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Songs of Potential Embrace

by David Franklin

An eclectic collection of New Age, Ambient and Instrumental songs, using various instruments and some Found Sounds: all written, played, recorded and produced by the composer.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Failed Experiment of Consciousness
4:48 $0.99
2. Calling
4:20 $0.99
3. Allowing
3:39 $0.99
4. Shade & Shadow
3:32 $0.99
5. Shade & Darkness
3:23 $0.99
6. Whirling
3:30 $0.99
7. Mourning in America
2:10 $0.99
8. So Far Below
4:45 $0.99
9. Swamps of Jersey (Remix)
3:20 $0.99
10. Inbal's Theme
7:10 $0.99
11. Ambient Fog
5:11 $0.99
12. Piece for Vacuum and 3 Voices (Remix)
3:09 $0.99
13. Rh Factor (Remiix)
2:38 $0.99
14. Quotes (Remiix)
3:13 $0.99
15. The Wildness
1:00 $0.99
16. Xas10shl (Existential)
5:43 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
LINER NOTES FOR Songs of Potential Embrace:

Now that CDs are obsolete, I find myself making a new one…

This is the most eclectic album I’ve ever recorded. The sounds on these songs range from grand piano to synth, from a high-strung baritone guitar to an electric, from a vacuum cleaner to a telephone and indeed, even a baby’s cries. Most of these songs were written or used for the score of Potential Embrace, a dance piece by Rogelio Lopez.

Music is many things for me: communication, oxygen, love, healing, a challenge to keep from hiding and more, but these songs all were written from the perspective of embracing something…from the beauty of life to processing losses, as well as many things in between. These sounds partly are how I try to understand and embrace my own life, for the brief time I’m here.

Thanks for listening and if you’re so inspired, let me know what you think.
David Franklin, Oakland, CA. March, 2017.
David@davidfranklin.com

All sounds written, recorded, played & produced by David Franklin.
Mastered by Warren Kahn at Banquet Studios, Sabastopol, CA.
Baby’s cries on RH Factor: Nico Franklin, age: 1 week.
Note: no baby was injured in the recording of this album. ☺

Cover art (“untitled”) and cover design by Cecilia Risquez
Inside photo by David Egert

Thanks to Randal Davis for promotion, David Egert and Bob Timney for support and encouragement. Special thanks to Cecilia, Alex and Nico, for love, support, inspiration and more.

Thanks to the Newt Riders for teaching me the value of being in a traveling band, and to Porcupine Petting Zoo for fun music.

Four songs on this recording were previously release on Shadowlands; they have been remixed for this release. Mourning In America is dedicated to Benjamin Runnels.


BIO FOR RELEASE OF Songs of Potential Embrace:
Multi-instrumentalist David Franklin hears music and rhythmic patterns everywhere in his day-to-day life whether it is machines, telephones, a vacuum, vibrating objects, a door closing or a baby crying; he then uses these “found sounds” as inspiration and even directly in his compositions. Whether playing piano, guitar, synth or percussion, Franklin usually is not content to simply pick up an instument and make traditional notes and melodies, but instead enjoys manipulating the music by trying unusual tunings, using reverb or distortion, recording sounds backwards, or playing the instrument in an unorthodox style. All of this and more comes into play on Franklin’s latest recording, Songs of Potential Embrace, an eclectic collection of 16 pieces that could be categorized as new age avant-garde.

“I love sounds and I have been playing with sounds all my life,” explains Franklin. “I started out as a drummer, and I have always hit objects just to see what they sound like. Or I might spot a construction site, stop my car and go sing into an 40-foot pipe to find out what it does to my voice. There is a symphony of sounds going on around us all the time, and I often collect the sounds I hear by recording them on my phone. When I finally heard artists like John Cage and Steve Reich I realized I wasn’t crazy for tapping on garbage-cans and other objects. My guitar playing was hugely influenced by Michael Hedges because of the different tunings he used, and I found that open tunings, for example, push me to explore different places musically.”

Songs of Potential Embrace is David Franklin’s ninth album. He began as a folk-pop singer, did a Christmas solo piano album, released an experimental avant-garde recording geared to induce trance-state healing, and most recently released a successful instrumental melodic new age album (Playing With Shadows) which also featured renowned fretless bassist Michael Manring. That album spent two months in the Top 10 of the international Top 100 Zone Music Reporter Chart (the most important listing of successful new age recordings). Songs of Potential Embrace and other recordings by David Franklin are available as CDs and digital downloads through his website (DavidFranklin.com) as well as many online sales sites including iTunes and Amazon.

Franklin believes music is one of humanity’s most powerful tools for healing, and he hopes his music will help listeners connect to their inner feelings and ultimately create more of a sense of connection in their lives. Franklin, who also is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Northern California, says, “Music influences us on many levels, such as relaxing us, making us feel better, serving as a bridge that connects us to ourselves and others, helping individuals form a deeper understanding of life, and simply as a healing tool.”

On Songs of Potential Embrace Franklin brings together elements of “found sounds,” avant-garde, new age and ambient music. “I like to explore some of the many different possibilities of music, and I don’t like limiting myself in creating music. The idea behind the album title is really asking the world a question. Can the people of this planet try to understand our connectedness, and accept each other as part of humanity rather than rejecting one another because of religion or politics or anything else we don’t agree on?”

