the desert music pieces were spurred in part by an e-mail interchange with michael manring about middle eastern inflections—something to which we both seem drawn. i had done a few small recordings and sent him one. he encouraged me to do it live. while i don’t want to do that, i did end up doing five pieces. all the sounds in these pieces were made with bass guitar—often putting things in the strings and/or using alternate techniques to strike the strings. they were then assembled. the solo parts were done in one take and are unedited.
the song series pieces are solo bass improvisations with no edits. they are based—fantasias of a sort, if you will—on songs from the standard repertoire.
thanks to fodera basses.
released May 21, 2011
01. boundary stone (desert music 01)
02. aqua (song series 01)
03. one-way journey (desert music 02)
04. coming (song series 02)
05. inner compulsion (desert music 03)
06. nowhere (song series 03)
07. unworldly (desert music 04)
08. smile (song series 04)
09. beautiful view (desert music 05)
01, 03, 05, 07, 09: performed and assembled
by steuart liebig, november–december 2010
mastered by wayne peet, may 2011
02, 04, 06, 08: performed by steuart liebig, january 2011
mastered by wayne peet, february 2011
(all sounds made by bass guitars and applied tools and technology)
all music © sisong music/ascap