Alone in your room. It's winter. No it's summer.. but not yet. A dog barks, there is a chicken wandering through the yard and the possums scream during the night. You live in the city but you don't really live in the city. It's quiet. Everything starts to warp and then you are melting. It's 3 am. It's midafternoon. It's not breakfast. It's not lunch. The wind is blowing, the clouds are gathering. A car . A motorbike. Nothing else.
Peaceful Music I - VIII' Recorded on 4 track tape 2011. Instrumentation: Violin, Viola, Voice, Chimes, Breathing, Autoharp, Harmonica, Recorder, Singing glasses, Bowed Saw, Spacebelt, Kalimba, harmonic tuning forks, Ukelele, Guitar, Bass, Floor Tom, Glockenspiel, Vietnamese stone mini glock, Singing bowl, water gong, Percussion toys.
Review from Vital Weekly issue 840 www.vitalweekly.net
Marisa Allen is a member of Bremen Town Musician, whoever they are, but no doubt not from Germany, but Australia, as far as I gather the information. Recorded to four track, she uses a bunch of sound sources, including bowed saw, breathing, autoharp, singing glasses, water gong, recorder, and much, much more. These eight pieces are indeed Peaceful Music pieces, but which work somewhat differently than you would expect. The eight pieces are rather short, between two and four minutes, and everything seems to be played in real time, rather than working with loop devices or such like. The highly acoustic music works quite well. Very atmospheric and though not always peaceful, its never loud or noisy. Or perhaps its peaceful and one should try to forget to think of peaceful in terms of new age. Marisa Allen plays thoughtful tunes, using her wide variety of sound sources and it all sounds quite intimate, yet also at the same time rather free spirited and improvised. Very nice and a pity its all rather short.
released 13 October 2011
Produced: Marisa Allen
Recorded: Marisa Allen
Mixed: Marisa Allen
at Hebe Street and Maygar Street
Engineered and Additional Mixing: Marly Luske
Mastered: Marly Luske
at Alchemix Studios, Wooloongabba, Brisbane, Australia
Cover Art: Photograph of Henley Beach, Adelaide, Australia
Marisa Allen 2008