The music includes new compositions, several tracks created specifically to accompany performances by a San Francisco dance troupe, and a few tunes originally on Franklin’s avant-garde Shadowlands album that have been reworked and remixed.

Several pieces are only acoustic piano -- “Mourning in America” (“I haven’t given up on America, but I am saddened by many things that have been happening in our country”), “Inbal’s Theme” (a very slow, sparse, ambient tune created for a woman dying of cancer), “Shade and Shadow” (overdubbed piano about which Franklin says, “I like it when the music challenges me”), and the companion piece (also with two piano parts) “Shade and Darkness”. A couple of tunes are all synthesizer -- “Whirling,” “Ambient Fog” and “Xas10Shl (existential)” -- and one, “Allowing,” combines piano and synth.

Other music on the album features both piano and guitars. Regarding “The Failed Experiment of Consciousness,” Franklin says, “Global warming and climate changes are issues I am very concerned about, and I am cautiously hopeful the human race will wake up and rectify some of these uncomfortable truths.” On that tune he uses an acoustic baritone guitar with altered strings and an alternative tuning, and he adds some backwards electric guitar toward the end. Another piano-guitar piece is the melodic “So Far Below” which uses the same altered baritone guitar and which was written in a cemetary.

The more experimental, avant-garde material on the recording includes “Calling” which uses a telephone ringing as a rhythm pattern behind an out-of-tune piano from the 1800s, a plucked violin and wordless vocalizing. “Piece for Vacuum and 3 Voices” uses a vacuum cleaner as a background drone sound with the voices capturing the feeling of music from India including a rhythmic tabla-like part. “RH Factor” features a backwards guitar and a baby crying (“The sound of a baby crying resonates deep within us biologically.”). “Swamps of Jersey” includes an udu (an African hand percussion pot) recorded backwards, bass notes from a harp guitar (some bowed), water sounds from a drum with ballbearings inside, and stream of consciousness vocals. “Quotes” is comprised of actual quotes Franklin collected from troubled teenagers, mixed with unusual guitar sounds -- a guitar lightly bumping against a shelf, a clicking sound from an electric guitar and purposely “cranked distortion.” “The Wildness” is a 57-second tune containing singing bowls and Franklin reciting a poem.

Franklin was born and raised in New Jersey. In the fifth grade he discovered drums, in sixth grade he picked up guitar and started writing songs, and in high school he was also playing piano and singing. He played drums in rock bands through high school and supported himself as a drummer in college, while earning a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science at Pennsylvania State University. While at college he also started performing as a singer-songwriter. After college he worked in New York City for three years using his environmental degree and taking air samples inside office buildings while also playing keyboards in a NYC rock band.

Wanting to make more of a difference by calling attention to environmental problems and solutions, Franklin took a year off to join 90 other environmentalists in The Global Walk for a Livable World, a year-long hike across the country. Along the way they spoke at schools, to the media and to politicians. Franklin wrote and recorded songs throughout the trek, and that music was released as an album, Our Children’s Only Home. The albums that followed also were primarily vocal folk-pop projects -- such as Patterns Yet Unknown and Strangers and Angels. Franklin also did a solo piano album called Traditional Christmas Melodies. Additionally he embraced avant-garde, experimental music with Shadowlands, his first venture to explore “found sounds” (such as the rhythmic sound of computer printers).

Franklin later returned to college and earned his Masters in Counseling and went on to become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in working with teenagers and men, and often incorporating music into his work.

“Music can be a powerful healer and an important soundtrack as we access and understand the deeper parts of ourselves,” Franklin says. “Ultimately I hope this music helps some listeners experience a sense of connection to themselves and to others,”.

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Helena Dee

DAVID FRANKLIN CREATES ECLECTIC AND EXPERIMENTAL NEW AGE AVANT-GARDE MUSIC
Multi-instrumentalist David Franklin hears music and rhythm patterns everywhere in his day-to-day life whether it is machines, telephones, a vacuum, vibrating objects, a door closing or a baby crying; he uses these “found sounds” as inspiration or even directly in his compositions. In addition, whether playing piano, guitar, synth or percussion, Franklin usually is not content to simply pick up an instument and make traditional notes and melodies, but instead enjoys manipulating the music by trying unusual tunings, using reverb or distortion, recording the sounds backwards, or playing the instrument in an unorthodox style. All of this and more comes into play on Franklin’s ninth recording, Songs of Potential Embrace, an eclectic collection of 16 pieces that could be categorized as new age avant-garde.

Influenced by avant-garde pioneers such as John Cage and Steve Reich as well as guitar-explorer Michael Hedges, Franklin features a wide array of music on this album including solo piano, two-piano duets, solo synth, piano and synth, piano and guitar, occasional wordless vocalizing in the background, Tibetan singing bowls, plucked violin, backwards udu, various drone sounds and unusual rhythms (such as ball-bearings inside a drum).

It all adds up to an exciting, eclectic musical experience. Journey into a new, experimental world of music that will challenge your senses. Leave any preconceived ideas at the door.
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