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by Dave Menzo

Every instrument on this album was checked out from the Ann Arbor District Library. It's packed with analog synths and fat beats.
Genre: Electronic: Synthpop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ocean Turned Blue
3:41 $1.29
2. Nice and Easy
3:29 $1.29
3. Interstellar Love Song
5:12 $1.29
4. Rain
4:05 $1.29
5. Voice Force
5:11 $1.29
6. Where Wildflowers Grow
1:42 $1.29
7. Hush
2:14 $1.29
8. Ballin' Out
5:14 $1.29
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Every instrument that I played on this album was checked out from my local public library in Ann Arbor. They have a Music Tools collection that allows cardholders to check out drum machines, analog synthesizers, guitar pedals, vocal processors, microphones, percussion, and various other instruments.

When I learned about this program and saw the collection for myself, I was in awe. With instruments from Moog, Korg, Bleep Labs, Chamber of Sounds, Critter & Guitari (and many more) there was plenty of new ground for me to tread, and a universe of inspiration waiting to be unlocked.

Using these instruments (and no guitar) undoubtedly gave the album a more electronic sound, which I was both nervous and excited about. As a classically trained composer and musician, it has always been a goal of mine to tastefully use electronic instruments in a way that still sounds natural and musical when added to a mix.

Furthermore, since I usually write and perform a good percentage of my songs using the guitar, this was going to create a very exciting creative challenge in the writing process. On the bright side, no guitar meant more space in the mix.


That's something I explored in this album.

My arrangements are rarely minimalistic, and I enjoy adding layers to my music to give it depth. That is part of the signature Menzo sound. However, in this new album I refined the arrangements to include layers one at a time with purpose, and focus on creating space whenever I could.

I have been looking for a way to use my musical talents to give back to the community, and I thought this new album would be a great way to do just that. Not only will it bring awareness to the Music Tools program itself, and the great resources that the library has to offer, but I aim to inspire the local youth to dream new possibilities for music, art and expression.

Gracious thanks to the Ann Arbor District Library for providing such a remarkable musical resource to the community. I couldn’t have done this without my family, friends, and beautiful souls that I am blessed to connect with throughout the world on my musical journey. There are so many kind and generous people who have helped me in so many ways, I could fill a thousand pages with their names. A special thank you to my Kickstarter supporters for believing in my dream and supporting independent artists.

Album Credits:

All songs written, recorded and produced by Dave Menzo
All instruments checked out from the Ann Arbor District Library
Mixed by Alex Gathier and Dave Menzo
Mastered with Glenn Brown at GBP Studios
Cover art and Design by Henry Frank

©2015 Dave Menzo ℗Birds Arise! Publishing - All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is strictly prohibited.



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