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Drifting Along A Peaceful Afternoon

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The photo above was taken overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Pacific Beach, California, when suddenly a flock of birds flew overhead, heading South. This entry combines my original music with my original photography and poetry.

Drifting Along A Peaceful Afternoon
[audio:http://carlosrull.com/MP3/Drifting%20Along%20A%20Peaceful%20Afternoon.mp3]

. . . .

An Excerpt From: To Fly Above The Stillness

my mind
was stilled, and ever silent

focused on pinpoint reflection
calmed, like a silent stream

my heart
was left, by the sea

in the days, that followed
a lasting memory, unchained me

my soul
was given freedom, to fly

. . . .

MISC NOTES:

This piece was totally improvised, playing “bass” and piano by splitting the keyboard, and MIDI-ing the Oberhiem Pad and “Morning to Dusk” samples at the same time to the upper half of the keyboard.

So, this was all done in one take, late one night… influenced by a Keith Jarrett song I can’t remember, and also inspired by the Vince Guaraldi tune, “Cast Your Fate To The Wind”… well, sort of.

The bass part simply pedals along carefree in a kind of ostinato effect, but not really. It drifts in and out.

I’m sort of experimenting with combining musical works with photography and poetry, and I thought the photo of the birds flying South reminded me of this piece and its free-spirited, simple nature.

Once again, I like to experiment and improvise with random musical motifs and not get too formal as far as musical structure is concerned.

Date Recorded – July 18, 2005

Instrument – Roland A90-EX controller keyboard

Samples Used – Piano, Acoustic Bass, Oberheim Pad, “Morning to Dusk”

Digital Effects – digital reverb

Recording Technique – direct to computer

Location – at home, late at night



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

4 COMMENTS
  1. tokyorose

    very relaxing tune! (though the cat’s biting my toes as i write this, which detracts from the experience a teensy bit…) i wish you’d put together some kind of meditation CD. your music’s perfect for it. ^^

  2. tokyorose

    very relaxing tune! (though the cat’s biting my toes as i write this, which detracts from the experience a teensy bit…) i wish you’d put together some kind of meditation CD. your music’s perfect for it. ^^

  3. Randomguru

    thanks so much for the feedback! and sorry to hear the cat is biting some toes there. ;o)

    and that should be one of my goals for the new year. i’ve always wanted to create a “meditation CD” to benefit others during their meditation time.

    that is an excellent idea.

  4. Randomguru

    thanks so much for the feedback! and sorry to hear the cat is biting some toes there. ;o)

    and that should be one of my goals for the new year. i’ve always wanted to create a “meditation CD” to benefit others during their meditation time.

    that is an excellent idea.

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