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Dream So Loud

by Eric Schopmeyer

Experimental, mostly-acoustic, non-idiomatic instrumentals using a wide variety of sounds including a lot of pitched percussion and guitar somewhere in no-man's land between post-rock and art-music.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Expansion of the Universe
8:19 album only
2. Mourning By The River
5:03 album only
3. A Warm Night in December
4:30 album only
4. The Searching Not The Finding
4:09 album only
5. Sometimes It Sounds Like This...
1:23 album only
6. Golden Age
9:34 album only
7. Dream So Loud
6:35 album only
8. Flight Patterns
3:58 album only
9. ...And Other Times Like This
1:50 album only
10. Dorian Winter
3:51 album only
11. Soft Soft Snow
3:22 album only
12. Trio
6:07 album only
13. Close Up On Cactus Flower
1:23 album only


Album Notes
What is this music?

It’s all instrumental.

It’s all acoustic.
(Except for a little electric guitar, bass and organ on a couple tracks).
I play marimba, vibes, glockenspiel, guitar, piano, drums, percussion, clarinet, accordion and a bunch of other stuff. Plus, my friend Lars Campbell plays trombone on one track.

Sometimes people say it’s “cinematic.”
I do a fair bit of film-composing, mostly for local independent projects so maybe that makes sense.

But what label to put on it?

It’s not jazz…
However, in my mind I can see a link to Andrew Hill, Lounge Lizards, Marc Ribot, Sun Ra, Bobby Hutcherson, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans and Dave Douglas.

It’s not classical…
But Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, Webern, Shostakovich, Ingram Marshall, Fred Frith and Tom Svoboda are all great guiding lights.

It’s not rock…
Although inspiration comes from Tom Waits, Talk Talk, The Smiths, God Speed You Black Emperor, Bjork, Dirty Three, Radiohead and Flaming Lips.

It’s not post-rock…
I don’t like any of those bands. But I used to play rock and now I do this so, technically…

It’s not educational…
But my day job is teaching music K-8 in Portland Public and I’m well steeped in the pedagogical approach Carl Orff and his “Music for Children.” More importantly, I have a classroom full of Orff-instruments and I like to play them.

It’s made in Portland…
But I’m heavily influenced by non-western forms like Indonesian gamelan music, Burmese hsaing-waing ensembles, Astor Piazzola, Japanese gagaku orchestras and reggae. I also teach Zimbabwean-style marimba to kids.

These influences don’t necessarily directly manifest themselves in the music but they are there in the background, under the surface. It’s like that’s where I’m coming from, but I’m going somewhere else. And it’s not as unfocused as you might think with all these divergent interests. It’s all filtered down through my own very specific creative vision: to compose music that is at once accessible and challenging, beautiful and beguiling, intellectual and emotional, dense but transparent, pushing myself away from conventional forms but replacing them with my own, clear organizational principles. And when I do fall back on conventional structures, they’re tweaked in some way—an odd meter, an unusual instrumentation, etc.

In the end, it’s just a sonic representation of what it feels like to be me.

Thanks for listening.



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