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Rain Forest Music​-​Ocean Music​-​Visions of Life

by J D Emmanuel

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    Reissued from Aguirre Records, Belgium, 2017. 180 gr. vinyl with printed inner sleeve.

    Side A: Rain Forest Music
    Side B: Visions During Movement

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    Label: Aguirre Records, Belgium
    Catalog Number: ZORN47
    Genre: Electronic Ambient
    Release Date: 06/01/2017

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This version of "RFM" was the same as the one on the LP which used local rainfall and birds from the Houston Zoo. It has an added track due to being able to put more music on a cassette.

Ocean Music is inspired by many early morning and evening walks on many different beaches sets up this musical experience! The music is the same as side 1 of "Echoes From Ancient Caves" with ocean sounds added in the background and track one renamed "Sunrise Over Galveston Bay" which was created using a Continuous Tape Loop as described below.

Visions of Life is a Musical Experience in Movement, Imagination and Inner Awareness - Imagine meditating on your favorite beach with the sounds of the ocean and gentle flowing music in the background.

"Visions of Life" is a shorter version of "Visions During Movement" released on the original LP and cassette. I am presenting both for historical purposes.

On Visions, I used a recording technique called, Continuous Tape Looping. It was used on albums by Terry Riley, Robert Fripp and Brian Eno, to name a few artist. I used two reel-to-reel tape decks placed about a foot apart, though you can set different distances to control the loop timing. This was all done in real time by starting the recording on deck 1, playing it back on deck 2 feeding the signal back to deck 1 carefully keeping the recording level stable, all the while adding new music and letting old music fade out. This image from the back cover of Brian Eno's Discreet vinyl album illustrates how this works. I used the Crumar Organ as the only instrument, adding different riffs and themes as it developed. Then I did the final master using a tape delay for the movement between tracks and a synthesizer for the ocean sounds. A diagram showing this technique is attached to the "VoL" track.

credits

released August 1, 1981

The original publishing of the LP in 1981 was through the generous support of Bob and Frances Pennington, Houston, Texas. This was my first LP publication and I am deeply grateful to them for helping me produce this LP.

Performed, recorded and produced by J D Emmanuel using a Crumar Traveler-1 organ and Yairi DY-74 acoustic guitar processed with an Echo-Plex EP-4, a DOD Phaser and a Ross Compressor recorded on a Teac A-3340S and mastered on a Teac A-7300.

Album cover was from an original water color created especially for the LP in 1981 by a local, Houston artist, Molly Khan. The sunrise photo was taken one morning in Virginia Beach, VA, during the 70s.

LP Reissue info:
180 gr. vinyl with printed inner sleeve
Label: Aguirre Records, Belgium
Catalog Number: ZORN47
Genre: Electronic Ambient
Release Date: 06/01/2017

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J D Emmanuel Shenandoah, Texas

I am J D Emmanuel. My music is designed to enhance deep meditative, or altered states, to allow the listener to personally connect to the Creator of All that exists in the Universe, ie, our Source of Being. My music style is to first create a foundation using cyclic, poly rhythmic music, then build several layers of improvised leads and rhythms that allows you to transcend time and space. ... more

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