offshore, oakledge: waves, stone, sky

from by Kevin Macneil Brown

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It’s a place of power and repose: the big, wide bay beyond and before smaller bays; the water, sky, and mountains always changing-- whether the lake is calm, or wild with breaking waves; Rust-red rock cliffs and shore, pine and cypress (cedar) islands, the water changing colors and texture, ( Last week I saw it, for just a few minutes, become a luminous viridian, with shifting streaks of turquoise.) In the afternoons, spangles of sun-bright shimmer cast across from the west.

And that’s IT: motion, even in stillness--like those mountains on the other shore, layered green and blue and gray, solid and heavy nearby, or faded misty distant; sunlight finding ways through clear sky or cloudscape, in streaks, shadows, rays; gold, white, silver.

Landforms on the water: dark Juniper Island; the rock island Odzihozo ( in Abenaki cosmology, the creator, come to eternal rest and strength at the heart of this water mountain rock world he made…. ) To an onshore perception these islands seem to change shape, color, and position, hour by day by season. Stillness and strength and motion.

Most of all today, the sounds of water, of wind, of boats; of waves, breaking against rock, hollow, resonant. Tuned to the tones and textures of power, repose.

(The sonic layers of this section are: Recordings made by the composer,of wind, rock, and water at Oakledge on Lake Champlain, tuned and filtered via software; Two layers of improvisations on electric baritone guitar performed in real-time, with long, layered delays.)


from the harbor at dawn, released August 1, 2013
composition, baritone guitars, lake recordings, live loops, recording and mix by Kevin Macneil Brown.



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Kevin Macneil Brown Vermont

Kevin Macneil Brown makes music inspired by the transformative energies of nature, time, and landscape. He has composed and recorded music for film soundtracks and is a steel guitar player and singer/songwriter. Kevin's music moves in sonic worlds that range from contemplative and textural to country and western roots. ... more

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