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One Cloud

by Rob Martino

The highly anticipated debut album by one of the most popular solo Chapman Stick artists on YouTube - a soulful distillation of progressive rock, folk, Celtic and classical music influences.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One Cloud
3:35 $0.99
2. The Long Circle
11:05 $1.99
3. Conscious Dream
5:15 $0.99
4. Cloud Dispersed
2:16 $0.99
5. Differential
5:27 $0.99
6. Turbulence
1:25 $0.99
7. Mighty Distant Star
6:10 $0.99
8. The Third Enigma
13:15 $1.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
On "One Cloud", Rob Martino has distilled many of his various progressive rock and classical music influences, and incorporated it into his own unique lyrical Chapman Stick style. His intent is to create soulful music that takes the listener on a journey though different moods, themes and sonic images. The eight pieces on "One Cloud" were composed, performed and further developed over a period of five years before being recorded for this album.

The Chapman Stick is a unique stringed instrument that combines elements of guitar, bass, piano and percussion. The strings are tapped and held onto the frets, rather than plucked or strummed, enabling both hands to play complete and expressive multi-part arrangements.

A hybrid production approach was taken to give "One Cloud" a deep and warm sound- it was recorded and mixed in a high resolution digital domain (96 Khz/24 bit), while being mastered by Michael Romanowski using analog/tube equipment (and even printed to 1" tape). The trend to make modern albums "bright and loud" was resisted- instead "One Cloud" has a smoother, vintage audio quality with more dynamics and space to breathe.



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Editor's Pick - A lot to enjoy here
Rob Martino is a master of the Chapman stick who carefully combines elements of folk, jazz, new age, and classical guitar music all into a seamless array of compositions all played with just one device. Due to the unique construction of the instrument – combining elements of guitar, bass, piano and percussion, enabling both hands to play complete and expressive multi-part arrangements – the songs here never sound like just one man at his instrument, but rather more like a duet of guitar and bass, both played by a skilled instrumentalists. From the delay-heavy short piece "Turbulence" to the longer tracks like the folk/jazz of "The Third Enigma" to the reflective "Conscious Dream", there's a lot to enjoy here.