Azure Miles Records ~ The Music of Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson

The Forest

Cover art is hand silkscreened paper from Japan

 

 

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1. The Waterfall (1992) 10.20 (three movements)

meruvina: flute, clarinet, wind bells, shamisen, strings, xylophone, marimba, percussion

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2. Annunciation (1989) 5.05

meruvina: electric piano

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3. Fresh Leaves (1994) 3.05

meruvina: shamisen, trumpet, clarinet, violin, cello, clavichord

 

 

4. Dawn and Day (1990) 4.42

meruvina: clarinet, celesta, strings

 

 

5. Found Objects (1994) 5.00

meruvina: recorder, french horn, oboe, electric bass, trumpet, synthesizer, percussion

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6. The Forest (1994) 13.07 (four movements)

meruvina: acoustic bass, strings, synthesizers, violin, flute, clarinet, clavichord, electric piano, vibraphone, timpani, percussion

 

 

7. Green Palms (1990) 9.59

meruvina: synthesizers

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8. Purple Clouds (1989) 4.16

meruvina: organ, sho, electric bass, percussion

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All music composed and programmed by Michael Robinson for performance and recording in real time without any overudubbing or added parts.

Recorded and Mastered by Catharine Wood at the Planetwood Productions studio in Eagle Rock (Los Angeles), California.

Musicians are welcome to perform these compositions with acoustic and/or electronic instruments.

 

 

The opening music of The Waterfall was inspired by bird songs heard while walking in Beverly Hills. The second movement suggests the serenity of mist rising from a Hawaiian jungle pool underneath a waterfall. The concluding music sparkles like a school of tropical fish playing beneath the water of the pool.

Annunciation was inspired by a medieval painting of the same name that I viewed while visiting Florence, Italy.

Fresh Leaves features exotically tuned instruments of wood and brass, along with plucked, bowed and struck string instruments.

Dawn and Day was inspired by hearing of my younger sister's first child being born.

Found Objects is made with a wide range of instrumental sounds spread over two contrasting movements.

The Forest is the last of ten multi-movement pieces I composed for my first MIDI sound module. Like the preceding works, it features a variety of instrumental timbres, textures, speeds, intensities and moods, brought together into an individual shape.

Green Palms is a meditation composed while living in Kapalua, Maui. It was inspired by the palm trees growing around a nearby pool.

Purple Clouds, the very first composition for my first MIDI sound module, was also composed in Kapalua. It employs the wild sound of the sho, along with exotic percussion, and the surprising entrance of a large church organ.

The music on this recording was composed between 1989 and 1994.

- Michael Robinson, December 1999, Lahaina

© 1999 Michael Robinson All rights reserved