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Huge Blank Canvas Neck Tattoo for alto flute and digital delay

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Huge Blank Canvas Neck Tattoo is inspired by false starts and bad choices. It was my first composition in a long interval. Leading up to the composition of this work I moved apartments twice, took a new job, and fought intense internal battles concerning relationships and depression. For me, this is a deeply personal work. I try to ruminate on what informs the choices we make in life and in music, the effects that what we might consider a “bad choice” will have on our trajectory, and how the concept of a new beginning shapes our outlook on that trajectory. Of course that’s just for me, you probably won’t hear any of that.

Using an array of loopers in Ableton Live the flutist creates a backing track by sampling the musical content of the work in real-time. Comprised of three large sections, each with its own subsections, it all unfolds in about 7 minutes. The first section is a piling-on of music that quickly comes to a head, the second is a more controlled pile-up as fragments are combined to create straght-forward counterpoint, and the final section is an expressive rumination that uses few loops. Huge Blank Canvas Neck Tattoo was completed in Brooklyn, NY in 2014 and was commissioned by and dedicated to Meerenai Shim. - Greg Brown

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from Pheromone, released November 13, 2015
Huge Blank Canvas Neck Tattoo for alto flute and digital delay by Gregory C. Brown

Meerenai Shim, alto flute

Engineered by Alberto Hernandez at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Mastered by George Horn and Anne-Marie Suenram
Produced by Meerenai Shim
Art by Adam T. Davis

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Meerenai Shim Campbell, California

Flutist and jack of many trades, Meerenai Shim is 1/2 of the flute/percussion duo, A/B Duo, and 1/5 of the chiptune/folk/doom/jazz band The Mineral Kingdom. She has released 3 solo albums and founded the indie classical record label Aerocade Music.

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