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The Quiet Distance That Surrounds Me

I enjoy sharing my poetry and prose with others, as well as piano improvisations that I have recorded at home. Just search this site with “poetry” or “prose” and you should find a lot of my work. I hope you enjoy it.

The Road To Olongapo

The photo above was taken during a road trip to Subic Bay in the Philippines last year in June.

I was a bit surprised by this desolate toll highway, which I was told was fairly new. It was a very scenic drive; lots of terrain, rice fields, mountains… very beautiful.

There were some thunder clouds off in the distance, so I wanted to capture those clouds along with the perspective from the highway. I was in the front passenger’s seat.

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The Quiet Distance That Surrounds Me

A little explanation about this original work…

This is a totally improvised piece of music.

I was experimenting a little bit with modified piano sounds on my keyboard. And I came upon a piano sample that was slightly percussive, almost like a guitar sound. Experimenting further with various digital reverb effects, I began improvising on what I’ll just call “tonal clusters”.

I think I was fairly happy with this effect. And the way I approach the piano here is with randomness, trying to invoke a certain mood and at the same time trying to create an ambient atmosphere, not really focusing on harmony or rhythm. But just those “tonal clusters”.

Basically, I like experimenting on the piano this way. And my random approach is sort of like treating the piano like a complex set of windchimes.

I’ll try to post more original works here. It’s just that they are completely experimental and recorded at home under less-than-ideal circumstances, but I was generally pleased with this recording.

Notes:

Date of Recording: March 22, 2006.
Instrument Used: Roland A90-EX controller keyboard
Effects: Digital Reverb, Digital Delay
Place of Recording: At Home
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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.

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