CD 1 Mesa Times
1. space age 2. vortex piano 3. harpy 4. D flat major 5. sweet dreams 6. menuett a nature 7. choir space 8. morning sun 9. Julika 10. melody 11. space #12 12. melody TV 13. peace bubbles 14. I love 15. night train
CD 2 Silent Ears
1. Gingi 2. dripping time 3. the crow 4. tonebird 5. silent ears 6. time after time 7. Leh 8. call for you 9. winter of love 10. helena 11. gute Nacht
The last album I had released was Union in 1999. Almost ten years past and I had recorded lots of songs. In winter 2008 I sat down and went through all of them, picking the crop. The only thing I needed now was to dust them up and fix unwanted artifacts like telephone ringing in the back of a recording. I found just such a software, especially for issues like that. In the summer my friend Marlene gave me her van so I could get away for a while and I went to Nederland, Colorado. For two weeks I sat in the van hooked up to an electric outlet and mastered the songs for The Twins. Ten years after I had recorded Silent ears at the same place.
The Twins Silent Ears
After I returned from a wonderful journey to India in 1997 I was happy like a kite but had no place to live. Where to now? You have heard about the musician without a girlfriend? I visited friends of mine in the Rockies and decided to stay. I found a place to live, high up and close to Nederland, Colorado. One of the most scenic places I had the fortune to live in. I fixed up a little studio and made it cozy and started to record. After a while the ceiling was leaking every time my room mate took a shower upstairs. It dripped an inch from the mixing board, lucky me. I had hours of soundscapes that I had brought back from India. When I was there I had a little portable DAT tape recorder with me and a good microphone as well. I recorded everything I could put my ears on. Once I passed by a tiny school and the children were singing the alphabet all in unison ever so sweet or at night I walked up to a snoring cow and put the microphone to her nose. There seem to be as many soundscapes to record as there are pictures to be taken. I recorded traffic, chanting sadhu, tea house conversations, a pond full of frogs at night, temples, a train ride; pretty much a kaleidoscope of soundscapes from all over India. First I had to choose the sounds that I wanted to use for Silent ears before I could record the bouzouki. I needed long clips so I chose the ones that I recorded during my stay in Auroville at the Bay of Bengal. When I started to record I played back the India soundtrack through the loud speakers and played the bouzouki to it. I was still in touch with India. I recorded once and then I added the sitar, harmonica and some other colors. When a long Colorado winter came to an end, I moved on, down the road to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am still here. Silent ears, an impression of India set to bouzouki and sitar. Something different.
The Twins Mesa Times Time had passed. It was 2004 and I got back on my feet and I moved into a place where I actually could stand up straight with shoes on. I moved out of a little trailer, where I had to remove my shoes to do that. In my new home there were a couple of solar panels to make the electricity. Mesa Times is kind of a green recording. The cabin was close to nowhere removed from any influence, off the grid. Once a woodpecker flew down the stovepipe and I picked him up from the rafters and let him out. He shot out of my hands like an arrow and that was pretty much the news out there. I bought an old piano from the turn of the last century with ivory keys so nicked from the playing over time that you wonder what it all had heard. I was working and living in peace and quiet. For rent, I was working a couple of times a week at my neighbors horse ranch as a stable hand, and life was good and I was single. There was only one thing on my mind though, music. I started studying the piano in preparation for the symphony I wanted to write. Sometimes I would just sit at the keyboards and do something different and over the two years I had gathered enough material for a CD. On New Year 2006 I left the Mesa and moved to town. Mesa Times has something from a little
released 09 September 2009
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