49th Birthday Album

by Clarke Robinson

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about

It's July 7, 2017. I turn 49 years old today.

I wanted to release an album today as a birthday present to myself...at first because I had an idea for the cover that I thought would look cool. I put together a small modular synthesizer that runs on batteries, and started recording improvisations whenever and wherever I could. My first session was last Saturday, in my car as I waited for my daughters to finish dance class.

I'm really happy with the seven ambient vignettes that came out of this project...some of the most unhurried music that I've made.

This music ended up being about contentment. About making the most of the time and place it's in, with no pressure to change or develop (although it still does). Which seems like a pretty good approach as I near my second half-century.

Thanks for listening.

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released July 7, 2017

All tracks were performed, recorded, and mastered by Clarke Robinson in July of 2017.

Samples used on this recording were taken from the following sources:
"Buddha Machine" by FM3
"Lux Aeterna" by György Ligeti, performed by A Cappella Amsterdam
"String Quartet In Four Parts - Nearly Stationary" by John Cage, performed by the Arditti String Quartet
"Dedicated to Susan Axelrod (8c)" by Anthony Braxton
"Keren (for trombone solo)" by Iannis Xenakis, performed by Benny Sluchin

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Clarke Robinson

Clarke Robinson is an electronic musician and improviser living in the San Francisco Bay Area. A longtime fan of punk rock, avant-garde jazz, and coffee; he now also enjoys synthesizers, electroacoustic improvisation, and tea.

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