Elusive Profundity

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Life seems both cyclical and not - sensible and not - orderly and not. Both are projections, but that does not diminish them - it only sets the context. Apprehension is the first step to comprehension, quixotic though it may be.

Featuring heavily affected clarinet and other surreal and shimmering sounds, including a glass marimba.

Out of Character Turkey

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Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a bird… it’s a plane… no, I was wrong, it’s the first one. Still pretty surprising though, since it looks like the Meleagris gallopavo, more commonly known as a turkey. This is no common turkey, however - it is full to the brim with heroism from beak to talon, and is here to - dare I say - save the day!

This short but usefully thematic work (inspired by character-specific themes in TV and other media) features an appropriately heroic solo french horn accompanied by brass ensemble and snare drum.

We Apologize For The Inconvenience

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Life - cells obeying rules, functioning in a prescribed fashion and constantly changing and adapting in form and function. Purpose - self-imposed or self-created, fitting patterns over the underlying nature of things. Everything - much bigger than us.

This track features a variety of synthesized sequences, including drums generated by an eternally growing and never repeating pattern from Conway’s Game of Life.

Synthprovisation 1

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Spontaneous musing, when adequately balanced, can provide a compelling mixture of structure and innovation. This fully improvised one-take track features a funky clavinet sound generated by the free OB-Xd synthesizer, an emulation of the famous Oberheim OB-X.

Jimmy the Spoon

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Keen-edged cutlery may be flashier, but sometimes a smoother approach has greater effect. Consider the romance of Jimmy the Spoon - unlike his pointier counterpart, he need not hide his true nature. This swinging tune features a brassy big band and solo clarinet.

Rumination

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Chew on this - suspension of disbelief is not simply a neutral state. Sophisticated as our minds may be, much of our acts are still determined by our gut. Growing to accept and accommodate our nature allows us to better understand the reality around us.

This jazzy bossa features upright bass, electric guitar, drums, and clarinet.