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Washed Ashore: A Musical Soundscape

by Steve Riihikoski

An immersive musical soundtrack of ocean and marine creature tone-poems, evocative of the mysteries, grandeur and power of the sea; created as an accompaniment and dedication to the Washed Ashore project's work to promote ocean ecology through the arts.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gyre Overture
3:24 album only
2. The Living Ocean
5:00 album only
3. Full Fathom Five
2:39 album only
4. Shiver
5:24 album only
5. Mysterious Deep
4:46 album only
6. Fantasia for the Weedy Sea Dragon
4:24 album only
7. Shore Majesty
4:14 album only
8. Adrift
3:26 album only
9. Prelude and Squall
4:47 album only
10. Giant Pacific Octopus
3:13 album only
11. Sacred Sea
4:29 album only
12. Waltz of the Jellies
2:37 album only
13. Scene at Dusk
3:29 album only
14. Treasures
3:35 album only
15. Harbor Fog
4:26 album only
16. Japanese Float
3:15 album only
17. Great White Shark
5:05 album only
18. Gyre
6:21 album only


Album Notes
This music began as a collaborative idea of creating a soundtrack as accompaniment for the remarkable traveling exhibitions of Washed Ashore project sculptures. These amazing creations of sea creatures, coral reefs and other aspects of the ocean environment are designed and constructed using found plastic debris from the Oregon Coast. Angela Haseltine Pozzi, the lead artist and director of Washed Ashore is an arts education colleague of the composer/musician Steve Riihikoski; the notion of a series of musical "tone-poems" heard in counterpoint to the visual impact of these sculptures of sea turtle, shark, jellies, octopus, coral reefs and sea dragons was an epiphany to both artist and musician. The expression and added dimension of sound at the touring exhibits of the sculptures was a tantalizing experiment, and this CD "soundscape" is the result. Composed and recorded in 2017, it features all original music performed on MIDI keyboard, electric guitar, Japanese koto, percussion and sound samples of the ocean environments. As with the sculptural works of art, the music's focus is upon nurturing awareness of the beauty and fragility of our planet's oceans, and the urgency to educate and promote action toward solving the problems of global plastic pollution in the sea. Through the inspiration of the art and music created by Washed Ashore project, it is hoped that everyone can become part of the solution.

As for the music, specifically, it is an entirely new direction for me (the composer/performer) and draws upon my interests in many musical genres and traditions. The listener will find a wide range of styles represented as well as a colorful palette of musical instrument sounds. Overall, the soundscape is very textural and orchestral in nature, leaning toward evoking the ocean and its marvelous creatures in an impressionistic, and at times, ambient manner. To close one's eyes and listen with that in mind gives the desired effect---imagery through sound. I describe these as "tone-poems" as they allow each listener to realize a personal connection to the music, in the same way poetry works. No two persons will necessarily hear or respond in the same way to the "Great White Shark", for instance. Both will hear beauty, power, tension and dynamism in the depiction of this creature, but each in a different way, as it should be. It is hoped that the eighteen pieces have qualities that will provide many enjoyable listenings. Finally, very few of these works were written out in manuscript notation, but rather performed and "sculpted" in sound through an organic approach to composing and arranging. I have found, in discussions with Angela Haseltine Pozzi, that her approach to visual art in this project has a lot in common with my methods of creating the music. Enjoy!



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