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‚Äôs, 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs sleep state. The first piece, ‚ÄėUnfolder‚Äô is a nearly twenty minute journey with waves of piano, organ and synthesizers which organically create intricate, cascading melodies. In Mikronesia‚Äôs words, ‚Äú(by the end) the listener is completely engulfed in a river of thick sound.‚ÄĚ

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 ‚ÄėUnfolder‚Äô, and by the time ‚ÄėSotapanna‚Äô concludes, there‚Äôs a real sense of closure for In a River the Color of Lead, decidedly Mikronesia‚Äôs most personal music expression to date.

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Quiescent

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For much of 2014 I worked on a suite of very still and subtle music. Perhaps this was a merging of my music and meditation practice. Perhaps this was a result of pairing down my once sprawling studio of synthesizers, machines and wires to a much simpler setup. Perhaps it was just music in the universe that needed to be born. Since I started making ambient music over 10 years ago, I’ve always had an interest in music to sleep to. I enjoy the idea of music that is not always listened to with the active mind, music that washes over someone’s subconscious as they sleep.

Release info

Quiescent is journey into a meditative dreamland. Created by composer Michael McDermott, the album in its entirety is an eight hour long soundtrack patterned after the four sleep cycles. The music gently drifts with you as you release into slumber and then brings you back through to the other side of consciousness. This album can be experienced as a companion to a full night’s sleep or in smaller pieces during yoga, meditation, relaxation or being. The album is pay-what-you-wish pricing, so you may download it for free or if you can place a monetary amount on eight hours of original music anything is appreciated.

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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

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Iris or Comfortable Too

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Iris or Comfortable Too¬†was my second album for Gears of Sand. For this record I limited my sound source to a grand piano which I recorded late one night my brother’s restaurant. The sounds are glitchy and frigid, but there are points of warmth and stillness deep inside.

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Tissue Paper Ghosts

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Tissue Paper Ghosts was my first official Mikronesia album released on Gear of Sand in February of 2006. The album is a loose concept album based on the psychic remains of a car crash. It was a real time capsule for where I was sonically at that time. It contains lots of DSP and computer based glitch processing of synthesizers, voices and percussion. The late musician, artist and spiritual traveler Flakes added some vocals to the track “Long Walk Up 611”. The album was very well received in the press and several choreographers have used tracks from TPG for their scores. Here’s a press release from Gear of Sand.

Tissue Paper Ghosts¬†is a work of breathtaking ethereal ambient glitch. Mikronesia’s sound has flashes of Monolake and others in the world of clicks and cuts and trance-like minimal techno, but as a professionally trained musician with a keen sense of melody and rhythm he is able to really catapult his musical vision into a very special zone of listening. Originally released on Gears of Sand (GOS13).

Music and production: Mikronesia
Ghost vocals on “Long Walk Up 611”: Flakes
Mastered by Ben Fluery-Steiner

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