Ah, Vernal!

Raise The Dead Language Volume 2 (listen/download)

It is with great joy that I am finally able to share this latest volume of soundscape music with you, friends. It’s been a few years since Volume 1, and although I didn’t intend for such time to lapse between installments, the road to crafting this current batch has been filled with all kinds of discoveries, lessons, and (ultimately, after several hair-pulling-out evenings in mix/master mode) triumphs.

The material here includes reworked pieces I originally wrote for a Shakespeare-In-The-Park production of The Tempest a couple Summers ago (“Ye Elves” and “My Tricksy Spirit”), a meditation on the Amsterdam waterfront (“Ij”), and the first track in which I experimented with time stretching (“Star Shot Cross Canopy”)…much more of that to come, by the way.

Additionally, this group of tunes is the first to feature an outside collaborator in the way of one Tom Bendel, master of all things percussive. I recorded him banging around in his kitchen/studio one evening and then took those tidbits and did all sorts of unspeakable sonic stuff to them. The results of that collaboration provide some of my favorite random moments on these tracks. Big thanks and much respect to Tommy! This isn’t over by a long shot, buddy.

As with Volume 1, this collection is intended to accompany you in all manner of activity, be it mindful or mindless. These tracks are designed with a meditative listening experience in mind, so whether you’re leaning in to a deep yoga pose or just taking a stroll to the grocery, I encourage you to find the moments in both these tunes and your day that can open you up more fully to the universe around and within you.

Those of you who have been with me for a while now may remember that Volume 1 was made available in limited physical form in addition to the digital files, including custom hand-crafted packaging and a poem. I will be doing the same for Volume 2, however, given this auspicious first day of Spring I wanted to release the music into the world ASAP despite a lagging art department. I’ll update y’all as the physical stuff comes together for this. In the meanwhile, enjoy a download!

Also, if you missed Volume 1 all those moons ago, you can check that out here.

The next 2 volumes of RTDL material are already in process, so all things being equal (which they both are and aren’t), the next installment shouldn’t take as long to see the light of day.

Stay tuned!

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