Mike Boschen | Manhattan Ramble

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Manhattan Ramble

by Mike Boschen

A sonic journey through New York City on a summer's day.
Genre: Avant Garde: Sound Art
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Am Meditation
7:03 album only
2. Beginning Ramble
2:54 album only
3. Belvedere Fanfare
1:14 album only
4. Bye-bye Belvedere
0:55 album only
5. Middle East Upper West
2:47 album only
6. Tunneling Blues
6:06 album only
7. Whaling
4:08 album only
8. Jet Duet
1:14 album only
9. Multiheliphonic
4:37 album only
10. Bbds
1:25 album only
11. Floating Ramble Bark
5:37 album only
12. Off Kilter Happiness
3:19 album only
13. Rush Hour Sermon
1:13 album only
14. Pretty Girl
1:01 album only
15. Melody On My Street
3:01 album only
16. After Dinner Conversation
1:50 album only
17. Falling Sun
1:53 album only
18. Lapping
3:16 album only
19. Dark River
3:09 album only
20. Inside Out
4:25 album only
21. Square Blue Swing
2:45 album only
22. Dirty Nyc
3:07 album only
23. Contemplative Cleaning
2:58 album only
24. Alive and Dead
1:53 album only
25. Going Home
2:19 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Over the course of a few beautiful days in August 2008, I visited several places in Manhattan that are special to me. From 7 am until 3:45 am I improvised something in each place that was influenced by whatever was happening at that moment. I meditated with cicadas and played fanfares to unsuspecting tourists. I played along with buses, helicopters, jets, dogs, a street cleaner, and my own echoes. I sang the sun to sleep and made music with and over the Hudson River. I grooved with the cacophony that is Times Square, and ended the experience with an exhausted subway ride. My good friend, engineer, and producer Andy Bove joined me to distill over 6 hours of songs, sounds, and noises into one 74 minute sonic illustration of a summer day in Manhattan. I offer it to you with pleasure.

I've been playing the trombone since I was 10 years old, and after matriculating at the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School I grew a freelance career in NYC, performing, recording, and teaching in as many genres and places as possible. I have been fortunate to meet hundreds of wonderful musicians in New York, and I continue to learn from them as people and artists.



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Many years ago, my sister found an audio recording on Folkways records called "Songs of My City." I think it was recorded in the 40s. A man walked around NYC with a tape recorder and described what he was recording: snow on 57th street.... I can't remember what all of the things were--- but it's a beautiful audio valentine to New York as it was then.
This CD is that: natural recordings of moments in NYC, but with unbelievably beautiful trombone solos...or sketches...or sighs... or dances.... on it and around it and with it.
It is a duet- of NYC and this beautiful trombone player.
Astounding art does so many things that you can't describe what it does so it's a little hard for me to review this accurately.
But let's just say that this is one of the most beautiful records I own. It never gets tired for me. It is as beautiful as wind or as natural sounds- it has so much sensitivity to it... so much character... it is so tuned in... see? I'm ruining it by trying to describe it.
People have short attention spans these days---- this is a CD that will lengthen your attention span. I've stopped listening to CDs but I listen to this. This CD transports me, makes me cry, makes me happy, makes me feel things I can't explain or express.
There are no words to explain how beautiful this is. But that's why there's music.