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New Age: Solo Instrumental Electronic: Ambient Moods: Featuring Piano
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by Robert Hakalski

Spare, ethereal, melodic piano pieces, augmented with ambient electronic accompaniment.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stereoverture
1:22 $0.99
2. Trees
3:36 $0.99
3. Moon
6:09 $0.99
4. Monuments
4:14 $0.99
5. Ghosts
4:43 $0.99
6. Shells
2:26 $0.99
7. Including Specimens
2:26 $0.99
8. Factories
4:36 $0.99
9. Unknown Locations
3:11 $0.99
10. Railroads
5:29 $0.99
11. Tunnels
2:51 $0.99
12. Constructed Scenes
3:59 $0.99
13. Maple Sugaring
4:06 $0.99
14. Gardens
2:57 $0.99
15. Statuary
2:13 $0.99
16. Mainly Funerary Arrangements
3:26 $0.99
17. Geometric Figures
4:19 $0.99
18. Skeleton Leaves
1:34 $0.99
19. Clouds
8:12 $0.99
20. Eagles and Raptors
4:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
Stereograph (on some remarkable, and hitherto unobserved, phenomena of binocular vision), is the second installment of a trilogy of piano pieces I have been composing over the past year. Conceptually linked by explorations of time and space and the remembrance of things past, Stereograph, however, introduces a musing on the potency of the photographic image to enthrall and entertain and continues to embrace the simplicity of the acoustic piano as a bedrock from which these musings can develop and flourish in the ears and in the imagination.

Whereas my first release, Piano 5, was a meditation on Albert Einstein and his “Annus Mirabilis” (Miracle Year) of groundbreaking relativity theories, Stereograph is based on a simple premise–that music can translate the images of the past into a whole new arena of aural experience, where the sounds of the piano and the abstract sonic background environments mirror the attempts to capture time by a black box and a lens and a photographic plate, attempts which are ultimately both futile (metaphorically) yet persistent and enduring (the stereograph itself)–a curious irony! And so, to my mind at least, there are melodies buried within these images which I've sought to reanimate by the simple striking of a hammer on a string.

The titles for the 20 tracks on Stereograph are based on images I curated from a collection of Victorian (and later) stereographs. Stereographs, an early form of three-dimensional photograph, were a major vehicle for popular education and entertainment in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Many nineteenth-century photographers now regarded as fine artists produced significant bodies of work in stereograph form; among these were Timothy O'Sullivan, Carleton Watkins, and Eadweard Muybridge. Stereographs were also used for journalistic reporting on many of the current events of the period: parades, disasters, and political events. The stereograph, otherwise known as the stereogram, stereoptican, or stereo view, was in fact the nineteenth-century predecessor of the Polaroid. Placed on cardboard were two almost identical photographs, side by side, to be viewed with a stereoscope. When viewed through a stereoscope, the photograph appeared three-dimensional, an awe-inspiring illusion for anyone during that time.

The tracks on Stereograph begin with organic references–to trees, the moon, man-made monuments and natural elements (Shells), and then explore more mechanical and industrial themes (Factories, Railroads, Tunnels), finally re-emerging into the natural world again (Gardens, Skeleton Leaves, Clouds) before ending with a reverential paean to the fierce beauty of eagles and raptors. All tracks were derived from carefully studying the stereograph images using an actual stereograph viewer and composing the piano melodies and electronic treatments that these images inspired.

I sincerely hope you will enjoy the journey!

Thank you for listening!



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