer. The loops were performed with either a Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro or on a laptop running a looping program called Mobius. For the long delays I’m using a digitech Time Machine 7.6. Tracks 2 and 4 were recorded a little differently. I 1st created the background loops with Mobius and then transferred those loops into my multitrack recording program and then added in the lead parts and delays. Some of the guitar tracks were processed with guitar rig. The dulcimer tracks only have equalization using the Roland SRQ 2031
my home in Fordwich, Ontario
Matthew Haslem, Orillia, Ontario
Thanks and Acknowledgements:
My wife Joanna for all the encouragement and hours of listening to me work on tunes, my son Matthew for creating the artwork and all my family and good friends who have suffered through having to listen to sample recordings and offer advice on what was listenable. Tatum, Melanie, Autumn, Michael Park, Mary Sanderson, Tony Luciani, Ian and Susan, John and Katherine, Jokelee, Sue and Scott
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