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by Colin Whitby

Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Walker
3:33 $1.42
2. Journey to the Coast
2:41 $1.42
3. Stomp
1:43 $1.42
4. Fire on the Mountain
2:20 $1.42
5. Black Seed
2:25 $1.42
6. Emerald Isle
3:52 $1.42
7. Off the Rails
1:50 $1.42
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Album Notes
The title Synchronicity is a play on the word “sync” as in potential synchronization with film projects and other media. It also kind of refers to the ‘unexpected’ meeting or surprising co-existence, if you like, of disparate and diverse genres and instrumentation in a ‘shared space’. I wanted to create nuances, shifting grounds, unexpected juxtapositions that keep the listener guessing. Each track came about naturally from personal experiences and choices made from a wide field of musical interests I've developed over the years. The end result, the album as a whole, I think is a landscape of diverse sounds, a kind of confluence of styles and genres. Each track is a small ‘window’ onto a ‘soundscape’ coming out of a disparate range of instruments. They variously refer to the timeless classical past and contemporary eras of the West, to tribal/ethnic chants, to tonal shapes and structures that point to the more ‘futuristic’ allusions of minimalist Systems Music. Each track holds subliminal ‘cinematic memories’ or themes inspired by film/pictorial moments, perhaps continuing in the tradition of “Music for Films” (Eno) and “Pictures at an Exhibition” (Mussorgsky).

The Seven Tracks

A leftover Rare Groove riff with the hype strained out. The Didgeridoo is the essential sombre mood-setter throughout. This is Wasteland Funk, the sound of the wilderness. The drumming is almost Industrial, the rhythm section of a ‘dystopian’ lament. The ‘Systems’ cycling Marimba gives way to a Clari-Monkey Chant in the bridge. Introducing the Dobro, the whole ensemble is lost in a universal wasteland, neither Outback nor Deep South.

Journey to the Coast
There’s a pulse throughout, from the Persian Castanettes. Each section remains a block of juxtapositions – no fluid ‘developments’. Marimba, the quintessential Systems signifier, has a cyclical repetition. Sub-ish bass is discrete but pumping. The Tom Toms dominate the ‘breakdown’ (minus tow-truck). The Trombones complete the “Road Movie” reference with their emphatic mimicry of the Doppler Effect.

From the lilting trills of the Clarinet, to the shuffling percussion created with Bow slaps to a Bass. A lazy tempo vibe is contrasted with raucous animalistic Horns; a concrete jungle.

Fire on the Mountain
A conventional Drum kit, brimming in mixed delay is accompanied by more epic percussion; Tong Zi Drums with their relentless pounding. Gongs (rim scrapes) throughout. The tragic Cellos build to a romantic interlude with Chinese Bawu, returning to the ‘credits’ theme; a chant for Basses with more evocative rim scrapes, Temple Bells and Gongs.

Black Seed
Dub references, as the Horns mimic mixing desk delay. Melodramatic Brass with more dancing Horn delays painted over. The Tuba maintains the Dub Bass. All this culminates in a Chant section, emphasised by Gamelan and Angklung.

Emerald Isle
A pulsing bass line punctuated by a chorus of Ewe drums. Floating in the foreground is the Frame Drum from Celtic traditions. The Harp is an almost Techno, sparse accompaniment while the Uilleann Pipes add their song-like melodic refrains. Oboes lend an almost Ambient spatial texture as backing.

Off the Rails
Refers back to classical modern soundscapes with ‘Music Concrete’ effects tracks heightening the suspense. These are juxtaposed with “Thriller” strings, with a hint of psychological disturbance.



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