In a River the Color of Lead

In a River the Color of Lead was released by NOREMIXES in March 2015. It was pressed to vinyl thanks to the support of a successful Kickstarter campaign

Press release from the label about the record:

In a River the Color of Lead follows Mikronesia’s, Quiescent, which was a sprawling eight hour suite of music that patterned itself after the four sleep cycles and was meant to be experienced as a companion to a full night’s sleep or in smaller doses during meditation or yoga. Using that as a reference point, In a River the Color of Lead feels like the colorful awakening from Quiescent’s sleep state. The first piece, ‘Unfolder’ is a nearly twenty minute journey with waves of piano, organ and synthesizers which organically create intricate, cascading melodies. In Mikronesia’s words, “(by the end) the listener is completely engulfed in a river of thick sound.”

The following three works showcase a much more introspective and delicate compositional style, with Mikronesia using acoustic piano processed via iPad and computer. There is a stillness to these pieces which compliments the density of ‘Unfolder’, and by the time ‘Sotapanna’ concludes, there’s a real sense of closure for In a River the Color of Lead, decidedly Mikronesia’s most personal music expression to date.

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Improvised performance using piano and the iPad application Samplr. Merging technologies from different centuries, composer and sound artist Mikronesia creates a real-time soundscape of sampled and live piano tones.

Camera and lighting: Dan Tabor
Performance and Editing: Mikronesia

More about the App: samplr.net

Live at CCP

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Live piano and iPad set from Community College of Philadelphia.

Recording below:

Torn Ivory

Torn Ivory is a saturated forest of delicate acoustic piano framed by a flickering stream of static textures. The acoustic piano was recorded initially at Marlborough College in the Vermont country side. Over the winter of 2013 the lofi recordings were processed, treated and re-sampled to create a hazy mulch of warm post-digital ambient piano music.

Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12K Mastering.

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Event Horizon

This live film score was performed on piano and iPad using the application Samplr to process the sounds from the piano. The mix was recorded from the house sound board by Frank Bellina. The performance was part of the Event Horizon experimental music series at the Rotunda in Philadelphia on June 14, 2013.

video sources are from archive.org and treated by Mikronesia

Full audio recording of concert:

Host

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Sound artist Mikronesia has embarked on his stillest and most minimal album to date. Host is a two part tale of journeying. The first track contains field recordings taken from a winter camping trip at World’’s End State Park. Part one (“Snow Wind Cast Into The Fire Well”) explores the art of texture, using minimal chord changes and melody but presenting them in contrast to the textured field recordings. The second part uses pure sine waves to explore the overtone series of the note “C”. “Pure” uses clean sound to create a state of timeless stillness, slowly tearing apart the very fabric of tone.

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Harold Budd – Midnight Leaves of London

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As part of the 2008 Bath Music Festival prolific pianist and composer Harold Budd put out a call for people to create videos of themselves recording his composition “Midnight Leaves of London”.

Filmmaker Derek Moench and I did a few variations for this project including a cool David Lynch inspiried reverse performance. We also did this more glitchy one below:

GATE (2008)

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2008 GATE performance of piano and electronics. This performance had visuals by VJ Marge.

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This is one of my person favorite recordings I’ve ever done. It was one of the first things I recorded in our new studio in the house we bought in 2006. The album was described by label kaki as “experimental, shuffling ambient and glitching sound scapes”. It was released on the kikapu net label in 2008, which has since closed up shop. It was downloaded nearly 20,000 times since it’s release. It’s now available on bandcamp as a “pay what you wish” release.

Written and produced by Mikronesia

Available from bandcamp