Cloud Shadows - Production Notes
This album is an offering of Musical
Philanthropy to all people.
May these sounds
take you to a peaceful retreat from the world's troubles.
The outside sounds you hear were recorded using two different
methods. Some were done with Rode NT5 mics in an X-Y
configuration plugged directly into the Korg D1600. Others were
recorded with a Sony PCM-D50 field recorder. Locations were my
yard in Lansing, Michigan and Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge,
Michigan. The album cover is a photo Terri took on the shores of
Lake Michigan at P.J. Hoffmaster park.
Solstice - The outside sounds
are from my backyard on a warm summer night. I'm not sure if
those are bugs or frogs, but you can hear two loud creatures singing
back and forth to each other. There's also a Native-American
shaker and a guiro from Bora-Bora. The drum is my bass drum tuned
to a low A note and played with a giant homemade beater. The primary
percussion is a tongue drum. This is a Mahogany box with a Teak
mallet surface cut into several marimba-like bars. The song
alternates between 3/4 & 4/4 time.
Lava Pillow - My wonderful wife
and best friend Terri came up with the name for this song. She
loves volcanoes and lava! It's all Prophet 600 synth with some
effects from my Art SGX-T2 processor. There's an energy chime and
shakers in the mix too.
Water of Life - The title could
be a reference from the movie "Dune" if you'd like, but I was actually
referring to the scripture from Revelation 22-17. The melody is
an Ibanez Artist series electric guitar with effects from the T2.
The brook is a stream at Fitzgerald Park recorded with the Sony field
Train Trip - This is my Martin
Sigma acoustic guitar tuned to an open D-Major chord, sitting on my lap
and struck with my fingers in rhythmic patterns on the harmonic
frets. The compression, phaser and auto-wah effects are from the
D1600's onboard processor. My friend Jackie gets credit for
inspiring the title.
Ice Trees - We had a major ice
storm a couple years ago. As I was leaving work the following
evening, I heard how the wind rustled the ice-coated trees and made
them crackle. I rushed home and recorded audio of the trees in my
backyard using the NT5 mics into the D1600. Floor tom, shakers
and a Chinese healing gong are also in the mix.
Shiny and New - Martin Sigma
acoustic guitar, tuned to open D-Major and mixed with some brook noises
from Fitzgerald Park.
Peace, Hope, and Joy - I went
hiking on an early autumn day in Fitzgerald Park, carefully holding the
field recorder. Months later, I decided to mix in three piano
pieces I had recently written. These were performed on a Korg
SP-250 stage piano. Joy is actually heard first, followed by Hope
and ending with Peace.
Canyon - The light rain was
recorded using my NT5 mics pointed out the window to pick up the sounds
from the backyard. It was after midnight and you can hear the
train engineer being very careful not to wake people as he quietly
sounds his horn when required. The "flute" noise is a vintage
wooden alto recorder. These are variations on some
Native-American themes I wrote while living in Tucson. I would
often take this instrument with me when I hiked Gates Pass. T2
reverb and digital delay on the "flute".
THANKS : First of all, I
would like to thank God for blessing me with the inspiration, skills,
and resources to make this music. It's an honor to "jam" with Him
through these recordings. Second, I would like to thank my wife,
Terri. Her love and support have enabled me to transform into the
person I am now. Her patience and encouragement continue to be
essential to my growth as a musician and person. I would also
like to thank my parents for giving me life, nurturing me, and teaching
me well. My brother, sister and their families have been very
supportive, especially through the many times I struggled with
frustration and despair. Thanks to Terri's family who always made
me feel at home and loved. To all the people I've ever been
honored to jam with, I thank you. You are my teachers, along with
the musicians we've had the pleasure of listening to and learning
from. To my friends and co-workers, my sincerest gratitude and
respect. Finally, to those of you whom I may never know in
person, this note's for you - thanks for listening!
Cloud Shadows is Copyrighted 2011 by Britt Paul and was released on
01.11.11 under the Creative Commons license permitting free,
non-commercial enjoyment. Unmodified distribution, provided the
works remain attributed to myself, is encouraged. Derivative
works are prohibited except by permission. Additional licensing
such as broadcast or public performance is available by request. Legal stuff aside, I encourage you to share and enjoy Cloud Shadows!